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1857 Andrew Leyden the first photograph of a Cornet

In 1857 photography had only just begun – so the photograph of Andrew Leyden and his Right and Left Hand men records an extraordinary event. Taking a photograph was a rigmarole involving glass plates and wet chemicals and portable tents and large cameras. Photographic Societies were just being started to promote the art and science … Continue reading

1758 William Oliver – a batchelor banker

William Oliver was Cornet in 1758, and he was a banker. Just as we have nicknames for bankers now , so it was then – he was “Old Cash”. He was about the first one in Hawick – becoming agent for the Bank of Scotland in 1792 [though he may just have been pipped at … Continue reading