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Friends of the John Gray Centre (JGC)

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WW1 - The Thistles

Haddington’s year-long commemoration to the fallen of WW1

Haddington's WW1 year-long commemoration

Haddington 700

Haddington Community Council invites you to join in with the Haddington 700 Celebrations being organised by the East Lothian Council.   Haddington... read more

Haddington Hogmanay.

Come join us to celebrate the coming of the New year at the Haddington Corn Exchange. Acts include David Currie, The Avenue, Logans Close and headline act the Bag Rockers. Full Bar service, Photo booth and dancing through the bells. £25 per ticket…limited number of tables for up to 10 available (pre-booked tables must be seated by 8.30pm or tables will be given away). Doors open 7.45pm, bags and Id’s will be checked. If tickets are being bought for anyone under 18 (16-18 years of age) they must be purchased by adult (over 18) who is accompanying them. Tickets available from Tickets... read more

Aladdin the 2017 Haddington Panto

Saturday 9th December 2017 at 6:30pm Tickets on Sale now on the TICKETS PAGE   Tickets are £5 per adult and £3 per child. This year’s Panto is Aladdin brought to you by Haddington Events Group and Chaplins Pantos. Packed solid with comedy, excitement and adventure, the children will love to cheer their hero Aladdin and boo the evil Abanazar. They will roar with laughter at the antics of WisheeWashee and Widow Twanky and gasp with amazement... read more

WW1 – With thanks to

Thanks to… The following people and organisations need to be thanked for their support in this Project – Haddington and District Community Council Sean Cockburn Blacksmith – Cousland Haddington Pipe band Alexander Pollock Engravers – Haddington East Lothian Council, particularly Stuart Pryde Police Scotland The Rev John Cairns, temporary minister at St Mary’s Les... read more

WW1 – Thistle information

The Thistles The Thistles were commissioned from Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, based in the Cousland smiddy. Each Thistle is handmade, so every one has a unique characteristic. On receipt of each Thistle, they are then painted in an oil based gloss black, with the top of each Thistle coloured Purple to reflect the real plant. If you wish to purchase a Thistle for your personal use, Sean is offering copies for sale directly from his Smiddy at Cousland. Note the copies will not have a mounting bracket option. Sean can be contacted through his Facebook page by searching for ‘Sean Cockburn Blacksmith’ or use this link Sean Cockburn Blacksmith.  The photo shows the first Thistle in place – Adam Cranston’s – committed on Monday 13th November... read more

WW1 – Additional Project information

Additional detail on the Project. The Thistles were commissioned through Sean Cockburn Blacksmith, Cousland Smiddy, and are hand crafted in a base metal. Each Thistle will also show their Soldier’s name on a polished brass nameplate. The engraved nameplate is being manufactured by Alexander Pollock, Precision Engravers, Haddington. Each Soldier’s procession, starting at 3pm each on the day, will include the Burgh Flag, a Piper, a representative from the Community Council and the Thistle Carrier – members of the public are also welcome to join each procession. Family descendants of the Soldier being commemorated will be given priority to carry his Thistle. The names webpage contains each Soldier’s details and also shows where each Soldier’s starting place will be, either their last known address of their connection to Haddington* or, where this is not known or they are recorded as being from outside Haddington Town, the starting place will be St Mary’s War memorial. * The starting point is determined by their last connection to Haddington – this could be their home or family address or the address where their parents were sent notification of their death (although the Solder may have lived outside Haddington) . The Project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the research carried out by Alastair Shepherd, Gifford. Alastair published a book in 2013, The Haddington War Memorial 1914 – 1918, which records the war records of each of the 130 names on the War memorial. Haddington Community Council are indebted to Alastair for this research. Although this section is impersonal, I feel it’s worth listing some key points that have come out of the research – No... read more

Today's WW1 Thistle commemorated John Dower from the town's 15 Sidegate, who died this day 1918, aged 28.

Looking through the Lost Haddington archives, and confirmed by his biography, Dower's were a butchers at 26 High Street, where Oxfam is today. John Dower's biography had him as a Butcher's Shop Assistant in the 1911 Census, before he enlisted.

The 2nd photo is taken from a Town Guide dated 1909, meaning the photo is earlier, so could the boy in the doorway be John Dower?

What's not clear is the direct connection with the Butchers as the adverts refer to an A Dower, whereas John Dower's biography has his father as a Henry Dower (Butcher) although his mother was Annie Dower, so maybe named after his mother.

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Jenny Simmons posts this photo of her grandfather Alexander Montgomerie taken in the late 1950's. She's also sure one of the men was a Mr Hay.

Montgomerie's is now Pure Malt, although at least up to the 1940s it was called Montgomerie's, as the 2nd photo from the 1948 flood shows. I wonder if he was connected through a family connection with his name - Jenny?

Jenny's replied saying he was the son of John Montgomerie who owned the site.

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My grandfather was Alexander Montgomerie and in the 1950;s we spent many holidays at Gimmersmill. The attached photo is one taken in the late 1950's. I am sure one of the men was a Mr Hay ... See MoreSee Less

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