Photo Arran Johnston
Photo Arran Johnston
Photos – Arran Johnston
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER – 3rd SEPTEMBER
LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Scottish Borders Heritage Festival Opening Event
‘Lighting the Borders’ is a Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Event.
To open this year’s Scottish Borders Heritage Festival (#BHeritageF17) we plan to illuminate the Scottish Borders landscape with light, story, performance and song.
To re-enact the lighting of signal fires, 25+ historic sites will be illuminated across the Scottish Borders. Eleven performances that reflect our historic and cultural diversity have been programmed at a range of historic sites. We will use a variety of lighting to form a chain across the landscape at dusk on each evening. All buildings in the sequence will be colour washed or highlighted in blue for 3 nights from the 1st to 3rd September.
Follow the chain of light at these sites: Aikwood Tower, Ayton Castle, Bowhill House, Coldstream Community Centre, Duns Castle, Duns Law, Duns Parish Church, Eyemouth Fort, Fatlips Castle, Floors Castle, Gunsgreen House, Hermitage Castle, Hume Castle, Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh Castle Jail, Kelso Abbey, Kelso Town Hall, Mary Queen of Scots House, Melrose Abbey, Neidpath Castle, Newark Castle, Old Parish & St Paul’s Church, Peniel Heugh, Riddell Tower, Smailholm Tower, Stobs Camp and Thirlestane Castle.
SATURDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Hume Castle
‘The Road to Pinkie’ #1 – Medieval re-enactment, Storytelling, Living History and Tour
13:00 – 21:00 Hume Castle, Hume, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, TD5 7TR
Tel: 01573 410743 | Entry: Free (Collection for donations)
Join us at Hume Castle for a day of living history, storytelling and song! Come and see the Kelso Laddie, Greenlaw Maid and entourage ride in on horseback to open the event at 13:00 followed by an afternoon of re-enactment and living history with the Lothian Levy to include living history camp, drill training, skirmishes and the representation of the castle’s fortunes in the Rough Wooing. See Lady Hume’s surrender on the battlements and the Hume Banner (Marchmont Standard) flaunted for the first time in many centuries! Other highlights include: Archaeological Walk and Tour with Piers Dixon, Hog Roast, Medieval Food, Smailholm Singers, Northumbrian and Scottish Pipers, Poetry, Storytelling and Music. This event is the first of three precursors to the Battle of Pinkie re-enactment.
Planning for the Clan Home Gathering August 2018 is under way.
The committee has proposed a plan for the Gathering including events associated with the Coldstream Civic week prior to the gathering weekend and some items associated with the Edinburgh Festival and other items that Edinburgh has to offer.
Below are two documents that we would like Home/Hume descendants, Clan Home Association members, past current and prospective to consider and to provide feedback that will help us further and or adjust planning.
It is your gathering and so we really appreciate your frank input.
The first document is a flyer outlining the gathering and the second is a survey which outlines proposed events and accommodations along with some budgetary information.
Please click on and read the following flyer.
Please click on the following survey. This will open up a PDF document (if you have not already done so you may be requested to down load a PDF reader)
This survey contains some fields in which to enter a name, some numbers in your party that you believe will or may attend and a series of check boxes to indicate those events that you may like to attend. i.e. these can be entered online within the document. (please add a note to the comments section as to how certain your attendance might be, e.g. definitely, probably, possible.
The completed form can be saved to your computer and the information you provided will be embedded within the document. If you have the Adobe software for reading PDF files – see below – How to fill out the form! you will be offered a chance on the form to “submit” this will ask you to enter your email address and your email application and will email this back to the membership email and you will be done.
If you don’t have the software please download the form – fill it in and completed survey to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clan Home Gathering 2018 – organising committee
The Hume Castle Preservation Trust has purchased a plot of land adjacent to the castle below which an aerial survey has shown the existence of buildings and walls that supported the people who lived at the castle.
Gos Home who has been leading our efforts to secure this land has provided the following information
“Plot 8 adjoins our existing 6 acres to its south and this neatly joins up the rest of the land on which stood the homes of the villagers. We now know that many of those houses still stand to an unknown height along with gardens, wells adjoining roadways or paths. The village is thought to have had a much larger population than today’s village perhaps as many as 800 compared with today at just 40.
After Cromwell’s Colonels in 1651 under Col. Fenwick destroyed Home castle as it then was and Home village it lay as ruins until the then Earl of Home sold the land to Hugh Hume, the Earl of Marchmont in 1790. He carried out a restoration of the castle as a folly and helped create today’s village of Hume. The spelling changed.
The further restoration of the Castle and the sale of land surrounding it to Clan Home took place early this century and the recent discovery by Dr Piers Dixon by using drone photography that the original village still lies beneath the grass has sparked off these exciting fresh developments. The acquisition of Plot 8 will enable proper excavation to start for the first time in 365 years.”
The next steps in progressing this project will be to secure monies to fund the excavation of this land. A long-term objective is to facilitate an information and education centre where visitors to the Castle can learn about the Castle, the families that owned and worked the area and the various historical events surround live in those earlier times.
Below is a parcel boundary map showing the location of parcel 8.
An aerial view of the Castle can be accessed via
Queen’s 90th birthday: Beacons lit amid UK celebrations.
The Queen has lit the first of more than 900 beacons lighting up across the UK and overseas as part of her 90th birthday celebrations.
Dr Piers Dixon who is the Operations Manager, Survey and Recording for the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland has provided the Home Clan with this YouTube link to a video shot as part of their investigations of Hume Castle which included an aerial survey using CyberHawke (http://www.thecyberhawk.com). There have been a raft of photos taken which with analysis will reveal a picture of Hume of old, showing features that are now covered by the current landscape. We look forward to seeing a great deal more in the future.
I’m extremely fortunate to have been invited to attend the re-opening ceremony of Hougoumont Farm on the 17th June. It played a vital role during the Battle of Waterloo which took place 200 years ago this month, on June 18th 1815.
Comprising of a Chateau,various farm buildings and gates, Hougoumont was on Wellington’s right flank, slightly forward of his line and so became Napoleon’s primary target. It was partly due to his commitment to take it and its defenders who denied him, that helped turn the outcome of the battle.
I first visited the farm 15 years ago or so and it has always had a very special atmosphere, but recently it had been allowed to decay. Project Hougoumont http://www.projecthougoumont.com was established to put things right and my sister Pen and I are the Editors for the Project’s Newsletters. The farm has been sympathetically restored to its former glory.
I’ve attached a biography of Francis Home who helped defend this wonderful set of buildings and I urge anyone with any interest in history to visit them.
Francis Home was born in Edinburgh in 1780, the 2nd son of Prof. Francis Home (1719-1813) who was Head of Medicine at Edinburgh University.
He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from Edinburgh on the 24th June 1800 and joined the Army as a physician in 1801. In 1802 he left and rejoined the Army with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Foot Guards as Ensign on the 20th December 1803.
He was promoted to Lieutenant & Captain on the 24th May 1806 whilst in the Peninsular.
(Vice Thomas William Gordon who was promoted to Captain & Lt. Colonel)
He joined the second Peninsula Campaign in January 1809 and fought at
Talavera (28/7/1809), Busaco (27/9/1810) and Fuentes de Onoro (3/5/1811).
During the battle of Fuentes, he was attacked by 3 troopers of the 13th Chasseurs, (see above) one of whom grabbed his water bottle, while another grabbed his epaulette.
The 3rd one thrust at him with his sabre, but Home almost pulled him off his horse.
As the Frenchman rode off, Home grabbed the man’s prized Cross of the Legion of Honour
and returned triumphantly to his comrades. Apparently Home was large, muscular, determined
and his courage was well known.
(Source: John Cowell and John Mills both of the Coldstream Guards )
About 6 weeks later, on the 18th June 1811, a decision was made regarding a dispute between Home and Lt. Col. Sir George Stirling (1st Bt, Coldstream Guards).
General Alexander Campbell (commanding the 6th Division) and Maj. Gen. Sir Brent Spencer
(commanding the 1st Division which included the 1/3rd Guards) decided that a superior officer
of a different (or even the same) regiment had no right to put an inferior officer under arrest
whilst his (the inferior officer’s) commanding officer was on the ground!
What brought all this on is sadly no longer known.
Home was promoted to Captain and Lt. Colonel, without purchase, on 15th March 1814 (vice Robert Mercer, brother of Douglas Mercer) and returned to England that year.
Having visited the family in Berwickshire, following the death of his father the previous year, he purchased a ninth share of a coal mine in Dudley, Worcestershire, on the 27th July 1814. He then rejoined the Grenadier Company of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Foot Guards in August 1814 and was
posted with the Battalion to Brussels.
During the battle on the 18th of June 1815, he commanded the Grenadier Company and helped defend Hougoumont. At 1330 hours he led 2 companies (the Grenadier Co. and No.1 Company) in a counter attack in the orchard and and managed to drive the French back.
Wellington saw that the Chateau was ablaze (at about 3pm) and sent a message
via one of his ADCs, Major Andrew Hamilton, regarding the hazardous position within
and around the burning Chateau. This was delivered to Home and having been asked whether he had understood Wellington’s meaning, he answered
“I do and you can tell the Duke from me that unless we are attacked more vigorously
than we have been hitherto, we shall maintain the position without difficulty.”
Home then passed on the orders to Colonel MacDonell.
(This perhaps explains why Wellington mistakenly mentioned Home
rather than Col Hepburn in his Despatches that night.)
Shortly after 8 o’clock Wellington orders the General Advance which starts the French rout.
After Waterloo he returned to London in January 1816, where he heard that he had been swindled. His purchase of a share in the coal mine had been a scam. Having lost his money he was devastated.
He spent the next 30 odd years complaining to and about everyone involved.
After several months in Berwickshire, he resigned his commision on the 2nd April 1818
(probably on the army’s suggestion).
In 1838 he was living at 6 Park Row, a (recently demolished) terrace on the edge of Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, London. He wrote, from there, and had published a 56 page booklet entitled “Outline of the True Facts and Documents” in June 1838, which was his side of the rumpus and fiasco regarding the coal mine swindle, which ended up involving his regiment, his commanding officer, the army in general,various MPs, the Prime Minister and even the King.
His perseverance to get justice certainly cost him his army career and his reputation.
He appeared in the same house in the 1841 census but was not there in the 1851 census.
He died in Kensington, London on 28th April 1859.