In 1928, John Buchan published “The Runagates Club”. What is the Runagates Club? In the author’s words:“FoundedjustafterthecloseoftheWarbyafewpeoplewhohadbeenleadingqueerlivesandwantedtokeep together,itwasagatheringofyoungishmenwhometonlyforreminiscencesandrelaxation.Itwasofficially limitedtofifteenmembers–fifteenbecauseadozenwasdull,thirteenwasunluckyandfourteenhadinthose days an unpleasing flavour of President Wilson and his points.”The TreasurersoftheJohnBuchanStoryandtheJohnBuchanSocietyhavecollaboratedtoformsuchaclub – in the spirit of the 1928 Club – to provide additional income for both the Museum and the Society.OurClubislimitedto390members–knownasVagabondswhobuyoneormoreVaga-bondsforanannual sum of £39 per bond.
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The 2023 Runagates Draw took place on the 20th November. The winning numbers were drawn by Richard Love , Chairman of the John Buchan Society. This is the annual draw that takes place this time of the year, based on our supporters contributing £39pa for the chance to win either £390 (first prize) or £117 (second prize). This is based on 10 x 39 (steps) or 3 x 39!The winning ticket this year was number 52, a supporter from London. The second prize winner is from Glasgow, number 27. Congratulations to both winners.So THANK YOU to everyone who participates in this – Buchan Society members; our volunteers; Museum supporters. This enables us to fund a variety of improvements in the Museum and for the benefit of the John Buchan Society, as proceeds are split 50/50.