On Saturday, May 12, there was an evening of storytelling and music at Gunsgreen House to mark the Trust’s re-publication of “Eustace the Outcast, or The Smugglers of St Abbs” by 19th century writer David Pae.
Brought up in Coldingham, David Pae would have absorbed all the local tales of smuggling and smugglers.
Gunsgreen House features in the book, as the home of Mr Jessop, a leading smuggler betrayed by his colleagues.
David Pae’s many novels – serialised by the newspapers – had a moral purpose, so all turns out well for young Eustace in the end!
Marjorie Leithead, the Eyemouth born story teller retold the tale of Eustace in two 20 minute episodes, supported by musician Margaret Christison who sang smuggling songs and played suitable tunes on her fiddle. Guests of honour for the evening were David Pae’s great grand-daughters Judith Cooke of Dundee and Dr Doreen Pae from New Zealand.
Gunsgreen House Trust is grateful for the support of Enterprise Music Scotland towards this special evening.
Dr Pae and Mrs Cooke were presented with copies of “Eustace” by Simon Furness, Chairman of the Gunsgreen House Trust.
Copies of “Eustace” can be obtained from Gunsgreen House for £17.50 plus £2.50 post and packing.