1650 Battle of Dunbar Prisoners Re-Burial

It has been announced that the skeletal remains of the Scottish prisoners, taken by Oliver Cromwell’s troops at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, that were discovered buried beneath Palace Green beside Durham University and the Cathedral, will be re-buried at the Elvet Hill Road cemetery in Durham at 11:15hrs on Friday 18th May 2018.

It is not known whether there are Clan ancestors amongst the remains, but there is a possibility as Sir David Hume of Wedderburn commanded a Foot Regiment at the battle and it was not unusual to have Clan members serving alongside. We know that Colonel Sir David Hume and his son, Lieutenant Colonel George Hume, were killed during the battle on the 3rd September 1650.

The prisoners were marched down to Durham and imprisoned in the derelict Cathedral.

For more information, please click on the following links:

For a general description of the battle  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dunbar_(1650)

For information on Durham University’s Archaeological Dunbar Prisoners Project https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/history/

For details of Sir David Hume of wedderburn http://www.clan-home.org/tng11/getperson.php?personID=I1358&tree=2

Sir David Hume had raised the Company of the Merse Regiment before 1644, as we have details of their billeting and costs for December.

We also know that his son, George, had made his will on the 17th July 1650 and had written to his wife, Katherine (nee Morrison), two days before the battle, which starts “Deir Sueitt heartt” and finishes “God derect us, and me. Your ever most affectionatt husband till deathe.”

George’s widow, Dame Katherine of Wedderburn re-married on 27th February 1656 to James Bethune of Balfour.


The plans for the 2018 Clan Gathering continue to make progress. There is very exciting news about the Castle. The Hume Castle Preservation Trust, our sister organisation, has received indications of probable funding sufficient to start archaeological explorations at Hume on 10th August, the very day that the Clan propose to visit to raise our banner at our ancestors’ original home! This should make the Clan’s visit all the more exciting. As part of the arrangements for that visit, a hogroast lunch has been organised (cost £7 or £8 per head approx.) and historical reenactments will, it is hoped, be organised as well as some pipers.
Plans are also in train to hold a display of Scottish Country and Highland Dancing as part of the entertainment on the Saturday. Is there anything more spectacular and beautiful than Scottish dancing? Come and decide for yourselves…………

All welcome, whether Clan members, families with links to the Clan or just interested friends. For booking forms see link above at top of page – Gathering 2018


As well as many people who write their names variously as Home, Hume, Humes or other possible variants such as Holmes, Hulme and so forth, there are numerous families from the Scottish borders who have historic links with the Clan. These include those by the name of Ayton, Blackadder, Greenlaw, Greenlees, Haliburton,Paxton, Nesbitt, Trotter and Wedderburn and related spellings. The Clan wishes to flag up its recognition of these historic links and to encourage renewed contact. Any who wish to attend the 2018 Gathering will be most welcome!

John Hume’s Rhino Horn Debate

John Hume, the world’s largest private rhino breeder and a pioneering advocate for legalising horn trade, will be debating whether this trade should be legalised with Born Free Foundation President, Will Travers.
This crucial debate will take place on Wednesday 3rd August at 7pm at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
You can buy tickets for the event, at £10 each, from
the Ticket Office

John Hume is a South African property developer who at the age of 50 became a pioneer in establishing the world’s largest private rhino breeding operation. In the past 24 years he has bred 944 rhinos and spent $100 million dollars of his own funds to save the rhino for future generations.
John is guardian to 1,400 rhinos following his dream to help create a better future for their survival. His ambition is to breed 200 rhinos a year to prevent the extinction of this endangered African specie.
As a passionate pro-rhino activist, John calls for an end of the war on trade in rhino horn that has only resulted in illegal trade and killing of rhinos and also people in Africa. He advocates for legalisation of trade in rhino horn – a renewable product – to help create harmony between African people and their natural
heritage. http://www.rhinoalive.com