Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Transcribing at Chirnside



A very successful week-end transcribing at Peebles a few weeks back. Blessed with good weather substantial progress was made.

Next week-end (17th. and 18th. August) we turn our attention to Chirnside and shall be transcribing there on the Saturday from 10 to 4 and on Sunday from 1 to 4

Chirnside is another cemetery which offers considerable challenge with many old stones going back to the 18th. century and accordingly now quite worn and difficult, indeed in some cases, impossible to read.

The graveyard is more or less adjacent to the estate of Ninewells where David Hume spent his boyhood years  and when transcribing an interesting reflection that the great philosopher would probably have known quite a number of these people.

It is also quite a sizeable graveyard  and we are according looking for as much support as we can muster and we hope that as many members and friends might manage along on either (or both) of the two days, even if only for a couple of hours.

Chirnside Church and graveyard are situated to the south of the Town, off the A6105 Duns to Berwick Road. Approaching Chirnside from Duns rather than proceeding into the Town keep on the Berwick Road and after about half a mile turn left at the Chirnside Inn (still known to most as The Waterloo Inn - why can't old names be preserved?) and the Church  is immediately on the right hand side - there is plenty of parking.

If coming along bring a notebook and pen/pencil  and a soft brush also preferably chalk and water and a kneeling pad - not of course forgetting a picnic - as ever a chance to meet and converse with fellow members  

While no problems to anyone just turning up if you are going to manage it can be helpful with organizing if you could contact me, Ronald Morrison beforehand on www.bordersfhs.org.uk/BFHSContacts.asp, using the contact type Gravestone Recording. - or telephone 01361 882166

Lets hope once again we are blessed with fine weather -a pleasant way to spend a summer's day as witness the attached of our membership secretary who has been doing quite a bit of preparatory work

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