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Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush
, 1894: front cover design
The Kailyard school of Scottish fiction was developed about the 1890s as a reaction against what was seen as increasingly coarse writing representing Scottish life complete with all its blemishes. It has been considered to be an overly sentimental representation of rural life, cleansed of real problems and issues that affected the people. Its name derives from the Scots "kailyaird" or "kailyard", which means a small cabbage patch (see kale) or kitchen garden, usually adjacent to a cottage.1 The name derived from Ian Maclaren's 1894 book Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush whose title alludes to the Jacobite song "There grows a bonnie brier bush in our Kailyard".2
Writers of the Kailyard school included J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan), Ian Maclaren, J. J. Bell, George MacDonald, Gabriel Setoun and S. R. Crockett.
The Scottish Renaissance was a reaction against Kailyardism.
- ^ Cuddon, J. A. (1977) A Dictionary of Literary Terms. London: André Deutsch; p. 343
- ^ Macdonald, A. M., ed. (1972) Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary. Edinburgh: Chambers; p. 716