Our excursion promises to be a day of contrasts. Distinguished architectural historian Professor Richard Fawcett FSA Scot, University of St Andrews, will be our guide to the medieval ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, burial place of Society founder Earl of Buchan. After a soup and sandwich lunch in the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, we will travel through the Borders countryside taking in sites like the Bishop’s Palace at Ancrum and the fort and signal station at Rubers Law. Dr Chris Bowles FSA Scot, Archaeology Officer, Scottish Borders Council will act as our local guide.
The visit to Stobs Camp and training ground, nr Hawick will be led by expert Allan Kilpatrick FSA Scot, RCAHMS. Opened in 1903 and finally closed in 1959, the substantial remains are arguably the best in the UK. In the centenary of the First World War the local community, the local authority and national heritage bodies are coming together to undertake a wide ranging project to better understand, preserve and promote this important site. Our tour will focus on examining the PoW camp and the surviving buildings, as well the cemetery and even a practice trench system.
The day will be rounded off with a tea and cake stop in the historic heart of Hawick before heading home.
9.30 – Depart Chambers Street, Edinburgh
10.30 – Dryburgh Abbey. Guided by Professor Richard Fawcett
12.00 – Lunch at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
13.15 – Bus to Stobs Camp guided tour en route by Dr Chris Bowles
14.00 – Stobs Camp Guided by Allan Kilpatrick
15.45 – To Hawick
16.00 –Hawick Tea and cake stop
16.30 – Leave Hawick
18.00 – Arrive Chambers Street, Edinburgh
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