All posts by Charles Home

Elizabeth Nicholls


It was with great sadness that we heard from John, that his darling wife Elizabeth had passed away on Saturday 23rd October at the hospital in Melrose.

Elizabeth was suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia but had a stroke in September and had been in hospital since then. She died peacefully in her sleep.

Elizabeth was a charming, hospitable and caring lady who I had the chance and good fortune to meet on several occasions. She would have celebrated her 90th birthday a few days ago.

Our thoughts are very much with you John.

Charles Home

HCPT Trustee

Gospatric Home 1933-2020

On behalf of the Trustees of Hume Castle Preservation Trust

We have just heard today the immeasurably sad news that Gos Home, our dear ‘Chief of Men’, died early on Saturday morning, following complications after the heart operation that seemed to have gone so well. It is a great shock to us and an event hard to believe or accept, despite our earlier concerns for him being in a vulnerable medical position in these present perilous times. Many will share our feelings of huge loss.

Our sympathy and love goes out from us all here at Hume itself to his wife Di, their children and their wider family. A very powerful and inspiring light has gone gone out, and Hume Castle, for which he worked so tirelessly, will always remind us, just by its very presence, of his enthusiastic and very productive leadership of the Hume Castle Preservation Trust. He knew the castle and the village well, loving them and visiting them amazingly frequently despite their great distance from his home. The Trustees, whether local or living farther afield, and many Hume residents, whom he made it his goal to include in every project, will never forget him, his commitment, his courtesy and his great sense of fun. The work here will go on and it will always be his lasting memorial.

John Nicholls MBE

Highland Dancer at Hume

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!

Kelso Laddie Rideout

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.