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Peeps into Aubigny sur nere Past Times.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, July 18, 2020 13:02:34

Hope you have enjoyed a Peep into Aubigny’s History………… 18th July 2020



Bastille Day in Aubigny – 14th July 2020 – with a difference.

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, July 14, 2020 13:27:06
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Sending our good wishes from Haddington.

Photographs with permission. 14th July 2020.



Peeps into past — A look at previous years Fetes Franco Ecossaises as 2020 cancelled………

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, July 11, 2020 10:19:14
Haddington Pipe Band
The Clarks & The Higgys
50th Anniversary Twinning.

Posted by Irene Higgenbotham 11th July 2020



Thistles – Bees – Butterflies &; Swallows.

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, July 07, 2020 11:06:59
With thanks to Susan Farmer for beautiful photo [ Haddington ]
Clerkington Estate – Haddington.
Wild thistles……….

6th July 2020 – Irene Higgenbotham – photos.



Peeps into the Past – Week 2

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, July 03, 2020 14:46:01

The dates of all photos are unknown, so its a guessing game.

Far right Mrs Jimmy Dey and her son Stephen Dey.
Fetes Franco Eccossaises – Chateau des Stuarts – Aubigny -sur-nere.

Provost Richardson & Mr. Frank Elliot from Haddington Twinning.

Haddington Pipe Band.
Some weil kent faces – Beautiful hats
Les Pompiers on parade [ firemen ]
Scottish flag with Twinners outside Office de Tourisme Aubigny……….
La premiere du film Rebelle. [ in English- Brave ]

Peter MacNamee leading pipe band in Fetes Franco Ecossaise in Aubigny 14th July.



Haddington Twinning Peeps into the Past !

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, June 27, 2020 11:01:41
1984 – Renewing of the Twinning Charter – and visit to Preston Mill- East Linton

Going forward to Twinning vists 1984 – 1987

Aubigny -sur-Nere. 1987
Mrs Effie Bowman & Ian Glass coach driver Gordon Briggs.
F.F.E. Parade 1987 – Main Street – Aubigny.
Aubigny 1987
Representing Scotland in Parade 1987.
Country Dancers from Haddington 1987


Please look in again next week for more Peeps into the Past………. Irene Higgenbotham. 27th June 2020


Clydesdale Horses – At the dawn of the 20th Century, 2.6 million heavy horse were working in UK. but now, less than 10,000 remain.

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, June 20, 2020 11:40:02

The Clydesdale horse was a wonderful sight working in and around East Lothian up until the 1950/60s, they were used in agriculture and logging as well as driving.

At Amisfield Mains farm – Haddington. 1930’s

The Clydesdale was originally bred for heavy farm and industrial work, although its open hooves were better suited to city work than narrow arable furrows. It is noted for its high stepping, showy action, which makes it one of the most elegant heavy horses.

The “showing ” of Clydesdale horses was an annual event in the farm calendar.

The Clydesdale stands on average 16.2hh, although some animals are taller. It has a long straight nose, big ears and a well-arched long neck. Its well defined withers and short back makes it a powerful workhorse. Quarters should be long, thighs strong, hocks broad and clean. The legs should be well endowed with fin silky feather. The colour is bay, brown or black with much white on the face and legs, often running into the body to give a roan appearance. Chestnuts are rarely seen.

Photo taken in Clerkington Estate – Haddington – 15th June 2020

Clydesdale History. The Clydesdale breed was founded in the early 1800’s when 2 breeders, John Paterson of Lochlyoch and the 6th Duke of Hamilton, imported Flemish stallions and bred them with native draught mares in the Clyde Valley.

Photo- At Myles Farm – East Lothian 1950’s

At its peak, Scotland had around 140,000 farm horses plus an unknown number in towns and cities., most of which were Clydesdales …….. The breed was also exported to many countries. As with other draught breeds, numbers dwindled with the increased use of mechanical power.

Now we can only romanticise over these past times by admiring these beautiful and exquisite animals, ……. we are lucky in Haddington to see a few still on our door-step.

Photos – Irene Higgenbotham .



Wild Flowers in and around Haddington. 15th June 2020.

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, June 14, 2020 17:01:22
Bumble Bee with poppy & “dead man’s hand ”
Dead Man’s hand.
Poppyfield [ all grown from one poppy seed ]
On riverbank
lovely forget-me-nots.
Dog rose
Pathway into Haddington.
Swan family, with 6 cygnets in garden at Giffordgate .
dog rose and rapeseed ready for harvesting.
Pathway poppies
Poppies and rapeseed ready for harvesting.
Bindweed – see Haddington in distance. White building new hospital.
Home to Haddington .
In Knox Court garden.
Knox Institute – now Knox Court- Haddington.

Photographs taken on 15th June 2020 – Irene Higgenbotham.



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