Henry Douglas at the World’s Room

Henry Douglas

13 March, 2020

The Waverley, St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh


Our guest this month is the legendary Hawick singer, Henry Douglas, who cites fellow Borderer, the late Willie Scott as his great friend and mentor. Henry  was born in the Yarrow Valley and has farmed all his life, mainly at Howahill near Bonchester Bridge. He is an enthusiast for Borders life, poetry and song, has been very active in the Border common ridings (former president of all three of Hawick’s Common Riding clubs) and was Official Hawick Common Riding Song Singer from 1985 – 2000. In 2014 he received the British Empire Medal for services to the community in Bonchester. Speaking to the local paper on the news of the award, Henry said, “I’ve had great enjoyment from my singing and met some super folk. It’s been a huge part of my life and so different from farming every day.”

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