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‘Belalie and beyond’ is coming!

Our Will created a hunt for us to find all his poems, and we were up for the challenge.  After four long years, the Trustees have amassed a collection of 275 rediscovered poems.  While printed in various sources, some over a century ago, very few made it to one of his...

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It’s an honour

2021 Queen's New Year's Honours List 31 December 2020 It is with honour the Will H. Ogilvie Memorial Trust warmly welcomes the recognition of the drive and contributions of one of its foundation trustees and long term secretary-treasurer Mrs Ann Holt with a British...

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Challenges of 2020 and 2021

The global coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted the planned public activities of the Trustees during 2020 (and now 2021).  While trustee meetings have been reduced to just telephone calls due to the lockdowns within Scotland and the Borders area, we want...

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From Judith Rolevink

I have been involved as the sculptor of a bronze bust of Will for South Australia's town of Penola who celebrates Will as one of their finest poets. They have a Poet's Corner in the main street of the town and at the beginning of last year was commissioned...

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150th Commemorations in Kelso

On 19 July 2019 the Holefield Farm stone was unveiled. Over sixty guests were in attendance and 150 members of the public, together with members of the Ex-laddies Association and this year's laddie, Mark Henderson. See the gallery for photographs of the event....

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Linking with Australia

Five commemorative plaques were sent to places in Australia, where Ogilvie is still remembered today, including the Penola Local History Display. They sent a photograph of the plaque in their display.   

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Republished ‘Border poems’ now out

The poet's 'Border Poems' has been reprinted and a class set will be distributed to Border schools. Artbeat have created a commemorative book of Will H Ogilvie's work and will be on display during the exhibition at the Heritage Hub, Hawick.

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Anniversary Weekend 16–18 August 2019

Programme of Events for the 150th Anniversary Weekend:-

Friday, 16th August – Opening of the W.H.O. Exhibition in the Heritage Hub, Hawick at 6.00pm when the new reprint of ‘Whaup o’ the Rede’ will be launched and when subscribers are invited to collect and pay for their copy.                                                                                            This will be followed at 7.30pm by Well Road Productions performance of ‘Will’ in the Heart of Hawick Theatre. Tickets are to be purchased for this event at a cost of £8 and can be obtained from the Heritage Hub.

Saturday, 17th August – The Heritage Hub exhibition will be open from 10.00am until 1.00pm.                                                                                  The unveiling of the new cairn and resetting of the commemorative seat will take place above Harden Glen at 2.00pm, followed by refreshments in the Forman Memorial Hall, Roberton.

Sunday, 18th August – A church service will be held at 12 midday in Ashkirk Church followed by a short service of Thanksgiving at the Ogilvie family vault in Ashkirk Churchyard.

An invitation to all events is extended to all members of the community.

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‘Whaup O’ The Rede

‘Whaup O’ The Rede The Trust are looking forward to offering a reproduction of Ogilvie’s epic reiving ballad “Whaup o’ the Rede”. This original book, which has seven black and white illustrations by the celebrated Royal Academician Tom Scott, is now quite rare. There...

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