Thursday, August 13, 2015

Free Theatre Tickets - 6pm Friday 14 August - Maltings Theatre, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Instead of collapsing in front of the television this Friday after work, treat yourself to a theatre performance - 6pm on Friday 14 August at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Linda Bankier has been working with Wendy Payn and Ross Graham at the Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1AJ, with a group of children, aged 8 to 12, who are creating a play in a week for Maltings Youth Theatre.

The play is still evolving but it will be based on research and information that the children have found out about the Greenses area of Berwick and fishing.

Their short play will be performed at 6pm in the Henry Travers Studio at the Maltings on Friday 14 August.

Here's a trailer:

It’s free to attend and will last a maximum of half an hour.

If you are in or near Berwick, please do go along and support the children who have worked very hard all week on this project.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fascinating New Book, ‘Snippets & Photos About Old Innerleithen’ by Bob Richardson


Snippets & Photos About Old Innerleithen
Bob Richardson, the author of our previous Innerleithen publication, Innerleithen Shops has written a new book, ‘Snippets & Photos About Old Innerleithen’. 

He’s dipped into other publications about Innerleithen, some of which are long out of print, gleaned pieces from the local newspaper, St Ronan’s Standard, but he’s also talked to local people and I know from experience that can be a rich source of information if only you can get them to start talking. 

Innerleithen Shops showed that in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Innerleithen was a busy place for commerce, however, this new book shows that it was a busy place in many more ways. 

Mr Richardson covers the history of Innerleithen as well as churches, schools, old towers, mills, rivers and pools and associated constructions, roads, bridges, inns, hotels, a curling rink, the post office, the library, a few shops, two political clubs, the gas works, sports clubs and sporting occasions, slaughter houses, blacksmiths, the plague, the Masonic Lodge, the town hall, shooting ranges, telephone exchanges and laundries.

There’s also a timeline, mainly from 1825 to 1975, a list of Innerleithen place names and their locations; descriptions of two walks, one along Leithen Road in 1900, the other up The Strip (date not stated); and an index. The 56 page paperback has 18 colour illustrations, including one on the front cover.
I’m astonished by the number of schools that there were in Innerleithen and especially that the parish school (which later became Leithenside School) was established in 1737.
Even more surprising was that another school, Innerleithen Academy, charged fees of £35 per pupil in 1846, more than a farm hind and his family could expect to earn in a year. I’m enthralled by the descriptions of the walks, partly because although you can see on old maps where the buildings were and using valuation rolls (after 1855) see who the occupants were, there’s no way to get the local colour unless it’s been recorded.

Of course, in 56 pages, you can’t expect a comprehensive history of Innerleithen, on the other hand, books that set out to be comprehensive are often boring. This book isn’t at all boring and for me, an occasional day visitor to Innerleithen, it’s fascinating to read and see how the town has changed over the years. There’s something for every interest here and it’s a “must have” for every St Ronanite, no matter where they’re currently living.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Monumental Inscriptions volume for Lyne, Megget and Manor, Peeblesshire

'Adam and Eve' symbolic stone on the grave of Jannet Veitch who died at the age of 16
We’re pleased to report that we have just published another new Monumental Inscriptions volume on CD, this time for the parishes of Lyne & Megget and of Manor in Peeblesshire, Scotland.

Lyne & Megget is the smallest of the Peeblesshire parishes and the Megget part was part of the parish of Traquair prior to the Reformation. Lyne churchyard is small with only 32 stones remaining but this includes one of the few 'Adam and Eve' symbolic stones in the Borders and which is in excellent condition.

There are no known burial grounds in the Megget valley but many of the inhabitants used St Mary’s of the Lowes kirkyard.  The parish of Megget includes the farms and settlements of Henderland, Craigierig, Cramalt, Glengaber, Meggetknows, Shielhope, Syart and Winterhopeburn. A new church for Megget, the 'Tin Kirk' was dedicated in 1905.

The books of Dr Clement Bryce Gunn, and the published photographs of T Crozier, shed so much light on the parishes and the events there.  Pre-1855 monumental inscriptions in both Lyne and Manor churchyards were recorded by Sheila A Scott in 1971, along with the other churchyards in Peeblesshire. We are indebted to her work, to the foresight of Mr J H Hendrie who initiated the project and to the Scottish Genealogy Society who have kindly allowed us to use her transcriptions where some of the stones have become unreadable or have not been identifiable in this survey.   

Usually, we include Hearth Tax or Poll Tax records from the 1690s but for Peeblesshire, the only records held at the National Records of Scotland summarise payments collected by place and do not include the usual list of names and individual payments.

The Blackwood & Smith collection, held at the National Records of Scotland, provide a wide range of historical documents for Peeblesshire, including the Peebles Lieutenancy and Militia Records.  These bundles of papers include
the minutes, correspondence, accounts and other papers and the returns and militia lists drawn up by the parish schoolmasters. The transcriptions of some of these militia lists are included together with some unique correspondence which has survived.

School admission registers for all three schools are available and are transcribed here.  In all, 699 admissions are listed from 1873 to 1919.

This volume on CD comprises a map of Peeblesshire, introduction, history of the parishes, lists of ministers of Lyne, Megget and Manor, Lyne & Megget Proclamations 1727-1730, Lieutenancy Records, plans of Lyne and Manor Churchyards, Lyne monumental inscriptions (gravestone inscriptions), photographs of all the visible gravestones, War Memorials, Rolls of Honour, school admission registers for Lyne Public School, Manor School, Megget School, indexes of surnames in Lieutenancy Records, monumental inscriptions and school admission registers. The school admission registers show the date admitted, child's name, parent's name, address, date of birth, previous school, leaving date.

There are 211 different surnames included in the inscriptions on the gravestones, and they are: Affleck, Ainslie, Aitken, Aldous, Alexander, Allan, Alston, Anderson, Ashford, Baillie, Ballantine, Ballantyne, Balmbra, Barr, Barrie, Bayne, Beattie, Bell, Bertram, Black, Blackie, Blacklaw, Blake, Bolton, Brockie, Brodie, Brown, Browning, Bruce, Brunton, Bryden, Brydon, Burnett, Cairns, Calderwood, Campbell, Chambers, Chancellor, Clark, Clelland, Cochrane, Coltherd, Coltman, Corrie, Cranston, Cruickshank, Currie, Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Davidson, Day, Deans, Denholm, Dickson, Docherty, Dodds, Edward, Elder, Elliot, Fergusson, Findlay, Finlayson, Finnie, Fisher, Fleming, Forrest, Forrester, Forsyth, Forsythe, Fotheringham, Fraser, Freer, French, Frier, Gall, Geddes, Gilchrist, Glendinning, Gossar, Gowans, Graham, Gray, Grieve, Haldane, Hall, Hamilton, Handyside, Harper, Hart, Hatton, Hay, Helm, Henderson, Hewat, Hill, Hislop, Hodge, Hogg, Hoggan, Hooper, Horsburgh, Hunter, Hunter, Hutchison, Inglis, Irvine, Jamieson, Jeffrey, Johnston, Jordan, Kennedy, Ker, Kerr, Ketchen, Kinnon, Laidlaw, Lamb, Laurie, Law, Lawson, Lee, Linton, Little, Lothian, Mackenzie, Macpherson, Macrae, Macvicar, Marshall, Martin, Mathieson, Mccallum, Mcculloch, Mcintosh, Mclaren, Mclean, Melrose, Mitchell, Mitchelson, Moffat, Moir, Morrison, Morrow, Munro, Murdoch, Murray, Naesmith, Nisbet, Orr, Paterson, Paxton, Penney, Pettigrew, Pirgivie, Porteous, Portious, Proudfoot, Purves, Rae, Read, Reid, Richardson, Ritchie, Robb, Robertson, Ross, Rutherford, Salton, Scarth, Sclater, Scott, Smellie, Smith, Somerville, Stevenson, Stewart, Stuart, Swan, Swinton, Taggart, Tait, Taylor, Telfer, Tennant, Thomson, Tod, Todd, Trinder, Turner, Tweedie, Usher, Utterson, Vair, Veitch, Waddell, Wales, Walkinshaw, Watson, Weir, Weston, White, Whitson, Wightman, Wilday, Wilkie, Wilson, Wood, Wood-Gush, Wotherspoon, Young, Yule.

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