The John Buchan Story

Peebles, Scottish Borders

Month: August 2018

2018 Winners of the Runagates Club – 27 August 2018


This year’s Runagates Club draw took place on the 27 August – the day after Buchan’s birthday! – in the museum just before Ian Buckingham (Chairman of the Museum Trust) began his talk “John Buchan and the First Nations of Canada”. The photo shows our Treasurer, Peter Macnab, drawing the winning number, 32. The lucky winner with a prize of £390 was William (Bill) Galbraith from Canada. The second prize of £117 (=3x£39) was won by Tom Steele from Peebles with the lucky number of 13.

For further details of the Club please go to the Runagates Club page on this site.


Propaganda, Revolution and Victory – A one day Conference, Saturday, October 13, 2018

A one-day conference convened by the School of Culture at the University of Sunderland to commemorate the end of World War One 1918-2018.

The Conference features Taylor Downing:

Taylor Downing  author of Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War(2014)

Paper: ‘John Buchan and the Propaganda War’.

Sponsor: John Buchan Story Museum/John Buchan Society.


For more information on this Conference please click of the link below:

Something to look forward to! – Update 11 January 2018

Ursula Buchan read Modern History at Cambridge and was for many years a gardening journalist and author, but has recently turned more to social history, with a study of gardening in the Second World War. She has written 17 books so far. She is a daughter of John Buchan’s second son, William.

It’s been more than twenty years since the last full-length biography of John Buchan was published, so it’s good to know that another one is on the way. Ursula Buchan is at present engaged on writing a ‘life’ of her grandfather, to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in late 2018, all being well. Ursula is very grateful that she’s been able to study the archives and photographs held in the Museum in Peebles, amongst many other places. Last year, she spent several weeks in Canada, doing research in the archives held by Queen’s University, and visiting the places where John Buchan and his wife, Susan, lived when he was Governor-General. She hopes to finish the book by the end of the year. When asked, she said it was the most fascinating project that she had ever attempted.

We are delighted to hear that Ursula Buchan is busy with her pen! We will keep you posted on her progress! And the latest news for 2018 is that the manuscript will shortly be sent tp the publishers – progress indeed!


News! The publication date for Ursula’s book is March 2019!

Winners of the Broughton Horticultural Society John Buchan Handwriting Competition – 25 August 2018

We are delighted to announce the winners of the John Buchan Handwriting Competition for 2018. The entries were judged at the Broughton Horticultural Society Show on the 25th August. The task was to copy – in best handwriting – an extract from Buchan’s novel “Prester John”.

The winner of the 8 to 9 year olds (Class 150) was Lauren Smith  and of the 10 to 12 year olds (Class 151) was Charlotte Green – they each received the Buchan Memorial Prize.

Second prizes went to Chloe taylor and Struan McKenzie

Third prizes went to James Stewart and Alexander Millar

Congratulations to all the prize winners from all at the John Buchan Story museum!

The winning entries are on display in the John Buchan Story museum, Peebles.