13 February 2018

A cultural organisation based in Peebles, Scottish Borders

Tweeddale Society logoPanoramic view of Peebles

John Buchan and Tweeddale

 

Ursula Buchan

John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir) in Tweeddale in 1938
Ursula Buchan

John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir)

in Tweeddale in 1938

Ursula Buchan is a journalist and book author, and a grand-daughter of John Buchan, about whom she is writing a biography.

John Buchan and Tweeddale’ will explore the many ways in which the land where his parents grew up, and where he spent the holidays of his childhood and youth, influenced the great man. It is impossible to think of John Buchan as anything but a Borderer, even though he never lived in Scotland permanently after the age of 20. Some of his early essays concern Tweeddale, and he depicts this beloved country in a number of his short stories and novels, most famously The Thirty-Nine Steps, when the hero, Richard Hannay, finds temporary sanctuary there, while being chased by both the police and by German agents.

 

The man who was, at various times, a barrister, journalist, colonial administrator, propagandist, politician and statesman – indeed, one of Scotland’s most famous sons of the twentieth century – even took his title from the Tweed valley, when he became the first Lord Tweedsmuir in 1935.’