The 1840 Common Riding was well reported
and having carrid out the ceremonies of the day, retired to a well earned meal at the Tower Inn for the “more aged and grave citizens”, and the livelier do in the Town Hall, provided by Mrs Hay of the Crown Inn
Living with Mrs Hay, and presumably helping with the sumptuous dinner , was 13 year old Thomas Hay – who would die by the time he was 23, having been Cornet in 1847.
The Old Town Hall which was used for the Cornet’s dinner – and then off to the Races – in the Haugh, they weren’t moved up to St Leonards till 1854.
They don’t write newspaper reports like this anymore! “and thus will the recreations and amusements of this year materially add in time to those voluntary subscriptions which alone form the groundwork of this humble but popular festival”
The racing was in the Haugh – here the scene in 1846, looking across the Coble Pool to Wilton [or I think more likely, looking across Laidlaw’s Dam which used to cross from Teviot Crescent to the Victoria Laundry – with racing on the Haugh and the Wilton mills such as Langlands Mill clustered opposite]
But on the Friday, there were also races on the Muir, so that the Town Purse of £10 and the Trades Purse of £3 was on the Muir, and [followed by????] the Trades Purse of £5 on the Common Haugh.
and there were also races on the Saturday – had the racing moved down to the Common Haugh after the first races on Friday at the Muir?
and then there were the Saturday Sports – including sack races, as well as the more serious stuff
Charles Smith’s Common Riding had obviously gone well.
And that is the last we see of Charles Smith – he had appeared briefly in Pigot’s Commercial Directory as a Grocer in the High Street in 1837 [with Mrs Ann Hay at the Crown Inn also listed]
He is Cornet – and that is it – but he isn’t on the 1841 Census in Hawick, or elsewhere in the Borders. And there are very few Smiths at all – it just isn’t a particularly common name here.
The only candidate in the 1841 Scotland Census is Charles Smith a 25 year old, just married, grocer – living in Paisley
He is the only Charles/Chas Smith [and there aren’t many Smiths at all in Scotland] of the right age and the right occupation – and he would have been unmarried in 1840, since Elizabeth is only 4 months old in 1841.
But born in Paisley? At least it’s not G*l*shiels!