The John Buchan Story, The Chambers Institution, Peebles, Scottish Borders, EH45 8AG

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No SC042519

The John Buchan Story Peebles


Something to look forward to!                               Updated 3rd March 2017

Ursula 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.

We are delighted to hear that Ursula Buchan is busy with her pen! We will keep you posted on her progress!

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.

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.

Watch: New tourism video aims to get visitors flocking to the region -

Peebleshire News 3 March 2017

Mountain biking at Glentress. Photo: VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

A FILM inspired by renowned author John Buchan’s ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ has been created by tourism bosses to attract more visitors to the region.

The video, which has been produced by VisitScotland in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, brings the Borders to life by showing off everything from the award-winning mountain bike trails at Glentress to the Abbeys at Dryburgh, Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso.

And the work has been influenced by the famous author, whose parents grew up in Tweeddale.

Doug Wilson, VisitScotland regional director, said: "This unique film builds of the success of VisitScotland’s Spirit of Scotland global campaign and #ScotSpirit social movement which aims to raise the profile and reputation of the region as an outstanding place to visit, and to invest, live and work in.

"The film invites visitors to literally step into the Scottish Borders and discover all that there is on offer. 

"The film is an additional asset for VisitScotland and our partners to promote the region and its many assets to visitors at home and further afield. We hope it will encourage people to share their own experience on our online iKnow community and entice others to discover the magic of the region for themselves."

And many Borders businesses, attractions and festivals have been featured, including: Abbotsford House, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Bowhill House & Country Estate the Tweedlove Festival, Kailzie Gardens, Cocoa Black, Seasons, the Traquair Brewery, Glentress Forest, Lindean Mill Glass, Robert Smail’s Printing Works and the Velvet Hall Alpacas to name a few.

Click to view the video: Step into the Scottish Borders


Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development at Scottish Borders Council, added: "Videos are becoming an increasingly popular and successful method to interact with online audiences, and this engaging film aims to celebrate Buchan’s most famous novel and highlight the wide variety of attractions available for visitors in the Borders.

"Also featured is the Borders Railway, which has already proven to be a hugely popular and easy way of seeing the region either for a day or for longer."

Join us for a Literary Walk - 3rd September 2017


Start & finish from the Village Hall, Broughton     2.30pm-4.30pm   £6

The ‘John Buchan Story’ is organising a pleasant walk around Broughton to explore some of the literary connections in the area. Walk in the footsteps of John Buchan to uncover some of the places in his novel “Witch Wood” as well as dipping into some of his other works.

With a few stops to appreciate the writings of Buchan, his description of people, places & the local landscape, this promises to be a pleasant literary afternoon.

Tea/coffee and shortbread will be provided after the walk in the Village Hall. Cars may be parked in the Hall car park.

“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 on the link:

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.

Arras Commemoration, Wallace Monument, Tuesday 16th May 2017

On May 16th 2017, Poppy Scotland will release 46,000 poppy petals from the Wallace Monument to commemorate the missing or wonded from Scottish Battalions in the Battle of Arras - 18,00 of which were Fallen or Missing in Action.  John Buchan’s brother, Alastair, was, as you all know, killed at Arras and the Buchan family has bought a poppy petal in his name.  Ian and Sheila Cairns, our  friends and longstanding John Buchan Society members  will visit the Wallace Monument tomorrow for a moment of reflection and, if possible, take a picture for the newsletters.

Updated 8 June 2017