Last Saturday a crowd of 90 gathered to the skirl of Tam Raeburn’s pipes for a ceremony at the Will H Ogilvie memorial cairn to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death.
Chairman of the Ogilvie committee Ian Landles hosted the proceedings, introducing Philip Murray who recited ‘The Road To Roberton’ and Scocha who sang ‘The Land We Love’ and ‘The Raiders’. Kay Ross, an Australian who lives in Ettrickbridge, gave the oration and provided a fascinating insight into Will’s time Down Under.
A book of previously unpublished Ogilvie poems entitled ‘Bits of Fun’ was also launched. This was made possible by the donation to the committee of a hand-written notebook by the grand-daughter of Will and Madge Ogilvie’s handyman and housekeeper to whom it had been gifted and thanks to generous financial assistance from the Reverend Stanley and Mrs Lilias Britton. The book is for sale, price £8 from Deans and Simpson’s and ILF Imaging.
The gathering concluded with a vote of thanks from Langholm’s Billy Young.
Members of the committee and guests are pictured on the seat next to the cairn