August 2011 sees the 200th anniversary of the death of Dr. John Leyden, the famous poet and Orientalist from Denholm in the Scottish Borders.
Dr Leyden was a great friend of Sir Walter Scott and it is said that after his death, Scott could never talk about Leyden without a tear in his eye. He really appears to have been a most remarkable man.
Over the next year, I hope to visit as many groups and organisations as possible to talk about the life and achievements of this great man whose story deserves to be more widely known. I appeal to any member who might have any memorabilia or documents relating to Dr John Leyden which might assist me in this task to contact me