George Campbell Hay spent much of his life in Tarbert, Loch Fyne. As well as writing in Gaelic, Scots and English, Hay also wrote poems in French, Italian and Norwegian, and translated poetry into Gaelic.
Campbell Hay spent part of his youth in Tarbert, before leaving for school in Edinburgh. In later years he studied at Oxford University and served in North Africa, Italy and Greece during the Second World War. After many troubled years trying to cope with his war experiences he returned to live in Tarbert. He died in Edinburgh in 1984.
A significant proportion of Campbell Hay’s poetry focuses on Tarbert (Loch Fyne) and Kintyre. Campbell Hay describes beautifully the areas in and around Tarbert, Loch Fyne, the glens, hills and forests. And as poet of the sea and frequent guest on fishing boats to the fishing grounds of the Clyde, much of Campbell Hay’s poetry depicts sea journeys, the lives of fishermen, treacherous seas, and contains frequent references to the gannet or solan.