Hawick Cornets :


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1777 James Richardson’s sing-a-long of Teribus

Cornet James Richardson had a grand occasion to celebrate during his time as Cornet in 1777 – the opening of the Drumlanrig Bridge bringing a convenient new way from the Tower Knowe to the Sandbed, rather than the old road which bogled its way over the Auld Brig over the Slitrig and then down Silver … 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

1781 James Wilson’s four fine silver watches

Four fine silver watches made by the 1781 Cornet, James Wilson, were stolen from the Bull and Mouth Inn in London in 1778 The New Daily Advertiser of 5 June 1778 reported a major robbery from the Bull and Mouth Inn in Holborn early that Sunday morning. The Bull and Mouth crops up often in the … Continue reading

1779 James Ekron and his smokers cough

Always been intrigued by James Ekron – and his nickname “The Blast” First the very Biblical sounding name – Ekron is a city in Canaan. In very bible-literate times, it could be that the reference below in 1 Samuel 5:1 would be well known – it certainly would attract the attention of any young lads … Continue reading