Robert Gilfillan (
July 7, 1798- December 4, 1850), was a poetand songwriter, born at Dunfermline, Scotland, and latterly a collector of the police rates at Leith. He wrote a number of Scottish songs, and was favourably mentioned in " Noctes Ambrosianae" (see Wilson, J.). He was the author of the beautiful song, " Oh, why left I my Hame?".
He published a 150-page book of songs in 1831, which garnered sufficient acclaim to spur publication of a longer version in 1835, and another in 1839.
* [http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/gilfillan_robert.htm Significant Scots: Robert Gilfillan] .
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