Halkett Hendrie was a farmer at Mossfennan to the west of Broughton. As a farmer he was a lover of the landscape and a tireless commentator on how Man over the aeons of time had shaped and influenced the landscape. He was an enthusiastic and informed amateur archaeologist. He identified and logged the vast amount of burial cists and bronze age settlements in the Upper Tweed Valley including the excavation of Stanhope Dun. He also undertook excavation work on the Antonine Wall. Such was his expertise that the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland conferred on him an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his work.
Halket Hendrie was a keen supporter of the Tweeddale Society both in his working life and after his retiral to Peebles. It was after his death that the then Council of the Society resolved that in each session there be a "Halkett Hendrie Memorial Lecture". The invited lecturer would be asked to present a lecture on an aspect of archaeology of his/her choosing.
Past Halkett Hendrie Memorial Lectures
12 November 2013
Digging for a Victory: the archaeology of Bannockburn
8 December 2015
THE PEEBLES SILVER ARROW SHOOT - Alan Simpson
8 November 2016
Scotland v Italy: An early battle on home ground? - Dr John Reid
10 October 2017
What we can learn about fungi from Beatrix Potter - Professor Roy Watling
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