The History of McGonagall's

William Topaz McGonagall was born in Scotland in 1825.  Although being acclaimed to be the worst poet in British History, he wrote over 200 Poems.  Critics accused McGonagall of being 'deaf to poetic metaphor' and employing inappropriate rhythms that resulted in unintentionally amusing poetry.

Throughout his life, McGonagall campaigned against excessive drinking, appearing in pubs and bars to recite poems and give speeches.  He constantly struggled with money and earned enough to get by, by selling his poems in the streets, or reciting them in theatres and public houses.  One of his most famous poems was written in praise of a banquet he attended in Inverness in 1894:


Oh, magnificent City of Inverness,

And your beautiful river, I must confess,

With its lovely scenery on each side,

Would be good for ones health there to reside.

And in praise of them I must say,

I never received better treatment in my day,

Than I received from my admirers in Bonnie Inverness,

This, upon my soul and conscience, I do confess.




Although McGonagall both delighted and appalled audiences, his books remain in print and he is still widely quoted long after his more talented contemporaries have been forgotten.