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Haddington Twinning Association Bulletin Board

Iconic piece of Scotland’s national heritage – the Silver casket, believed to have been owned by Mary, Queen of Scots.

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, June 26, 2022 13:02:15
Silver Casket.

Made in Paris, probably between 1493 and 1510, the casket is a superb and extremely rare work of early French silver. Very little French silver survives, even in France. It is likely that its long-standing association with Mary has kept it preserved for over 450 years.

Top of Casket.

The Silver casket is on display in Hawthornden Court at the National Museum of Scotland. From November 2022, it will be on permanent display in the Kingdom of the Scots gallery alongside other objects associated with Mary.

The Book of Hours.

For three centuries, it was owned by the family of the Dukes of Hamilton, following its acquisition, around 1674, by Anne, Duchess of Hamilton. According to a handwritten note stored from it from the late 17th Century, she bought the casket, previously owned by Mary, Marchioness of Douglas, on the understanding that it belonged to Mary. Queen of Scots.

According to a handwritten note stored with it from the late 17th Century, this is the Casket which played a dramatic role in Mary’s downfall. In December 1568, a similar casket was produced at a hearing ordered by Elizabeth 1 against Mary at Westminster . This contained what have become known as the Casket Letters. These love poems and letters, allegedly from Mary to her third husband, the Earl of Bothwell , implicated them both in a conspiracy to murder her second husband, Lord Darnley.

Mary, Queen of Scots & Lord Darnley


Earl of Bothwell.

I was priviledged on 24th June 2022 – to view the casket and other treasures belonging to Mary, in National Museum – Edinburgh. When the “Marie Stuart Society” were given a private view , talk and slide-show……

Irene Higgenbotham – Member of Marie Stuart Society viewing the Casket.

Haddstock Petanque & Picnic Afternoon – Sunday 29th May 2022.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, June 18, 2022 12:54:15

Haddington Twinning also took part in this year’s Haddstock Festival organising an informal Petanque afternoon on Sunday 29th May, again in Lady Kitty’s garden.

As well as Haddington Twinning petanquers, quite a number of Festival goers dropped by to have a go, including several youngsters who showed great enthusiasm for the game. The afternoon included delightful musical performances by Gullane Ceilidh Band and the Pencaitland Community Choir. The sun shone and many people just sat on their picnic rugs on the grass to enjoy the music and experience a little French culture in Haddington. C’etait une belle journee!

This is how you do it !!!!!
Gullane Ceilidh Band perform in Lady Kitty’s Garden at Petanque & picnic event.
Debbie from Haddstock team enjoying the sunshine at the Petanque and picnic event.
Pencaitland Community Choir performing at the Petanque event & picnic event.
Douglas from Haddington Twinning enjoying a sandwich at the Petanque & picnic event.

The First Auld Alliance Cup Petanque Competition – Saturday 21st May 2022.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, June 18, 2022 12:33:28

Haddington Twinning Association hosted the first Auld Alliance Cup Petanque competition in Lady Kitty’s Garden in Haddington on Saturday 21st May. Members of fellow East Lothian Twinning Associations from Musselburgh and Dunbar entered three teams each and they were joined by local U3A who also entered two teams. The Auld Alliance Cup or to be more precise, the Auld Alliance Claret Jug was kindly donated by Provost John McMillan. All of the teams played extremely well but Stuart McCombie and Alison McKenzie fought a valiant final with Ian Hackett and Pete Russell, all members of U3A, to win the beautiful trophy. A grand afternoon of Petanque, friendly rivalry and merriment was had by all.

Group photo of participants.
Teams enjoying the Game.
Elaine & Joy – team 2 from Haddington Twinning.
Stuart from U3A preparing for a shot.
Runners up Pete & Ian from U3A are presented with a bottle of red by Provost McMillan & Gilles Chairperson of Haddington Twinning.
WINNERS – Stuart & Allison from U3A are presented with the Auld Alliance Claret Jug.
Prizes- 21st May 2022

Haddstock Festival 2022

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, May 26, 2022 08:51:14

As part of this year’s Haddstock Festival, Haddington Twinning are hosting a Petanque afternoon on Sunday 29th May starting at 12.00midday in Lady Kitty’s garden in Haddington. Gullane Ceilidh Band and Pencaitland Community choir will treat us to some super musical entertainment . Boules will be provided so why not drop by and join in the fun. The full programme for the weekend event is above.

Auld Alliance Cup – Petanaque.

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, May 26, 2022 08:40:35

Thanks all for coming to the first Auld Alliance Cup yesterday. Lovely day out and staying dry. Well done to our winners Alison and Stuart. We hope you all had a grand day out. More photo to come soon. Watch this space…

Auld Alliance Cup. {Petanque}

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, May 05, 2022 15:38:38

Join us on 21/05 for the first Auld Alliance Cup. Members of Haddington, Musselburgh and Dunbar Twinning Associations are invited to play Pentanque on the 21/05 from 11:00am in Lady Kitty’s Garden, Haddington. We have booked the sunshine for the day!!!

No need to have Boules, we can provide them, just come for the fun and the Trophy.

Please contact If you would like to attend.

Lady Kitty’s Garden – 2014.

Some Memorable Moments from Haddington’s visit to Aubigny 2015 our 50th Anniversary Year.

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, April 29, 2022 16:48:11
Aubigny 2015
Aubigny 2015
Chez Coutures 2015
Haddington Pipe Band
FFE Parade 2015
Some Haddingtonians 2015
Haddington Pipe Band
FFE Parade Aubigny 2015
Pierre D. & Grandson
Highlanders 2015
Beautiful costume Marie-Therese.
Aubigny 2015
Haddington Pipe Band 2015
open air Ceilidh – Aubigny 2015
Chateau – Group from Haddington.
Chez Coutures
Celebrations 2015
Farewell Buffet – Aubigny – 2015
Chateau – Group from Haddington.
FFE Aubigny 2015
Date unknown
open air Ceilidh Aubigny 2015
Celebration 50 Years
Farewell Aubigny. 2015

Photographs Irene Higgenbotham

Happy Easter – to all our friends near & far. Some memorable moments from past times with Twinning.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, April 16, 2022 11:40:04

Hope you all have a Peaceful Easter. – Irene Higgenbotham

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