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Peebles, Scotland

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Ottawa Citizen: The Capital Builders: Novelist and Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir had the Common Touch

Please click on the link below to read the a wonderful account of John Buchan as the Governor-General of Canada.


The Capital Builders: Novelist and Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir had the common touch



Winners of the John Buchan Handwriting Competition 26 August 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners of the John Buchan Handwriting Competition for 2017. The entries were judged at the Broughton Horticultural Society Show on the 26th 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 Faye Hewitson and of the 10 to 12 year olds (Class 151) was Beth Revell.

Congratulations to Faye and Beth from all at the John Buchan Story museum!

The winning entries are shown below.


2017 Winners of the Runagates Club

This year’s Runagates Club draw took place on the 27 August – the day after Buchan’s birthday! – in the museum just before the Pentland Writers presented their delightful “John Buchan Experience”. The photo shows John Buchan’s great, great, granddaughter, Dorothy holding the winning number, 49. The lucky winner with a prize of £390 was Sally Packe from Linlithgow. The second prize of £117 (=3x£39) was awarded to Eleanor Buchan from London with the lucky number of 52.

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

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!

On the 13th February 2018, Ursula is in Peebles for a presentation on “John Buchan and Tweeddale” for the Tweeddale Society. More information is available by clicking the link:

The John Buchan Society – July 2017 Newsletter

The latest John Buchan Society’s Newsletter is launched!


Click here to download

Multimedia in the Museum – 14th April 2017

We are pleased to announce that our multimedia is now operational thanks Russell Eggleton of Peebles-based Abound Design & Interpretation Ltd. The presentation features various aspects of John Buchan’s life and work. So visitors to the museum will be able to experience Buchan’s scenes from the films, his work as a statesman as Governor-General of Canada,  the background to “Greenmantle” – just to mention a few of the exciting features.

“Huntingtower” – the Missing Film!

This 1927 film has long been lost. However, thanks to the National Library of Scotland we are able watch “SIR HARRY LAUDER VISITS THE REGENT PICTURE HOUSE, GLASGOW, TO VIEW HUNTINGTOWER” –- simply click HERE

              Harry Lauder as Dickson McCunn with the Gorbals Die-Hards in Huntingtower, 1927. During the filming, John Buchan visited the sets in Elstree and exchanged fishing stories with Harry Lauder.
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