Fantastic news – Head Girl Kristie Waugh is going to be a baton-bearer representing Hawick High School in Scottish Borders on the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Kristie will have the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton as it travels the length and breadth of Scotland on the way to its final destination at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. By the time it arrives in Scotland, the baton will have been on an epic 248 day journey around all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth
The Big Return
Thursday 15th May 2014
11.30am-1.30pm (main events)
All nursery, primary and S1 pupils from the Teviotdale and Liddesdale Learning Community will be involved in a range of activities at the field at Hornshole dressed in period costume. The children will arrive at the field walking via 3 routes from Burnfoot. The events of the day will include the children at their encampments enjoying entertainment and a re-enactment of the Battle of Hornshole.
See the local press for details of the days itinerary nearer to the event.
Jimmie Guthrie is one of Hawick’s motor cycle racing legends. He was born on May 23rd 1897 and died tragically while leading in the German Grand Prix of 1937. He competed in 12 TT races and won 6 of them. He will forever be remembered by the statue of him in Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick not that far from where he used to live. In Hawick there is an annual tribute run for the world famous motorcyclist which is always a great success. After his death hundreds of German mourners came to pay their respects. He was put on a special train to take him to the border. Jimmie Guthrie’s funeral procession in Hawick was 3 miles long. Hawick had lost its favourite son and European motor cycle racing an exceptional rider. By Charlie Wilson
Adam ‘Vasilevich’ Armstrong was born in 1761, the eldest son of William Armstrong, the Schoolmaster of Hobkirk. He attended Hawick Grammar School and was the Dux (top pupil in their year) of 1777. After school he went to Edinburgh University.
He worked as a tutor for the Robson-Scotts of Belford, and later for Admiral Greig (cousin of Dr Charters of Wilton, and future father in law to Mary Somerville).
Together with Greig, he went to Russia, were he ‘achieved distinction in the Imperial Government of Alexander 1’ and was appointed Senior Mining Director of the Olonets Ironworks in Petrozavodsk and Chief of their St Petersburg works. He also gave himself the middle name of ‘Vasilevich’ which translates from Russian as ‘son of William’.
Sometime later, Adam travelled back to Britain to bring Charles Gascoigne, the manager of the Carron Ironworks to Russia with him. After Gascoigne’s death in 1806, Armstrong took over for him.
He married Isabella Lindsay, the daughter of Dr Lindsay of Jedburgh, and through doing so became the Proprietor of Mary Queen of Scots House. Isabella had been a love interest of Robert Burns when he visited Jedburgh on his Border Tour of 1787 and her marriage to Armstrong occurred only 24 days after she and Burns last saw each other. Together they had four children: 2 sons called John and Robert Lindsay, and another 2; however, their names and gender (most likely girls) are unknown.
Adam Armstrong died from a severe cold that he caught whilst traveling from St Petersburg, back to Petrozavodsk. He was known to express his concerns for the welfare of the, often very poor, workers of the Olonets Ironworks. To this end his daughter-in-law in his memory donated 3000 Roubles to help workers and their families that were associated with the Olonets Ironworks. Armstrong himself is buried in an unknown location in St Petersburg, but his name is recorded on his parent’s gravestone in Hobkirk kirkyard.
By Haru Nagato Apthorp
Scottish Borders Council has approved plans to move its schools to a four-and-a-half-day week.
A report said the case for the move was strong in both “educational and financial terms”.
The first round was closely fought by teams from Dollar Academy, Larbert High School, Grove Academy, Perth Academy, Woodfarm High School , Stewart Melville School, Hawick High School Belmont Academy and Shawlands Academy. Rounds included (the old favourite) OS map trail, an observation round on National Parks and a volcanoes crossword and the standard was exceptionally high.
At the end of the first 6 rounds Stewart Melville and Hawick High School were in joint first place on 60 marks, with Woodfarm High following closely on their heels with 56. With 48 points there was a tie for 4th place, between Perth Academy and Larbert High School which meant a sudden death tie-break question. The nearest guess of Scotland’s current population saw Larbert through to the final stage.
The questions got tougher, and the atmosphere more intense as the final 4 rounds saw a mix of individual questions as well as a practical exercise. After a very close contest with the lead changing several times, it was to be Hawick High School who were the winners with Stewart Melville taking runner-up spot.
Many thanks go to Iain Aitken for his organisation of this year’s quiz and looking forward to more teams entering next year.
Deborah (Debbie) Lyons was born in Hawick on the 27th of November 1957. She attended Burnfoot Primary School then Hawick High School from 1969 to 1973 where her ambitions were in Art and Music. Her favourite teachers were Mr. Landles (Art), Mr. Seeley (Music) and Mr. Hogg (English). Debbie is best known for hairdressing and beauty/ holistic therapy, her singing and being a long standing member of Hawick Amateur Operatic Society. She knew stage work was something she liked after performing in three High School Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Her first stage performance was playing Louisa in ‘The Sound of Music’ at just thirteen. She wondered about Art College but then decided to channel her Art into hair styling “ doing an advance qualification and opening her own salon in 1977 and her second salon in Hawick which is still running in Drumlanrig Square. As well as her long connection with Hawick Amateur Operatic Society she has sung with other Societies in the Scottish Borders. After completing two theatre courses she has worked with Hawick High School children on two occasions, directing musical productions “Oklahoma!” and “A Christmas Carol”. It is her ambition to work more with local young people to produce more musical theatre and drama.
by Charles Wilson
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George Goodfellow was born in 1951. He is a musician who attended Hawick High School from the year 1963 to the year 1966. His favourite lessons at school were English and History. His favourite teacher was Mr Jim Greig. He had many friends at Hawick High including Chuck Anderson and Bob Tumblety. His ambitions were to become a pop/rock star, which are ambitions he has since achieved in the field of country music with his GLG Band He was also interested in travel but unlike many Hawick people he didn’t really like sports. George left school at the age of 15 to train as a gasfitter which occupation he has had all his working life latterly running his own business.
Kenneth Anderson Kitchen was born in 1932. He attended Hawick High School. He is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, University of Liverpool.
He is one of the leading experts on the Egyptian Third Intermediate Period. He has written many books and articles for journals on this topic, including ‘The Bible In Its World’ ‘Pharaoh Triumphant: The Life and Times of Ramesses II, King of Egypt’ and ’Poetry of Ancient Egypt’. The Times has described him as “the very architect of Egyptian chronology”
by Hannah Simpson
Thomas Stoddart was a highly important mining engineer in Australia. He was born in 1828. He left Hawick Grammar School aged just 16. After being apprenticed as a joiner, when he was 20 years old, he joined the army for 5 years. Aged 25, he left for Australia, where he worked in the Ballaarat area, near Melbourne, as a miner. Through time, he became a speculator and Director of many Mining Companies. By the time he was 50 years old, he was a very wealthy man. He is recorded to have subscribed to Hawick Common Riding in the 1880s. In 1905 he took a holiday trip across the ocean to Sorrento. On the return journey he was severely affected by the cool weather change, making him ill beyond recovery.
by Hannah Simpson
Bert Armstrong is a well known Hawick singer. He was Hawick’s official Common Riding Song-Singer. He was born on the 7th of October in 1924 at 11 Dickson Street in Hawick. His father, George Armstrong, was a butcher, a fishmonger as well as a member of the Common Riding Committee. His grandfather, who was also called George was the landlord of the “Ewe an’ Lamb” and the owner of the Howegate fish shop. He went to Wilton Primary where at the age of ten he sung the first and last verse of “Up wi’ the Banner” for Cornet Bill Brydon’s Cornet’s visit. He then attended Hawick High School leaving in 1937 at the age of 14 to work in the mill to help earn money for his family. During his time at school his favourite subject was Music and he was friends with John Oliver, Jim Clarke and Taylor Hope. He looked up to Bill McLaren who, at the time, was the Athletics Champion in Hawick High School. In 1943 he joined the Navy and worked as a cook onboard the HMS Goshawk. He himself states that he wasn’t a very good cook, even going as far to say that his cooking was more likely to kill the soldiers than the Germans were. He got an MBE from the Queen in 2004.
by Haru Nagato-Apthorp
Thomas Fleming Eric (T.F.E.) Grierson, known as Eric Grierson was born on the 19th of August 1930. He went to Hawick High School and spent 3 and ½ years there. One of his pals at school was Norman Davidson and his ambitions at Hawick High were all to do with sport. His favourite teachers where Mr Redpath (Maths), Mr Finlayson (Art), Mrs Philips (French) and Miss Harper (P.E.). Eric is mainly known for being an International Rugby Referee and being President of the Scottish Cricket Union. His first international was Ireland versus South Africa at Lansdowne Road in 1970 . Eric refereed 5 international games in total, but probably his most memorable fixture was the Barbarians versus Fiji game at Gosforth in 1970, which is still regarded as one of the most entertaining matches ever played in the British Isles . He was on the international rugby referees panel for 7 years. He played – until he was 50 - for Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club and was greatly honoured to be the President of the Scottish Cricket Union.
by Charles Wilson Posted
Nigel Griffiths is a former Labour MP for Edinburgh South. He was born on 20th May 1955.His father Lionel was for many years Hawick High School’s Principal Teacher of English. After attending Hawick High Nigel attended the University of Edinburgh,graduating with an MA in 1977. Ten years later he was elected to Parliament, on the 11th June 1987. He was the first-ever Labour MP for South Edinburgh.
Later in his career, he worked with Anita Roddick to found the magazine ‘The Big Issue’, a magazine written by journalists, then sold in the streets up and down the country by homeless people. He stood down from being an MP on January 31st, 2010.
by Hannah Simpson