In 2019, the Trust, as part of their plans to mark the 150th anniversary of the renowned Border poet’s birth, are intending to reproduce his epic reiving ballad “Whaup o’ the Rede”. This book, which has seven black and white illustrations by the celebrated Royal Academician Tom Scott, is now quite rare. The Trust are going to republish the book on a subscription basis, price £25. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy, and having their name on the list of subscribers, are asked to intimate their interest to either Ann Holt, email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01461 203505 or Ian W. Landles (Chairman of the Trust), email: email@example.com tel: 01450 375546.
The Trust’s thanks must go out to Warrick Jackes from Australia who has kindly corrected, updated and greatly improved the William Henry Ogilvie Wikipedia page.
In view of the theft of the bronze book from the cairn the trustees deemed it necessary to remove both the cairn and the seat to a place of safety until a new site can be arranged and a replacement bronze obtained. The removal of both was carried out on Friday, 13th October 2017. Trustees
The Will H Ogilvie Memorial Trust made a welcome, if slightly tinged with sadness return to ITV’s Border Life program. See the link below where plans were discussed to reinstate the stolen book on the statue and further information on the poet.
The trust was featured on a recent episode of ITV’s Border Life giving a short insight into the life and works of Ogilvie – “At the age of 20, Kelso-born William Ogilvie went to work as ‘an Australian cowboy’. His poetry is considered a national treasure in Australia but how many people back in Scotland know his name? Find out about “the men with sun-tanned faces… the men of the open spaces, and the land where mirage lies.”
Click on the link below, episode from the 14th March 2016, feature starts at 11 mins