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A final mystery? February 26, 2010

Posted by huntthepoem in clue.
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Right at the start, when we discovered the story of Elizabeth for the first time, we heard her family had a secret poem which was passed down the generations, from mother to daughter. The whole time we’ve been working on the assumption that this poem was very old indeed.

But something has been bothering us. Line 5 reads:

Wed in the Trinity Kirk, afore it came down;

The Kirk was demolished in 1848 to make way for Waverley Station, and Elizabeth was born in 1804. We know nothing about her mother, but … how could a previous generation know that the Kirk would be demolished? The poem can hardly be the same one that was passed through the generations.

Maybe the final lines will shed light on this.

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