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
In early November, Gos Home (Chairman of the HCPT) and Charles Home (CHA Convenor) spent a few days in the Borders, staying as usual at Mansefield, a brilliant B&B at the eastern end of Greenlaw, run by Pippa & Tim Culham. They are, in addition to being excellent hosts, mines of local information and their place is unreservedly recommended.
The Borders looked beautiful. Clear blue skies and autumnal trees showed the area off at its best.
The task there was twofold:
Firstly, now that the extra land to the south of Hume Castle is in Association and Trust hands, meetings had been set up with Tweed Forum, the Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland in Edinburgh. These meetings were very positive and a path forward, towards the goal of archeological works showing parts of the original Hume village on the castle slopes, was identified.
Secondly to start planning the main locations for the Clan Gathering in August 2018. The Gathering dates have been set for the weekend of 11th and 12th of August with possible events on the Friday 10th and also Monday 13th. More details about these venues will be available once firm bookings have been confirmed. It seems a long way away, but plans have started, hopefully to make the 2018 Gathering the best yet. Some task after the huge success of the 2013 event, admittedly, but very doable.
The time spent around Hume was fast-paced and exhilarating. A wonderful reminder of how fortunate we all are to be associated with such a beautiful landscape, people and ever-intertwining story.
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
Clan Home members are encouraged to attend the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linnville, North Carolina, USA:
The Highland Games themselves are something to be witnessed and enjoyed by Scotland lovers everywhere, in a mountain-surrounded setting that will surely conjure up memories of the Highlands. But members and associates of the Home Clan worldwide will want to attend this event to foster interaction between the Home/Hume family lines from around the world. Please plan to attend the games if you will be in the area and enjoy the time with other Clan Home members!!
This will be both fun and rewarding:
If you are a Home/Hume family member, or associate (i.e. related to a Home/Hume by marriage or in some other way) we strongly urge you to attend this gathering to help cement the ties between Homes/Humes in the United States, Scotland and around the world; you will be able to march in the Parade of Tartans to show off the Home/Hume Tartan and most of all simply enjoy yourself.
KEY INTERNET LINKS CONCERNING THE EVENT:
Main page of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games website:
Events Schedule for weekend of Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th
Ticket Order Form
The Hume Castle Preservation Trust, closely associated with the Clan Home Association, announces the launch of their new website. “Thrilled to have it there” said CHA Convenor and HCPT Trustee Charles Home. “With so much happening with the Castle and all the plans afoot, it’s time to launch its own site. Hopefully, over the next few months, details of these plans will be posted as they develop. We hope that the website will become a major resource for all those wishing to visit and share our special heritage. We’ll be uploading more images too.” He continued.
Check it out and get involved! Hume Castle Website
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.