This listing acknowledges
famous Borderers and lesser known names,
who nevertheless have made their mark nationally and internationally
JOHN AINSLIE (1745-1828)
Born in Jedburgh and was buried
in Jedburgh Abbey.
Described as Scotland's greatest cartographer. both for the quality and
quantity of his work. He produced many maps of Scottish counties and
private estates, and is chiefly known for his large map of Scotland on
nine sheets published in 1789 for which he carried out extensive new
surveys. His publications included "An Atlas of the World"
(1782) and the text "Comprehensive treatise of Land Surveying
Comprising the Theory and Practice of all its Branches" (1812).
tablet in the south transept of Jedburgh Abbey.
JOHN ARMSTRONG (1709-1779)
Physician and Poet, bore in
Liddesdale. The son of a minister, he took his MD in Edinburgh in 1732
and went and went into practice in London.
In 1736 he published "Oeconomy of Love", a sex manual in blank
verse for newly weds. In 1746 he was appointed physician to the London
Soldiers Hospital and from 1760-1763 was physician to the forces in
MARGOT ASQUITH, NEE TENNENT (1864-1945)
Born in Peeblesshire the 11th
child of Sir Charles Tennant, MP. In 1894 she married Liberal Herbert
Asquith who was Prime Minister from 1908-1916
She received little formal education but possessed unusual literary,
artistic and musical talents. She had a group of young intellectuals and
aesthetes known as "The Souls" who advocated greater freedom
LADY GRIZEL BAILLIE (1665-1746)
Eldest of 10 children of Sir Patrick Hume of Polwarth. who was
persecuted for his views, before escaping with his family to Utrecht.
Their exile ended with the landing of William of Orange in Britain.
Songwriter. With her husband George Baillie, MP, they began the building
of Mellerstain House.
ISOBEL BAILLIE (1895-1983)
Born in Hawick, and brought up in
Singer and outstanding interpreter of oratorio, especially Handel~ez_rsquo~s
"Messiah". In 1933 became the first British artist to perform
at the Hollywood Bowl.
JAMES BARKE (1905-58)
Writer and Author. born In
His devoted research on the life of Robert Burns resulting in a 5 volume
cycle of novels (1946 ~ez_ndash~ 54) an edition of poems & songs of Burns
(1955) and the most-famous "Bonnie Jean" about Burns and Jean
SIR CHAY BLYTH (1940-)
Born in Hawick on 14th
May, 1940 and lived in the West End area of the town. At 18 he joined
the British Army~ez_rsquo~s Parachute Regiment, becoming a Sergeant at the age
Sailor. In 1966 Sgt. Chay Blyth and Capt. John Ridegway rowed
across the North Atlantic from Cape Cod to the Aran Islands, in a 20 ft.
dory in 90 days, and he was awarded the British Empire Medal. In 1971 he
became the first person to sail, single-handed, non-stop, around the
world aboard the 59 ft. ketch British Steel. "The most outstanding
passage ever made by one man alone" quoted the Times. In
recognition of his achievement, he was made a Commander of The British
Empire. In 1997 Chay was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for his
services to sailing.
DAVID BOGUE (1750-1825)
Congregational Minister, born
Notable Achievement: One
of the founders of the London Missionary Society and founder of the
British and Foreign Bible Society. With Sir James Bennett, he wrote a
History of Dissenters in 1809.
SIR DAVID BREWSTER (1781-1868)
Born in Jedburgh and went to
Edinburgh University at the age of 12. .
One of Scotland~ez_rsquo~s most eminent scientists. Inventor of the
Kaleidoscope - Stereoscope - Lithoscope - and the Dioptric system for
lighthouses. Took a close interest in early photography. A prolific
scientific journalist, Fellow of the Royal Societies of Edinburgh and
London, Principal of both St. Andrew~ez_rsquo~s and Edinburgh Universities in
succession. Played a major role in setting up the British Association
for the Advancement of Science.
In Jedburgh at the entrance to the underpass leading to the
SIR THOMAS BRISBANE (1773-1860)
Although born in Largs, had many
Border connections, largely through his wife Anna Maria Macdougall,
heiress of Makerstoun. He joined the army at 16, serving abroad. A keen
astronomer he built an observatory in the grounds of Makerstoun House.
Founder member and first president of the Tweedside Physical and
Antiquarian Society established to promote the study of natural history
and antiquities of the district, with a museum set up in Kelso in 1838.
Became Governor of New South Wales 1821-1825 reforming the penal code
and establishing a constitution for the colony. The Brisbane River,
discovered in 1823 and the city which was built on its banks, were named
Monument: In the graveyard of the church
in the village of Makerstoun is a sundial to his memory.
JOHN BROADWOOD (1732-1812)
Born in Cockburnspath,
Bertwickshire, a cabinet makes who left home at 29 and reputedly walked
founded the great London pianoforte house of Tschudi and Broadwood,
marrying the daughter of Swiss born harpsichord maker Burkhardt Tschudi.
Highly gifted, he made great advances in the design of the pianoforte
both upright and grand, such as adding pedals and increasing the range.
He supplied pianos across the world to composers and royalty, and when
he died left a substantial estate. The house is still in business today.
SIR JAMES BRUNLEES (1816-1892)
Civil Engineer, born in
Notable Achievement: Much
of his work was concerned with the construction of railways in Britain
and South America. He also built the rack railway over the Mont Cenis
pass in the Alps, which operated, from 1868-1871 when the Mont Cenis
Tunnel was opened. He designed the first Avonmouth Dock and the
Whitehaven Dock works as well as piers at Southend and other seaside
JOHN BUCHAN - 1ST BARON
Born in Perth, but moved to
Broughton, Peebleshire, where his father was Minister.
Novelist, lawyer, soldier, historian, politician and diplomat. President
of the Scottish History Society 1929 ~ez_ndash~ 1932. Member of Parliament for
the Scottish Universities 1927 ~ez_ndash~ 1935. Raised to the Peerage in 1935
when he became Governor General of Canada.
Wrote over 50 books
beginning with a series of essays. He became best known for his spy
thrillers featuring Richard Hannay; The Thirty Nine Steps, Greenmantle,
The Three Hostages and others. He also wrote biographies including
Montrose and Sir Walter Scott.
The church at Broughton is now the John Buchan Museum.
WILLIAM CHAMBERS (1800-1883)
Born Biggiesknowe, Peebles. In
1832 with his brother Robert formed the publishing house W & R
Chambers in Edinburgh. In 1859 founded and endowed a Museum, Library and
Art Gallery known as the Chambers Institution gifted to the people of
Peebles. Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1865 ~ez_ndash~ 1869 he promoted a
successful scheme for improving the older part of the city. At his own
cost he carried out a restoration of St. Giles Cathedral adding the
Notable Achievement: Publisher
house in Peebles. He is also commemorated in the Chambers Aisle St.
JIM CLARK (1936-1968)
Born in File but grew up in
Chirnside in Berwickshire. Killed at Hockenheim.
World Champion Racing Driver, with seven Grand Prix wins in 1963. First
non-American in 50 years to win the Indianapolis 500
Jim Clark Museum at Duns shows a unique collection of his trophies,
photographs, model cars and other memorabilia. Clock Memorial at
THOMAS J CLAPPERTON (1879~ez_ndash~1962)
Son of a local photographer, born
in Bridge Street, Galashiels on 14 September 1879. Educated in
Galashiels, studied at Glasgow School of Art, Kensington School of Art
in London and the Royal Academy Schools. Latterly lived in Sussex where
he died in 1962.
Sculptor was elected Member of the Royal Society of British
Sculptors in 1913. Examples of his work can be seen in Edinburgh,
Glasgow, Cardiff and London as well as in the Scottish Borders where his
fine Mounted Border Reiver forms the centrepiece of the Galashiels War
Memorial. The statue of Mungo Park in Selkirk is also his work.
A permanent exhibition of his life and work can be seen in the "Clapperton
Room" in Old Gala House, Galashiels.
ARCHIE CRAIG (1888-1985)
Church of Scotland Minister, born
in Kelso Roxburghshire.
A long and distinguished career as an academic and spiritual leader.
War service-he won the military class
"for gallantry in France" This was followed by ministry at
Gilmorehill Glasgow, university chaplency, a spell with the BBC, and a
key role in the lona Community. He was lecturer in Biblical studies at
Glasgow University and moderator of the General Assembly of the Church
of Scotland in 1961, receiving the same year honorary doctorates from
Dublin and Glasgow universities. The international reputation he held is
indicated by the unusual award of Order of St Mark of Alexandria 1st
class in 1970. He became Secretary of the British Council of Churches
(from 1942) of a crucial period of its development, helping to set the
agenda, the direction and the pace for ecumenical progress
ANDREW DALLMEYER (1945-)
Actor, Writer and Director, born
in St Boswells Roxburghshire. Appeared at the National Theatre, Royal
Court and Bristol Old Vic.
Since the 1970~ez_rsquo~s he has directed almost 50 productions at the Leeds
Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Liverpool Playhouse and Edinburgh
He is author of over 40 plays many taking
an off beat look at a real figure such as Salvador Dali or Rudolf Hess.
Among his finest works is the Political Satire "The Boys in the
Backroom" (1982). He is considered by many to be the finest and
most individual Scottish playwright for many years.
Novelist who grew up in the Cheviot Hills south of Jedburgh. Her
"Border Bairn" series is set around Jedburgh, and "Lady
of the Manse" has a Berwickshire setting. She became well known for
her children's books based on Tammie Trout and Greyfriars Bobby.
DUNS SCOTUS (c1265-c1308)
Born in Duns, Berwickshire, which
he left to attend the Franciscan school at Dumfries. Studied at Oxford
and taught in Paris.
Philosopher and theologian. who turned again orthodox thinking. The
church rejected his views and this name became associated with stupidity
- hence "dunce"
A bronze statue in the Public Park, Duns. A plaque marks his birthplace
beside the Pavilion Lodge at Duns Castle.
JEAN ELLIOT (1727-1805)
From Minto, near Hawick. Daughter
of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 1st Earl of Minto and Governor General
Poet and Author of "Flowers of the Forest".
SIR WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN (1789-1874)
Born in Kelso, son of a farmer.
Became an apprentice wheelwright in South Shields, befriending the young
George Stephenson. Set up business in Manchester, making machinery for
cotton mills and in 1830 took a lead in making iron boats by opening a
shipyard at London.
Engineer. In Stephenson's bridge over the Menai Straits in Wales. He
invented the rectangular tube that was ultimately adopted and he erected
a thousand bridges upon this principle. Became Fellow of Royal Society
and President of the British Association. Knighted in 1869.
In Kelso situated on the wall of his birthplace, Duncan House
LT ANTHONY FASSON
Naval officer, a native of
Given posthumous award of the George Cross. He was on board the
destroyer HMS Petard in the Atlantic when it torpedoed a U-boat.
Lieutenant Fasson dived into the sea and boarded the stricken vessel
with two other crewmen, with a mission of capturing top secret
codebooks. He was lost when the submarine sank, but the papers were
saved, and once deciphered provided crucial intelligence for the Allies
on U-boat movements. In 1969 the comic book "the Hornet"
portrayed the story of Anthony Fasson.
with framed photograph unveiled in his honour at Jedburgh British
ROBERT FORTUNE (1813-1880)
Horticulturist, born in Edrom,
Berwickshire. He was at first employed as a gardener in the Royal
Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and at the Horticultural Society Chiswick.
From 1843 he travelled extensively in the East for the London Botanical
Society supplying to Kew Gardens species never before seen in Europe at
Kew, including the double yellow rose, forsythia, fan palms and the
Japanese anemone. . He planted tea successfully in India~ez_rsquo~s North East
Provinces. He published accounts of his travels in 1863.
JIMMIE GUTHRIE (1897~ez_ndash~1937)
Legend" Jimmy was born on 23rd May 1897
and served his apprenticeship as an Engineer.
Motorcycle Racing Champion. He achieved success after success, race
after race and held many world records and European Championships. His
last race was at Sachsenring where he died "upholding the honour of
his country in the German Grand Prix" on 8th August
1937. The train to the German frontier carrying his body had a military
escort. His funeral took place in Hawick and was attended by thousands
~ez_ndash~ the cortege was 3 miles long.
Public subscription resulted in a statue being erected in 1939 at Wilton
Lodge Park, Hawick, near to the Museum, where there is an exhibition
commemorating his life.
DOUGLAS HAIG (1861-1928)
Born in Edinburgh to an old
Soldier. Became Commander in Chief of the British Army in 1915, and
become a national hero for his defence at Mons and Ypres. Became First
Earl Haig of Bemersyde. Founded the Earl Haig Poppy Fund and Royal
British Legion to care for those wounded and bereaved as a result of the
First World War. His home of Bemersyde was presented to him by the
At Dryburgh Abbey where he is buried.
ANDREW JOHN HERBERTSON
Geographer, born in Galashiels
Selkirkshire. Educated Edinburgh University. After a period at Ben Nevis
and Fort William observatories (1892-3) and an assistantship with
Patrick Geddes at Dundee (1892), he taught at Manchester (1894-96) and
Heriot Watt (1896-9) where he became lead of the department of
Notable Achievement: Introduced
what was to become a distinctive interest in human and regional
geography, and developed his scheme of world natural regions, based on
the association of physical features, vegetation and climate.
JAMES HOGG (1770~ez_ndash~1835)
Born in Ettrick, the son of a
shepherd, Contemporary and friend of Sir Walter Scott. He is buried in
Ettrick Kirkyard. .
Writer, known as "The Ettrick Shepherd".
A monument stands on the site of his cottage in Ettrick where he was
born. At St. Mary~ez_rsquo~s Loch a statue to Hogg looks down over the waters,
and over Tibbie Shiels Inn where Hogg, Scott and Burns met. An
exhibition on his life and work is on display at AikwoodTower,
WILLIAM JOHNSTONE (1897-1983)
Artist, born in Denholm,
Roxburghshire, son of a farmer. Studied in Paris and was influenced by
the school of surrealism, which he incorporated into his paintings of
the Borders countryside. .
His work is recognised as amongst the most original for that period of
British art, with his complex "A Point in Time" (1929-37) on
exhibition in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
As Principal of the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Central
School, London, he was responsible for the foundation of modern art
education principles in Britain.
GEORGE MEIKLE KEMP
Shepherds son from Tweeddale.
Apprenticed as a millwright and carpenter He worked in England and
France studying Gothic Architecture.
Designed the Scott Monument in Princes Street, Edinburgh.
Memorial erected in 1932 on house where he did his apprenticeship, 2
miles north of Peebles on A703.
ANDREW LANG (1844 ~ez_ndash~ 1912)
Born in Selkirk. Died at Banchory.
Writer and Journalist. His output was enormous and varied over many
subjects from fairytales to anthropology and Greek literature. The old
Cottage Hospital in Selkirk is now called the Andrew Lang unit.
JAMES PARIS LEE (1831-1904)
Born in Hawick, but emigrated
with his parents to Canada in 1836, where he followed in his father's
footsteps to become a watchmaker.
Set up the Lee Firearms Company and designed the Lee Enfield Rifle, the
supreme weapon of infantrymen. It was f introduced to the British
services and used in the Boer War.
DR JOHN LEYDEN (1775~ez_ndash~1811)
Born in Denholm, near Hawick in
an 18th century thatched cottage, which can still be seen.
Son of a shepherd, went to Edinburgh |University at the age of 15. He
was a brilliant scholar and he later qualified in Divinity and Medicine.
It is believed he knew over 40 languages.
Poet, Linguist and Orientalist. Friend to Sir Walter Scot, he helped
to collect ballads for "The Minstrelsy of the Scottish
Borders". He travelled to India, becoming a Professor and a Judge
but died at the age of 36, whilst on an expedition to Java.
Monument was built by public subscription in 1861, marking the 50th
anniversary of his death. Designed by Hector H. Orrock, it sits on
HENRY FRANCIS LYTE (1793~ez_ndash~1847)
Born in Ednam, near Kelso.
A prolific hymnist whose works include "Abide with Me" and
"Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven".
Read more about
Henry Francis Lyte here.
Bill was born and brought up in
Hawick. In his earlier years he was a Primary School teacher, teaching
the rudiments of rugby to youngsters and "instilling in them the
traditions and passion of the game as it pertained to Hawick". Even
though he is known to the famous names in rugby throughout the world and
associated with thousands of others, he still has a very close interest
in anything to do with rugby and his home town, Hawick.
Notable Achievement: Rugby
Commentator on radio and television. Commentating would not be the same
without the voice of Bill McLaren. His excellent skills, attention to
detail and enthusiasm for the game are forever present. He is greatly
respected by all who know him.
Writer and journalist who lives in Melrose. A number of her novels
feature Border locations and Border themes e.g. the Bondagers, and the
building of Leaderfoot Bridge, with "Lark Returning" (Melrose
and Lauder, "St. James Fair" (Kelso area), and "Woman of
ROBERT MORRISON (1782-1834)
Scholar and missionary, born in
He was sent to Canton by the London Missionary Society as the first
Protestant missionary to China. He translated and printed the Bible into
Chinese and in 1823 he completed his great Chinese Dictionary. In 1818
he established an Anglo Chinese College at Malacca.
SIR JAMES MURRAY (1837~ez_ndash~1915)
Born in Denholm, near Hawick, the
son of a tailor. He left school at the age of 14, and became a teacher
in Hawick and founder member of the Hawick Archaeological Society which
is still in existence today. Moved to London in 1856. Wrote a
"Dialect of the Southern Counties of Scotland". ~ez_ndash~ the first
scientific study of dialect. Knighted in 1908.
Notable Achievement: Lexicographer.
He became First Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, which was
quickly established as the standard for the English language. He died in
1915 before the Dictionary was finished, but he left a legacy of
organisation and inspiration for those completing it. .
house where "Dictionary Murray" was born
is situated on Main Street, Denholm, marked by a plaque.
JAMES NICOL (1810-79)
Geologist, born Traquair Manse
Innerleithen, Peebleshire. . After studying at Edinburgh he attended
universities of Berlin and Bonn.
Undertook a Survey of Scotland and by 1844 had published his "Guide
to the Geology of Scotland". In 1847 he was appointed secretary to
the Geological Society of London. In 1853 he was appointed Professor of
Natural History at Aberdeen University.
WILL OGILVIE (1869 ~ez_ndash~ 1963,
Born near Kelso, lived at Ashkirk
Notable Achievement: Poet.
A cairn was erected to his memory on the hill road between Ashkirk and
MUNGO PARK (1771~ez_ndash~1806)
Born at Foulshiels, Yarrow
Valley, educated in Selkirk, and apprenticed to a local surgeon at the
age of 15. Studied medicine and botany at Edinburgh University.
Practised medicine in Peebles 1801~ez_ndash~1804.
African explorer, who set out to plot the course of the Niger River. and
died on his second trip to Nigeria in 1806 when his expedition was never
seen or heard of again. Wrote "Travels in the Interior District of
Statue by the local sculptor Thomas Clapperton at the corner of Back
Row with High Street, Selkirk. In Peebles plaque at his residence 5-7
Northgate and on the window lintel of Keg Bar, High Street showing the
site of his surgery.
ANNE REDPATH, RSA, RWA, ARA, OBE (1895~ez_ndash~1965)
Born in Galashiels, daughter of a
Galashiels tweed designer. Enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art in 1913,
qualifying as an art teacher in 1917. Lived in France after marrying an
architect working for the War Graves Commission. Returned to the Borders
living in Hawick, where she painted still lifes and landscapes of the
Borders and Skye before moving to Edinburgh. Anne Redpath~ez_rsquo~s works are
now fetching large sums of money at auction.
Notable Achievement: Outstanding
HENRY SCOTT RIDDEL (1797-1870)
Minister of Teviothead Church,
Author of the national song "Scotland Yet".
A cairn stands visible from the A7 on the slopes of Dryden Fell above
SAINT CUTHBERT (c 635-687)
His early life is associated with
Lauderdale where hew may have been born, and where, whilst shepherding
near Oxton he experienced a vision which persuaded him to become a monk.
He entered the monastery at Old Melrose and became Prior. He
subsequently became Bishop of Lindesfarne.
FRANCIS GEORGE SCOTT (1880-1958)
Born in Hawick
Composer. Published 6 volumes of Scottish lyrics and worked closely with
Hugh McDiarmid setting his poems to music.
MICHAEL SCOTT (c1175-c1234)
Assumed to come a Borders family.
Educated in Oxford, Paris and Padua.
Wizard. Became court astrologer to the Holy Roman Empire. In Sir Walter
Scott~ez_rsquo~s "Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders", he is
portrayed as "he cleft the Eildon Hills in three and bridled the
Tweed with a curb of stone. ". Tradition relates that the Eildon
Hills were once one, and he sought employment for the devil and made
TOM SCOTT, RSA (1854~ez_ndash~1927)
A Selkirk born artist who studied in Edinburgh, France, Italy, Tunis and
Holland before returning to his native heath, residing at Leslie
Cottage, Selkirk. Paintings by Tom Scott can be seen in Sir Walter Scott~ez_rsquo~s
Courtroom, Selkirk, and Drumlarnig~ez_rsquo~s Tower, Hawick.
Above old Southern Reporter building in High Street, Selkirk.
SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771~ez_ndash~1832)
Born in Edinburgh of Borders
descent from the Scott~ez_rsquo~s of Harden and family connections with
Smailholm and Kelso; He was appointed Sheriff Depute of Selkirkshire in
1799, a position which he held until his death in 1832. During these
years his full creative genius as a poet and novelist developed. He
built and lived at Abbotsford House ~ez_ndash~ 2 miles from Galashiels. He is
buried within the precincts of Dryburgh Abbey near St Boswells.
Novelist and poet.
examples across the Borders - bust and plaque near the Volunteer Hall,
St John Street - also statue outside Clovenfords Hotel, 3 miles west of
Galashiels, - and statue in Selkirk Market Square. Other places
associated with his life also include Melrose Abbey, Sir Walter Scott~ez_rsquo~s
Courtroom in Selkirk, Scotts View, Innerleithen and Tibbie Shiels.
MARY SOMERVILLE (1780-1872)
Born Mary Fairfax in Jedburgh,
daughter of Sir William Fairf\ax, one of Nelson~ez_rsquo~s captains. .
Mathematician and Scientific Writer, despite only one year of formal
education. Published widely used textbooks. Somerville College at Oxford
is named after her.
CATHERINE HELEN SPENCE (c
Born in Melrose, daughter of
lawyer David Spence, who faced with bankruptcy and financial ruin,
emigrated with his family to Australia in 1839 when Catherine was 14.
David Spence became Adelaide's first town clerk.
Catherine became Australia's first female political candidate, first
woman journalist and novelist, a battler for women's suffrage and social
reform, and a lifelong campaigner for proportional representation.. She
played a key role in setting up the children's court system, wrote the
first legal studies textbook to be published in Australia, and helped to
transform South Australia from a rural backwater into a respected,
progressive colony, earning the title of "Grand Old Woman of
Australia". She is commemorated in Adelaide by the Spence Archive
of her papers and writings and by a statue with the instruction
"Social and political reformer, writer and preacher who worked for
children". A new 2001 $5 banknote, celebrating the centenary of the
federation of Australia features her image
At her early childhood home in Melrose, which now forms part of Millers
Hotel in the Square.
THOMAS THE RHYMER c1210-c1290
Born and lived at Ercildoune (Earlston)
According to Sir Walter Scott~ez_rsquo~s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders,
Thomas saw the Queen of the Fairies as she rode out over the Eildon
Hills, was captivated by her and returned with her to her kingdom inside
the hills. After seven years, he was allowed to return to earth and as a
keepsake was given the gift of prophesy. Among his predictions were the
death of Alexander 111, the defeat of Flodden and the union of the
crowns in 1603.
Prophet, Seer and one of Scotland~ez_rsquo~s earliest poets
Sculpture, viewpoint & interpretation boards at Boglie Burn, near
Melrose. Ruins of his tower just south of Earlston. Rhymer~ez_rsquo~s Stone set
into the east wall of Earlston Parish Church
JAMES THOMSON (1700-1748)
Born at Ednam, nr Kelso, moved to
Southdean as a child, attended Jedburgh Grammar School and studied
divinity at Edinburgh University. Died at Richmond, Surrey.
Poet of great merit. Wrote the words of "Rule Britannia" (set
to music by Thomas Arne) and "The Seasons" (used by
Hadyn as the text for his oratorio)
A monument on Ferny Hill, just outside Ednam. The Temple of the Muses in
Dryburgh, nr St Boswells was erected by the 11th Earl of
Buchan and dedicated to James Thomson. The temple used to hold a fine
statue of Apollo, copied from the Apollo di Belvidere at Florence and on
the pedestal were the nine muses. A bust of Thomson is on top of the
temple. Poet Robert Burns wrote a poem "Address to the Shade of
Thomson" for the opening of the temple.
SIR WILLIAM TURNBULL (c1400-c1454)
Reputed to be the younger son of
the Laird of Bedrule, near Hawick. Believed to have died whilst on a
pilgrimage to Rome.
Scholar, Bishop of Glasgow and founder of Glasgow University in 1451
A memorial to him is in Bedrule Church, near Hawick.
JOHN VEITCH (1829-1894)
Born in Peebles. Studied at
Edinburgh University; then studied Theology at New College, Edinburgh.
In 1856 appointed assistant to Sir William Hamilton Professor of Logic
and Metaphysics at Edinburgh 1860. In 1860 he was appointed Professor of
Logic at St. Andrews University.
Poet and scholar - wrote about the Border Country
on his house in Biggiesknowe, Peebles. A commemorative fountain is
situated on the High Street in front of the Tontine Hotel.
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