In 1928, John Buchan published “The Runagates Club”. What is the Runagates Club? In the author’s words:“FoundedjustafterthecloseoftheWarbyafewpeoplewhohadbeenleadingqueerlivesandwantedtokeep together,itwasagatheringofyoungishmenwhometonlyforreminiscencesandrelaxation.Itwasofficially limitedtofifteenmembers–fifteenbecauseadozenwasdull,thirteenwasunluckyandfourteenhadinthose days an unpleasing flavour of President Wilson and his points.”The TreasurersoftheJohnBuchanStoryandtheJohnBuchanSocietyhavecollaboratedtoformsuchaclub – in the spirit of the 1928 Club – to provide additional income for both the Museum and the Society.OurClubislimitedto390members–knownasVagabondswhobuyoneormoreVaga-bondsforanannual sum of £39 per bond.
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The 2019 Runagates Draw took place on the 26th August in Hay Lodge Park, Peebles. The spot chosen for the draw was the Horse Chestnut tree planted 100 years ago by Mrs Helen Buchan - John Buchan’s mother.
The draw was by Lady Stewartby, a granddaughter of John Buchan. The winners are:Dr John Allen Cartmel of Cumbria, with ticket number 10 who recives £390The runner up is the Hon. John D. Ong of Ohio who receives £117.Congratulations to you both!