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Memories of Comice Agricole – Aubigny – 2008 [Agricultural Show ]

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, June 12, 2021 12:56:00

Photographs from Haddington Twinning Archives.



Old Memorable Moments of Haddington Twinning.

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, June 06, 2021 11:47:53
1984 – Renewing the F. Charter at outing to Preston Mill – East Linton.
La Verrerie – 1987 ?
Gillis Family and Dey Family from Haddington.
French visit to Haddington 2008
Aubigny 1987 -91
Scottish Country Dancers from Haddington 1987 -91
Band of Tank Regiment – Aubigny [ FFE ] 1987
Haddington Festival Parade 1992
Haddington Festival Parade 1992
French visit to Haddington 2011
Council representatives in FFE parade Aubigny
One of many cakes baked for the occasion.
Celebrations for 50th Anniversary ….
Place d’Aubigny 50th Anniversary ….. with Presidents past and present.
At Place d’Aubigny for unveiling of place name.


Hope you enjoyed looking back !

Irene H.- 6th June 2021


Bass Rock – Firth of Forth.

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, May 23, 2021 12:12:32

The Bass Rock is an island just off the coast of North Berwick, if you look closer at this Rock its actually smothered with bird droppings. Described by Sir David Attenborough as ” one of the 12 wildlife wonders of the world ” , the Bass is a santuary for gannets, hosting over 150,000 of them during peak breeding season.

Gannets and their chick on precarious cliff edge.

Sporting treacherous jagged edges, and dangerous cliffs, ancient chapel ruins, a lighthouse, and a Castle turned prison.

It is said that the very first of all human inhabitants was St. Baldred in 600 A.D. , an evangelist, monastery founder, and hermit. Today, only the ruins of St. Baldred’s Chapel remain upon the spot he used to frequent. The Chapel was bestowed upon the Lauder family by the Church in 1316.

Ruins of St. Baldred’s Chapel.

Currently uninhabited by humans, the Bass Rock was passed on to the family of Sir Hugh Hamilton- Dalrymple in 1706, after being in the Lauder family for over six centuries. Legend states that the island was a present from King Malcolm 111 of Scotland. Over the years, the Lauders received a string of royal visitors such as King James 1V in 1497 and King James V1 of Scotland in 1581

Tantallon Castle with Bass Rock

In 1671, The Bass Rock was commandeered from the Lauder family and transformed into Scotland’s own Alcatraz following Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland . Subsquently, this castle-turned-prison became riddled with religious and political prisoners. It was also with large numbers of Coventanters. From 1672 to 1688, approximately 40 people died in the depths of the dungeons. Additionally, 1688-92 saw a handful of prisoners contained during the 1st Jacobite Rising, French Napoleonic prisoners were also known to have been prisoner here in later years.

The Seabird Centre in North Berwick hold exclusive landing trips from Easter to Autumn, weather dependant, ferrying tourists in local fishing boats and accompanied by an expert guide, this is a fascinating destination for photographers, historian and wildlife enthusiasts.

Red Arrows over the Firth of Forth.

Irene Higgenbotham 23rd May 2021.



25th August 2018 – Haddington 700 Celebrations Medieval Day.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, May 08, 2021 14:02:42

A charter granted by Robert the Bruce to the Scottish town of Haddington in 1318 is the inspiration behind the year of Celebrations planned for 2018, the 700th Anniversary of the granting of the royal charter.

The 1318 Charter is the oldest document cared for by East Lothian Archives and at the time it was granted, the town already had been a Burgh for 200 years. . An older Charter granted by King David 1 had been lost , and so the Bruce Charter reconfirmed Haddington’s right to hold a market and collect customs.

The Royal Charter.

Haddington Twinning celebrated this occasion by planting of the ” Auld Alliance Irises” sent especially from Aubigny – Haddington’s twin town, and a special visitors from Aubigny & the French Console were present at the planting.

Haddington Twinning – Provost – Mayor of Aubigny – Blooming Haddington – French Console & Special guests.
The “Planting ”
Provost MacMillan & Madame Laurence Renier Mayoress of Aubigny.
Auld Alliance Irises being shown by Blooming Haddington.
Mayoress Laurence Renier accompanied by Haddington Twinning Secretary Mrs Elaine Mitchell
French Console doing a bit of planting.
A few weil kent faces !
Auld Alliance Iris.
Medieval Parade
dressed for the Occasion.
Or just relaxing ?
Winner of Pentanque Competition presentation by Monsieur Jean-Charles from Aubigny.

Later the Irises bloomed in Lady Kitty’s Garden and corner of Market Street / Hardgate.

Photographs by Irene Higgenbotham



Haddington Twinning proudly presents Peeps into the Past Ceilidhs 2015 – 2019 –

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, April 24, 2021 13:41:13

In no particular order.

Clappy – do


Haddington Twinning welcomes our friends from Aubigny – April 2017

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, April 12, 2021 12:03:49
With special welcome from Haddington Pipe Band.
With Wine & Nibbles.
A visit to Traquair House for some of visitors.
The Higgenbothams & Coutures with Traquair House in background.
Doll Collection in Traquair House.
Brewery at Traquair House.
Dolls House with Madame Couture.
The fifth Earl of Traquair closed these gates in 1738 and vowed never to open them again until a Stuart King reclaimed the Throne.
Lunch at Traquair
Peacocks & Hens looking for their Lunch .
Farewell Ceilidh in Corn Exchange……..

Photos – Irene Higgenbotham.



HAPPY EASTER to all our friends near & far.

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, April 01, 2021 09:07:30

photo Irene Higgenbotham.



Uncategorised Posted on Sat, March 27, 2021 17:21:11

Easter Traditions – On Easter Sunday, many Scottish families participate in an egg rolling contest. After they have boiled, painted and decorated their eggs, the eggs are taken to a park or grassy area where they are rolled down a hill. The person whose egg rolls the farthest distance without breaking is the winner of the contest.

The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.

The custom of the Easter egg hunt, however comes from Germany. Some suggest that its origins date back to the 16th Century, when Protestant reformer Martin Luther organised egg hunts for his congregation.

The men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th Century, according to some sources.

A lot of us may enjoy Chocolate eggs at Easter, but originally eating eggs was not allowed by church leaders during the week leading up to Easter, known as Holy Week.

So any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make Holy Week eggs, that were then given to children as gifts.

Victorians adapted the tradition with satin – covered eggs filled with Easter gifts. This has now developed into the tradition that many people enjoy today.

Faberge Eggs – What’s so special about Faberge eggs ?

They were handcrafted using gold, diamonds and semi- precious stones like emeralds and pearls. Each one-of-a-kind designs featured pigmented layers of glass enamel, gold leaf and laced metalwork.

Faberge range in size, from three to five inches tall, and took one to two years to complete.

For over a century, the name Faberge has evoked wealth , opulence and the world’s most extravagant Easter eggs. The small, intricately decorated objets d’art – which Russia’s royal House of Romanov commissioned from the jeweller and goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge are still today , some of the most exquisite decorative works ever created.

The Imperial Eggs, as they came to be called, were first designed as Easter gifts in the mid- 1880s ……..

Peter Carl Faberge 1846 – 1920

To our friends near and far, if you, like me haven’t got the pleasure of owning a Faberge Egg – have a Happy Easter whatever you are doing…….. and hopefully we shall meet up soon.

March 2021



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