THE JOHN BUCHAN STORY Peebles, Scottish Borders



John and Anna’s Nanny

This lovely photograph was sent to us by Carole Adam, a great niece of Ellen Robertson, the children’s nanny in Perth. Interestingly, in Anna’s book “Unforgettable, Unforgotten” Ellen is referred to as Ellen Robinson - or Elle Robbie as the children called her! An extract is below.
This extract about nanny is from O Douglas’s (Anna) “Unforgettable, Unforgotten” "and then—Ellie Robbie, moving quietly about in the firelight, our beds neatly made down, with the nightgowns laid out. In winter we wore nightgowns of red flannel, and when we heard of the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs who clothed her household in scarlet, we felt we could picture them exactly, down to the white herring-boning on the belts and cuffs. Ellie Robbie was such a kind and comfortable nurse (her real name was Ellen Robinson, and her father was believed by us to be the original of the saying, 'Before you can say Jack Robinson'), that bed-time was no bugbear to us. In fact, the last half-hour of the day was something to look forward to, for Mother was nearly always with us, sitting on the low 'nursing' chair, with the youngest on her lap, telling of what she did when she was little. Father often looked in too, and played us a tune, for, like R. L. S., he was a great performer on the penny-whistle! Sometimes he sang to us old Scots songs of which he had an inexhaustible….”

August 2020 - News from the Museum’s Door!

John Buchan Society Newsletter - Issue 85, July-August 2020 To read the latest news from the John Buchan Society simply click here!
Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy, Bt. 4 th May 1945 – 30th March 2020 Edmund Fairfax-Lucy was John Buchan’s eldest grandson and shared with his grandfather a great love of the Border hills and valleys of Upper Tweeddale. He was an extraordinarily talented painter, with an interest in, and a talent for the arts in many forms. He was very involved with the Artworkers’ Guild, having been Master in 2011, and was pleased when thirty Art workers came to visit the Threshing Mill during a trip to Scotland. He was best known as a painter of interiors but also loved to paint flowers, landscapes and interiors. Edmund’s mother, Alice, inherited Broughton Green from her uncle, Walter Buchan, JB’s brother, in 1954 and the family – his parents and his sister, Emma Lambe – came often to Scotland in the holidays: residents remember Alice opening the Flower Show one year. In the 1960s Edmund inherited an Elizabethan house, Charlecote, In Warwickshire – famous not only for its beauty but also for its connection with the young William Shakespeare, said to have been caught poaching in the grounds. It had been given to the National Trust just after the war, with the family retaining the right to live in a wing of it. The house and grounds are a major tourist attraction, with 250, 000 visitors every year so, in 2016, as the pressure on the family of Edmund and Erica, his wife, and Patrick and Johnny, their sons, grew, Edmund began work on redesigning the Threshing Mill, in Calzeat , next to the church, which had been given to him by his parents so that he would always have somewhere to paint.. Edmund could often be seen heaving huge boulders to make a new wall at the front .He loved to build and to construct , with a forensic eye for detail and finish. He had almost completed making The Mill the perfect retreat for himself and his family when, sadly and unexpectedly, he died of a heart attack. Edmund was proud of his ancestry on both sides - his love of Scotland came also from his Fairfax and Cameron heritage on his father’s side .The boys remember a trip to the Cameron Museum on one occasion because Edmund’s father, Brian, had lived in Scotland during his time as a Cameron Highlander and loved to take his family there on holiday. Edmund liked to quote Brian on holiday “What shall we do, or go fishing?” and his wife, Erica, once commented on his springy step and he replied “hundreds of years of walking over heather!” Edmund’s parents had met at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, when JB was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Alice was lady-in-waiting to her mother and Brian was JB’s ADC .They also loved to spend time at Erica’s family home in County Fermanagh. I was always glad to walk past with my dog and see Edmund’s disreputable blue van parked at the foot of the Hill O’Men and know that he would ring the doorbell at the Green and come in to talk about what he wanted to do on his visit and ask for news of the family, for we were first cousins. He was also a generous and interested supporter of the John Buchan Story Museum in Peebles. This picture is of the interior of the Mill during renovation. Deborah Stewartby Broughton July 2020

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Lockdown 2020

Jim Lyon, a former member of the Tweeddale Society Committee, has produced a booklet on how various people and organisations are coping with Covid-19. In it our own Deborah Stewartby has written “Muted Museum” (pages 13 & 14) while Ann Edmonds a museum volunteer and a new member of the Museum’s Committee has written “Bridge in Lockdown”. These articles, and others, may be read by clicking on the pdf document Lockdown 2020.