Worldwide Clan returns Home

Home Clan members from across the globe gathered at the Flodden memorial while Earl of Home laid a wreath to the fallen
Home Clan members from across the globe gathered at the Flodden memorial while Earl of Home laid a wreath to the fallen

More than 120 members of the Clan Home, from all over the globe, gathered at Flodden on Monday.

The Home Clan had never gathered at Flodden with its chief since Lord Home led them against the English on September 9, 1513, on a wet and tragic day.

Humes and Homes from South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany and Norway, as well as from Scotland and England, used Wedderburn Castle near Duns as their headquarters for the visit which was the end result of a huge amount of planning.

Gospatric Home, chairman of the organising committee, said: “It was an incredibly magnificent event which, in the long term, will undoubtedly do a lot of good for tourism in the Borders. It was great to welcome so many overseas visitors as well as more young clan members.”

After arriving at Wedderburn on Friday, members enjoyed genealogical lectures, discusssions and computer interaction at Wedderburn Castle, followed by an informal supper. On Saturday they had a tour of Home/Hume territory in Berwickshire including stately homes such as Paxton House, Mellerstain and Manderston, churches at Dunglass and Polwarth, and the various abbeys before enjoying a formal dinner, followed by dancing, in the ballroom at Wedderburn Castle.

On Sunday the clan gathered at The Hirsel, home of Earl and Countess of Home, for the AGM and lunch.

In the afternoon it was cream tea in Hume Castle for clan members, special guests and members of Hume Village Association. Pipers from 40th regiment Royal Artillery played and there were readings by Lord Home and others and songs by Isla St Clair followed by the raising of Home banner.

This was followed by a Commemoration Service in Gavinton Church for all those who fell during the Battle of Flodden, Isla St Clair singing ‘Flowers of the Forest’. There was dinner and dancing later at Wedderburn Castle.

On Monday morning the clan members gathered at Branxton Memorial where a wreath was laid for all the fallen at Flodden. Clive Hallam-Baker then led a lecture tour.

Gosptaric Home added: “There were many highlights. We had a Skype lecture on geneology by Jim Hume from Missouri. A total of 67 members have now done voluntary DNA tests which has provided us with some incredible information about relationships and who is related to whom, with lots of Homes related to Humes. During our visit to Paxton House we were given a conducted tour by John Home-Robertson. We also discovered that one of the American visitors has a portrait of a Home of Wedderburn who lived at Paxton House and died at the age of just 23. He has now agreed to loan the portrait to Paxton House for display. Another highlight was the visit to Hume Castle and Isla St Clair’s singing of ‘Flowers of the Forest’ in Gavinton Church.”