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.

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.

The John Buchan Society - July 2017 Newsletter

The latest John Buchan Society’s Newsletter is launched! Please Click here to read the pdf version.

Updated 24 July 2017