Hume Castle Trustees, based in Hume, have replaced the Saltire with the Jubilee flag, celebrating her Majesty’s unique and inspiring 70 year reign. We wish her well, with our deep respect, for many years to come.
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.
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
The Fallago Trust has just announced that it is making a major financial grant to the Hume Castle Preservation Trust for it to undertake the first archaeological excavations ever carried out at Hume Castle.
Furthermore, we are also awaiting news in a few weeks of what we hope will be a further major grant which will make a three-year programme of discovery possible for the first time ever.
Hume Castle and its surrounding land has recently been given “scheduled” status by Historic Environment Scotland.
The current planning is for this archaeological programme to start around the timing of the 2018 Clan Home Gathering in the area, so that those who have supported the Trust over the Years can get a first hand understanding of what is to be carried out and the expected findings that they hope to uncover based on the Survey flown over and around the castle.
Photo Arran Johnston
Photo Arran Johnston
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER – 3rd SEPTEMBER
LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Scottish Borders Heritage Festival Opening Event
‘Lighting the Borders’ is a Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Event.
To open this year’s Scottish Borders Heritage Festival (#BHeritageF17) we plan to illuminate the Scottish Borders landscape with light, story, performance and song.
To re-enact the lighting of signal fires, 25+ historic sites will be illuminated across the Scottish Borders. Eleven performances that reflect our historic and cultural diversity have been programmed at a range of historic sites. We will use a variety of lighting to form a chain across the landscape at dusk on each evening. All buildings in the sequence will be colour washed or highlighted in blue for 3 nights from the 1st to 3rd September.
Follow the chain of light at these sites: Aikwood Tower, Ayton Castle, Bowhill House, Coldstream Community Centre, Duns Castle, Duns Law, Duns Parish Church, Eyemouth Fort, Fatlips Castle, Floors Castle, Gunsgreen House, Hermitage Castle, Hume Castle, Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh Castle Jail, Kelso Abbey, Kelso Town Hall, Mary Queen of Scots House, Melrose Abbey, Neidpath Castle, Newark Castle, Old Parish & St Paul’s Church, Peniel Heugh, Riddell Tower, Smailholm Tower, Stobs Camp and Thirlestane Castle.
SATURDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
LIGHTING THE BORDERS | Hume Castle
‘The Road to Pinkie’ #1 – Medieval re-enactment, Storytelling, Living History and Tour
13:00 – 21:00 Hume Castle, Hume, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, TD5 7TR
Tel: 01573 410743 | Entry: Free (Collection for donations)
Join us at Hume Castle for a day of living history, storytelling and song! Come and see the Kelso Laddie, Greenlaw Maid and entourage ride in on horseback to open the event at 13:00 followed by an afternoon of re-enactment and living history with the Lothian Levy to include living history camp, drill training, skirmishes and the representation of the castle’s fortunes in the Rough Wooing. See Lady Hume’s surrender on the battlements and the Hume Banner (Marchmont Standard) flaunted for the first time in many centuries! Other highlights include: Archaeological Walk and Tour with Piers Dixon, Hog Roast, Medieval Food, Smailholm Singers, Northumbrian and Scottish Pipers, Poetry, Storytelling and Music. This event is the first of three precursors to the Battle of Pinkie re-enactment.
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 and read the following flyer.
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 email@example.com
Clan Home Gathering 2018 – organising committee
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 surrounding their lives in those earlier times.
Below is a parcel boundary map showing the location of parcel 8.
An aerial view of the Castle can be accessed via
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!