Gardiner, William (M)

b. 1804. d. 1885. Nationality: Scottish.
Poet, composer, cabinetmaker, and piano and organ maker. Father of Annie Walker Gardiner. Born in Upper Hallhills, Applegarth, Dumfriesshire. Spent his childhood in Burnfoot, Sibbaldie. Apprentinced in cabinetmaking. Moved to Glasgow and went into the piano and organ making business with his brother. Contributed to *Whistle Binkie*, *Lays of St. Mungo*, and *Nursery Songs*. Returned to Dryfe in 1848. Helped establish the Sibbaldbie Library. Superintendent of the local Sabbath School. *Chambers’s Journal* ledger entry for “Bonnie Dryfe,” published on 16 January 1886 and signed “William Gardiner,” gives the author as Miss A. Gardiner, of Lockerbie (NLS Dep 341/369), presumably his daughter Annie Walker Gardiner. Biographical information: David Herschell Edwards, *Modern Scottish Poets*, ninth series, D. H. Edwards, 1886, pp. 248-55; David Herschell Edwards, *One Hundred Modern Scottish Poets With Biographical and Critical Notice*, sixteenth series, D. H. Edwards, 1897, p. 141. (AC, CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Bonnie Dryfe 1886-01-16 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 12963