Memories

                   Many thanks to Stewart Gillies for his Memories of Gilsland.

"Good morning. I've just seen your advert in today's Scotsman and curiosity took me to your website.

I was absolutely fascinated by your history page as I am one of the many families who have fantastic memories of many, many summer holidays at Gilsland when I was a boy. The Gillies family were regular visitors every summer throughout the mid 60s and 70s. Some of my elder brothers, particularly Brian and Alistair were friendly with Johnny and I can still remember them all 'having shots' on Johnny's first motor-bike.

I was more Wendy's age and have very fond memories of many summers enjoying the many activities around the site. The mention of Chips and Cherry brought a huge smile to my face as I spent many days on the east bay doing the donkey rides for 6 old pence!! My other memory is all the animals, and to this day, I have really special memories of Haggis, who was a little Collie who I absolutely adored. I have bored many friends over the years with my memories of her.

I even remember coming down for a summer when I was a young teenager and staying with the family in the house. I thought I was going down for a summer holiday with Wendy, and her friend, Jacqui but John (senior) and Uncle Bill (senior) had other ideas!!  I found myself  heavily engaged in the constant workload around the site. I particularly remember the making and laying of concrete slabs. It was non stop for weeks. Still the hardest work I've done in my life. Brilliant !!!!

As I've lived in Edinburgh all my life, I have visited North Berwick many times and always used to just drive up to the site, just to make sure it was still there and re-live some of my memories.

Please pass on my regards to the family and my thanks for the fantastic memories."

                                                                                                                 Stewart Gillies

 

And a few memories from Miles Robertson

"Seeing the ‘Open’ on TV from Muirfield made me think of North Berwick and I was moved to go one step further and remind myself of Gilsland and the Macnair Family. I found your wonderful website and read, with fondness, the memories page, written by Carlene.

I felt, had to write to get news of the family and restore some links.

I first visited Gilsland in July 1971.I stayed with a friend in a caravan by the side of the house. It was the first time I had ever met your family, though my brother Andy had visited before me - he was enthralled by it all. I also, used to hear so much about Gilsland from my Grandmother (Win) who fastidiously stayed in touch with all the family.

The last time I visited Gilsland, was June 1989, on our way home from a holiday on the west coast. My wife, Ros and I and our two boys (Iain & Alastair) came to stay for a couple of nights.  We had Sunday Lunch with the Family ‘en bloc’ outside in the Garden. I can remember John at the end of the table (well a long line of picnic tables to be exact) with all his grandchildren around him. I guess there must have 20 of us. I remember a trampoline in the garden and the kids riding quad bikes. One of ours crashed into aforesaid trampoline. A little bit of a scare!

What changes have there been? Should be a few more children around!  Please remember me to everbody and I hope you are all well".

With Best Wishes,

Miles