This month marks four years since the Auld Earlston blog was launched in 2015; the aim to present articles, press cuttings, and photographs on many aspects of Earlston's past ranging from work and leisure, institutions, transport, wartime, and individual Earlston worthies who made their mark at home or abroad. A list of the topics featured is given on the right of the screen.
Looking Back at the Past Year
- "Black Sheep" continue to attract interest, notably The Murder and Execution of Robert Scott in 1823.
Scotsman: 1st November 1823
- Life as an Earlston Land Girl: A vivid personal account of life as a land girl at Georgefield Farm, Earlston in 1944-45 - the work, the food, and leisure time.
- Memories of Earlston People and Places by Rev. William Crockett (1866-1945): A prolific writer William Crockett wrote of growing up in the village where his father was postmaster and his memories of the Square, the West End and travelling out of Earlston.
- Earlston Men Before the WW1 Military Tribunals: We tend to think that World War One Military Tribunals dealt primarily with conscientious objectors, but newspaper reports of the day show that men sought exemption from service in the armed forces for a variety of reasons - amongst them men from Earlston.
In Previous Years
- A Look at Earlston Churches - In 1866 Earlston had three churches Ercildoune Parish Church, West United Presbyterian Church and East United Presbyterian Church, with religion and integral part of community life.
A charming tinted image of the Parish Church in early 20th century
- Travel around Earlston in Times Past - An Earlston travel timeline looking at development from the building of Craigsford Bridge c.1737 to the new bridge over the Tweed at Leaderfoot in 1974.
- Earlston's Village Blacksmiths: The Brotherston family of blacksmiths continue in business in Earlston today, but in times past there were many other blacksmiths in the village by the names of Aitken, Dickson, Scott, Sudden, Lee, Waldie and Wilkie.
- Earlston's Kirk Session Records - Censure and Charity - The records provide us with a unique social commentary on life in the village at the time, as the church provided help to the poor and needy, but censure to those involved in what was regarded as moral turpitude.
As late as 14th October 1901, a woman was brought before the Kirk Session to be questioned on her "sin of fornication and having a child out of wedlock".
- Earlston Reading Room - A
look at the past - and the future - for the Earlston Reading Room
which dates from 1852. It was a symbol of Victorian self-help and
the desire for education. The rules and regulations make entertaining
reading. The Reading Room on the left, next to the Corn Exchange. The photograph pre-dates 1921 when the pump tower on the right was demolished to make way for the war memorial.
- Wartime Air Crash over Earlston - An account of the air crash of 1943 when a German bomber came down near the village, killing all four members of the crew. In 2015 the daughter and grandson of the pilot made a moving visit to Earlston to commemorate this war time tragedy.
- Earlston enjoys Dances, Parties, Socials and Shows. - photographs from the past of people enjoying themselves in Earlston. The Young Wives' Group, 1980's.
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