Historic Documents Including Burials for Coldstream and Cornhill

King James IV

Toast by James Hastie at the 1513 Club Dinner 2021                 HAVING COME TO THIS DINNER AS A GUEST FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS I AM HONOURED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO PROPOSE THIS TOAST. BUT I CONFESS THE INVITE HAS CAUSED ME TO QUESTION THE QUALITY OF MY HERITAGE – BEFORE ARTHUR GETS UPSET, DAD I SAID THE QUALITY OF MY HERITAGE NOT MY PARENTAGE. TONIGHT, IS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE THAT, AMONGST FELLOW BORDERERS, COMING FROM KELSAE HAS PUT ME AT A DISADVANTAGE. THE REASON IS THIS. FOR MANY THEIR KNOWLEGDE OF KING JAMES IV OF SCOTS BEGINS AND ENDS WITH THE BATTLE OF FLODDEN. AND ALTHOUGH OTHER BORDER TOONS HAVE A STRONG CONNECTION WITH THE BATTLE AND THEREFORE WITH THE KING, CELEBRATED IN THEIR ANNUAL COMMON RIDINGS, IN KELSAE THERE IS NO SUCH CONNECTION. THERE IS A CONNECTION WITH HIS FATHER WHO WAS CROWNED IN KELSO ABBEY AND HIS GRANDFATHER WHO WAS KILLED AT ROXBURGH CASTLE, BUT NO OBVIOUS CONNECTION WITH JAMES IV. SELKIRK, HAWICK AND COLDSTREAM ALL CELEBRATE THEIR CONNECTIONS ANNUALLY. AS A KID HAWICK’S CELEBRATIONS PUZZLED ME. I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT FLODDEN BUT I DID KNOW IT TOOK PLACE IN 1513. WHY THEN SHOULD HAWICK FOCUS ON 1514? WHY SHOULD HAWICK WANT TAE CELEBRATE BEING A YEAR LATE FOR THE BATTLE OF FLODDEN? A GALA MAN PROVIDED THE ANSWER. REFERRING TO THE INSCRIPTION ON THE HORSE AND REFLECTING THAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT DELAYS ARE NOT NECESSARILY

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