Posted by Paul
Dubbed the City of Discovery (after Captain Scott of the Antarctic’s exploration vessel), Dundee is famous for many things.
Towards the end of the Victorian era, the city was renowned for its three Js – Jute, Jam and Journalism.
Then there’s the magnificent Tay Rail Bridge, which at two miles long was the longest bridge in the world on its completion.
And locals still wax lyrical about the great Dundee FC who sent shockwaves through Europe in the early 60s and nearly became Britain’s first European Cup winners.
And then of course there is William McGonagall.
He has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language.
It was not uncommon for Dundonians to pelt him with rotten veg during a reading in the late 19th Century.
But the poetry of The Tayside Tragedian is this week set to go under the hammer at auction, and may fetch up to £6,500.
That would put his works in the same league as first edition copies of Harry Potter books signed by author JK Rowling.
Maybe he wasn’t so bad after all.
Here’s a sample of his most famous poem entitled The Tay Rail Disaster…
"So the train mov’d slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
Until it was about midway,
Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
And down went the train and passengers into the Tay…"