Poetic Writing of ROBBIE KENNEDY BENNETT © www.rkbpoetry.co.uk Born in Wolverhampton of English and Scottish parentage. He grew up on the Rough Hills Estate area of the town and his Scottish ancestral roots are in the Kingdom of Fife and Dundee. The author is now residing in Codsall, Staffordshire. Drawings, pictures and writing are copyright of the author Robbie Kennedy Bennett.


© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

© Robbie Kennedy Bennett



A POEM FOR HOMECOMING SCOTLAND
Homecoming Scotland 2009 is an events programme to celebrate 250 years since the birth of Robert Burns.
For Scot’s or of Scottish descent or just love Scotland, this is a celebration of Scotland’s contribution to the world.



You Keep On Singing Scotland © Robbie Kennedy Bennett








© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

May 2010 and another break in Scotland, this time in Stirling. We arrived at Bannockburn around lunchtime visiting the sight where the battle took place between the English and Scottish armies.

Robert the Bruce

© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

History has it that in 1314 Robert the Bruce secured Scotland’s independence and his statue commemorates his victory. The journey up was fine with a decent weather forecast for the day but heavy showers the 2 days following. A hailstorm or any note of bad weather did not arrive until around 7.30pm of the Thursday evening after morning sightseeing at the castle and a drive out to the Royal Burgh of Culross.

The National Wallace Monument

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We had almost gone to Stirling the previous Christmas period but weather proved to be not so kindly for travelling so far. We were fortunate to stay in The Old Tramhouse, the last remaining relic of the Stirling Tram Company on the Causewayhead Road.

The Old Tramhouse

© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

I say fortunate because it is as good if not better than the reviews that we had read. Our break in Stirling, renowned as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ was enhanced because of the friendliness of Alison Cowie, the owner of The Old Tramhouse.

We had a 2 night stay at The Old Tram-House and found it to be an ideal base to visit the sights that Stirling has to offer. Alison was very friendly and informative on everything we asked. It is a lovely guesthouse with beautiful decor and Alison makes you feel like one of the family. The room/en-suite was spacious, comfortable and very clean with a view of the Wallace Monument. If we visit Stirling again this will be our first choice of where to stay. The bus service is very regular and right outside and the Scottish breakfast that Alison provides is excellent and can set you up for the day.









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HEADING BACK TO SCOTLAND © Robbie Kennedy Bennett

One year on from homecoming
and heading back to Scotland.

Stepping up to Stirling Castle height,
Robert the Bruce and Bannockburn, the field of the freedom fight.
Events of Stirling Bridge and heroics of William Wallace,
tower high over Causewayhead,
we rested and were well fed, in The Old Tramhouse.

One year on from homecoming
and heading back to Scotland,
get on th’ track, c’mon come back.

Heading Back to Scotland © Robbie Kennedy Bennett


Our 2 nights were now over but before going home there was one more excursion to the Kingdom of Fife. From Stirling we drove east along the A91spending a few hours in St Andrews admiring the ‘Bonnie Bonnie’ sands that I have wrote about. The road signs to my Dad’s birthplace of Collesie and his up bringing at Ladybank tugged at my heart.

View from South Queensferry

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Later in the afternoon we headed for the Forth Road Bridge to South Queensferry, a detour to Dumfries and a short stop-off at Gretna arriving back home at 1.10am.


You keep on singing Scotland
You sing so clear
You keep on singing Scotland
Louder year by year


Heading Back to Scotland © Robbie Kennedy Bennett




Cramond Isle

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ROMANS LIVED IN CRAMOND © Robbie Kennedy Bennett

Mischievously grey was the Forth
February in Portobello,
remembering where
we were a wee bit younger there

Chose to go to Edinburgh
so called the Athens of the North,
slagging off the sleet
in our faces on Princess Street

Nevertheless it was February
convalescing? no, not quite,
later on the castle
looked magnificent late at night

Now and then you find ’em
you find em now an’ then,
aye you find ’em
you find a wee gem

Planes flew over Cramond
afore we saw, we heard ’em roar,
this modern time
overhead they soar

Romans lived in Cramond
lang time yore,
in ancient times
centuries before

Soon we’ll be in Dunfermline
to see the Abbey,
Palace and the Glen
aye you find ’em
you find a wee gem

Romans lived in Cramond
not far from The Athens of the North,
settling by the River Almond
they built a fortress by the Forth

The Cramond Lioness
discovered in the harbour mud,
got us thinking what it was
and where the statue once stood?

Now and then you find ’em
you find em now an’ then,
he certainly found one
he found a wee gem

Another plane flew over Cramond
afore we saw, we heard ’em roar,
this modern time
overhead they soar


© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

We had a few days break in Edinburgh staying at the delightful Aarons Lodge on the Old Dalkeith Rd. We chanced it going in February but once the decision was made we embraced it wholeheartedly. Driving through the borders we noticed the outside temperature displayed in the car fall a degree at a time. It was though eye catching to see snow lying on border hills as we drove further north.

Because of the snow forecast for Saturday we decide to leave Edinburgh sights until then and do our driving about while the weather permitted. I’ve always wanted to visit Cramond, near Edinburgh because of it being a surname in my family line. The brochure back at Aaron Lodge showed it in its glory with lovely white painted buildings with a small harbour. From then on it was a ‘must see’ visit for us.

© Robbie Kennedy Bennett

It was a pleasant hour or so spent there looking out to Cramond Isle and finding out about the Roman Settlement. On the front there is information about the uncovering by a local boatman in the mud of the Cramond Lioness sandstone statue in 1997. The discovery of the Cramond Lioness became one of the most precious finds of Roman activity in Scotland.

There we were in Cramond where proof of a Roman settlement is evident, switching back and forth in time as another plane was rising to the sky from Edinburgh Airport.

ROMANS LIVED IN CRAMOND © Robbie Kennedy Bennett






POETIC WRITING OF ROBBIE KENNEDY BENNETT © 
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In My Blood, by Robbie Kennedy Bennett on Scotland's Enchanted Kingdom. This and a short detailed account plus other odes about Fife. Featured since 2008;
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Featured poet on Poetry of Scotland since 2006;
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Football Poets / Robbie Kennedy Bennett;
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Wolverhampton wanderer muses on coastal path
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An Ode To Hugh, Devotion In Rhyme;
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