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 2021 Runagates Draw took place on the 23rd September at the John Buchan Story Museum. The winning numbers were drawn by Ian Buckingham, Chairman of the Trustees. The winner this year is Linda Huntington from the U.S.A. who will receive a cheque for £390 and the second prize goes to Mike Edwards from Gloucester who receives a cheque for £117 - being 3x£39! Both winners are members of the John Buchan Society and supporters of the Museum.