Plaque unveiling near to mill

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Hawick Archaeological Society and the Old Gala Club came together On Tuesday, October 9, to unveil a plaque at the old baths building.

The stone was originally made by Gordon Scott, who worked for Hawick builders Pennycook, and was placed on Wilson and Glenny’s factory, which burned down in 1959. The stone was rescued by the builders and restored, and then presented to Robert Goldie when the new mill opened in 1961. When the factory was demolished the stone disappeared again and turned up in Galashiels, where Ian Landles had been invited to give a talk on ‘Wilton’, and to his surprise and delight was presented with the stone and a plaque, pictured. The old baths was to be the nearest place to the site of Wilson and Glenny’s mill and that was where the stone and plaque were set. Nancy Dunne, daughter of Gordon Scott, unveiled the stone, and Murray Dickson, Old Gala Club, and Ian Landles, Hawick Archaeological Society, related the story of the stone. Pictured from left – Ian Lowes, Hawick Archaeologcial Society; Robert Goldie, ex-Wilson and Glenny; Nancy Dunne; and Murray Dickson