An ambitious plan to have Hornshole brought under the stewardship of the Common Good Fund has received a shot in the arm.
Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall, both of whom have been working on the proposal for around four months, recently met with Helen Lorenz, whose great-grandfather and former owner of the Cavers estate, Captain Edward Palmer Douglas, gifted the land at Hornshole in 1901 for the erection of the 1514 Monument.
Commenting on the meeting, Councillor McAteer said they had enjoyed a very productive meeting with Mrs Lorenz who was entirely supportive of the plan to secure ownership [of Hornshole].
He continued: “Mrs Lorenz has also been helping the council solicitors track the evidence required that will hopefully result in the title being secured by Hawick Common Good.
“While there is still work to complete, the signs remain positive that the 1901 gift can finally be formalised and future generations of Hawick folk can be secure in the knowledge that Hornshole belongs to them.”
Councillor Marshall added: “Meeting Mrs Lorenz was a great honour and privilege, and it was great to see her enthusiasm and support for what we are trying to do.”
Mr Marshall added that there was still work to be done but they remained on track to secure the ancient and historic site for future generations.
At February’s Common Good Fund meeting, Scottish Borders Council solicitor Ron Kirk said that if there was agreement to the 1901 gift being honoured, then it should be a straightforward transfer of ownership to Hawick Common Good.
He added that there would need to be an estimate of potential costs to allow the trustees to decide if they were prepared to pay all the fees.