I was born in the Haig, grew up in Dovemount Place, started school at Trinity, moved to Burnfoot, and then on to the High School.
All that time I had a guilty secret – that we had to go across to Gala to see my Granny, because my father was a Gala man.
And although I was vaguely aware of some sort of Hawick connection – occasional comments about an uncle who was a mason and had opened the church next to Alan Watt’s newsagents – they never bothered to mention that Granny’s cousin had been a Cornet!
If I had known that then, it could have changed my life.
But I moved away from the town and it was only when I started to do a family history that the trail led from Gala back through Peebles to Lanark – and then swiftly back to Hawick and the Common Riding of 1919.
This blog starts with Tom Winning and his life – and will gradually include more of the Cornets