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What's On - Forthcoming Events

We warmly invite you to attend the talk whether you are a member or not. Doors open at 2pm. The meeting begins at 2.30pm.
There is no admission charge.
We'll have a range of family history publications available to buy.
Light refreshments available after the talk.
If you have a problem with your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers.
Except where otherwise indicated, meetings are held in the Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN.
See this map for directions.

Speakers at meetings occasionally need to be changed at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond our control.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - Society Meeting The Hume and Robertson Families of Gunsgreen by Derek Janes, Masonic Hall, 41 Newtown St, Duns, TD11 3AS

Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth was built in the 1750s by the smuggler, John Nisbet. In 1787 he was made bankrupt by the well established merchants, Robert Robertson and Son. After a two year struggle, Gunsgreen House was sold and purchased by Robert’s son Alexander. Thus began a 90 year association with the Robertsons and their close relations, the Homes. This talk will cover the story of the two families, including Alexander’s daughter Mary, the grandmother of Field Marshal Douglas Haig; her brother, Robert junior, who had an affair with the famous French writer, Madame de Stael; his son Robert, a university friend of Tennyson; and Margaret Hay Home who, although described as “a little dotty”, was a friend of General Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, who once stayed at the House.

It will also show how the resources of family history research can aid the academic historian in his/her work.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014 - Society Meeting Beggars, Thieves and Prostitutes by Mary Craig, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

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Sunday, 22 February 2015 - Society Meeting Treasure and a Coldstream Lad, John Hamilton Hall by Peter Munro, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

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Sunday, 29 March 2015 - Society Meeting Lt. General Babington - A Remarkable Man and His Interesting Ancestors by Maggie Babington, Abbey Row Community Centre, The Knowes, Kelso, TD5 7BJ

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Sunday, 26 April 2015 - Society Meeting Crimes of an Heinous Nature - Looking at some High Court Trials by Margaret Fox, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

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Sunday, 31 May 2015 - Society Meeting Hatches, Matches and Dispatches by Marjorie Gavin, Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN

A light hearted and somewhat irreverent look at births, marriages and deaths from 1700 to 1900.

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Other Events that may be of interest

There's a long list of events by members of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.


Our stand at the Dumfries and Galloway FHS Homecoming Fair on 27th June 2009, Dumfries, Scotland

Our stand at the Dumfries and Galloway FHS Homecoming Fair on 27th June 2009, Dumfries, Scotland