One passionate independence supporter from Aberdeenshire has been inspired to put pen to paper in the run up to the referendum.
William Brown, 85, of Aboyne, began supporting Scottish independence when Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in 1979.
A former school teacher and lecturer, Mr Brown has also been the on-off organist at St Mary’s Cathedral – in Aberdeen’s Gallowgate – since the 1990s.
Following his retirement, Mr Brown devoted himself to writing poetry full time under the pen name of William Imray.
The father-of-three said: “I actually got early retirement to devote myself to the study and writing of poetry, I have stopped actually putting my stuff forward but when I was really serious about it I had more than 100 poems published.”
And the energy in the run-up to this month’s referendum urged him to pen the words and music to the ballad, named “Better Together Alone”.
Mr Brown said: “Since Thatcher I have always been very pro-independence, but the heat of the last wee while has caused me to want to write something and put music to it as well. both the words and the music.
“I was hoping it would be if nothing else a source of rallying support. I do hope it is something that the Yes camp can appreciate.”
He added: “I believe that Scotland is a country that is quite unique. The sooner we get to independence the better.”
Mr Brown plays the piano, keyboard and organ, and lived until recent years in Logie Coldstone.
His musical talents have been passed on to his son, Niall Brown, who is lead cellist with the Luxembourg Philharmonic.