The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland has indicated that it is minded to undertake a survey at Hume. This follows a meeting with Hume Castle Trustees in November at which we explained our plans to put more information panels at the site to help visitors make greater sense of what they see. We hope the results of the survey will enable us to make a visit to the Castle truly fascinating.
Members of the Association will be interested to know that developments are afoot at Hume Castle. It is possible we may be able to obtain a building to house a Visitor Centre. Plans are also in train to improve visitor information at the site. We are also examining the possibility of an archaeological investigation on the site.
On June 4th 2012 at 10.15 pm our chief, the Earl of Home, lit the beacon on top of the observation platform of the castle. It was a fine evening and a crowd of some 200 people had gathered for the occasion. The beacon itself was a gas beacon supplied by the firm which provided beacons all over the UK. In all over 4000 beacons were lit, many of them being bonfires, from 10 pm onwards, until HM the Queen lit the last beacon in front of Buckingham Palace at 10.30 pm. In the Borders there were, according to some reports, over 50 beacons visible from the Greenlaw area.
The Hume Community Association organised a bonfire below the castle and after the beacon was lit a firework display took place, this being organised from inside the castle. Lord Home was accompanied by his son Michael, Lord Dunglass and Douglas Tweedie, a Deputy Lieutenant of Berwickshire. Our membership secretary Stephen Hume was present, a director of the Hume Castle Preservation Trust which funded the balance of costs after deduction of a grant from the Scottish Borders Council. Your convenor was unable to be present, but did witness a similar beacon being lit on Inverness Castle.