The History of Kingsmeadows House, Peebles –

A house in its time, the people in the house

Sandra Whitnell

Tuesday, 11th October 2022

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30 p.m.

Kingsmeadows House, Peebles has been many things to many people during the last 225 years. Since it was built in 1795 by Sir John Hay, 5th Baronet Smithfield and Haystoun, it has been a home, office, hospital, offices, and more.

How did changes in the local and wider world affect the residents of Kingsmeadows House, and what mark did its residents make on their world?  Quite a lot!

The talk will explore late Georgian/Victorian life through Sir John Hay’s large well connected family. Soldiers, sailors, businessmen and bankers, they were involved in important events across Britain and the Empire, as well as in the local community.

Sandra Whitnell facilitates the U3A local history group. She is the U3A’s national subject advisor for local history, advising over 300 groups.

She writes fiction and non-fiction including a book about the Tontine, and runs online writing groups.

Currently, Sandra is writing a book about Kingsmeadows, and a series of short stories inspired by Peebles Poorhouse.