NEWS & EVENTS


SEPTEMBER 2019 
New Post  - Shops and shopkeepers from Earlston’s past feature in our latest blog post with photographs, advertisements, press cuttings and memories of jewellers and drapers. 

AUGUST 2019
New Post - Have you ever wondered how Earlston got its name?  An article in the Southern Reproter in 1899 gives some answers.   

New Post -  Read about Isaac Wallace, from a well-known Earlston family  who emigrated to  Australia in 185.   He  named his new home "Earlston", set up a butter factory, and involved himself in community affairs, both in Australia, but also on a return visit to Earlston towards the end of his life.

JULY 2019. 
New Post:  Memories of early cable TV in Earlston in the late 1950's-early 60's feature in our latest post   HERE.


JUNE 2019
New Post: "Auld Earlston Show proved  a popular draw" is the topic HERE , with a photographic review of our recent exhibition and slide show on the theme "The Changing Face of Earlston" . With thanks  to everyone who was involved  in making it a success, together with those who came along and supported the event. 

MAY 2019 
New Post: A profile of John Spence (1789-1862) who built Thorn House in teh west end of the village.  Read more HERE.

New Post:  "Headlines on Earlston" features a mix of newspaper clippings on the village from 1843 to 1933 on such topics as improvements to the High Street, a new stagecoach  service, and first sighting of a car to leisure activities ranging from first aid lectures to a children's Kinderspiel. 

APRIL 2019
New Post - 200 years of Earlston Post Office feature in the latest post which you will  find HERE.

MARCH 2019 
New Post:  This month marks four years since the Auld Earlston blog was launched in 2015.  So take a look back HERE at some of the popular posts in that time

Dates for Your Diary  - Advance notice of our next Exhibition and Slide Show on the theme   “The Changing Face of Earlston”,  focusing on shops and businesses over the past 150 years. to be presented this year on Saturday and Sunday June 22nd and 23rd.   Read more HERE


FEBRUARY 2019
New Post - Earlston Nonagenarians is the topic of our latest post, with press rep rots on  on long—living Earlston residents, at a time when in 1901 the average life expectancy was only 45 years for men and 50 for women.

New Post - Earlston Hiring Fairs of the 1930's feature in our latest post  - key events for farm labourers seeing work, with special trains run to the village.  but times were changing.......



JANUARY 2019
 New Post - Robert Scott, was the subject of two recent blog posts on his trial and execution for murder in Earlston in 1823. A reader came across an article in “The Scotsman” of 19th  August 1930, which throws further light on the crime, under the heading “The Earlston Tragedy of 1823”.    Read more HERE.   

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DECEMBER 2018
New Post - Christmas Greetings to all our blog reader.  See more HERE.    


November 2018
 New Post  - The sterling  work undertaken by the Earlston War Works Party in the Second World War is the topic featured in our latest blog post.   Read HERE about the wide variety of tasks they were involved in, providing comforts to Earlston men serving in the forces, and to the troops based in the village.  The many fund raising events all helped to boost morale on the Home Front and support the war effort.


New Post - In 1916, conscription was introduced to meet the demands of the army for troops in the First World War.  Military Tribunals were set up whereby men could apply for exemption  and our latest post highlights reports from the local press on cases of local men who,  for personal or business reasons,  sought  exemption. Read about the varied reasons given in our latest post HERE

New Post - How Earlston greeted the Armistice in 1918 is the topic of our latest blog post, with a look at how the news was greeted in  the village;  the aftermath of war with the Peace Celebrations, Spanish flu epidemic,  a dinner to welcome returning troops, and the unveiling of the war memorial in 1921.  View it HER.


OCTOBER 20
New Post -  The recent Auld Earlston show proved a popular draw -read all about it here. 


Mew Post -  - A reminder about our annual exhibition on October 20th and 21st on the theme of "Earlston in War and Peace: 1914-1949, with much of the material not previously displayed;   together with our ever popular slides shows, which will include a short film on Earlston in the 1930's.  Click HERE to see further details.


SEPTEMBER 2018
New Post - Following on from the previous post, details of the accounts for the execution of Robert Scott and the transfer of his body to Edinburgh for medical dissection.  It makes for fascinating reading - not least for the spend on refreshments and liquor!  Read more HERE

AUGUST 2018
New Post - An account of the murder committed in 1823 by Robert Scott,  his trial, and execution in Earlston - one of only two murders that have taken place in the village.  Read more HERE.

New Post - In 1944, Czech Army Officer, Milos Novak, was billeted with a family in Earlston.  He was a talented artist and he gifted to  the family this charming pen and ink drawing of the Charles Bridge in Prague, and a oil-painting of the view from his wartime Earlston home, looking onto the Black Hill.  Read more HERE 


JULY 2018 
New Post: A follow up to the recent post on memories of a Land Girl in Earlston in the Second World War, with two related photographs - see them HERE
 
New Post: Photographs of Earlston Clown Band have appeared before on our blog, but what do we know about their founders,   their distinctive theme and costume,  and where they performed?   Old newspaper reprots back to 1906 give us some answers.  Find out more HERE. 


JUNE 2018
New Post:  "Life as a Land Girl at Georgefield, Earlston" is the theme of of our latest post, which relates B.'s memories of living and working on the poultry farm in 1944-45.  Read on HERE.


New Post:  More memories of Earlston people and places from the Rev. William Crockett (1866-1945) including the West End, Haughhead Mill, Craigsford,  Thomas Weatherly, printer and stationer, John Gray, photographer, Dr. Riddell and the Whale Family. 


AUGUST 2018
New Post  - an account of Robert Scott murderer who was executed in Earlston at the scene of his crime in 1823. 

JULY 2018

JUNE 

MAY 2018 
New Post:  Did you know that the first motor car to be seen in Earlsotn was in 1898?   Read all about it in our latest blog HERE  - with thanks to two readers for contributing the information.

New Post:  A Date for Your Diary, with news of the next Auld Earlston Exhibition & Slide Show on  October 20th and 21t 2018 on the theme "Earlsotn in War and Peace: 1914-1949."  Read more about it HERE.

April 2018
New Post:  Memories of Earlston People and Places, penned by Rev. William Crockett (1866-1945).

New Post:  A Holiday, Curling and Bowling make the Earlston headlines in these snippets from the local press in the late 19th century.

March 2018 
New Post: - A Request!  Share with other readers an interesting story or photograph on our Earlston blog.  See more of the popular posts over the past three years.

New PostLooking back on three years of the Auld Earlston blog - with links to some of the most popular posts on a range of topics, during that time. 

February 2018

New Post: Earlston Woollen Manufacturer  John Simpson of Simpson & Fairbairn is the subject of a profile in our saltest blog post.  He was an example of a self made Victorian who st 15 years old  he was a warper in an Innerleithen tweed mill, became a tweed warehouseman in Hawick  a commercial traveller  and rose to the chief position of the Earlston mill.  



New Post: A Look at the history of Earlston Churches.  - the Parish Church, West United Presbyterian Church  and the ~East Church, later named St. John's.  



January 2018 

New Post:   Memories of John Moffat  (1919-2016) who spent his early childhood in Earlston in the 1920's  where his father Peter, opened the village’s first garage.    John was an adventurous little boy, always getting into scrapes, which he recalled in his biography. with excerpts here.  



New Post:  Travel around Earlston in Times Past, with a timeline of developments in road and bridge building,  and railway transport. 

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