J Norman Collie's Appointment
The second poem was composed and sung by Ramsay at the Lab Dinner to note the appointment to a Chair of Norman Collie, who ultimately was to become his successor. As you will see, Collie was a bachelor, and came to the Department from Cheltenham Ladies College.
Song, written and sung by William Ramsay at the Lab Dinner
When first I came to London town as Williamson's successor
And donned his figurative gown as chemical Professor,
With Plimpton who, with Rideal too, I felt uncommon Jolly,
And in my mind I had in view our friend J. Norman Collie .
In Cheltenham his mission lay to train the girls in science,
And demonstrate to them each day some chemical appliance.
But weariness on him depressed, and deepest melancholy,
Right glad he was to come to us, our friend J. Norman Collie .
And now the pharmaceutical has made him his professor,
He's found a chair and settled there, it undisturbed possessor.
And now he's only got to wed some Sally, Jane or Polly.
Come fill a bumper, drink a health: our friend J. Norman Collie .