Planning for the Clan Home Gathering August 2018 is under way.
The committee has proposed a plan for the Gathering including events associated with the Coldstream Civic week prior to the gathering weekend and some items associated with the Edinburgh Festival and other items that Edinburgh has to offer.
Below are two documents that we would like Home/Hume descendants, Clan Home Association members, past current and prospective to consider and to provide feedback that will help us further and or adjust planning.
It is your gathering and so we really appreciate your frank input.
The first document is a flyer outlining the gathering and the second is a survey which outlines proposed events and accommodations along with some budgetary information.
Please click on the following survey. This will open up a PDF document (if you have not already done so you may be requested to down load a PDF reader)
This survey contains some fields in which to enter a name, some numbers in your party that you believe will or may attend and a series of check boxes to indicate those events that you may like to attend. i.e. these can be entered online within the document. (please add a note to the comments section as to how certain your attendance might be, e.g. definitely, probably, possible.
The completed form can be saved to your computer and the information you provided will be embedded within the document. If you have the Adobe software for reading PDF files – see below – How to fill out the form! you will be offered a chance on the form to “submit” this will ask you to enter your email address and your email application and will email this back to the membership email and you will be done.
If you don’t have the software please download the form – fill it in and completed survey to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hume Castle Preservation Trust has purchased a plot of land adjacent to the castle below which an aerial survey has shown the existence of buildings and walls that supported the people who lived at the castle.
Gos Home who has been leading our efforts to secure this land has provided the following information
“Plot 8 adjoins our existing 6 acres to its south and this neatly joins up the rest of the land on which stood the homes of the villagers. We now know that many of those houses still stand to an unknown height along with gardens, wells adjoining roadways or paths. The village is thought to have had a much larger population than today’s village perhaps as many as 800 compared with today at just 40.
After Cromwell’s Colonels in 1651 under Col. Fenwick destroyed Home castle as it then was and Home village it lay as ruins until the then Earl of Home sold the land to Hugh Hume, the Earl of Marchmont in 1790. He carried out a restoration of the castle as a folly and helped create today’s village of Hume. The spelling changed.
The further restoration of the Castle and the sale of land surrounding it to Clan Home took place early this century and the recent discovery by Dr Piers Dixon by using drone photography that the original village still lies beneath the grass has sparked off these exciting fresh developments. The acquisition of Plot 8 will enable proper excavation to start for the first time in 365 years.”
The next steps in progressing this project will be to secure monies to fund the excavation of this land. A long-term objective is to facilitate an information and education centre where visitors to the Castle can learn about the Castle, the families that owned and worked the area and the various historical events surround live in those earlier times.
Below is a parcel boundary map showing the location of parcel 8.
Alison Kerr, a member of our Clan Facebook Group, recently visited the castle with her husband and daughter Liv. Liv was competing in Scottish Highland Dance competitions. Despite growing up in Edinburgh, Alison has waited until being an Australian resident before visiting Hume! (So often the case, isn’t it?). Anyway, we are thrilled she finally made it and we’ve put some images of her talented daughter in the main Gallery. We all wish her great success in the competitions. She’ll have to get the Home/Hume tartan sometime soon!
Following the very successful rideout, I’ve uploaded a number of photos taken by Hume resident and Hume Castle Preservation Trustee, John Nicholl. Have a look by hovering over the Gallery and clicking on the collection.
Dr Piers Dixon who is the Operations Manager, Survey and Recording for the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland has provided the Home Clan with this YouTube link to a video shot as part of their investigations of Hume Castle which included an aerial survey using CyberHawke (http://www.thecyberhawk.com). There have been a raft of photos taken which with analysis will reveal a picture of Hume of old, showing features that are now covered by the current landscape. We look forward to seeing a great deal more in the future.
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. Continue reading →
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.