Scott MacLeod was born 3 March 1979 in Hawick. He attended Drumlanrig Primary School and went to Hawick High School from 1990??? He was a Scottish international rugby player. He currently plays as a lock for Newcastle Falcons.
Scott was introduced very late to rugby at the age of 21, having previously played basketball and been a keen golfer. He joined Hawick Trades before going on to play for Hawick RFC, with whom he won the BT Cellnet Cup in 2002 and from whom he joined the Borders professional team when it was set up that year. Scott represented the Borders at under-21 level, then left the Border Reivers to join Llanelli Scarlets for the 2006-2007 season. He returned to Scottish rugby in January 2008 by signing for Edinburgh.
MacLeod made his debut for the national side on 6 November 2004, against Australia, and has won 24 caps for Scotland. He was in the Scotland squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where he made five appearances.
In November 2010, MacLeod moved to Japan when he signed for the Kobe Kobelco Steelers for their 2011-12 Top League campaign.
In season 2012/13, he joined Newcastle Falcons following their relegation to the RFU Championship and was their Player of the Year when they won the league and secured promotion back to the Premiership.
by Ewan Chelley
Janice Chapman was born on the 27th Of February 1958, and in her early years attended Wilton Primary School, where she was Head Girl in 1969/1970. She went on to attend Hawick High School from 1970 to 1975. At High School her favourite subjects were Art, PE and Biology, and Janice’s favourite teacher was an Art teacher called Mrs Ritchie. At high school her friends were Shirley Moxey, Ann Ingles, Angela Stitt, Karen Guy, Mag Tait, Susan Rae and many more! In High school her ambition was to become a teacher, which she stuck by! Janice went to Callendar Park College of Education in Falkirk, to do Teacher Training, and her first job was at Wester Langlee Primary School in Galashiels.
Currently she is working as the Head Teacher at Burnfoot Community School. When asked how challenging is it to teach in an area which the statistics suggest is a difficult one she replied with €œVery demanding, both physically and emotionally, you either love it or hate it. Thankfully I love it and always have€. She is presently working on the Vision 2014 project, which she founded, along with Kate Houston, who came up with the idea originally. Initially the plan was to come up with something significant to mark he London 2012 Olympics. From there they started adding events and occasions until they got to where they are now. Their first pupil conference was held in May 2008, which was designed to get pupils thinking about ideas to start the project. Since then the project has delivered the very successful 2011 Year of Arts and Culture, 2012 Year of Sport and 2013 Year of Industry and the project will culminate with the 2014 Year of Heritage to help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Hawick callants capturing of the Banner Blue at Hornshole.
In what little free time she has, she enjoys reading mystery and crime novels, holidays abroad in the sun, visiting New York, eating out, drinking nice wine, and supporting her husband David Chapman, member of the band Scocha by selling the band’s merchandise at theirevents and also online. Janice also tries to attend the gym as regularly as possible.
By Emily Lockie
Thomas Lothian Johnston was born in Whitburn, West Lothian. He moved to Newcastleton aged one, when his father was transferred there as a railway signalman. He left Hawick High School in 1944, aged 17. He thoroughly enjoyed playing rugby particularly for Hawick Trades. He volunteered for the Royal Navy and joined HMS Cumbernauld to see service in the Far East. WW2 ended a year later without him seeing action. He gained a place at Cambridge University, but declined it, choosing to instead go to Edinburgh University, although he remarked €œHad there been a University in Hawick, I would have gone there€. Taking up his place at Edinburgh, the young naval officer caught the eye of Professor Sir Alexander Gray, one of the great figures of pre-war and wartime economics in Britain. In later years he became a Professor of Economics at Heriot-Watt University between the years of 1966 and 1976, then a member of the Scottish Economic Council from 1977 to 1991. During this period he was the Economic Consultant to the Secretary of State for Scotland between 1977 and 1980. He was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University between 1981 and 1988 and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh from 1993 to 1996. He died in 2009.
by Hannah Simpson
Stuart Hogg attended Trinity Primary School and later moved on to attend Hawick High School. He always had a keen interest in rugby. He played for Hawick Wanderers and Hawick PSA clubs. He then moved on to play for Hawick briefly before being signed for the professional side Glasgow Warriors. Stuart represented Scotland at under-17, under-18, and under-20 level before representing Scotland ’A’ and the full international side for whom he first played in 2012. He normally plays at full back but can also play at centre and stand-off.. He scored his first try for Scotland against France. He was one of only 3 Scottish players to be called up to play for the 2013 British and Irish Lions on their tour to Australia when he was the youngest player in the party.
by Charles Wilson
Andy Logan is a well known archer from Hawick. He attended Hawick High School where his daughter currently studies and his wife works in the school’s canteen. He works at Mainetti in Jedburgh and runs an Archery Club known as the Redgauntlet Archery Club.
He has twice been European Field Archery Champion; winning his first indoor title in 1990. He has won the Scottish Indoor Championships four times in a row and 6 times in the last thirteen years. He had a bad car crash in December 2007 which resulted in a smashed ankle and two broken legs. He has since recovered and is well enough to continue with archery, lighting the brazier by shooting an arrow during the Hawick 2012 Year of Sport celebrations.
by Haru Nagato-Apthorp
Robert Gray Charters was born in Hawick on October 29th, 1930. He first played for Hawick when he was only 17. He was in the unofficial championship winning team (1947-48) and played 11 seasons for Hawick. He played centre for Scotland in 1955, making his debut against Wales at Murrayfield. He was the President of the SRU in season 1992-93. He has been a British Lions selector. He managed the Scotland team who toured to Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa. He served a plumber’s apprenticeship with Miller’s then joined and eventually took over the knitwear business that his father had set up.
by Ewan Chelley
Kenneth Suddon Fraser was born in 1954 in the Haig Maternity Home. He was, and continues to be, an incredible canoeist and kayaker having won many medals for Scotland. He won the Roxburgh Canoe Club Slalom Championships at Hornshole when he was just 16. He was first selected for the Scottish White Water team in 1976 and was Scottish White Water Champion 8 times in a row, the first time in 1980. He was selected for the British White Water team in 1982 and again in 1986. He owns 14 boats, a ‘boat for all occasions’. If he hadn’t pursued the sport of canoeing, he thinks he would have probably have taken up mountaineering.
I asked Kenneth if Hawick High School inspired him and he said. ‘ I enjoyed my time at Hawick High School and I suppose I was an average pupil. I did not excel in sport or any team games and I would have benefited a lot if canoe/kayak coaching had been available during school ‘games’ period. However that was a long time ago and there is a lot of support for youngsters participating in ‘minority sports’ nowadays.I left to become an apprentice motor mechanic when I was 16.’
Kenneth Fraser still continues to paddle and he can often be seen in his canoe at the Spetch. He is currently coaching a few men who are interested in sea kayaking and he hopes to go to Canada this year to visit an old kayaking colleague.
by Niamh Rafferty
Ken Laidlaw was born in Hawick in 1936 and went to Hawick High School. From the very young age of 15 he was involved in cycling with the Hawick Cycling Club. His cycling career saw him become one of Britain’s best road cyclists. His major win of his career was the Tour of Britain in 1957. He took part in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. During National Service he was given time to train which developed his cycling skills. He participated in the Scottish 100 mile championship and set a new Scottish record. Over the years as an amateur he took part in famous international races gaining him many honours. At the age of 25 he turned professional and was chosen to represent Britain in the world’s toughest race the Tour de France. Now Ken Laidlaw who lives in America has a Sportive based in Hawick to commemorate his great cycling acheivements.
by Rhianne Gray
Aitken & Turnbull Border League Plate Final
Both the A and B Teams have secured a place in the U15 Border League Plate Final. This is the first time both teams will be playing each other in a final. We wish both teams the best of luck in the final which is being played on Sunday 9th March at the Gytes Leisure Centre in Peebles at 4.00pm.
Ian Rutherford was born in the Haig Maternity Hospital in Hawick on the 16th of February 1955. Ian went to Hawick High School from 1967 to 1971. He enjoyed Art and Geography and his favorite teachers were Mr Lancaster and Mr Franklin. He was first in his class 1H in first year. His ambition at school was to be good at sport and his interests were sports, wildlife and fishing. He now works as a photojournalist covering all types of events, sports, news and features across a wide spectrum of subjects. He never intended to be a photographer until he was in his 20’s and for it to become his career he feels that he has been very lucky to end up doing a great job. He has a saying “Sometimes it pays to follow your gut”.
By Rhianne Gray
Nikki Walker was born in Aberdeen on the 5th of March 1982 and attended Hawick High School from 1994 to 1999. He is a Scotland international rugby union rugby player who plays on the wing. He made his first appearance for Scotland against Romania in 2002.
He was in the Rugby World Cup squad in 2003 and 2007 and most unfortunately missed the chance to play in the 2011 New Zealand tournament due to a knee injury sustained in the final minutes of the last warm-up match against Italy.
Before becoming an international, Nikki played for Hawick RFC and from 2006 for the Border Reivers until they were disbanded in 2007. In the summer of that year he joined the Welsh Rugby Union team, the Ospreys. It was during his time at the Ospreys that he made his return to international rugby in 2007 making his first appearance for Scotland in four years as a replacement against Wales during a Six Nations match. Four weeks later he was on the starting team against France and scored a try within the seventh minute. The next try he scored was in Aberdeen in the 2009 Autumn Test against Canada, repeating this again this time against Samoa in the 2010 Autumn Test. In the 2011 Six Nations he scored against Italy at Murrayfield.
At the end of the 2011/12 season Nikki Walker left the Ospreys to play for Worcester Warriors making his delayed debut for Worcester against Gloucester in September 2012 after recovering from the knee injury that had kept him out of action for over a year.
By Cian Gullen
Brian Bonsor was born in Hawick on the 21st of August 1926. His father was a hosiery manufacturer. However Brian had no plans to join the family firm and instead became a law apprentice at a local legal firm.
In the Second World War Brian served in the Royal Navy on a minesweeper. Once the war was over, he trained to be a teacher in 1947 and was a Music teacher at Hawick High School for seventeen years. In all he spent 35 years in musical education later becoming Regional Advisor before becoming a full-time composer.
He had played the recorder from when he was a young boy, teaching himself to play, and went on to help with putting together a book entitled ‘Enjoy the Recorder’ which has been used in schools to teach pupils how to play the instrument. He was also the Musical Director for the Society of Recorder players from 1957. Brian has arranged music for the recorders in many famous musicals such as, Mock Morris (Percy Grainger 1985), Emperor Waltz (Johann Strauss 1985) and Cats (Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber). He has also worked with the recording sisters Alison and Ashli Moody, who are pianists made famous for their performance at Losa M’uania.
On September 17th 1966 he married Mary Hargreaves, later on his wife gave birth to their two children, one son and one daughter.
He was awarded an MBE for his services to music in 2002.
Brian Bonsor MBE died in on the 22nd of February 2011 aged 84.
By Cian Gullen
Martin Dechan was born in 1852 and grew up in Gotterson’s Innery – now part of Drumlanrig Square - and then at Langburnshiels. After working as a hind he became a tweed finisher with Walter Wilson. He later took Science and Art classes at Teviot Grove Academy and qualifyied as a Chemistry teacher. After that he gave up his factory job to become a full time chemistry teacher in 1884. After teaching for a few years he took over the practical Chemistry lecture room and laboratory of the Buccleuch Memorial. He also continued to study himself publishing several papers, becoming a fellow of the Institute of Chemistry. He was then elected a fellow of the Chemical Society of London in 1885. He died in 1915.
By Rhianne Gray