The John Buchan Story

Peebles, Scotland

Month: November 2017

Donation of books to Peebles High School

We recently hosted a group of pupils from Peebles High School, who had a good look around the Museum and learnt more about John Buchan.

They will be reading ‘The 39 Steps’ in their English class and we look forward to hearing about how they found it! Their last book was Macbeth, so this will be quite a contrast  (although both have suspense and intrigue?)

To help the school, the Museum was delighted to present them with a set of the books for them to use. Richard Hannay lives on!

TWEED DALE SOCIETY – 14th November 2017

The next talk, on 14TH NOVEMBER, is about the Chambers brothers, William and Robert. 

Born and raised in Peebles, who significantly influenced many major intellectual and cultural developments in the 19th century.  Their publishing innovations transformed the industry in Britain and the self-education movement.  

As Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, William led a major slum clearance programme and the restoration of St Giles Cathedral.  Robert promulgated new insights into evolutionary theory, which scandalized polite society.  

Their philanthropic ethos is exemplified by William’s gift to Peebles of the Chambers Institution, acknowledged by Andrew Carnegie as an inspiration for his own support for public libraries.  

The speaker, Rosemary Hannay, will be well known to many as the Curator of the Tweeddale Museum in the Chambers Institution since 1986, until her recent retirement. 


Non members of the Society are always welcome to attend the meetings. Tickets available from the Eastgate Theatre box office.

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