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The Games at the Dunion were looked on as a red-letter day during the early years in Jedburgh, for except at the fast days, the two half yearly Fair days, when all the mills were closed after dinner time, the tradesmen of the town could enjoy a half day's holiday. New Year's Day holidays were then few and far between, and were scarcely ever heard of.

  1854 Games Poster
  A bill of results from the Games of 1854 which was posted around the town prior to the new local newspaper issued in 1855 publishing this information. (Click on image to view)

The most famous men of their day were in the habit of regularly attending the Games. Ben Cooper from Carlisle (wrestler), Jim Scott and Harry Ivison from Carlisle (wrestlers), Dick Wright from Longtown (champion wrestler) and ultimately many more were drawn from Westmoreland and the county of Dumfries. The rural areas of the Borderland were far more populated in those days, spawning all round athletes of excellent performance such as George Rutherford a shepherd from Langleyford, two brothers, William and James Davidson, both shepherds from Cocklawfoot, Robert Mitchelhill a shoemaker from Denholm and Tom Middlemist from Jedburgh known as the 'King' of the ring. There was also John Dodd, a farmer from Catcleuch whose lithe performances at pole leap were the admiration of all who were priveleged to spectate his surprising feats of agility. During the afternoon at the Dunion field there was a cuddie race, each rider being mounted on a neighbours steed. The last to reach the winning post was declared the winner. This race caused much mirth and amusement and was probably the original inspiration for our fancy dress parade, where, each rider was busked in fantastic female apparel, and was most determined that not his donkey, but another mount should first reach the winning post. All entrants felt justified in belabouring and licking his own and nieghbours steeds whenever they came within reach of his stick or whip. This race, however,was not continued for very long as an event on the annual programme. The Games in these days were always brought to a close with the race to the top of the Dunion, a very severe task over punishing ground. The competitors were many and noted, of all sorts, sizes and trades, but the plucky winner in 1853 turned up in the person of a young inexperienced native, James Turnbull, elder son of James Turnbull, tacksman of Kenmore Toll Bar. So great was the excitement and jubilation on Turnbull's unlooked for, and clever performance in defeating the experienced favourites, that the enthusiastic spectators had him carried several times round the ring, to the music of the old brass band, in honour of his splendid achievement.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 15th August 1855

The following report taken from the Teviotdale Record of 1855 provides an eye witness account of the meeting held on 14th August of that year. For the last two years, the weather has been as favourable as the utmost friends of the Games could desire and the gatherings numerous. Last year, those who are competent to judge of such matters, estimated the assemblage at about seven thousand souls. This year the numbers present were fully up to, if not more than last year. For some days back, the spirits of the people were considerably damped by the state of the weather. Ever since St Swithin's day, more or less rain fell every day, and even up to yesterday, it seemed as if the Saint was resolved to sustain his character of the Saint with the watery eyes, and to shed tears for the full forty days. But, last night the weather cleared and the state of the barometer argued a better day for the morrow. During the evening, a number of strangers found their way to the Burgh, and made our quiet streets full of bustle and activity. The morning was ushered in by the firing of cannon, and the merry sounds of bells. A flag was hoisted on one of the turrets of our old abbey, the property of the Marquis, and from many a window banners waved gracefully. As the morning advanced crowds poured into the Burgh from all the surrounding country. At about nine o'clock the Jedburgh band of music struck up a lively air, and proceeded to the rendezvous at the low rampart. At that place the people formed into procession order, and with banners flying and drums beating, marched to the theatre of amusement. At this time the streets of the Burgh presented a stirring scene. For a long time the stream of human beings, old and young, men and women, the servant girl and the lady gay poured up Castlegate on their way to the hill, and as they passed along, every street, close, and lane added it's tribute to the crowd. During the whole day groups of people were constantly passing onwards to witness the festivities in honour of the young nobleman. To assist those who were unable, or not disposed to climb the ascent, an omnibus plied between the town and the Dunion, and from the manner it seemed filled, we have little doubt that it would prove a source of financial benefit to the proprietor, the worthy landlord of the Harrow Inn. It might have, however, been of more use had it been less exclusive, and plied at stated times previously published. We would recommend next year, that the omnibus should be larger, or more than one vehicle starting at fixed hours, with the fares ticketed outside. Could a solitary stage coach not have been found?

A typical procession would assemble, and march to the Games field at the Dunion Moor, led by the Town Band on the second Friday of August each year.  

On arriving at the ground we found it soaked with wet, but not withstanding, a merrier and more respectable assemblage our eyes never beheld, and we take leave to say, that it has seldom fallen to our lot, in a gathering of this kind, to witness a greater amount of genuine female beauty. Attendants ranged, from the unsophisticated peasant girl to the daughter or wife of the wealthy burgher, while dotted here and there might be seen, gaily attired, and luxuriating in easy indulgence in their compact vehicles, some of the denizens of the country. It was delightful to see that these entered as warmly into the feats of our athletes as the young lass who had come from a long distance to see her lad exhibit his prowess in the ring. The competitors for the various prizes manfully contested for the victory. As to many of these we cannot enter into detail, but it appeared to us that the wrestling was very superior. We cannot pay too high a compliment to the wrestling, and to a number of competitors who entered the lists, and could not help admiring the manly and straight forward conduct of Ben Cooper throughout the days sports, evidently produced from long practised experience. He took not the slightest advantage of his less experienced antagonists, but threw them in a manner which convinced those who had seen sports elsewhere, that he did so with the view of conveying a lesson, without in any way wishing to wound their pride. Our old favourite Davidson, of Cocklawfoot, was not so happy on the Dunion as we have seen him elsewhere, but it seemed likely that the presence of the professionals had somewhat awed him, which was sorry to see. A lad by the name of Anderson distinguished himself very successfully, and although ultimately beaten, it was still impressive to believe that he was as eager for the fray as he had been on other occasions when more successful. We noticed a man with a green coat who was particularly resolute, and judging from his exhibition today, the opinion is that the day is not distant when he may, with confidence, enter the field with better men than he has hitherto been accustomed to. Another man with a striped jacket wrestled well. It was also good to see that our own town's lad, Roger Bolton promises to be a good wrestler, and but for his nerves failing him, we were satisfied that he was able to do far more than he did. The exhibition performed by Scott left nothing to be desired by the most ardent patron of such games. From first to last he proved himself to be a thorough master of his art, and if in the last tournay with Wright, he got floored, the opinion is that, had he not been so occupied so much during the previous performances, he would have proved an uglier customer than Wright hs hitherto met with. During the wrestling competitions, Scott threw an antagonist completely over his head. Wright had better be on his guard at the next meeting with this skillful wrestler. Throughout the whole day, Wright, the victor in the game was in high fettle, evidently conscious of his amazing superiority and physical strength and weight. Whilst successful in demolishing, in amazing rapidity, the provincial country practitioners who came within his grasp, it remained amazing at the consummate skill he displayed in defeating Scott. The hurdle race was strongly and well contested and there can be no regret toward the young man who gained it wearing his laurels. It could be recommended that the second successful competitor not make such a burst at first starting, and in jumping, not to be so reckless in taking his leaps. Were he to act differently than he did on the present occasion, we are not so sure that he might have been first instead of second in the race. It has not been our intention to enter into a criticism of all the competitions for the various prizes, but it may be said generally that the way in which each prize was contended for was very creditable to the competitors. If care be taken in the getting up and in the management of these Games for the future, they will become the most important on either side of the Border. Hitherto, there has been little to complain of, and we have no doubt that all that is required to make the management all that can be desired is a little more experience.

from the Teviotdale Record and Jedburgh Advertiser Saturday 13th August 1856

At precisely six o'clock on the morning of Friday 12th August 1856, everyone living in the town of Jedburgh was awoken from their slumbers by the booming of cannon from the summit of the venerable abbey and the merry peeling of the town's bells. The Jedburgh Instrumental Band, accompanied by flags and banners paraded several streets of the Burgh playing lively tunes and before 7 o'clock the town was all astir. From the turrets of the abbay and from several windows, banners and flags streamed in the breeze. St Johns Juvenile Band also paraded the streets while people from the country flocked into the town. At 9 o'clock, the bells again rung a merry peel, and the townspeople and strangers who had come to witness the sports began to congregate in Market Place.At half past nine o'clock, the Instrumental Band left their rendezvous at the Nag's Head, and discoursing sweet music, marched to the Market Place when they took the lead accompanied by flags and banners and the vast crowd padded their way up Castlegate to the scene of action at the Dunion Moor. The St John's Juvenile Band also accompanied the great concourse of people, playing at intervals some of their lively tunes. The scene from High Street while the immense concourse of people thronged their way up Castlegate was awesome, but picturesque. Mr Govanlock, the worthy and portly host of the Harrow withdrew his omnibus from its duties for the day at the railway station and ran it every half hour from the Market Place to the Moor. On the Moor four stands had been erected, one for the band, two for the public at 1 shilling each, and another for the retainers of the Marquis of Lothian. Around the ring, seats at sixpence each were also placed, and were well patronised. A convenient tent was also attached in close proximity to the ring for the use of stewards and competitors, and flags and banners were judiciously and tastefully arranged around. The usual array of tents and gingerbread stalls were also on the ground and carried on a considerable amount of patronage during the day. Here and there, the scum of the larger towns might be seen plying their critical avocations amongst those who were easily taken advantage of, in the shape of 'pricking the garter,' card games and the like. The trade done was relatively small since they were often pounced upon by the police while in the act, and obliged to seek a more retired spot. Owing to the dullness of the day, the scene from the hillside had not the attraction of former years. The south and east views were mostly enveloped in the shifting rain clouds, while the old Dunion's top was often shrouded in its watery nightcap thus greatly diminishing the pleasure of the day. Owing to the heavy rain in the morning the ground was not so favourable as could be wished. The Committee of management had provided a liberal supply of sawdust, with which thw ring was plentifully sprinkled, and which was of great service.
The sports of the day commenced with Tossing the Caber which was won by a few inches by Peter Kilgour, saddler of Jedburgh. There was a very large entry of first class runners for the 100 Yards Footrace. We had Levett from Sheffield, Buchanan from Edinburgh, James from Brandon, the celebrated wrestler Dick Wright from Longtown, Charlton from Bellingham, Waldie of Hawick and a number of other local crack runners. Away they went pell mell, with John James of Brandon being the first man home. As there was a dispute over second place, the committee agreed to rerun the race without James, for second and third places. This time Dick Wright won with Thomas Waldie coming in second. The Standing Hop-Step and Leap was won by Jamie Davidson, the young shepherd from Cocklawfoot. The prize for the Running Hop-Step and Leap was carried off by James Methven, Lundy Mill in Fife. Davidson of Cocklawfoot took second prize. Jedburgh's own lad Henry Miller, who last year threw the Light ball of 6lbs a distance of 73ft 10ins and gained the prize, seems to be improving, as this year he threw 76ft 2ins and gained the prize. Ben Cooper, the veteran wrestler from Carlisle was second. For the Hurdles Race of 500 Yards there were 9 competitors. James of Brandon carried off the laurels, beating Levett of Sheffield, Scott of Singmoor, Dick Wright, Kerr and Buchanan of Edinburgh and another three competitors. The Blindfold Bell Race brought forward a curious lot of Jethart and Hawick callants, who after taking off their jackets, had a coloured handkerchief tied closely round their eyes, and a small bag of dry colour of various hues placed in their hands. One of the committee then took John Hope's bell, and giving it a ring, was pursued by the lads who in their pursuit ran against, and plentifully bedaubed one another with colour, affording amusement and a hearty laugh to the spectators. The prize was equally divided among them. It was evident that the competition for the wrestling would be first rate, as Dick Wright, James Scott, Ben Cooper and Joseph Halliwell of Appleby and a host of professionals were on the ground. At the third round the contest became exciting, and bets on the crack hands were made very liberally, especially by a Hawick stocking maker, a betting man of 2½ to 1 on Halliwell who was matched against Davidson of Cocklawfoot. Davidson, however, threw his man and the stocking maker lost his cash. Dick Wright and Ben Cooper came against each other in this round. Dick managed with some pretty hard work to throw Cooper. In the fourth round, the duel lay between Jamie Davidson and Richard Wright. The betting man from Hawick again perambulated the ring, offering heavy odds on Wright's head. He was again, however "done brown," and had to fork out a considerable sum. Davidson, after a little sparring managed to make Wright bite the dust. During this round, James Scott of Carlisle was the odd man out. Scott who is a well made fellow, came second last year after Dick Wright. On Davidson and Scott appearing in the ring, the betting man again was to be seen offering heavy bets on Scott. At the first round, Scott with a good deal of exertion managed to throw Davidson. This once more brought the stocking maker on the turf, offering bets to any amount on Scott. After considerable dodging and some pretty heavy dodging and twisting on either side, Scott was floored. In the third bout Scott was again forced to terra firma, and Davidson of Cocklawfoot was declared champion of the ring. The onlookers were more than satisfied that a cannie looking country herd lad had vanquished the pick of the crack wrestlers of Cumberland. The betting man's pocket would be a good deal lighter after the sports than what it was in the morning. The satisfaction of the crowd was crowned when Davidson was carried shoulder high round the ring.

It was fairly common for a Circus or Menagerie to pitch locally in town during Victorian times. Here, a rolling menagerie cage is seen parked at Murray's Green opposite the Rampart. Manders' menagerie in 1856 would be one of a few who could take advantage of a captive crowd on Games day to tout for customers.  

Davidson also carried off the silver medal for Standing High Leap, beating James Wright of Jedburgh by half an inch. During the wrestling, the band of Manders' Menagerie, in their conveyance drawn by camels, and driven by 'the Lion Slayer' made an appearance on the ground. The band played several tunes, excited a great deal of attention, and then they returned to from whence they had come. The Sack Race, for which there were seven competitors, was won cleverly by William Robson, Hawick. The Hitch and Kick, Running Pole Leap and hurdle race of 300 Yards were eagerly competed. The Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion and back, a distance of nearly two miles was anxiously looked forward to. It was generally known that the celebrated runners John Levett of Sheffield, Thomas Kerr of Edinburgh and Charles Scott of Singmoor, last years winner were among the competitors. Levett took the lead followed closely by Sword, Robson, Kerr and Scott taking it quite coolly a few yards behind. The runners were soon lost sight of by a cloud covering the top of the hill. One by one the runners emerged from the mist, and came slapping and dashing down the brow of the hill. Scott, out in front, was easily distinguished from the others as he had donned the fancy dress given by a gentleman of Jedburgh which he had worn during the early part of the day. Levett, the Sheffield man could have picked up this prize, but, although a crack man at long distance on level ground, and said to be the best runner in England, he was unaccustomed to the hill running experience. Charles Scott is a Jedwater lad, a shepherd presently residing at Singmoor, near Alwinton.
The Band played from the Moor, and on their arrival at the Nag's Head, played the National Anthem. The town was very quiet during the evening of the Games, and not a single breach of peace occurred.

from the Teviotdale Record and Jedburgh Advertiser Saturday 12th August 1857

Games Friday of 1857, was of course observed as a holiday in the town. Banks, shops and other places of business were, for the most part closed, and the observance of it commenced at the early hour of six o'clock in the morning. At that hour the bells were set in motion, and rang out joyous peels. The Instrumental band struck up a stirring air and paraded the streets, to the immense delight and satisfaction of a whole host of small boys, prematurely hurled from bed for the occasion. Notwithstanding the earliness of the hour, the streets speedily found occupants, and from that time till a late hour in the evening, the excitement never subsided.
At half past nine o'clock in pursuance of arrangements, the Trades of the burgh and others carrying banners emblematic of their craft, assembled upon the Rampart, and forming into procession, marched soon after, accompanied and followed by an immense concourse of excited and enthusiastic people, through the Market Place, up Castlegate and onward to the moor ground. They were preceded by the Jedforest Band and St John's Fife Band who alternately rang out merry strains. In the early part of the day, the heavy rain clouds that obscured the morning began to pass off and the forenoon, though not bright, was well suited for the sports. It kept dull all forenoon, however, and about 1 o'clock, a drizzly rain began to fall, making the ground rather unfit for leaping. A large number of refreshment tents were pitched on the ground, and seemed to be much patronised. Liquor was freely sold, yet there were few people the worse of it. Fewer it would appear than on former occasions when the sale of drink was prohibited. Throughout the day, and especially during the intervals in the proceedings, not a few of the touts, thimbleriggers and others were busily employed in appealing to the pockets of the unwary. A caravan too, was established near the ring, the principal feature of which was that the proprietor, in the most insane manner and quite incessantly clashed two pot lids together, evidently under the delusion that they were cymbals for the purpose of inducing fools to walk up and investigate.
Following the Youths wrestling competition, The 100 Yards Footrace produced eleven entries. The victor was Alexander Armstrong, Newcastleton. Thomas Morris of Hawick was a fair second. First prize for the Hop-Step and Leap went to Robert Turnbull, Hawick with a leap of 29ft 2ins and second was William Waddell of Castlehope. The Running Leap followed and Thomas Methvin of Fife gained the first prize with a leap of 18ft 9ins. Thomas Morris of Hawick took second place. Henry Miller of Jedburgh once again excelled in Putting the Light Ball with a winning distance of 81ft 6ins, exceeding by 5ft 6ins the distance thrown by Richard Young who was second. There were seven competitors for the Hurdle Race of 500 Yards over 5 flights of hurdles 3ft high. William Wadell came in first. Thomas Morris of Hawick was second, and William McLean of Hidlandlee third. The next event introduced was the novelty of Single Stick Play. There were only two competitors, both dressed in Highland costume, and one of them, Kyles, adorned with a large number of medals. He was unsuccessful, however, since his opponent, McNeil was judged the superior fencer after a short exercise. The Australian gold nugget pin was the next prize offered to the winner of a Foot Race of 200 Yards by Jedburgh Lads under 16 years of age. It was won by Thomas Scott who gained the first race. Matthew Middlemas was second. The dancing of Highland Reels followed and three competitors fully attired in Highland costume appeared. The reels were danced upon a kind of springboard provided for the purpose and were extremely graceful and much admired. John McNeil from Edinburgh was adjudged the best, and William Kyles also from Edinburgh was second. An interval of one hour was allowed for refreshment, and during this time a game of Quoits for £1 was played on the Moor. The proceedings were then resumed with the wrestling events. The offer of prizes to the amount of £20 had attracted a large number of the best known wrestlers of the Borders, but neither Scott of Carlisle, or Davidson who vanquished him last year were present. Of forty entries, considerable surprise was created by the rapid manner in which some of the most noted amongst them licked the dust, getting their falls, in some instances from mere striplings and unknown hands. James Henry, Langholm fell in the first round thrown by Thomas Middlemass of Jedburgh. Wearmouth, the famous Weardale wrestler was thrown in the second round by a stripling named Matthew Charlton. In the same round, Kirkup and Ben Cooper also fell. In the third round, Ivison, who conquered the ring at Kelso the other day, by throwing Davidson of Cocklawfoot, met James Pattinson from Weardale, and fell. By the fourth round, Richard Wright and Robert Telfer stood, with Pattinson for odd man. Pattinson threw Telfer in the fifth round and the game then lay between him and Wright. It was whispered through the ring that there was collusion between them, but as to the truth of this, it was difficult to say. Wright gained the first fall after a severe struggle. Pattinson in the second threw Wright very cleverly, and the third ended by Wright throwing Pattinson. Wright accordingly received the belt and £6 prize money. Pattinson received £4 and the remainder of the money was divided among some of the other competitors.
A Foot Race of 500 Yards was then run. Eight started, with Robert Crosier of Hawick taking first prize, Thomas Morris of Hawick second, and James McCallum of Jedburgh third. The prizes for this race were sent to the committee by some of the young men who left Jedburgh and settled in America only a short time ago. Our Jethart ex-patriots have never been so mindful. First prize for the Running High Leap was won by James Methvin, Fife with a jump of 5ft 3ins. Second prize went to William Tivendale, Lundenhall. Sixteen started off in beautiful manner, keeping well together for some time at the start of The Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion and back. Before reaching the base of the hill, however, there were several stragglers, and they were all separate when they disappeared from view amidst the mist that had gathered on the hill. On returning into sight, Alexander Hedley from Keilderhead was foremost, followed by Robert Crosier of Hawick who passed him near the dyke at the foot of the hill. A little further on, Hedley gained on him, passed him, and keeping his ground came in first, leaving Crosier in second place and Robert Telfer, Bush third. For the Pole Leap, there were nine competitors. Owing to the rain, which at this time was falling heavily, the ground was rendered quite slippery and adhesive, and it was with considerable difficulty that this event was carried on. First prize was gained by George Taylor of Kelso with a height of 8ft 6ins. Second was James Pattinson the wrestler. There was a Sack Race of 60 Yards over two hurdles 12 inches high. William Robson of Hawick was the winner, with Robert Crosier coming second and James Pattinson third. There were nine competitors for the Hurdle Race of 300 Yards, for the purses of money given by the ladies of Jedburgh. George Oliver of Denholm came in first. Thomas Morris of Hawick was second and James McCallum of Jedburgh third. Five shillings were awarded to James Scott of Kersheugh and Robert Crosier from Hawick, as being the best attired competitors, and a crown piece was taken from the top of the greased pole by a lad from Hawick. The sports of the day were now terminated, and about 8 o'clock a procession was formed, similar to that in the morning, which marched back to the town accompanied by the bands.

from the Teviotdale Record and Jedburgh Advertiser Saturday 11th August 1858

For a week or two the weather had been very unsettled. Frightful peals of thunder had either burst over the neighbourhood, or the grumbling elements of the heavens appeared wrapped up in the distant clouds. During Tuesday night and the greater portion of Wednesday, heavy falls of rain held out little prospect for a first rate day in 1858. In the Anna, at the Glebe, on the highway and on the Dunion various parties of youths had met and practised all the sports announced by the Committee of Management. Groups on every street awaited the sound of music to give vent to their long pent up emotions. When six o'clock chimed from the town clock the bells sent forth a merry peel. A flag was hoisted on the tower of the abbey which flutters beneath bright sunshine in a drying breeze that holds out prospects for a most favourable day. After the hour of nine had struck every road and footpath sent forth its hundreds. The railway poured in its excursionists and a vast crowd occupied the market place. The warning gun was fired from the abbey when St Johns Fife Band arrived marching from Townfoot with banners flying and the shrill whistle of their music enlivening the lieges on their route. Jedburgh's Instrumental Band then struck up the chord within us and around us. Banners floated on the golden air of the morning beneath the auspicious azure that gladdens every eye. The band moved on and the living mass fell in procession to leave the burgh behind. Wave after wave in endless succession mounted the table land leading to the moor still fed by the hundreds pouring in from all quarters. At the meeting place the band occupied their platform opposite the grandstand which was rapidly filled by all classes of the district. On the outside tents and krames and all the paraphernalia of such occasions could be witnessed through which strolling musicians and ballad singers added life and hilarity to the scene. The Judge and Stewards were at their posts and around the immense assembly were the competitors preparing to usher in the sports. After the Youths wrestling and 100 yards footrace, the 100 yards Open Footrace brought forward a field of 18 entries. A first rate well contested race where first, George Spalding from Hawick and second, Richard Wright from Longtown ran within a foot or two of each other with third and fourth close at their heels. There was large competition but not more than three good throwers Putting the light ball of 6lbs. It will be seen that our townsman Henry Miller was again on this ocasion the victor with a throw of 78ft 5ins. Richard Young of Caverton Mill came second with a best of 75ft 11ins. First prize for throwing the Heavy ball of 21lbs went to James Davidson from Cocklawfoot. William Anderson of Uswayford's throw of 34ft 10ins was just short of Davidson's 35ft winning throw. The throwing was much better than with the light ball and excited much interest. The Running Hop Step and Leap Silver Medal and Five shilling prize was won by Hawick man Thomas Morrison with a personal best of 43ft 7ins. James Davidson of Cocklawfoot took second prize with a leap of 43ft. Davidson is of noble proportions and whether leaping, throwing the ball or wrestling, displays much skill and great prowess. The Hitch and Kick competition where the competitor has to spring from the ground and kick the highest point in the vertical plane was won by John McNeil with a winning high of 8ft 2ins. Second prize was divided between John Bell and Thomas Waldie, both from Hawick. In a game of Single stick Play the competitors seemed to be deficient in skillfully guarding their persons, and hits were obtained too frequently. This observation applied more particularly to the Highlanders taking part. James Davidson and Archibald Henderson, both from Ancrum were first and second respectively. A Hurdle Race of 500 Yards over 5 flights 3 feet high brought forward 14 competitors. The silver medal and prize of 7/6d was won by Thomas Kerr from Edinburgh. Second prize of 10 shillings went to William Waddell of Chapelhope and the 5 shilling third prize was taken by Robert Crosier from Hawick. The Open Wrestling event has been traditionally the highest money prize awarded at the Games with £6 and a prize belt awarded as first prize. With second prize of £4 and third prize of £2 the remainder of the money is divided accordingly. The competition has now become rather predictable, where the scientists among the entrants have all developed the skill of staying the time. The first prize again went to Richard Wright of Longtown this year. L. Wearmouth from Weardale was second. A first prize of £1 for best Dancer of the Highland Fling was won by John McNeil from Edinburgh. Second was James McIntosh of Floors castle. A Hurdle Race of 300 Yards to be run during the day was sponsored by the ladies of Jedburgh with a purse of gold for the winner, a purse of gold for second and a purse of silver as third prize. George Currie of Marlfield was the first prize winner with Donald Ross from Kelso and Thomas Kerr of Edinburgh coming second and third. The Running Pole Leap title went to Lawrence Corn from Alnwick with a leap of 10ft. George Taylor of Kelso was second. A 60 Yards Sack Race produced a winner in Robert Crosier of Hawick with William Robson of Hawick coming second and henry Rutherford of Jedburgh third. The Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion hill around the flag and back was an excellent race. The men kept well together until near the base of the hill, when two of them then gave in. On nearing the dyke they became scattered, and on turning the flag Thomas Kerr from Edinburgh took the lead till the end, outdistancing the others by a good few yards. William McLean of Redlandlee was second and Robert Crosier of Hawick was third. The Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion had just been run about 8 o'clock when a heavy shower fell and great numbers of spectators left. The Berwick excursionists composed principally of the men from the different foundries there left about 8 o'clock accompanied by their instrumental band.

from the Teviotdale Record and Jedburgh Advertiser Saturday 23rd July 1859

As the hour of six struck the rejoicing bells rang with a merry peel and a flag was hoisted over the old abbey giving it all quite a holiday appearance on Games morning 1859. The Jedforest Instrumental Brass Band, ever ready to add their mite to the general joy, paraded the streets immediately thereafter, and whom the bells did not succeed in arousing their shrill notes permitted no longer to slumber. As the morning advanced knots of people collected here and there and these, as it neared the hour, gradually swelled into crowds, every avenue street and road teeming with its variegated groups, male and female, while all sorts of vehicles emptied their living freights at our different hostelries where doubtless, refreshments would be had for man and beast. At half past nine the climax of expectation was reached. The trades with banners unfurled, marshalled near the ramparts, and falling into procession array the welcome note was sounded forth, and the clatter and patter of thousands of feet encored the harmonious and spirit stirring air struck up by the band. On they went circling and wheeling round the County hall and in one continuous stream they took the steep ascent of Castlegate. A sea of heads, a moving living mass, here and there relieved by flags of red and blue in undulating motion, pass before the eye while windows doorways eminences, adorned with a prepondrance of the elder females in linen "clean and white" nodded their image looking heads to their favourite acquaintances. Between nine and twelve o'clock the excursion trains from neighbouring towns added some stir in the now quiet town for a short while but these also marched to theDunion hill to witness the sports. For the convenience of those who would rather ride than walk to the moor, the 'Harrow Hotel bus' went to and fro at stated intervals and was pretty well patronised. The road to the moor was as usual, portioned out amongst a parcel of unfortunate "sailors" and "distressed miners" who solicited the sympathy of the open hearted crowd by an exhibition of unsightly sores and contortions of limb and they seemed to succeed even better than 'Old Minto,' although he offered in stentorian strains "corict cards and fusee lights for one pinny." The scene presented at the moor was charming, apart altogether from the sports competing. Only a poet's pen and an artists pencil could attempt a truthful description. The old grey Dunion hill dotted here and there with patches of green looked down in umpirical grandeur on the vale below while the intervening heath and flower scented the morning air. The stands, four in number, were gaily dressed with flags and flowers and covered with crowds of both sexes, stood out in releif, while around the arena thousands in sitting and standing postures looked eagerly on. Altogether it was computed that upwards of 8,000 persons were assembled around the arena in witness of the sports. The 100 Yards Open Footrace drew a field of seven. After two false starts they all got off beautifully. A fine race ensued between Thomas Carruthers of Marlefield and Arthur Little from Newcastleton. Carruthers won by half a length. Six entered for Putting the Light ball of 6lbs. First prize was taken by Robert Young from Kersknowe with a throw of 75ft 8ins. Second prize went to Henry Miller of Jedburgh with a best of 75ft. After the final throws allowed for each competitor in this exercise, Richard Young from Caverton astounded onlookers by throwing the ball upwards of 77 feet. Putting the Heavy ball of 21lbs was won by Young of Caverton with a winning throw of 34ft. James Lunn of Jedburgh came second with a best of 32ft 5ins. Ten appeared at the starting point for a Footrace of 400 Yards with prizes given by the Jedburgh Lads in Hawick. After a fair start they all bounded off capitally keeping close together till about half way, when they became squandered and Carruthers of Edinburgh took the lead. He maintained his position all the way home, coming a winner by nearly 8 lengths. Second home was Donald Ross of Kelso and third was Little of Newcastleton. A silver medal for winning the Running Hop Step and Leap was awarded to John Bell from Hawick for a victorious stride of 42ft 2ins. William Tait from Douglas Castle took second prize with a leap of 42ft. A pretty fair start having been affected, the Sack Race of 60 Yards got under way. They all got off in excellent order with 'the Gover' leading in grand style and the others pretty close up, but Henry Rutherford and James Jardine of Jedburgh fell after running about 20 yards but nimbly got up and went at it with renewed vigour. Robert Crosier of Hawick, however, led the whole way and came in an easy winner. During the interval baskets and bottles were in reqisition among those who preferred a quiet picnic to the noisy tents, and numerous were the parties dotting the heather intent on doing justice to the viands while at the same time viewing nature's splendid panorama of hill and dale beautifully spread out before them. As a whole the Wrestling this year was much inferior to former years owing to the absence of the Border shepherds and several of the crack hands. Consequently the prizes were divided out between the clique from Langholm and Carlisle. Ben Cooper who is evidently past his best was thrown easily by Davidson of Castleside. In the final falls Davidson was thrown by Dick Wright. The final falls did not give satisfaction and it was hinted that these had previously been arranged by Wright and Co. who had it all their own way. A Footrace of 500 Yards produced an interesting event. After three or four false starts the whole got away in good order with 'the Gover' taking the lead, after which he was passed by 'the Skinner' with the whole pack closing up in beautiful style till the turn when a most interesting race ensued between 'the Gover' and Gavin Tait from Douglas Castle 'the Skinner.' Tait was the ultimate winner by about half a yard. The dancing for prizes in the Highland Fling part of the competition was excellent and after different opinions were expressed by the judges, William Kyle from Edinburgh was declared the victor. A Sailor's Hornpipe was afterwards executed by Kyle and Michael of Floors Castle for the gratification of the public which was greatly applauded. There were eight entrants for The Grand Steeplechase to the top of The Dunion, Turn the Flag and Back, a race of about 2 miles. After a rather a bad start, the lead was taken to near the dyke by Telfer from Everton and John Baird of Jedburgh. 'The Gover' took the lead from here and kept it, coming in first by a good number of yards. The rest came in one by one at various instances. The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards with purses of gold and silver as prizes was won outright by about 2 yards by Thomas Carruthers of Edinburgh. Second prize was awarded to John Tait and third to Donald Ross of Kelso. With the exception of showers at the commencement and end of the proceedings the day was pretty favourable, there being little sunshine and a light breeze, which was more pleasant than the glare of a burning sun. The Games were concluded shortly after seven, when the band, with a large concourse returned to the town and after playing a few tunes very quietly dispersed.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 28th July 1860

The proclamation of the burghal holiday was first heard in 1860 by a merry peel from our rejoicing bells and the firing of cannons in the market place as the clock struck six, which had the effect of ushering into our streets the half awakened urchins who had counted the days and hours until this day's arrival. The flag was unfurled on the abbey to the morning's breeze and the echoes of the instrumental band as they paraded our streets called up those whose latent ears the bells had been unsuccessful in arousing from their slumbers. From six till eight the little knots of people augmented and from eight to nine each street and roadway added its quota until one mass converged on the Market Place. A sea of heads and a Babel of tongues, rustic and mechanically vicing with each other in praise of their several favourites in the forthcoming competition. Thus it continued till half past nine when, falling into order with flags hoisted and music pealing the crowd left the town for the Dunion moor. The Townhead was ofcourse empty of its more inquisitive inhabitants at least so far as egress by door or window could with anything like safety be indulged in for much. Even "Old Peggy" with her curiously devised flag and antedeluvian hat was at her post, looking more like a statue chiselled out of the old gable than anything of flesh and blood. Peggy seemed to enjoy in her own way, all sorts of processions, but further than hoisting her colours we are not aware that she extends further patronage. Neither is anyone aware whether the two capacious pockets in her wonderful flag are meant to catch coppers from the crowd or water from the crow stepped roof. Peggy if this is her object is not clamorous and stands out in bold relief against those who further along the way to the Dunion hill assail the ears with pitious whine and cry, while pointing to their mal formed and contorted limbs, or rolling their sightless eyeballs in vacancy to attract a copper from the shuddering onlooker. On the Games ground too we had the bold and the bad of the large towns, who can see through a pack of cards, know every turn and stopping place of their wheels of fortune or game of chance but who prefer much rather to rifle the pockets of all and sundry even though it should entail a journey over the water if they are caught. A formidable array of tents and stalls were evident where all sorts of eatables and drinkables were plenteously retailed, conspicuously amongst which might be seen the gaily decked marquee of the Horticultural Society, occupied on this occasion as a place of refreshment by the Misses Turnbull. The band occupied their usual stand which was this year covered with cotton instead of boards, and being nicely decked up with flags looked neat and comfortable. After the forenoon Junior events of Wrestling and the 100 Yards race had taken place, the 100 Yards Open Footrace was run. A beautiful start having been effected, Carruthers "the Border Champion" as his Northumbrian friends term him jumped off with the lead, which he maintaned all the way by coming in by about a dozen yards. Donald Ross of Kelso came in second with the other three arriving home in a cluster. Only three entered the Putting the Light ball competition. Robert Young of Caverton took the prize this year as he did last year with a staggering throw of 78ft 7ins. Henry Miller of Jedburgh did very well in coming second with a throw of 77ft 8ins. Richard Young of Caverton won first prize throwing the Heavy Ball of 21lbs. a distance of 34ft 2ins. His brother Robert was second with a best throw of 33ft 5ins. After a few false starts the Footrace of 400 Yards got off to a pretty fair start headed by Thomas Carruthers of Yetholm. He took the lead skillfully in front of Wiilliam Davidson of Cocklawfoot and breasted the tape about a dozen yards ahead of Ross from Kelso. The others were nowhere. The Running Hop Step and Leap carried of by John Bell of Hawick again was perhaps the finest display of jumping ever witnessed on the Dunion moor since the establishment of the Games. The contest throughout was close and Bell in his winning leap of 46ft 9ins was loudly applauded. Robert Mitchelhill of Denholm came a close second with a best of 45ft 4ins. Seven appeared at the starting point for the 500 Yards Flatrace An equal start having been accomplished, the whole moved off very closely together, but at the turn Thomas Carruthers of Yetholm singled himself out and came in a winner almost walking. Robert Crosier from Hawick came in to take second place. About 20 yards separated the third man, George Pidgeon of Hawick. For the Wrestling thirty four competitors appeared, among whom were a pretty fair sprinkling of the local and Border amateurs who figured pretty well in the several encounters, but the science brought to bear on them by the Carlisle clique ultimately ousted them from the field. Jeffrey from Jedburgh, a mere stripling stood his ground well against great odds, and his encounter with Young of Kersknowe showed considerable skill. As the competitions came to a close it was fairly evident who was to be the winner. Even the old favourite, James Scott of Carlisle came in for a few hisses with Wright and Jamieson from a crowd who were loud in their displeasure that the result was rigged. Jamieson is a strong built man and showed great skill in some of his tussels. It does seem with all his science he is no match for Jamie Davidson of Cocklawfoot who threw him as well as Dick Wright at Wooler on Wednesday last. Davidson is a young man who was sorely missed today. The Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion and back owing to the wetness of the ground might have been run in a shorter time, although the time taken of 9 minutes was the same as last year. 'The Gover' who appeared quite fresh for his duty and evidently in high spirits took the lead up the hill and turned the flag a full thirty yards in advance of the others. He descended the Dunion at a rattling pace and came in an easy winner amidst the cheers of his backers. William Davidson from Cocklawfoot and Robert Telfer of Swinside followed about a minute later. The first purse of gold for winning the Hurdle Race of 300 Yards was awarded to Donald Ross from Kelso. There was some dispute as to second place, with 'the Gover' maintaining that he was clearly entitled to the money. The prize was, however, awarded to Thomas Carruthers of Yetholm, leaving Crosier with third prize. After eight o'clock the Games were brought to a conclusion when the band followed by a large crowd wended their way into the town, where after playing the finale in Market Place, they separated.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 10th August 1861

Thomas Carruthers of Yetholm, ('The Border Champion') attended Jedburgh Border Games regularly during the late 1850's and throughout the 1860's where he successfully ran in various pedestrian events, taking first prize, and holding the title over a number of consecutive years.  

The morning of the general holiday in 1861 was heralded in by the musical strains of our Instrumental Band and the tinkling of rejoicing bells the boom of cannon and the hoisting of the colours on the venerable abbey. About ten o'clock the trades with their banners unfurled, headed by the Brass and Fife bands, and followed by a large concourse of people proceeded by Castlegate to the Games ground where, after a short delay, the sports of the day commenced. The hum of voices from the crowded arena alternated by floating strains from the kindred instrumentalists, the flag dressed stands with the variegated dresses of their male and female occupants. All tended to impart a liveliness to the scene which must be seen to be fully appreciated. As a matter of course the effects of the scene were somewhat lessened by the appearance of a few unsightly of human frailty who seem to take a delight in unfolding their weakened or mal formed limbs and arms in order to attract the sympathies of the onlookers. By others who by strategem or dexterity, seek to prey on the pockets of their less knowing brethern. Only for the watchfulness of the police, their gains in this department remain small. Nevertheless, one countryman is reported to have lost his watch to one of these light fingered gentry. Something should really be done to put a stop to their attendance in future as they are a perfect nuisance on the ground. Most of "the scenes" near the conclusion of the sports this year were attributed to them. One was covered in blood and snuff, and even feigned death in an effort to attract a crowd around him. There were also an array of public caterers for public patronage, in the shape of caravans, shooting galleries, hobby horses, &c. but though both lung and muscle did ample duty in order to secure the goodwill of the bystanders, the patronage received seemed to be small indeed. The crowd were more interested in watching the progress of the Games than listening to details of their wonderful exhibitions. The Open Footrace of 100 Yards got off to an exceedingly bad start when only three went away preceeded by Arthur Little of Newcastleton. Thomas Carruthers from Yetholm soon made up for lost time and a fine race took place with both arriving at the tape so close that a dead heat was declared. The race was then ran over when Carruthers headed off with the lead and won easily. Charlton, owing to some accident didn't get started. Putting the Light Ball of 6lbs was won by Richard Young of Kersknowe with a winning throw of 88ft 10ins. Brother Robert Young took second prize with a throw of 84ft 5ins. Richard's winning throw of 37ft 2ins while putting the Heavy ball of 21lbs was enough to give him the winning prize over brother Robert's 34ft 11ins attempt. The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards sponsored by the Ladies of Jedburgh was very well contested. At the drop of the flag, Carruthers took up the running followed closely by Arthur Little and Donald Ross from Kelso, and continued the same until the turn when Ross singled himself out from the lot, and came in easily. Armstrong was second, Little third and Carruthers came in fourth. During the Runing Hop Step and Leap the leaping was excellent throughout but John Bell of Hawick was the successful competitor. He has carried off this prize for the last four years in succession, and being a clean and elastic jumper compared with many of his opponents, he was classed as the favourite. His winning jump was 46ft 10ins. Seven started in the 500 Yards Flat race. At the drop of the flag the lot went off at a slow speed. Carruthers took the lead and held it till near the turn, when 'the Gover' took first place, gradually increased the pace and won by a dozen lengths. William Malcolm from Edinburgh came in second and Carruthers was third. Considerable dissatisfaction having prevailed last year at the way in which the prizes for the Wrestling were "sold" by the "scientific men." It was deemed necessary this year to make a change in order to break up the clique system of the Cumberland and Carlisle professionals. The Committee of Management therefore determined that all parties who had gained a first or second prize for wrestling during the last three years should be excluded from competing. The consequence of this rule being enforced showed a marked alteration in the number of athletes, the more famed men being conspicuous for their absence. However, this change in no way hurt the most prominent sport in the day's programme. In the final falls an excellent display of scientific skill was shown by Jamie Scott, who sent every opponent to the ground by his favourite touch of the cross-buttock. In the fifth round Harry Ivison from Carlisle and Thomas Davidson made a long stand, but Harry who appeared too self confident missed his chance and Davidson retaliated in high spirits leaving a full length portrait of his antagonist on the green. The head prize was finally carried off to Carlisle by Scott, who dextrously manged to ground Elliot of Newcastleton twice in succession amidst loud applause. The 500 Yards Hurdle Race was hotly contested. Many thought that it was a dead heat, but the judges decided that Arthur Little from Newcastleton was the winner although only by a foot or so. Donald Ross from Kelso was second and Robert Crosier from Hawick third. In the 600 Yards Flat Race William Malcolm went off with the lead, but before the turn for home he had to give up to 'the Gover' from Hawick who carried off first place to the end, landing home a winner by more than twelve yards with half the distance separating second and third. At the start of the Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion and back, Ward went off with the lead till the hollow where 'the Gover' took first place and went boldly up the hill, and turned the flag twelve yards before the other competitors. Robert Telfer of Swinside followed but hardly pressed by Henry Rutherford from Jedburgh who was closely followed by James Scott of Kersheugh. They continued in the same order headed by 'the Gover' who came in a winner by nearly 200 yards. The proceedings were brought to a close about nine o'clock when the concourse left for the town headed by the bands, who after playing some tunes, quietly dispersed.

from the Teviotdale Record and Games Supplement Saturday 9th August 1862

  Robert Crosier, a local man from Hawick who was affectionately known as 'the Gover' almost carried a series of six consecutive wins for the Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion and back. The winning medals date from the top left 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862 and 1864. He only made fourth place in 1863 but won again in 1865.

The anxiously looked for Friday for which propitious weather was fondly wished opened very inauspiciously in the year 1862. In spite of the adverse circumstances, the holiday was ushered in as usual with the ringing of the rejoicing bells, firing of cannon and running up the flag on the abbey tower. Notwithstanding that the rain continued to fall in torrents, the committee with the instrumental band and some hundreds of people left for the Dunion about ten o'clock resolving to give it a trial. On their arrival at the ground it was found to be in a deplorable state from the recent showers and the rain continued to fall. The committee reluctantly intimated that the Games would be postponed until the following day, and notice of the alteration was immediately despatched to the neighbouring towns. The weather having cleared up in the afternoon the streets were thronged with visitors, and during the day our instrumental band did their utmost to entertain them under the unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances. If Friday was adverse for the celebration of the Games Saturday was the opposite and the glorious weather was ushered in with the customary rejoicings. Nor were these hopes disappointed, for the Games have not been held on a lovlier day since their inauguration in 1853. At half past nine, the time of starting for the hill, the crowd formed into something like order, and with banners flying and music pealing, the ascent to the Games ground was taken by the procession. On the hill being reached, a fine scene met the eye in the display of krames tents and stands erected for the use of the spectators, and the happy faces and light coloured dresses of the ladies intermingled with those of a darker hue gave a pleasing effect to the stands and ring. A large and comfortably fitted up covered stand occupied the south side, with a large open one on the opposite side. The band stand and committee were planted at their old positions. Besides those intent on witnessing the sports, there were as usual a number of those itinerant gentry present, whose whole unblushing care it is to fleece their more simple neighbours in trick or device, by card, garter, wheel of fortune &c, but through the activity of the police, their work would be profitless and unremunerative. A shooting gallery and that great attraction to juveniles, the "hobby horses" were on the ground, where alongside a rather dirty looking tent was erected with outside stage where the performers strutted and danced to attract spectators to the interior. The sports of the day were commenced a littlr after ten. After the Wrestling for lads had taken place, the 100 Yards Foot Race was introduced. Arthur Little from Newcastleton bounded away with the lead, closely pursued by Duncan Wilkie from Musselburgh and in this order they finished, with Little breasting the tape about two yards in advance of Wilkie. John Bell from Hawick was a good third. There were ten competitors. The three competitors who tried their skill in putting the Light Ball of 6lbs were deficient in their powers of making good last years distance. Robert Young from Kersknowe took first prize with a throw of 88ft 2ins. Brother Richard Young took second prize throwing a distance of 80ft 11ins. Putting the Heavy Ball of 21lbs was also shared by the two brothers from Kersknowe. Richard threw 37ft 4ins to win first prize. Roberts throw of 35ft 4ins gave him second prize. In this department some good muscular power and skill were displayed and this seems to be the particular province of Dick Young who has carried off the same prize for a number of years in succession. The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards got off to a very bad start. Wilikie of Musselburgh was left about four yards behind and the lead was taken by Arthur Little who appeared to be in fine order and cleared the first hurdle in beautiful style closely followed by Donald Ross of Kelso and W. Park from Glasgow. At the turn, Little showed himself in the front and this lead was held until the close when he came in ten yards in front of Ross. John Bell of Hawick, who has taken the Running Hop Step and Leap first prize for the last four years was unable to come near his old mark. Although he strained every nerve, his exertions were of no avail. Peter Barrat a fellow Hawick competitor won the first prize with a leap of 44ft 8ins. Bell's best effort was 43ft 11ins. Little bounded off with the lead in the 400 Yards Flat Race with the others close on his heels. In this position they ran until the turn, where Little singled himself out, improved his advantage and came in a winner by six yards in front of Wilkie of Musselburgh and Adam Lamb from Kelso. As is usual, the contest for the Sack race of 60 Yards over two hurdles 18 inches high created a fund of amusement for the onlookers. In the first heat, John Crosbie of Hundalee fell at the first hurdle, but quickly regained his feet and was soon close on the others. The "Gover"" had the lead all the way, but at the close, Crosbie challenged him and a fine race ensued. The "Gover" actually threw himself over the line to win with Crosbie falling on top of him. The Running Pole Leap commenced at 7ft and as the height gradually rose the excitement of the assemblage increased in proportion and those who cleared the bar were encouraged with bursts of applause. The contest was keenly kept up between George Currie from Marlfield and Walter Fairbairn from Grahamslaw. The prize was finally carried off by Currie with a leap of 9ft 10ins. The system of restriction which was adopted for the Wrestling last year was found not to give entire satisfaction. It was abandoned on this occasion and the prizes were left open to all comers. The result of this arrangement was the attendance of some of the best professional men that enter the arena, besides many of the Border athletes. The contests generally were good and some of the results were very unexpected. This was particularly the case in the first round when Dick Wright from Longtown and Thomas Davidson of Castleside were made to embrace mother earth. Dick's antagonist was a wrestler of no mean order, and the scientific manner in which he grounded his opponent drew forth deafening shouts of applause. The great champion appeared too self confident of his success, and for his anticipated victory forgot to be on his guard when James Jeffrey of Jedburgh gave him the inside cleek neatly and expeditiously. Dick left the ring completely chop fallen, and so unlooked for an event caused no small chagrin to his backers who were betting heavily on him carrying off the prize, so sanguine were they of his success. In the final falls, James Scott from Carlisle, the ultimate winner exhibited some fine wrestling. His antagonist did everything in his power to put him down, but Scott floored him twice in succession with his favourite touch, the cross buttock. Nine competitors came forward for a Flat Race of 600 Yards. Duncan Wilkie from Musselburgh led the whole way without being overtaken. Robert Crosier from Hawick took second prize. The Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion and back drew eight competitors to try their power in fleetness of foot. The men having been duly marshalled, were got off in good order with all taking the pace fairly moderately. At the base of the hill the "Gover" went at his work willingly and turned the flag first with George Bathgate of Bowhill only a few feet behind him. The descent of the hill was taken by Crosier at a rattling pace and he gradually increased his advantage coming in a winner fully fifty yards in front of the second man still looking fresh. The others arrived at short intervals afterwards. The proceedings were brought to a close after six o'clock, when the concourse left for the town, headed by the band ,who, after playing a few tunes, quirtly dispersed. The competitors, having been put to considerable inconvenience by the postponement of the Games till Saturday, the committee distributed £5 amongst them which would help to defray the attendant expense of lodgings in the town, where to their credit, little or no disturbance took place during their stay.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 15th August 1863

The tenth anniversary of the Jedburgh Border Games, instituted in 1853 in honour of the most noble the Marquis of Lothians birthday was celebrated on the slope of the Dunion hill on Saturday 8th August 1863. The attendance, though large was not equal to that of former years and with the exception of the covered stand and ring, the other places set apart for spectators were sparsely patronised. This in part was doubtless caused by the meeting of the Agricultural Show at Kelso during the week and the trip to Edinburgh on the day of the Games both of which drew largely from the country districts and consequently hindered many of the regular attenders from being present. The weather, always an important feature for the successful celebration, was also exceedingly unpropitious, and the day though ushered in with the customary rejoicings of music, bell ringing and firing of cannon gave evidence in a leaden coloured sky and a shifting wind of succeeding showers of rain. It was unfortunate to see that occasional disturbances were not however confined to the gambling fraternity and rag tag visitors of our fairs and markets. More than once, a coatless fellow would rush into the arena, whose ejection therefrom, once at least was the cause of both hubbub and physical blows. Nothing in these remarks alludes to the harmless antics and diversions of our old friend "Blackie," who at intervals amused the juveniles greatly by testing their powers in a foot race outside the ring, varied by an occasional jig inside. Of all the caterers for patronage in the gastronomic line, there was none so amusing as a townsman of our own, with his baskets of pies and lemonade. He stuck to the teetotal beverage, and his progress round the ring was marked by repeated bursts of laughter as he dealt forth his wares. "Sold again! Money first if ye please One at yince," and so on reached the ear from all parts of the ring and none felt ashamed or disappointed in extending their patronage. An itinerant virago, hailing by the cognomen of Kelly did not a little duty in the sparring line, much to the amusement, but not to the profit of some of the men present, one of whom after being battered by Sarah's fists had to sue for mercy on his marrow bones. Sarah, alias Miss Kelly ultimately got into grief, and was marched off to the prison, to which this is not her first, nor probably her last visit. The attendance of so many of the scum of our larger towns was doubtless due to the attractions of St James's Fair and Kelso Show the same week, but by the efficiency of our police their gains would be small, and only one other besides Sally Kelly found his way to the lockup that same evening. The Jedforest Instrumental Band occupied their usual position on the south west stand and it need scarcely be added that the execution of the several pieces played at intervals during the progress of the Games gave the highest satisfaction to all present. Six competitors took the field for the 100 Yards Open Foot Race at the conclusion of the under sixteen years wrestling competition. John Beeby of Carlisle started off with the lead, which he kept till near the close, when Thomas Carruthers from Edinburgh put on a spurt and came in winner by a yard. A few yards separated the third man, Donald Ross from Kelso. The Young brothers from Kersknowe, Richard and Robert both excelled in the throwing events again this year. Robert's throw of 80ft 10½ins. was good enough to win Putting the Light Ball of 6lbs. Richard placed his best throw at 80ft 6ins. Richard, however, took first prize by Putting the Heavy Ball of 21lbs a winning distance of 34ft 6ins. Brother Robert's best throw was 33ft 5ins. The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards was a well run race and exhibited a considerable amount of fluctuation throughout. Donald Ross took the lead followed by Carruthers, close upon whose heels were Beeby of Carlisle and Michael Oliver from Jedburgh. At the turning post Ross was still first and Carruthers second, but the Edinburgh man put on a spurt passed Ross to come in the winner and take the gold purse first prize. The silver prize purse for third was taken by Beeby from Carlisle. Peter Barrett from Hawick again took first prize in the Running Hop Step and Leap with a leap of 46ft 3ins. This left the all time record holder John Bell of Hawick, again, in second place with a throw of 45ft 7ins. After a good start in the 400 Yards Flat Race, John Beeby took the lead, which he maintained the whole way, coming in the winner by a couple of yards or so. Peter Martin from Jedburgh followed but was soon beaten into third place by Carruthers of Edinburgh who came in a dozen yards before him. The contest for the Sack Race of 60 Yards over two 18 inch hurdles usually creates a good deal of merriment. Only three competitors enveloped in sacks up to the neck hopped out of the dressing booth on this occasion. "The Gover" maintained the lead in both heats and came in an easy winner at a distance of 10 or 12 yards from Thomas Patterson from Jedburgh, who in turn was two or three yards in advance of Edward Main from Jedburgh. The Running Pole Leap was one of the best contested sports of the day and exceeded most of the others in interest. David Anderson from Alnwick and David Johnston of Loughead shared first prize with triumphant leaps of 10ft 2ins. The Wrestling this year was rather inferior to what has been seen in past years, although in point of numbers it surpassed that of last year by four competitors. In imitation of last years feat though on a smaller scale, "Jethart" seemed to be equal to and as good as the men of Border fame. In the first round, Ashcroft of Canonbie fell to Jedburgh's Archibald Turnbull and Jonathan Whitehead from Wilkington was put out by J. Jeffrey of Jedburgh. The great champion Dick Wright of Longtown met with no such defeat as he experienced last year. As his opponents in the first four rounds fell before without a trial of strength and skill he was odd man at the fifth round. He did not appear in the ring until the final where he threw his opponent George Marshall of Rochcliffe twice in succession, by means of the cross buttock and with the aid of the inside cleek. At the usual signal five competitors started in the 600 Yards Foot Race. Beeby of Carlisle closely followed by the "Gover" soon took the lead. At the turning post the Gover was first and Beeby second, but Tom Carruthers from Edinburgh put on a spurt, passed them both and came in first, with Beeby also passing "the Gover" to take second place. In the Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion, the "Gover" found a worthy disputant for the honours he has so long and justly held and his numerous backers were much chagrined at the unexpected result, besides suffering the loss of not a little cash in bets. Neck and neck, the "Gover" and his opponent climbed the hill together, but nearing the summit it became evident that the plucky little champion from Hawick was no match for his sturdy antagonist, John Cochrane from Lilliards Edge. Being first to turn the flag, Cochrane bounded down the mountain side with graceful agility, widening the distance between his pursuers at every stride, and came in an easy winner. Samuel Ainslie of Sourhope came in to take second prize, Francis Wear from Hawick was third, and Robert Crosier of Hawick could only hold fourth place after several years of holding the honour of being champion of this event. This terminated the proceedings of the day, and the band having wound up by playing 'God save the Queen,' and the remaining spectators wended their way back to town headed by the band.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 30th July 1864

Failing barometrical indications with heavy showers on Thursday morning betokened nothing favourable towards the sports of the succeeding day, and many were the remarks passed on the evil omens. However a breeze sprang up about mid day of Thursday and the smiling sunbeams of the afternoon dissipated not a little of the fears previously entertained. The early morning did not promise very favourably for the annual holiday and it was surmised by not a few that showers would follow. The predictors of adverse weather were however in error, for a finer day could scarcely have been got The wind continued moderate and mild, with no brilliant sunshine to cause uneasiness to the competitiors and spectators and not a drop of rain fell. Six of Friday morning had hardly been proclaimed from the town's clock ere all was changed as if by the enchanters wand. Forth flaunted thr flag from the old Abbey's tower, out belched the flaming fire and noise from the cannons mouth, while the rejoicing bells rang out in merriest peels and music floated suddenly on the ear. Here and there little knots of folks gathered and the urchins strutted along gaily to the music of our Instrumental Band, who then paraded the streets. At about nine o'clock the town became more crowded and at half past nine, a large congregation headed by the band marched by Castlegate to the Dunion hill. The stands were the same as on the last occasion with a large one on the north side and one for the band, with a covered stand at its side, partly decorated with flags. Of course we had the usual array of tents krames, vendors of wares and a preponderance of the begging fraternity. These tried hard to elicit sympathy from the passers-by in the hope of gaining a copper by their display of maimed or mal formed limbs, but this trade on such occasions is not a very profitable one. A Shooting saloon and the Hobby horses entertained the juveniles at intervals but their trade was also on a small scale, the most flourishing being the sale of drinks and such like eatables.
The proceedings of the day commenced as usual with Wrestling for Lads of 7 Stone and Under, which caused no little excitement among the younger portion of the spectators. Some of the falls were, of course very poor. Others were better and exhibited a little tenacity. Last year's champion, J. Crosbie from Hundalee Mill was on this occasion, nowhere as he fell in the first round. From a start of twenty three competitors, the final saw John Scott throw R. Hislop from Hawick twice in succession to win the competition. A Foot Race of 100 Yards for Lads under 16 Years of Age was a well contested event, where all the entrants kept very close together. To prevent disputes as to age, the event was confined to Jedburgh. It was only when nearing the tape that Daniel Wight was able to materially improve his distance from the other six competitors, and come in a winner by a few yards. Second place was awarded to Robert Webb. A bad start was effected in the Foot Race of 100 Yards Open to All, where Gavin Tait from Castle Douglas was the last of the five competitors to get off. Michael Oliver took the lead and maintained it to within 15 yards of the winning post, when John Beeby of Carlisle put on a spurt, passed his antagonist and came in first for the 10 shillings prize, followed closely by Tait who made up well for his lost time to take 5 shillings for second. Last year the Putting of the Light Ball of 6lbs was only 80ft 10½ins. This year the event was won by Richard Young of Kersknowe with a lob of 85ft 7ins. James Dagg of Gowan Burn came second with a best throw of 59ft 4ins from a total of four competitors. Young surpassed himself by Putting the Heavy Ball of 21lbs for a distance of 37ft 7ins. Last year he only figured 34ft 6ins and we are not aware that he previously scored further than 37ft 4ins the distance realised in 1862. Thomas Middlemist from Jedburgh came second with a putt of 31ft 2ins. Only three came forward for the Hurdle Race of 300 Yards to compete for two purses of gold and a purse of silver, given by the Ladies of Jedburgh. Gavin Tait seemed to win this race very easily. His length of limb together with proportionate muscular strength and agility enabled him to take most advantageous leaps at each hurdle. Donald Ross from Kelso kept in front of Beeby of Carlisle all the way out, and turned the flag second to Tait, but when he came in at the bend of the ring, he was passed by Beeby who came in second. Ross took his time to arrive home third and claim the purse of silver. John Bell of Hawick took first prize in the Standing Hop-Step and Leap with a distance of 32ft 4ins. This fell short of Dagg's leap last year of 32ft 7½ins but is longer than any of the previous years. Gavin Tait's effort of 31ft 0ins was good enough for second place. Although Peter Barrett from Hawick took first prize in the Running Leap once again this year, with a best of 19ft 2ins he is still a long way from his previous achievements of 20 ft and more. Second place went to John Bell with a leap of 19ft 1ins. Only three started the 300 Yards Flat Race for prizes donated by Jedburgh Lads working in Edinburgh. Although the smallness of the number competing tended to diminish the interest attached to this race, this was redeemed in some respect by the keen contest that took place between two of the peds earlier in the day. In starting, Gavin Tait first singled himself out from his opponents, followed by Beeby. This order was maintained till after they had turned the flag, when Beeby passed Tait. Tait soon regained ground and the two ran abreast to within ten or a dozen yards of the tape, when Beeby put on a little extra steam to cross the line first. The third man, Michael Oliver of Jedburgh came in at a leisurely pace. The Sack Race of 60 Yards over two hurdles 18 inches high was by far the most diverting sport of the day, occasioned not merely by the grotesque appearance of the competitors in their awkward costume, but also and mainly by the helpless rolling falls that were ever and anon witnessed. Robert Crosier, alias the Gover was of course the favourite from the first, and won with ease, although John Crosbie of Hundalee Mill came well up. The Gover, however seemed to be more at home in the sack than any of the others and knowing the power he had at his command, took the whole affair quite coolly. In the last heat, Crosbie fell and Thomas Main of Jedburgh his only opponent got away ahead, bidding fair to be the winner of the second prize, but Crosbie having regained his feet succeeded in making up the lost ground, passed his opponent in good style and came in second amidst considerable cheering. John McNeil from Edinburgh, almost as a matter of course took first prize in Best Dancer of Reel of Tulloch. He has attended these games for so many years that his graceful style of dancing is now universally known. The moment that he and his compeers make their appearance, everyone has a shrewd guess at who is likely to take first prize. But the dancing was all good, and the boy, Thomas Anderson of Edinburgh who took second place, even independent of his age desrves great commendation. The music was furnished by Alexander Macdonald from Dalkeith whose handling of the bagpipes was equal to that of previous years.
The afternoons events continued with the Best Dancers of Chillie Callum. John Mc Neil and David Mein, both from Edinburgh were the only competitors who appeared, but the great taste and execution displayed by McNeil justly entitled him to the first prize. The Running Pole Leap was about the best contest of the day, and one in which the greatest interest seemed to be taken by the spectators. The leaping of David Johnston from Carlisle, David Anderson from Alnwick and Thomas Russell of Linlithgow was splendid and ended after a very close contest between these three with the first and second prizes being divided between Johnston for achieving a height of 10ft 9ins. The leaping this year was the highest ever cleared at these games. In 1860, Jamieson from Penrith took first prize for 10ft 3ins. Donald Ross of Kelso took the lead in the Hurdle Race of 500 Yards over 6 flights three feet high. He was closely pressed, however, by Beeby of Carlisle and Gavin Tait of Douglas Castle. After they turned the post, Beeby put on the steam at the second hurdle and passed him. The result was that Beeby came in first, closely followed by Tait, and Ross came in leisurely for third prize. With £15 in prize money to be wrestled for, 40 competitors came forward for the Open Wrestling Competitions. A sum of 6 pence was charged as an entry fee for this event. The performances were rather inferior to those of former years, which included competitors from both sides of the Border. There were one or two good tussles, but the successful parties were quickly disposed of as the competition progressed. In the final, Dick Wright of Longtown faced up to Richard Young from Kersknowe and they seemed to be a well matched pair. After some rather rough handling, Dick easily succeeded in throwing his antagonist twice in succession for which he was loudly cheered as this years outright winner. As in the previous dancing competitions, John McNeil went through the Dancing of the Highland Fling with his own particular grace and easiness for which he is characteristic, as was expected by the spectators who heartily cheered him at its conclusion. Thhe first prize was again awarded to him and he seems to have become a general favourite with those who have attended this annual gathering. The deportment and execution of this national dance by young Thomas Anderson from Edinburgh elicited much admiration and showed a decided improvement of his movements of last year, in which he gained second prize by beating two others who were by many years his seniors. The Flat Race of 600 Yards was very close, and kept so to the turning post where John Bebie took first round. Gavin Tait, however succeeded in making past Bebie and came in first, with James Spalding from Hawick taking third place. Out of six competitors, the leaping in the last round of the Running High Leap was left to Thomas Russell of Crofthead and our old friend Gavin Tait, but Russell showed his prowess by beating his opponent with a best of 5ft 4¼ins. The height of 8ft 4ins attained this year by Thomas Russell in the Hitch and Kick was 6 inches below that reached last year in the same event. John Bell of Hawick and Matthew Middlemist from Jedburgh shared second prize with a best of 8ft 3ins. The Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion and Back was of course the chief race of the day, and was completed in 10 minutes. John Cochrane of Minto Townhead went off with the lead for about the first 500 yards when 'the Gover' passed him and went boldly up the hill, turning the flag about 50 yards in front of Cochrane and John Scott of Hawick. Cochrane, however improved his pace coming down the hill, closely pursued by Scott. The Gover came in first by about 26 yards, followed by Cochrane in second place and then Scott. The final three from a total of six competitors followed at intervals, all apparently knocked up.
A 5 shilling prize for Best Attired Athlete while Competing was awarded to John Somerville from Kirkliston. The Games terminated with the race to the Dunion Hill at seven o'clock, and the Jedforest Instrumental Band headed the procession homewards where, after playing their parting tune, the crowd quietly separated.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 12th August 1865

Up till Wednesday, the weather during the week was made up of shower and sunshine, but on Thursday rain fell nearly the whole day long, and many an anxious wish was expressed that the ominous looking clouds would pass off ere thhe sdvent of the long looked for gala day. Nor were the previous wistful looks and anxious wishes of those interested disappointed for the morning dawned beautifully and the urchins and young men were joyous in anticipation of the sports and holiday. As the clock struck six, the bells band and cannon vied with each other in momentary exactness to hail the opening holiday, and the flag was as quickly flaunting on the summit of the Abbey in morning breeze while the patter of feet in the streets told that the juveniles were on the qui vive, and gladly followed the instrumentalists on their musical peregrinations through the town. At nine o'clock the streets were thronged with townspeople and visitors all eagerly discussing the several games and favourites for each, many of whom had come long distances to contest in the gymnastics arena. A little after this, the procession, headed by the band took the road for the hill by Castlegate, where they were joined by great numbers who came in by the 10.00am train. About one o'clock rain began to fall which marred the dancers a little in the reel o' Tulloch from the slipperiness of the boards, and sent the people into the tents. Later in the afternoon another slight shower fell, but on the whole the day was not unfavourable. On the moor there was an exceedingly large turnout of itinerant vendors, krames, booths and so on, as well as a stronger muster of the gambling fraternity who seem to know the precise day and date of all outdoor gatherings or fairs and who manage both to do a trade of some kind, get drunk, kick up a row and keep the police force in amusement, but here, the bluecoats under Superintendent Porter were too cute for them and their pickings were small. Several shooting saloons, a photographic van and a caravan or two occupied the ground to the right of the grandstand, one of which kept up a series of discordant noises (meant for music) in which they were joined by a female itinerant band and combined, these blended together were anything but pleasing to the ear. Of course a fight or two lent some charm to the occasion, and fine fun for the crowds of youngsters who also got some amusement for some of our local celebrities, one of whom, half drunk, stripped and entered the arena to vanquish Dick Wright but was collared by the boys and spitefully held to the ground much against his will. Once again, the programme got under way with Wrestling for Lads of 7 Stone and Under. From an entry of twenty one contestants and a total of four knock out rounds the final was staged between Walter McCall and John Scott, both from Jedburgh, where McCall took first prize. The Foot Race for Lads under 16 Years of Age was staged next, where to prevent disputes as to age the event was confined to Jedburgh. A good start was effected with Thomas Oliver taking the lead, and maintaining it the whole way. He came in by 4 yards or so in front of William Dryden for first prize. Daniel Wight took third place. A good start was also effected for the Open Foot Race of 100 Yards with Gavin Tait from Douglas Castle leading the way, followed by John Beeby of Carlisle, with the other three competitors keeping well up. Tait continued to improve throughout the distance and won by about a yard in front of Beeby. The others came in close behind this with George Cliff from Manchester taking third place. Last year, Richard Young from Kersknowe took first prize by Putting the Light Ball of 6lbs for a distance of over 85ft. This year he also won first prize, but his best throw was decreased to 83ft 4ins. Second prize was awarded to John Scott from Hawick with a throw of 71ft 6ins. Again, Young Putted the Heavy Ball of 21lbs for a distance of 36ft 9ins to win the contest but was down on his throw from last year by ten inches. T. Middlemist of Jedburgh, however, took second prize again this year with a throw of 32ft 3ins which was a thirteen inch improvement from last years effort. A good start was made in the Hurdle Race of 300 Yards by the four contestants taking part. Beeby led over the first hurdle closely pursued by Tait, who soon passed him, and came in an easy winner. Beeby followed and Thomas Russell from Linlithgow was third. The Running Hop- Step and Leap was won this year by all round performer Gavin Tait of Douglas Castle with a jump of 43ft 10 ins. John Bell from Hawick took second prize with a best of 43ft 2ins. Thomas Russell from Linlithgow came first in the Running Leap competition with a jump of 18ft 5ins. John Bell of Hawick's 18ft 3ins was good enough for second prize. The odd gait and tumbles in the Sack Race of 60 Yards over two hurdles 18 inches high created a little diversion. crosier this year also took the lead and kept it in both heats from a total of six competitors. John Lawrie of Hawick came second and Thomas Paterson from Jedburgh took third place. Best Dancer of the Reel o' Tulloch went to John McNeil from Edinburgh again this year with a performance equal to if not better than his previous displays. Thomas Anderson, also from Edinburgh took second prize. A Six Hundred Yards Flat Race with prizes given by Jedburgh lads working in Liverpool was run from a good start from all five competitors. George Cliff from Manchester won by about half a yard to take the 25 shillings first prize. John Beeby was second and Gavin Tait third.
After a short break for dinner the events continued with a Donkey Derby. For this diverting and exciting race, four donkeys were at the starting point, but only two of them got away at first, the others showing a slight resistance to any movement. Ultimately another one moved forward after much coaxing while the other would not move at all. James Veitch's 'Yarrow Lassie' had the start and kept ahead, landing in about three lengths in front of Robert Jack's 'Turfcutter.' In the second heat, only these two started, and 'Yarrow Lassie' again led the way closely pursued by 'Turfcutter.' This was a capital race and was won at length by 'Yarrow Lassie' by a slight neck. The Running Pole Leap was won by Robert Taylor from Appletree Hall with a fair leap of 9ft 8ins. The second prize was awarded to Thomas Russell of Linlithgow who leapt to a height of 9ft 4ins. The Open Wrestling Competition was generally somewhat inferior to what we have experienced at previous meetings. The only 'scientific men in attendance being Dick Wright and William Jamieson, one of whom it was evident from the first would become the overall victor. In the fourth round, Jamieson and Wright met and after a little sparring, fanciful it was thought, Jamieson who had taken up a limp after the pole leaping, went to earth quietly and scaithless. The only other opponent at all approaching Wright's callibre was Richard Young of Kerknowe, but the tussle between the two was short after a lengthy prelude. Our local men gave some capital sport here, all being alike and earnest in their respective contests. Of these, James Scott was luckiest and ultimately came in for the third prize. The final bout between Dick Wright and Alexander Sword of Jedburgh was a mere waste of time, Sword being like a child in Dick's muscular arms. As a matter of course, the first prize again fell to Dick Wright, who generally manges to maintain his ground year after year. A Hurdle Race over five flights of hurdles 3 feet high turned out to be a well contested race. Of five competitors, the lead running was done by George Nelson from Glasgow for some time with the others following about a yard apart. In fine order, and closely the hurdles were taken to the top, but coming back down, Tait and Nelson shot ahead. Tait by his tremendous strides gradually crept ahead kept his position and landed in first at the line followed by Nelson and then George Cliff of Manchester, with the other two a few yards behind. Best Dancer of the Ghillie Callum was awarded to Donald McPhee, and John McNeil was placed second. To the taste of the respective performers Dancing the Highland Fling, the piper gave time and tune and gracefully each went through the figures. John McNeil's neat dancing gained for him the first prize, but by many, the active movements of Thomas Anderson were thought a good second, if not equal. Four competitors took their place for a Hurdle Race of 600 Yards with prizes given by Jedburgh lads working in Galashiels. John Beeby took the first prize of £1. Gavin Tait was awarded the 10 shillings second prize, and the Glasgow man, George Nelson got the third prize of 5 shillings. A Running High Leap of 5ft 6½ins was good enough for Thomas Russell of Linlithgow to take first prize. Gavin Tait's leap of 5ft 5ins gave him second prize. A Bell Race brought forward eleven competitors, but for the difficulty in awarding the placements it was thought best to divide the prize money equally amongst all who competed for the amusement that the event provided. Only two came forward for the Hitch and Kick for which Thomas Russell was awarded the first prize for reaching a height of 8ft 2ins. Matthew Middlemist took second prize by reaching a height of 8ft 0ins. The most exciting and heaviest race of the day, the Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion and Back brought forward an entry of fifteen, most of them runners of note, but of these, the Gover, from his previous victories over the same ground was favourite and a good deal of betting was made. To show the confidence the Hawick bettors possessed of the staying power of their chief representative, as much as 4 to 1 was laid on 'the Gover' against the field. For about six or seven hundred yards, the runners kept well together, but on nearing the dyke at the foot of the hill the Gover began to take the lead closely pursued by Fenwick of Edinburgh. The two led the ruck up the hill at a rattling pace, with the others following to the rear in indian file, foremost of whom was Grierson of Hawick. On turning the flag, Grierson began to gain ground rapidly, and passing Fenwick took up his position behind the Gover. Half way down the hill, the Gover stumbled and fell, but rapidly regained his footing to take lead place again. A few yards further on Grierson and he fell at the same time. Fenwick at that time was thought to stand well to take first place, but back at the dyke the Gover gradually began to gain ground, while Fenwick also crept into second place. One of the runners named Nelson who broke down in the ascent of the hill caused no little confusion as well as distress to the Gover by joining him at the dyke. The spectators as well as the Gover thinking he was passing into the lead position. Taking the lead he came home first, closely followed by the Gover, but it was then discovered that he had never been up the hill. Consequently the Gover gained the victory, with Fenwick coming in some few yards behind, and the others arriving home in straggling order. Some dispute arose to the allotment of the other prizes, caused by Nelson taking up the false position. Loud cheers greted the Gover who has certainly proved that on this as well as on former occasions that few can cope with him in this serious race.
The prize of five shillings for the Best Attired Competitor was awarded to Charles Wood of Jedburgh

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 11th August 1866

Gold nuggets similar to those above were sent from Australia by Jethart exiles, as prizes to be competed for at the Games on the Dunion Moor. This was an effort to maintain a link with the old town, and to express that wealth and opportunities were abound in the new colonies.  

The weather prospects for the Games of 1866 were anything but pleasing, as showers fell incessantly from the Monday previous, and on Thursday afternoon, this was accompanied by a thunderstorm. Friday morning, however, opened with bright sunshine, and imparted a more cheering aspect to all around. The weather kept up beautifully till the afternoon, when the sports were retarded a little by a passing thunderstorm. The showers were so heavy that umbrellas had to be used under the roof of the grandstand, and those around the ring fled to the tents for shelter. Ultimately, the cloud passed over and the sun shone brilliantly until the close of the Games. Although in honour of the Marquis, it has become apparent that he has never seen these Games celebrated, which is probably attributed to his enfeebled state of health. On this occasion there was a worthy representative of the family, in Lord Henry Schomberg Kerr, who was present in the afternoon, and very kindly left £2 as a prize money donation for a race. These, and similar meetings of their kind, no longer seem now to have sufficient zest for the upper and middle classes that formerly prevailed in burghs like ours. Among the working classes, is where most patronage is to be found for out-door sports of this sort, with only a sprinkling from the middle class and the 'upper ten thousand.' Be this as it may, these Games have always had extensive patronage, and their success in a great measure, is due to the efforts of the committee in trying to keep good order, and the right management. If proof were wanted of the esteem in which these meetings are held by the working classes, we find that not only the 'Jethart Lads' resident in the manufacturing towns at distance from here subscribing their mite, but even the traders and diggers in the far off colony of Australia seek representation and remembrance by their former associates, by sending over prizes converted from the golden nuggets of their adopted country. This shows how their feelings kindle up at times, and their hearts warm to their birthplace. It may perhaps gratify them to learn that this year, their handsome prizes of a fancy patterned Albert chain and nugget pin were not only highly appreciated, but also brought forward a host of competitors, all covetous of the Australian prizes, not so much for their intrinsic worth, but as remembrances of the kind friends who sent them. As on former occasions, the days and weeks on approach to the Games instituted numerous minor gymnasiums in the lanes and on the banks of the Jed, where nightly practice in running and wrestling predominated. The holiday was ushered in with the usual precision in firing the cannon, unfurling the flag on the old Abbey, and the parading of the streets by the Jedforest Instrumental Band as the clock rung out six. Groups of people collected on the streets, and continued to do so until more or less nine o'clock, where conversations included the weather, the contests, and the places apportioned to the different favourites who were competing. At about half-past-nine the procession left for the Moor, headed by the Jedforest Band, where a number of tents and three caravans were located in close proximity to the arena. Besides the usual roadside exhibitions of varied sores and mal-formations of the body, there were not a few 'sharpers,' and gambling customers, who did a very small and limited business owing to the keen surveillance of the police. Of course there were the usual stalls and krames. Two stands were erected, one on the north side at 1 shilling for entrance, and a covered stand on the south side of the field costing 1 shilling and sixpence. Both were largely patronised during the proceedings, as were the seats around the ring. The band occupied their usual position at the south side of the field, and acquitted themselves well in several pieces played, under the direction of their conductor, Mr McLean. The programme, with the exception of the Melbourne prize competitions was much the same as formerly, and generally speaking, the Games were well contested. The wrestling was somewhat deficient, and the leaping, generally, lacked competitors. The racing, however, was first class. In the hitch-and-kick, the winner, R. Dick from Newbigging had his arm broken above the wrist in his last leap. This was immediately attended to by Dr Falla. The competitions began at about 10.00 am shortly followed with a Foot Race of 100 Yards for Lads under 16 Years, and confined to Jedburgh. A good start was effected from a field of six competitors. Daniel Wight took the lead and maintained his position to the winning post for the first prize of 7/6d. George Lauder followed closely to win second prize of 2/6d. Michael Gray took the consolation third place. The Open Foot Race of 100 Yards was a well contested race. After a good start had been made, Michael Oliver of Jedburgh led until about half way, when he was passed by J. Beeby from Carlisle, who came in a winner by about three yards for the 10/- prize. J. Spalding, Hawick was second to claim the 5/- prize, and Oliver had to be content with the consolation of achieving third place. The Light Ball Throwing was not up to last year's mark, as on that occasion, the winner, Richard Young, Kersknowe threw 83ft 4ins. This year his winning throw was 83ft. Henry Millar of Jedburgh threw 75ft 2ins. for second place. There was very little competition for Putting the Heavy Ball. The winner was again Richard Young with a throw of 36ft 7ins, two inches less than his winning throw last year. Robert Dick of Newbigging was placed second with a throw of 33ft 7ins. There were eight competitors for The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards. A very bad start was made, when one of the competitors did not get off at all. The finish was very close. First prize of a purse of gold went to J. Beeby, Carlisle. Robert Taylor from Appletreehall took the purse of gold prize for second place, and the purse of silver, for third place was won by J. Spalding from Hawick. All three prizes for this event were donated by the Ladies of Jedburgh. From six entrants, The Standing Hop-Step-and-Leap first prize of 10/- was taken by John Bell, Hawick with a winning leap of 31ft 2ins. James Young of Hawick claimed the second prize of 5/- with a leap of 30ft 4ins. Bell's leaping last year was much better than this, but that may be attributed to the bad state of the ground, which was very slippery. His leap last year was 31ft 7ins. There was a marked improvement in The Running Hop-Step-and-Leap this year, where there were 3 competitors. Young took the 10/- prize on this occasion with a 45ft 3½ins. effort. Bell's achievement of 44ft 10ins was good enough for the second prize of 5/-. Last year's winning effort was 43ft 10ins. Bell leaped 46ft after the competition was over. From a field of four, The Running Leap and 10/- prize, again went to Hawick with a winning leap of 19ft 6ins. by John Bell. James Young's 18ft 9ins. was good enough for the 5/- second prize. The 400 Yards Flat Race was well contested. Beeby of Carlisle took the lead when half way, but just before the line, Spalding of Hawick put on a spurt and came in to win by a foot, and the 15/- first prize. 10/- went to Beeby for second place, and third prize of 5/- was won by J. McNicol from Leith. The money for this event was provided by Jedburgh Lads working in Galashiels. For the odd and diverting Sack Race of 60 Yards, over two hurdles of 18 inches, six entered. Robert Crozier, Hawick (the Gover) won his heats easy, and took the lead each time to win the 10/- prize. Second home was Adam Hymers from Ancrum for the prize of 5/-. The third prize of 2/6d went to John Lawrie of Hawick. Walter Crosbie from Hundalee Mill was unfortunate in falling often, and resigned his chance in the final. From an entry of two competitors, John McNeil, Edinburgh won the £1 prize for Best Dancer of The Reel O' Tulloch. 10/- second prize went to Thomas Anderson, Edinburgh. A Donkey Race concluded the morning programme. For this exciting race three entered. A capital start was effected, and after a well contested race, Richard Davidson's 'Heatherbell' came in a winner by a length. Adam Hymer's 'Rare Nell' was second, and the consolation third place was taken by A. Rutherford's 'Bessy Lee.' The weather being fine, the spectators enjoyed their day out, as well as their picnic at mid-day. A bounteous trade in all fare was carried at vending stalls during the course of the day amidst the surroundings of hill and dale. The beautious summer luxuriance of fruit, foliage and verdant landscape was itself worth the ascent of the hill. The afternoon events began with The Best Dancers of Ghillie Callum. McNeil, and Anderson from Edinburgh, once again took first and second prizes respectively. The Running Pole Leap first prize of £1 was won by R. Taylor from Appletreehall, with a winning vault of 9ft 6ins. Second prize of 10/- went to James Jamieson, Penrith with his vault of 8ft 2ins. There was an entry of thirty one for The Open Wrestling Contest this year. Of the professionals, W. jamieson and J. Scott were present, the notorious Dick Wright being awanting. Among the non-professionals, several good tussles took place, and Scott had a tough job in puting down T. Middlemist of Jedburgh in the third round. From the commencement it was evident that Jamieson was to be victor, for even Scott seemed as nothing in his powerful arms when they met near the close. Of course the second man went down speedily before him in the last round. It may be well to watch expertise performed occasionally, but the presence of professionals yearly bars the number of locals from entering. It becomes hardly fair then, to hand over almost the whole proceeds to the 'clique' who turn up year after year. The Melbourne Prize Handicap of 1000 Yards, consisted of two first prizes valued at £8/14/6d and given by the Jedburgh Lads in Australia. Second and third prizes were donated from the Games Fund. The race, which was looked forward to with considerable interest, caused no small excitement and was well contested, although the ground was very heavy owing to previous rains. The runners crept together gradually, towards the turning point. T. Compton of Jedburgh had a slight lead which he kept till about 500 yards from the winning post. Here, James Davidson, Jedburgh passed him, and maintaining his position came in to win first prize of the gold Albert chain by about 5 yards. Compton came in second, followed by Walter Thomson of Hundalee, 3 yards behind. Davidson was rapturously received by his comrades who carried him shoulder high out of the ring. A Wheelbarrow Race of 200 Yards, from its novelty caused some stir. The six barrowmen competing, after being blinfolded, started 200 yards from the ring. Many of them got off course. One who capsized a spectator from behind found himself with an additional load for a while. Others seemed up to the game, usuallly by help from a prompter, which could be done as the crowd got near. Two managed to find the ring, but James Scott who was last in found the finishing pin first to win the gold nugget first prize. Robert Reid finished second for the 10/- prize, and James Davidson took the third prize of 5/-. John Bell, Hawick made a slight improvement in The Standing High Leap this year, with a jump of 4ft 8ins. to win the 10/- first prize. The Running High Leap was also won by him with his jump of 5ft 2ins. The Bell Race, which brought forward fifteen competitors was won by Robert Reid of Jedburgh, who claimed first prize of 7/-. Second prize of 2/6d went to Robert Gray from Jedburgh. Nine came forward for the race of the day, The Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion, but a bad start left one competitor behind. Here, the 'Gover,' from his previous conquests was the general favourite. A great number of bets were laid upon him, especially by his Hawick friends. For the first 1000 yards there was little to note. After this, the 'Gover,' John Cochrane of Hassendean and John McNichol, Leith began to lead up the hill, creeping away from the others. At the crag, the three split, McNichol taking to the left where he lost a few yards. The other two reached the flag a little before him, leaving the rest of the field still ascending in struggling order. The descent showed Cochrane in front with McNichol and the 'Gover' in close pursuit. At the crag, McNichol fell, giving the 'Gover a little more ground, but he was unable to maintain this, as McNichol again passed him. Cochrane, by this time was far ahead, taking the dyke about 50 yards in advance of all. This position was kept until the winning flag was reached. Cochrane, who came in fresh was rapturously received McNichol was very hard tried, but the 'Gover seemed pretty fresh. The race was run in about 10 minutes. With the additional money provide by Lord Schomberg Kerr, Cochrane received a first prize of £2. McNichol, placed second received £1 and 9/-, and Crosier of Hawick in third place received 17/-. The band led the way back to town, and played for a short time at Market Place, while the crowd quietly dispersed.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 10th August 1867

In terms of funding, the committee were well supported in 1867, perhaps more so than ever before. Not only were purses of gold and silver provided by the Ladies of Jedburgh, and handsome prizes donated by the Cricket Clubs of the Border, but Canada furnished a piece of silver plate, Edinburgh a cup, and even from the Antipodes, the Jedburgh Lads had not been forgetful of their former sports and donated the 'Melbourne Plate' valued at £8/12/6d for the Flat race of 1000 Yards. Although Friday morning opened gloriously, and hope beat high as to the pleasure of the forthcoming Games, slight showers fell at intervals during the forenoon. As the hour of six rung out from the old town clock, attendant customary ceremonials duly ushered its advent. Momentarily, as if by common consent, the boom of the cannon and the unfurling of the flag on the old Abbey were accompanied by the music of the Jedforest Instrumental Band. Between 9 and 10 o'clock, the procession headed by the band left the town for the Games ground. The stands were ercted on the same sites around the ring, and the ring was substantially fenced with post and rail, a gift from the Marquis of Lothian. Following coomencement of the proceedings shortly after 10 o' clock and some early junior events, The Open Foot race of 100 Yards took place. The victory this year, and the 10/- first prize went to Tom Carruthers, Edinburgh. John Beeby, Carlisle came in to take second prize of 5/-. Robert Taylor of Hawick was placed third. The 300 Yards Hurdle Race, patronised by the Ladies of Jedburgh, produced a winner in Beeby of Carlisle who took the first gold purse. Carruthers of Edinburgh came in second for the other gold purse. The silver purse was received by William Irvine, Teviotbank. From an entry of 5 competitors, the competition for The Running Hop-Step-and Leap was closely contested. For some time it was severe between James Young of Hawick, and Robert Knox from Newstead. Latterly, Young gained the victory with a winning leap of 48ft 5ins. Knox's best was 47ft 9ins. Their graceful leaping was greatly admired, and they were continually applauded. From an entry of 3 competitors, Knox came out on top in The Running Leap, with a jump of 20ft 9ins. John Bell of Hawick, who has carried off this prize for several years, failed to improve his position on this occasion with a best of 20ft. Knox's leaping was the best for some years, and the graceful manner in which he contested, elicited admiration. The 400 Yards Flat Race drew 5 competitors. This was a well contested race, offering prizes donated by members of the Border Cricket Clubs. J. Dick of Leith led part of the way, closely followed by Carruthers of Edinburgh. Carruthers improved his advantage and came in a good winner by a few yards for 15/-. Beeby of Carlisle came in second for the 10/- prize, leaving Dick in third place with 5/-. The 60 Yards Sack Race over 18 inch hurdles produced a new winner in Adam Hymers from Ancrum. There were 5 entries for this odd and ludicrous race. As usual, the contest created a fund of amusement for the on-lookers. Crosier, alias the 'Gover,' and champion of former occasions was beaten by Hymers this year. With agility, Hymers took the lead each time, and won his heats easily. Thirty eight entered for The Light Weight Wrestling event of 10 stones and under. Fortunately for the non-professionals, two of the Carlisle 'clique' were debarred after the first tussle, owing to a dispute concerning their late entry. The committee allowed these two men, Hynde and Carruthers, a small sum for their expenses. The strictly local men were unfortunate in being drawn, one against each other, which tended to weed them rather quickly. There were several good and bona fide contests throughout, and though not much science was displayed the spectators semmed better pleased with it than the competitors. The final struggle lay between W. Taylor of Appletreehall and T. Jardine of Rulewater. Taylor was the ultimate victor, who received the The Edinburgh Cup, donated by Jedburgh Lads in Edinburgh, and first prize of 3 guinees. Jardine as runner up was entitled to the £1 and 10/- second prize. The Canada Plate with a value of £4 was given by Jedburgh Lads in Canada to be competed for in A Handicap Flat race of 800 Yards, and confined to residents of Jedburgh only. There were nine competitors for the race, which was looked forward to with considerable interest. A good start was made from the various handicap placements, and the men sped gradually to the turning post. Thomas Oliver, running from 15 yards, soon gained on his adversaries, and succeeded in gaining, until he reached the finish, to collect the major prize and £1 10/-. He was closely followed home by William Scott who started from 60 yards to come in for second prize of £1. James Davidson, the only scratch man, failed to improve his position and came in seventh. Three competitors came forward for the first race in the afternoon, A Hurdle Race of 500 Yards, over 5 flights of hurdles 3 feet high. Carruthers of Edinburgh led the way, and maintained his lead to the winning post for the £1 prize. Beeby from Carlisle was second home to claim 10/-, and third prize of 5/- came to Irvine from Teviotbank. R. Taylor of Appletreehall, and David Johnstone, Loughead were the only entrants for The Running Pole Leap. During the last spring, Johnstone met with a slight accident to the knee. Taylor, after winning with a vault of 10ft 2ins. kindly offered to divide the total prize money of £1 and 10/-. Twenty five entrants came forward for The Open Wrestling event. With the exception of a few tussles by district men, the interest was not very great, as it was evident from the first round that Dick Wright from Longtown was to be the winner. His 'clique mustered strongly, but some of them fell easily since they were drawn against each other. Wright and Scott of Carlisle met in the third round, and after a bit of by-play, Scott went down cannily, much to the disaffection of the spectators. The best display was seen between Hynd from Longtown, and Dryden of Wooler. Both were evidently of the scientific class, and were really earnest in their work. Ultimately, Dryden was cleverly thrown, and a round of applause greeted the close. Kennedy from Hawick, and Young from Kerseknowe were a better match in the fourth round, but Kennedy's science prevailed. The final round lay with Dick Wright and Kennedy. Kennedy was no match for the expert, and Dick got his customary position of victor again, very easily. The Melbourne Plate Handicap Flat Race of 1000 Yards was a splendid race, and caused great excitement. So much so, that after the start, it was not easy to keep the nine entrants in view. J. Kean from Jedburgh, who had a start of 80 yards, managed to get to the front and keep it to the turning post, when he was closely followed by T. Oliver of Jedburgh running from 85 yards. They kept together nearly the whole way, and finished so closely that they agreed to divide the first and second prizes. J. Davidson, Jedburgh who had a 60 yards start came in a good third. A Walking Competition of 2 Miles brought nine forward to the tape, and a good start was affected.Robson of Jedburgh led for a little, but Robert Brown of Ancrum speedily took the front, and kept there to the first turn of 400 yards. The second and third 400 yards showed the ' Ancrum postman' still in front, and fresh. In the final walk down, he maintained his distance, and came in an easy winner by about 200 yards. James Young, Hawick, and Robert Taylor, Appletreehall were a good second and third. The postman's easy style was much admired, and at the conclusion, he was eagerly seized and hoisted shoulder high out of the ring. Five competitors entered for The Running High Leap. The contest for this title was scarcely up to that of former years. M. Middlemist of Jedburgh was successful in sharing the prize with last years winner, John Bell of Hawick, with an equal jump of 5ft 8ins. The Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion had eleven entrants booked, but only ten started in close column. Gradually, William Murray of Fodderlie began to single out from the ruck, and kept ahead all the way up the hill, followed by James Davidson, Jedburgh a short way off. The others took the hill in single file at varied distances, with a breakdown by one at the dyke. Coming down the hill, Murray kept ahead with Davidson a few yards behind. Towards the finish, Murray improved his pace and came in the winner by a good few yards in front of Davidson, who took second place. The others followed at a good pace, but at a considerable distance behind.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 8th August 1868

As the old clock struck the hour of six, the usual merry peel of the rejoicing bells, and the cannon's opening roar proclaimed to the lieges, the advent of the burgh holiday in 1868. The Union Jack was unfurled on the tower of our venerable Abbey, and the morning air was resonant with the inspiring strains of the Jedforest Instrumental Band as they paraded the streets. As the hour for the procession to start drew nearer, the little burgh presented a very animated appearance. The Market Place was thronged with burghers who, divided into small groups, were discussing the probabilities of their favourites' success in the coming contests. By half past nine the crowd had formed into something like order, and shortly after the procession moved off, headed by the band. On arriving at the Games ground a picturesque and animated scene met the eye. The stands filled with gaily dressed occupants, the crowd of expectant faces in the ring, the outlying tents and krames, the Dunion hill close at hand, and the beautiful panorama of hill and dale stretching all around, combined to render the spectacle grand and imposing. The weather on the whole was not of an unfavourable character. During the forenoon several smart showers fell, but by mid-day the clouds had cleared away and uninterupted good weather was enjoyed till the close of the Games. There was as usual a number of shooting galleries on the ground which were evidently well patronised, while hobby horses and shows afforded a fund of amusement to the juveniles. A few of the gambling fraternity and 'objects' were also present, but the business done was very limited.Jedforest Band occupied their usual stand on the south side of the arena, and discoursed excellent music during the day. The sports were commenced at half past ten o'clock. Three competitors were forward for The Foot Race of 100 Yards Open to All. After several false starts, the men got off in good order. T. Carruthers of Edinburgh led all the way, to come in a good first. He was closely followed by Robert Hindle from Paisley. The Hurdle Race of of 300 Yards saw an entry of four runners. Soon after the start, Carruthers, Edinburgh took the lead till the turning post. He was then passed by Hindle of Paisley, who maintained his lead to take first place and the purse of gold. Carruthers benefited from the other purse of gold by arriving home in second place. T. Wood was a bad third, and collected the consolation prize of a purse of silver. All three prizes were donated by the Ladies of Jedburgh. Robert Knox, Newstead took the first prize of 10/- in The Running Hop-Step-and-Leap with a jump of 47ft 1ins. James Young of Hawick was placed second with an effort of 44ft 7ins. Last year the positions of the winners were reversed, but both fell short of their former distances. The Running Leap was won again this year by Robert Knox, with a winning leap of 19ft 5ins. for the 10/- first prize. James Young was placed second for the prize of 5/- with a 16ft leap. Knox did not leap so well as last year, and the leaping as a whole was inferior. Eighteen ran in The Open Handicap Flat Race of 400 Yards. This was a capital race, and caused great excitement. An excellent start was made from the various placements of the competitors. John Scott of Jedburgh, who started from the 47 yards mark, led from the turning post. He finished in first place amidst hearty cheers from the crowd, to collect the first prize of £2. Second prize of £1 went to Walter Fairbairn, Abbotrule, running from a 48 yards start. Michael Gray of Jedburgh, running from the 50 yards mark took the 10/- third prize. Hindle, the scratch man and Carruthers, running from 2 yards were nowhere to be seen. Six competitors entered the ludicrous Sack Race of 60 Yards. As usual, their mishaps created no small amusement for the spectators, in negotiating the two 18 inch hurdles. Adam Hymers from Ancrum, last years winner, ran in an easy style to win first prize of 10/-. Second prize of 5/- went to James Taylor of Hawick, and the 2/6 third prize to Jems Hogg from Ancrum. Six couples ran A Three Legged Race for prizes given by members of the Jedforest Cricket Club. Scott of Innerleithen and J. Davidson were well paired and ran in fine style, reaching the finishing post about three yards ahead of James Young and Carruthers of Edinburgh for the winnong prize of 15/-. The second pair were assured of the second prize of 10/-. Four commpetitors were entered for The Running Pole Leap. David Anderson from Alnwick, exhibited some good vaulting and soon became the favourite. John Crosbie of Hundalee Mill, also had a style that was much admired, but he was no match for Anderson. Anderson's vault of 10ft 1ins. was good enough for the first prize of £1, and Crosbie settled for the 10/- second prize. This year, The Ballart District Prize was to be competed for in An Open Handicap Flat Race of 440 Yards. A field of twenty nine ran from various different handicap marks which were designated by the Games committee. A good start was made from the various distances, and Robert Knox who had a start of 49 yards, soon took the lead which he maintained throughout. His victory time was 1½ minutes for the £2 first prize John Scott from a 48 yards was a good second for the £1 prize, closely followed by Walter Fairbairn from the 49 yards mark who took third prize of 17/6d. Hindle of Paisley did not run. There were fewer entries in The Open Wrestling Competition then last year. This is no doubt owing to a disinclination on the part of local amateurs to compete with the professionals who usually attend and carry off the nearly all the prizes. The spectators, however, enjoyed some good wrestling, for 'Dick' and Jamieson met with no mean antagonist in Stedman of Appleby, a new competitor at our Games. In the second round, Jim Davidson of Jedburgh and Tom Murray, Jedburgh had a pretty tough tussle. Stedman and James Oliver from Denholm also provided a good display. In the fourth round, after some over-head slips, Stedman succeeded in throwing last year's champion, Dick Wright, and was awarded a hearty round of applause from the spectators. In the final, the first throw was gained by Jamieson, but Stedman, after some exciting tussles, threw his colossal antagonist twice in succession, and thus very unexpectedly was hailed the winner of the £4 first prize. By some, the result was atributed to a prior understanding amongst the professionals, as Jamieson and Wright are famed both in England and Scotland, while Stedman is almost unknown. From the five who entered The Hurdle Race of 500 Yards over five flights 3 feet high, Robert Hindle started very leisurely, but at the turning point passed Carruthers, and kept the lead to come in a dozen yards in advance. Robert Scott from Innerleithen made a good third. Eighteen competitors entered for the Melbourne Plate, A Handicap Flat Race of 1000 Yards. Whether an error had been made by the handicappers, or that the local talent was greater than supposed, Hindle, the scratch man was unable to overtake the amateurs. Thomas Oliver, Jedburgh, who had a start of 70 yards, came in the winner of the £2. 10/- prize by a few yards, having accomplished the distance in 2½ minutes. H. Myles, Penicuick and A. Aldcorn, Sprouston came in close together in second and third positions, for £1. 10/- and 15/-. The rest finished in straggling order. Seven competitors came forward for The Walking Competition of 2 Miles. A very bad start was made, and Robert Brown of Ancrum, the favourite and winner last year, speedily took the lead. James Dorrity of Jedburgh took second position after the first 440 yards. A struggle for third position then ensued between Lynn and McDonald. Lynn, however lost his position through some misapprehension and finished fourth. Brown maintained his lead throughout and arrived at the winning post several yards before Dorrity. McDonald who came in next was disqualified, and the prize was adjudged to Walter Turner from Bloomfield, who walked throughout in a very earnest manner. The time taken by Brown was 18½ minutes. The 400 Yards Flat Race, and first prize of 15/- was won easily by Hindle, the Paisley competitor, who in the shorter races hardly had an equal on the ground. Carruthers won second prize of 10/-, and Thomas Oliver of Jedburgh took the 5/- third prize. Five competitors were forward for The Running High Leap. The leaping in this competition exceeded that of last year by one inch. David Anderson took the 10/- victory with a leap of 5ft 4ins. Second prize of 5/- went to Neil McKay who leapt 5ft 3ins. to equal last years record. Eight entrants toed the scratch for The Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion. John Cochran from Minto was favourite and took the front on nearing the hill, closely followed, and occasionally collared by Henry Myles of Penicuik. The rest straggled behind at a considerable distance. On turning the flag at the top, a keen contest took place between Cochran and Myles. Cochran gradually drew ahead and took the dyke a few yards in advance of Myles. Myles, however, came to grief after leaping the dyke, but speedily regained his feet without losing too much ground from his fall. Cochran maintained his position, and arrived at the winning post seemingly unexhausted, having covered the ground in 9½ minutes. Cochran received the £1. 10/- first prize. Myles finished second for the prize of £1, and third prize of 10/- was taken by William Murray of Fodderlie. The Games were concluded shortly after seven o'clock, and the crowd, headed by the band marched into town, and thereafter quietly dispersed.

from the Teviotdale Record Saturday 7th August 1869

Friday morning of 1869 opened smilingly, and as the hour of six rang out his well known peal, equally punctual were heard the joyful notes of the street-patrolling Band, and the booming of the harmless cannonade. All announced the arrival of the Border Olympian Fete-day, and awakened the youth of Jethart from their flickering slumbers. The unfurling of the flag on the old Abbey was missed, however, and it was not got into position for some time thereafter. This particular morning attracted a new event in the annual programme. A Velocipede Race, which being run in the streets prior to the ascent to the Dunion, naturally drew a large concourse of spectators. The start was from the Market Place, and five pedalists appeared on the ground to contest the two mile race, most of whom hailed from Hawick and neighbourhood and rode bicycles. Another, belonging to Kelso rode a tricycle, but it did not seem equal to the others in speed, although it looked more comfortable. A good start was effected, and for some time they kept pretty close, keeping up a rattling pace to the mile stone at Bonjedward plantation, a road well suited for showing off the capabilities of the respective vehicles. John Shakelton of Hawick gained the front and kept it till the goal was reached. Having accomplished the two miles in 11½ minutes, Shakelton was warded the winning prize of £2. Thomas Thomson, Stobs soon followed about 30 yards behind, for second prize of £1, and Thomas Anderson came in a bad third to collect the consolation prize of 10/-. About two more minutes then elapsed before the final two came in. After the velocipede race, the vast concourse of persons who were assembled in the streets, began to move in the diresction of the Dunion. The stands were of the usual description, one covered and charged at 1/6d and the other uncovered and charged at 1/-. It was computed that somewhere around 5000 persons were present, including a number of the resident gentry. The Jedforest Instrumental Band occupied their usual stand, and their style and precision in playing favourite pieces was alike, creditable to themselves and their conductor, Mr McLean. The usual host of itinerant vendors, and those parties who live by displaying their deformity, or noisy bawling were again present. A scene or two occured among those 'worthies' towards the close of the proceedings. The police force present did their utmost to quell the distubances, but they could not prevent the occurence of an occasional fight amongst parties who seemed to be there for no other reason. The juveniles had several attractions, chief among which was a hobby horse circle, propelled by steam. A special mention should go to the creditable performance, vocal and instrumental, of a blind couple present. Five fine young men came to the starting post for The Open Foot Race of 100 Yards. In the anxiety to get off first, many false starts took place. When, however, the signal was given, only four started, the 'odd' man refusing to stir. From the start to the finish, Thomas Carruthers, Edinburgh put on steam and won a cleverly contested race. So close were the second and third men, that there was some hesitation on the part of the judges to whom should be awarded second prize. Eventually, James Melrose from Galashiels was declared second, and Thomas Oliver of Jedburgh third. Seven entrants competed for the strength of arm Putting the Light Ball of 6lbs. No great interest was evinced in the contest, which was won with a throw of 75ft 4ins by R. Young, Kersknowe. J. Thomson of Jedburgh gained second with a 68ft throw. A young man named Patterson, here stepped forward, and said he had entered for this contest. His name did not appear in the secretary's book, and he was therefore disqualified. He eventually prevailed on the stewards to give him a trial for 'fun,' as he himself put it. He threw the ball 73ft., and would have been placed second to Young if he had been permitted to compete. Five contended in Putting the Heavy Ball of 21lbs. Patterson from Middlethird, who failed entrance to compete in the previous event, was made favourite by the 'fanciful.' Indeed, so powerfully built a man, or one so symetrically formed is seldom seen very often. He looked a study for a sculptor, and was declared the victor, with his throw of 35ft 4ins. amidst loud cheers. Young of Kersknowe came second with a throw of 34ft 6ins. Five competitors entered for The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards, for an opportunity to win the prize purses donated by the Ladies of Jedburgh. There was an extremely good start, all five getting off together. Thomas Oliver at once got ahead, and took his leaps like a 'hind pursued'. He was closely followed by James Melrose, Galashiels, who ran a very game race. The hurdles were cleared by all in fine steeplechase style. Before half the distance was traversed, Carruthers of Edinburgh came up to take first purse of place, which he maintained to the finish. Melrose came in second and David Farquharson slipped in to carry the purse of silver away from Oliver. The Running Hop-Step-and-Leap was a well contested effort on the part of four contending opponents. In the beginning Robert Knox, Newstead displayed some very fine jumping. As the final struggle approached, Alexander Robson of Denholm, who it seemed was nursing his strength, made a great effort in the final confrontation. Robson's best leap of 45ft 10ins. was only good enough for the second prize of 5/-, however. Knox, with a winning leap of 46ft 9ins.carried off the first prize of 10/-. The Running Leap did not create much interest either amongst the athletes or the public, with only an entry of three making an appearance. The leaping lacked that spring which on former occasions characterised it. The contest, once again, lay between Knox and Robson. Knox, however was declared the winner with a best of 20ft 6ins. Robson's leap of 19ft 9ins again, assured him of the 5/- second prize. The Ballart District Prize was competed for in The Handicap Flat Race of 440 Yards, not so much to secure the much coveted prize for its intrinsic value, but more so, for the prestige of being the victor of the antipodean trophy. The race was looked forward to with much interest, and the spectators, or at least some of them were interested in the efforts of each competitor. A fair start sent all of the runners off in a pretty compact form. Half of the distance was traversed without much change in the order of the competitors, but after turning the flag to enter the home straight, Dan Wight of Jedburgh put on 'steam' and came in the winner by a clear two yards. The pace was very good throughout, as the distance was accomplished by Wight in 49 seconds from a start of 48 yards. The winner must feel very proud in carrying off the £2.10/- prize from so many competitors. Second in was Robert Clinton from Eckford from a handicapped start of 50 yards to pick up the prize of £1. 7/6d. The third prize of 17/6d went to A. Alcorn, Sprouston who started from 22 yards. Much amusement was anticipated from The Sack Race of 60 Yards, and as each of the contending parties dressed and tried not his 'prentice hand', but his confined feet, much laughter ensued. In fact the entire race was provocative of much merriment, over the two hurdles at a height of eighteen inches. After the preliminary canters had been got over, eight competitors came to the 'scratch,' whose age averaged between 12 to 18 years. The ultimate victor, Charles Hessel of Hawick proved that he was no cripple within a sack, and the efforts of young John Hogg from Ancrum who came in second were beyond all praise. John Taylor of Hawick was third home. During the race, many of them had a painful experience of the ups and downs of life. This race at all events afforded infinite amusement, and gave satisfaction to all, except perhaps the beaten. A Three Legged Race, which was looked forward to with much interest, created a good deal of excitement. A large amount of betting took place in a sixpenny lottery among the juveniles, with each having his special favourite. Tickets were drawn for partners amongst the prospective contenders. As each couple was strapped together, much amusement was created from them all looking and moving like so many Siamese twins. Considering the novelty of the situation, the running was excellent, with the pace being extremely good throughout. The thousands who witnessed this race entered into the spirit of it, and seemed to enjoy the spectacle very much. The victorious duo who won first prize of 15/- were J. Taylor and T. Carruthers. A partnership of T. Oliver and A. Gray were good for second place and the 10/- prize. The third prize of 5/- was taken by J. Little and J. Davidson. Best Dancer of The Ghillie Callum, and the first prize of £1 was awarded to J. McNeil from Edinburgh, who received quite an ovation from the spectators. The second prize of 10/- was given to R. M. Simpson, Edinburgh. This finished what were termed the Forenoon Sports, and there was an interval of half-an-hour for the purpose of allowing the competitors an opportunity for refreshment. Besides the tent accomodation, almost every nook on the field was speedily taken over with pic-nic parties.
Only three entered The Running Pole Leap competition. D. Anderson from Alnwick, the winner with his vault of 9ft 7ins. evidently seemed a deterrant to all competing. John Crosbie from Jedburgh struggled hard, but his exertions were unavailing against Anderson's mighty efforts. Crosbie shared the second place with Clarke of Jedburgh, and divided the prize of 10/- equally. The 300 Yards Flat Race was a scratch race, with the prize money being given by Jedburgh Lads residing in New York. Six fine fellows toed the tape for this event. They were started by pistol shot, and a fine race ensued, resulting in a win of £1 for T. Carruthers, Edinburgh. Second prize of 15/- went to A. Alcorn, Sprouston. Third prize of 10/- went to James Melrose, Galashiels. There was considerable delay in finding all the persons who had entered their names for The Open Wrestling event, notwithstanding that the stewards called out repeatedly. The bouts were devoid of all that 'piffling' which formerly characterised it. James Davidson wrestled well, lifting his opponent clean off his feet and throwing him. Thomas Fell, after a warm contest with Middlemas, grassed him amidst loud cheers. Clarke and Mullins, after a long bout, resulted in Clarke sending his man to 'mother earth.' Haig made short work of Paterson, although they were badly matched. Haig was much the stronger man. William Lawson of Knaresbrough's style of wrestling was all that the most ardent admirer of the sport would wish to see. Fell from Carlisle and Lawson had the final struggle between them, and Fell, contrary to expectation, was lifted off his feet by Lawson, and got a most fearful fall. Indeed he seemed stunned for a few seconds, and had to be assisted to his feet. Again thet took hold, when Fell proved himself mor of the man expected, and 'grassed' Lawson in a most comfortable manner. In the third bout, however, Lawson proved himself the better of the two, and that is saying a great deal. Two finer wrestlers have seldom been seen in the arena, and both received the hearty plaudits of all those who delight in such displays. Four entered for The Hurdle Race of 500 Yards over five flights of hurdles 3 feet high. They all got off to a bad start, with James Melrose of Galashiels getting the worst of the melee. A good race eventually ensued, however, between Carruthers of Edinburgh and D. Ferguson of Barrhead. Carruthers was the victor and claimed the first prize of £1, leaving Ferguson with second place and the 10/- prize. Third and fourth place were almost a dead heat, but William Irvine from Teviotbank was awarded third prize of 5/-, and fourth place went to Melrose, whose unfortunate start cost him a prize. The Melbourne Plate is An Open Handicap Flat race of 1000 Yards, where the first prize this year was a Colonial Gold Signet Ring. Second prize was a Colonial Gold Pin depicting a Highland piper. Both prizes were given by Jedburgh Lads who emigrated to Australia. Seventeen entered for this race, and after some delay at the starting post, they were eventually sent off to a fine start. For the first time during the day, the crowd showed insubordination, and broke through onto the course. It took the stewards all their time to keep it clear. Each of the competitors had a knot of partisans, and a regular 'Babel' of cheering rent the air as some favourite improved his position during the course of the race. The competition resulted in James Dickie of Jedburgh winning over John Dickie from Leith by about 3 yards. Third and fourth were well up, giving a third prize win of 10/- for Archibald Gray of Jedburgh. The Walking Competition of 2 Miles had a poor entry this year with only three putting in an appearance. Indeed, it was merely a match between Brown and Dorrity from Jedburgh. Middlemas from Kelso, the third man, did not have the remotest chance. Brown led all through by about 7 yards, a distance that separated first and second until within 100 yards from home. Here, Dorrity put on a spurt and collared Brown who then stumbled and fell, which to a great extent put him out of the winning. A fine heel and toe walk then ensued, where Dorrity won the first prize of a Colonial gold scarf ring, by about half a yard. Brown was second to win a Set of Colonial gold shirt studs. Middlemas was left nowhere, but was still entitled to the third prize of 10/-. there was a poor entry of only five for The 400 Yards Open Flat race. The lot got off, but the race from beginning to end was in the hands of Carruthers of Edinburgh, who won as he liked. Thomas Oliver was second, and Alcorn from Sprouston came in third. Four entered for The Running High Leap, and the jumping was of a very mediocre nature. There is nothing calling for particular remark from Alex Robson of Denholm's victory jump of 5ft 6ins. or the second place effort of 5ft 2ins. displayed by John Bell, Hawick. A field of nineteen came forward for The Open Flat Race of 500 Yards, of which ten came to the scratch. The race possessed little interest, with a winning result of £2. 10/- going to Dan Wight of Jedburgh, who was handicapped from 50 yards. Second prize of £1 was taken by Robert Clinton, Eckford who started from the same mark. Both prizes were given by Jedburgh Lads in Edinburgh. The third prize of 10/- which was donated from the Games fund went to Alcorn of Sprouston, running from 22 yards. Nine were entered for this year's exciting Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion, from which eight put in an appearance. A usual number of false starts were attempted by the competitors. After a deal of confusion outside the ring, a start was effected which was certainly not as good as might be desired. After the men reached 100 yards, it became impossible to distinguish the progress of the race, owing to the evening darkness coming on. On breasting the hill, they all appeared to be in a cluster, but after turning the flag on the homeward journey, P. Jones of Poltonhall was seen leading. Nearing the goal, however, David Ferguson from Barrhead seemed to mean business, as did William Murray of Fodderlie. Here the cheering commenced with a vengeance, accompanied by vociferous shouts of encouragement from various groups of partisans. A fine finish resulted in Jones winning by about eight yards to take the £1. 10/- prize. Twenty yards separated Ferguson who came in second for £1 from the third man, Murray, who was good enough for the 10/- prize.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 29th July 1870

  Dan Wight of Jedburgh was the first winner of the Powderhall sprint in 1870. He competed annually at Jedburgh Border Games from 1866, and rose to national acclaim when he became champion of England in 1876.

During the early 1870's, Jedburgh witnessed the rise to national acclaim of it's first athletics super star, Dan Wight. He was born in Jedburgh around the time that the Games were first instituted. He became the first winner of the 160 yards Inaugural sprint at Powderhall, Edinburgh in 1870. In 1871, he ran fourth in the £100 All-England Handicap at Sheffield, and the following year won the same event outright to claim the £100 purse. A princely sum in those days. In 1874, at Sheffield once again he ran a close second in the £100 All-England Handicap, after conceding six yards to that years winner. In 1875, Dan came second in the Powderhall Gala, running from 2 yards and conceding 10¾ yards to the winner. He was only beaten by inches on that occasion. During the same year, he won a Sweepstakes at Nottingham, giving 5½ yards in 135 yards to J. Pearson of Sheffield and E. Taylor of Middleton, (a winner of two previous £100 Handicaps). During 1876 he won the 300 yards £150 Championship, beating G. Jackson of Burnley, (a previous winner of four £100 Handicaps), and Dick Buttery from Sheffield, the 440 yards champion. In 1876 Dan Wight from Jedburgh in the Borders was acclaimed as Champion of England. In 1877, Dan dead heated from a scratch start in the 150 yards Handicap at Powderhall in a time of 14¼ seconds. He also ran second in the All-England Handicap at Manchester that year. In 1878, he won the Silver Cup for the 200 yards Hurdle Race at Derwent Water Regatta. In his time, Dan Wight was the winner of numerous Handicaps from scratch, and over 100 scratch races from 100 yards to 500 yards at meetings such as Workington, Dumfries, Galashiels and Jedburgh Border Games.

It is proper here to remark that the 1870 Games were, relinquished owing to the lamented death of the late Marquis of Lothian, a proceeding which was at once a token of public respect to a life which was endeared by so many kindly memories to the people of our district. Owing to an unfortunate illness contracted during the prime of his life, William Schomberg Robert Kerr did not live, to once witness the annual athletic competitions at Jedburgh Border Games, of which he was the original patron. He was succeeded by his younger brother Henry Schomberg Kerr, who was instrumental in providing the alternative venue at the more central position of Lothian Park, Jedburgh, where the meetings were carried on from the year 1878.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 28th July 1871

The Games which were next announced for the year 1871 embraced running, wrestling, leaping, putting, a velocipede race and dancing. Five competitors went to the tape for the Open Foot Race of 100 yards. Having been despatched to a level start, Dan Wight of Jedburgh singled out his men and being in capital form went away at a rattling pitch, showing a rare turn of speed, to win the 10/- prize as he liked by nearly 7 yards. Robert Knox of Newstead came in second to claim 5/-. James Spalding of Hawick was the consolation third. In the first preliminary heats for the Glasgow Cup, A Flat Race of 150 Yards and open to all for which the trophy was presented by Jedburgh lads working in Glasgow, Thomas Carruthers of Yetholm was put to the scratch mark. The first heat was won by John Bell from Hawick by a 5 yard margin. In the second heat, James Veitch, Jedburgh had a walk-over. The third heat fell to Robert Knox, Newstead by a few yards. Henry Anderson from Hawick took the fourth heat by a short distance. In the fifth heat Daniel Wight, Jedburgh won by a few yards in a time of 15 seconds. During the final there was some capital running. It was a neck or nothing race till within 10 yards of the tape where John Bell, Jedburgh off 15 yards, finished to take the Cup and first prize of £3. Henry Anderson from Hawick, off 13 yards took second prize of £1/7/6d and third prize of 10/- went to Robert Knox, Newstead, who was running from 8 yards. Dan Wight, handicapped from the 4 yard mark claimed fourth prize of 5/-. There were no very exciting tussles until the third round of The Wrestling Contest, Open to All, bar the Champions of England and Scotland, Wright and Jamieson. Middlemist of Jedburgh and Goodfellow of Carlisle, who after a good deal of parley got into a good hold, and on immediately taking grip, got into a dog-fall. Middlemist was thought by the spectators to be the winner. On again getting hold, Middlemist who was in capital fettle, skilfully hanked his opponent, giving him the 'fiddlers clock' in an instant, and grassing him in fine style, making him odd man. In the final round, Stedman of Drybeck threw Middlemist in an easy manner. In trying the best of three, Middlemist showed pluck in gripping with his formidable opponent. On getting his first fall, Middlemist would have retired, but being urged by the crowd, he again held on, and was quite easily vanquished to take second prize, leaving George Stedman the winner. A little later in the programme a bucket of water race was held.over a distance of 100 yards. Competitors had to carry buckets filled with water on their heads, and those who ran the required distance in the time specified and have the greatest amount of water left in the bucket was the winner. A first prize of 10 shillings was at stake here. The first race which took more than the alloted 30 seconds to accomplish was disqualified. In the second race, most of the runners were drenched in their anxiety to press forward. One competitor with some mother-wit got hold of a waterproof which saved him much discomfort. The race was well contested and won by James Richardson, Jedburgh. Anthony Hall, Edinburgh took the 5/- second prize. The Open Flat Race of One Mile was contested by six starters. A good start having been made, Kay led for a little and was shortly passed by William Park from Glasgow who led by about 1½ yards to the finish. James McLevy, Glasgow was second and T. Kay, Newton Grange third. Nine competitors showed for the Lothian Handicap, a race of 800 yards, confined to the Border Counties. W. Scott took the lead which he maintained for a short way until James Davidson our local lad crept up gradually, and on reaching the turning-post, set earnestly to work where he gave his compeers the go-bye in a slashing style, and came on the remainder of the journey to finish unchallenged leading by 15 yards. Meikle Gray of Jedburgh collected second prize and John Dickie from Lauder was third. The 2 Mile Dunion Grand Steeplechase was won this year by James McLevy of Glasgow.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 27th July 1872

Thursday morning before Games day 1872 was dull, and one or two peals of thunder were heard. By mid afternoon rain was coming down in torrents so much so, that by some it was beleived that the Games Committee would be reluctantly compelled to postpone the Gala day of Friday, till a more convenient season. Eight started for The Velocipede Race, covering a course from Market Place to the bridge close to the Railway station and back. J. Johnstone of Jedburgh took the lead, and maintained his position until reaching Deans's Nurseries in Bongate Road, when A. Telfer, Jedburgh, overtook him and held first position for some time. J. Tully from Wolflee Glen then took the lead, with telfer keeping close up. W. Young of Hawick had little chance of winning since he had been placed at the 'scratch,' but showed great pluck coming in third with Johnstone fourth. Tully took the winning prize of £1. 10/- and Telfer was place second for the prize of 15/-. After the Velocipede Race, the weather began to show signs of clearing for a favourable day's sport. Immediately on completion of this first event, The Jedforest Instrumental Band, under the able conductorship of Mr George McLean, which had assembled at the Black Bull Hotel, started for the scene of the sports ground. The band, playing as it went, was swelled by degrees from the large number of local inhabitants who followed it. It was ten o'clock when the Games commenced at the Dunion field. For The Open Foot Race of 100 Yards, there were three competitors. Dan Wight, Jedburgh took the lead at the start, with J. Pirrie of Kelso following hard after, and Davidson from Manchester bringing in the rear. Wight won again this year, where the easy manner of his running style was the subject of frequent remark. Five entrants came forward for The Running Hop-Step-and-Leap. Robert Knox of Newstead was an able winner with a best of 47ft 10ins., some fifteen inches better than the 46 ft 7ins attempt by Alex Robson from Denholm, who came second. The Running Leap provided the same result as that for the previous event. There were the same number of competitors, but Knox and Robson appeared to do all the business. In the first two trials, they were very closely matched, but Knox's 20ft 3ins leap was good for forst prize. Robson came second with a leap of 19ft 7ins. There were only three competitors for The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards, for the purses donated by the Ladies of Jedburgh. Dan Wight took the lead at the first, and appeared to be playing with his opponents. He took the hurdles with greatest ease and composedness. Although he won the race by little more than half a yard, it was evident that he didn't exert himself in the slightest. Thomas Oliver, Jedburgh took the sceond purse of gold, leaving Robert Knox in third place with the purse of silver. Six competitors lined up for A Flat Race of 100 Yards for old men of 50 years and upwards. The first prize for this event was a nugget of gold valued at 27/6d and given by Mr Robert Hopkirk from Australia. When these old gentlemen appeared on the ground, there were cheers and hurrahs, while the competitors themselves appeared very exultant. Giving vent to their joy, they mimicked dances and reels before the pistol was fired. Thomas Hopkirk took the lead from the start, and maintained his position. After turning the pole, he made a clean breast of his competitors and came bounding down the ground with outstretched arms and face beaming with a wide smile. Two or three times, he turned round and viewed his less fortunate compeers. When within 50 yards of the goal, he slackened his speed and came in an easy winner, amid tremendous cheering from the excited crowd. William Webb came in second to win 7/6d about seven yards in front of John Mabon, who received third prize of 2/6d donated from the Games fund. The others were nowhere in this race, with two of them having fagged behind. It was interesting to note that the first prize was won by the brother of the donor. A Handicap Flat Race of 150 Yards was staged, confined to the efficient members of the 1st Roxburgh Rifle Volunteers. In the first heat, Paul Scott took the lead and maintained his position for a few yards from the start, until John Scott put on a spurt and made up with his rival, to come in first by about a yard. In the second heat, Charles Wood led off, closely followed by John Stedman. During the greater part of the race, the competitors kept their positions well. When nearing the finish, they came very close together, and a dead heat was called out. It was decided that Wood had come in by a breast. The public, however, seemed to find favour in Stedman, and a considerable amount of disatisfaction was expressed over the final decision. James Webb won the third heat easily, since James Smail fell out of the race at the turning point. The final was a splendid run for Wood who came in first in front of Webb by about six inches. A Basket and Stone Race was the subject of this years mirth, in which seven entered. James Goddart from Hawick won easily, creating much amusement for the crowds. T. Ormiston of Hawick took second place. There were six entrants for The Sack Race of 60 Yards over two 18 inch hurdles, which like all such races, proved most amusing. Charles Heasell from Hawick, the winner, is a good runner in such events, and generally comes off victorious. The first heat of The Glasgow Cup Open Handicap Flat Race of 150 Yards saw three runners keeping well together till near the post. Then, M. Gray of Jedburgh put on a spurt and came in first. In the second heat, the runners kept well together until close to the finish, where J. Bruce, Jedburgh, put in a final spurt to come in an easy winner. The third, was decidedly the best heat, and most closely contested. There was almost nothing between W. Turnbull, the winner and J. Scott at the close. W. Scott walked over from the fourth heat for a place in the final. In the fifth heat Dan Wight, Jedburgh, took the lead and held his position all the way. This was a beautiful race, and before it was half over, Dan held a clear lead over Thomas Rennilson, winning cleverly.
When Dick Wright entered the ring for The Open Wrestling Contest, he was slightly applauded. As soon as it became known that he was on the ground, crowds of people showed much anxiety to get a glimpse of this world renowned athlete. Some people seemed credulous as to whether Dick was really at the Games this year or not, and indeed bets were laid that he was in America, and not on the Borders. In the first round he had no difficulty in throwing his opponent, John Melville. Walter Mabon and W. Dryden showed some good tussleing, resulting in a victory for Mabon. In the tussle between Reid and Burrell, there were slips on the first hold. On trying again, Reid threw his man cleverly, over which there were loud cheers, Reid being received with open arms by his backers. In the second round bout between Johnston and Mitchell, who were long in taking hold, Mitchell grassed his man in fine style. When Middlemist of Jedburgh and and Little met in the second round there was some good tussleing, and hard work at first, but Middlemist threw his man easily. Allison and Fellis appeared to be throwing a little science into their 'warsling,' but amongst sporting men, it was thought to be arranged previously that Fellis should fall.James Little and Walter Mabon were some time in getting together, and the two men appeared to be pretty equally matched, with Mabon taking a heavy fall. There was a good tussle between Little and Allison in the fourth round. Little getting into low ground, missed his trip and was cosequently grassed. In the final round there was a little good natured sparring between Wright and Allison. Eventually, Richard Wright threw his opponent twice in succession, and was lustily cheered. In the final for The Glasgow Cup, at the conclusion of the wrestling, William Turnbull of Jedburgh ran in splendid style, and from the first, had the race almost in hand, closely pushed by M. Gray, Jedburgh who landed second place, the distance at the finish being little more than a foot. Dan Wight took third place. Allison of Kendal came out as winner of The Running Pole Leap by clearing a height of 8ft. The remaining seven competitors agreed to share second and third prize money, since none were able to clear the cane. Seven entered for The Galashiels Prize given by Jedburgh lads in Galashiels, for A Flat Race of One Mile. T. Ormiston of Hawick led for the first turn, but on the return journey, severel crosses took place between the Hawick man and Peter Kay from Newtongrange, who seemed to have it all their own way. A beautiful race ensued from the second turn with Ormiston closely pushed by Kay. There was scarcely two feet between Ormiston, the winner and Kay at the close. Murray of Fodderlie came in twenty yards behind, while the others finished at their leisure. This race was run at a cracking pace. There were only three entrants for The Flat Race of 300 Yards. Dan Wight led from start to finish, winning in an easy manner. Ten yards separated J. Pirie, Kelso who came in second, and Thomas Oliver from Jedburgh came in seven yards behind Pirie for third place. Three contestants came forward for The Hurdle Race of 500 Yards, over five flights of hurdles 3ft high. Robert Knox led at a steady pace, followed by T. Oliver. Dan Wight took it easy, keeping his ground well until the turn. He then moved into first position just in front of Knox, and put in his spurt to become the easy winner. The other two breasted the tape together to share second and third prize. The Lothian Handicap of 800 yards, confined to the Border Counties fielded twelve competitors. T. Carruthers, Yetholm had been entered as scratch man, but was unable to attend due to ill-health. Pirie of Kelso, the new scratch man was favourite to A. M. Gray of Jedburgh. The distance being a long one, told against the favourite, who struggled for the honours by passing all his elevan antagonists cleverly. The issue was doubtful, until 150 yards from home, when Thomas Rennilson of Jedburgh who led slightly from the final turn, maintained his position by putting on a final spurt which he carried out to the finish. Rennilson was awarded the silver cup, with Gray taking second prize of £2, and Pirie was left with the third prize of £1. The principal race of the day, The Dunion Grand Steeplechase fielded seven competitors. It is a very severe course to stay, but those who engaged in it, except for one, had enough stamina for the task. The lot were venly dispatched at a quiet pace, but as the leader seemed determined to make the pace a 'cracker', he shot out at a rapid pace, which caused the others to follow suit. They managed to stay in a cluster until about a quarter of a mile had been traversed, when the spin began to tell on the weaker and less fleet of the competitors. When taking the round of the hedge, shortly after leaving the course, they got into indian file order and thus they continued. Kay, from Newtongrange, the little one, had been meanwhile increasing the gap between himself and Murray from Fodderlie, and on reaching the dyke at the base of the hill, had a clean lead of nearly 150 yards. Continuing the running all the way up the hill, Kay reached the top, turned the guide there and was almost a quarter of the way down as he passed the second man ascending. Fully two minutes elapsed before the last in the race reached the top after Kay, who was by now nearing the open ground leading back onto the course. Murray, however, who has gone the course on previous occasions tried all he could to catch the little leader, but to no purpose. Becoming aware of Murray's proximity, Kay led him a terrific pace. Murray, on seeing the situation as pointless, continued at a steady rate. To show he still had a good deal of running in him, Kay came down the course full of speed. On reaching the goal, about 150 yards in front of Murray, he was lustily cheered for the gameness he showed in running the race in the short space of 8 minutes. Murray landed home alright, to take second prize of £1, but greatly fatigued from his tremendous exertion. Kay meanwhile, the winner of the £1. 10/- first prize, showed no symptoms of exertion, considering the hazard so recently undertaken and the short span of time it had taken him. The others came in 'like craws in a mist', so latently that they had almost been forgotten in favour of the first home, who were the only two thought of for chief honours. Robert Jack from Jedburgh was third in for the prize of 10/-. The conclusion of the steeplechase brought the sports to a close.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 26th July 1873

The bells of the clock steeple in Market Place would herald the beginning of every Border Games at 6.00 am on Games morning, timing the traditional event of firing a small cannon in the direction of all four points of the compass to signal universally that the day of this celebrated, annual occasion had arrived.  

At six o'clock, the bells rang out merrily reminding the local inhabitants that the Games of 1873 had actually come round. The cannon was also fired at the first stroke of the hour to alert the surrounding countryside, and the flag was raised on the abbey tower, while the band paraded the town. The Velocipede Handicap Race of 1½ miles, held within the streets of the burgh was the first event on the programme to be run. This year there were elevan entrants, and the time taken to complete the course from Market Place to the bridge at the Railway station and back was 8 minutes. The victory and first prize of £1. 10/- went to Robert Easton of Jedburgh. Second place, and a prize of 15/- went to J. McDougall, Eccles, and the 5/- third prize was awarded to Robert Fox from Nisbet. Immediately thereafter, the Jedforest Instrumental Band started it's march to the Dunion Moor, followed by crowds of people. The 100 yards Open Foot Race, was won by Daniel Wight of Jedburgh so easily last year, that it was almost considered by him to be a 'walk over.' This year there were only three entrants, with Wight, the ultimate winner, and Robert Knox coming in very close together. The race was devoid of any great interest. Last year, during Putting the Light Ball, Reid of Oxton threw the ball for a distance of 91ft. The best that had ever taken place on the Dunion Moor. This year there were three competitors. The winning throw was 76ft 9 ins by James Webb of Jedburgh. J. Scott, Kelso achieved a best of 66ft 7ins for second place. Scott of Kelso took the honours Putting the Heavy Ball with a throw of 34ft. Second place went to T. Middlemist, Jedburgh, with a best of 31ft 6ins. The Glasgow Cup Open Flat Race of 150 yards was one of the best contested events of the day. It will be remembered that the cup last year was carried off by local man William Turnbull. who ran in splendid style. In the first heat this year, Dan Wight came in first by about 6 inches, and had some difficulty making up to his opponents, all of whom had a good start. In the second heat, William Fletcher of Jedburgh came in to win easily. Four started in the third heat, where J. Anderson, Selkirk and T. Elliot, Jedburgh finished very close together. Elliot lost the place by looking behind him when ten yards from the winning post, with the victory going to Anderson. Robert Knox came in easily to win the fourth heat. William Turnbull of Jedburgh came in easily in the sixth heat, about twenty yards ahead of his competitors. great interest was manifested in the final, and it was undoubtedly the best race of the day. When Turnbull reached the winning post from a start of 14 yards, he was received with loud cheers, and heartily congratulated upon having become possessor of the cup for the second successive year. Dan Wight, who ran from scratch, took second prize of £1. 10/-. John Scott of Jedburgh, who walked over from the fifth heat took third prize of 15/-. The Running Hop-Step-and-Leap was won again this year by Robert Knox, with a distance leap of 47ft 3ins. J. Stewart from Dumfries took second place with his jump of 44ft 9ins. Knox was also the winner of The Running Leap with a best of 20ft 2ins. Stewart of Dumfries came out second with his leap of 19ft 1ins. The Hurdle Race of 300 Yards patronised by the Ladies of Jedburgh was won by Anthony Hall from Edinburgh by about three yards. There were only three entrants this year, where the second purse was taken by F. English, Edinburgh and the third purse of silver by J. Davidson of Leith. There were only three entries for The Handicap Flat Race of 100 Yards for old men of fifty years and upwards. On entering the ring, the competitors were received with tumultuous cheers, they themselves, appearing quite exultant. The race was a good one, and was won by William Webb, the scratch man, by a few yards. The other two, John Mabon and James Marshall finished equal. This year, the Melbourne Cup, an Open Handicap Flat Race of 315 yards was introduced to the programme. Rain commenced to fall heavily when the final was being run, and continued for nearly the whole evening without interuption. Robert Knox, Newstead came in first by a half dozen yards or so to claim the cup, and McLeod of Jedburgh was about the same distance from those following to claim second prize. Owing to the slippery state of the ground, William Turnbull, who stood a good chance of winning, fell while turning the flag. There were four competitors forward for 'The Australian Prize,' A Flat Race od 200 Yards, donated in money this year by ex-pats, Messrs A Waugh and R. Hopkirk in Australia. Winning the first prize of £1. 10/- was easy for Dan Wight. The 10/- second prize went to F. English, Edinburgh. The Sack Race of 60 Yards over two 18 inch hurdles was, as always, a popular attraction and an eventful frolick which brought great amusement for the spectators. Charles Heasell from Hawaick was again, this years winner, by overcoming William Gibson of Hawick and John Veitch of Jedburgh. Tyneside Prize with a medal of value £3, given by the Jedburgh lads on Tyne-side was also instituted into the year's events, for an Open Flat Race of Half a Mile. Dan Wight took the lead and maintained his position throughout to win nicely, closely followed by Peter Kay, Newton Grange. J. Davidson of Jedburgh was a distant third. An interval of an hour then took place, when the large majority of spectators, as well as most of the competitors betook themselves to the tents for dinner. Others had picnics on the green grass, while not a few took a stroll to the top of the Dunion hill. All the tents were well patronised and did good business.
The cannon was fired at two o'clock, when the sports were resumed with the Best Dancers of Highland Reels. A heavy shower fell which made the board very bad for dancing, and brought one of the competitors to grief twice. Dick Wright was loudly cheered, and heartily congratulated when he entered the ring for The Opening Wrestling Competition this year by his old friends and compeers. In the first round, however, he met with a great disappointment when he was thrown easily. Dick seemed unable to understand what the matter was when he found himself thrown by a younger and inexperienced hand. It was afterwards stated that James Lamb, his opponent, had agreed to 'lie down,' but Dick had given him his own way, and was thus sold. He was very unwilling to abide by the decision, but had to succumb. In the following rounds the wrestling was well contested, ending in a final bout between the Halls, two brothers who work at Denholm. A great deal of science was shown, while they were loudly cheered by the spectators. The final result was a win, and first prize of £3 for G. Hall. T. Hall took the runner up prize of £2. In consequence of the wetness of the weather, the competitors in The Running Pole Leap laboured under great difficulties in the jumping. A. Yellowlees, Innerleithen was awarded first prize, and Walter Crosbie, Jedburgh came second. This year the height was not given. The final of The Edinburgh and Leith Plate, given by Jedburgh Lads in Edinburgh and Leith, for a Handicap Flat Race of 440 Yards went to Thomas Oliver, Jedburgh, who took the first prize of £3 and a silver medal. J. Davidson of Leith was a good second for the £1. 10/- prize, and third place and 15/- went to R. Jack from Jedburgh. this year, with the weather being so unfavourable, much interest was lost in the Galashiels Prize, Handicap Flat race of One Mile. This event proved a win for P. Jones, Hurlford, with P. Kay of Newtongrange taking second place, and R. Clinton from Eckford, third. Dan took the lead and maintained his position to the end of The 300 yards Flat Race to claim another first prize of £1. A. Hall was second. In The Hurdle Race of 500 Yards over 5 flights of hurdles Dan Wight took first prize last year, easily. This year the race was excellent with Wight coming in to win by about 10 yards. A. Hall and F. English taking second and third prizes respectively, as they had also done in the previous event in favour of Wight's victory. The Lothian Handicap of 800 yards fielded twenty competitors. It was well contested, culminating in a win for W. Scott, a youngster from Jedburgh who carried off the silver cup and a prize of £4. James Johnstone of Jedburgh was econd for the £2 prize, and T. Rennilson, Jedburgh came in to take third prize of £1. Little or nothing of The Grand Steeplechase to the Top of the Dunion was seen this year, owing to the mist that surrounded the Dunion Hill at the time. The time of 9 minutes, however, was greater than that taken last year, in consequence of the large quantity of rain which fell during the afternoon. There were six entrants, none of whom went to the top, since the return post had been changed to only half way up the hill, due to the harsh conditions imposed by the weather. The fact that competitors could not be distinguished, stripped the race of its usual interest. A great number of spectators had already left the ground before this event came on. The first two placements were exactly as last year with a win for Peter Kay, Newtongrange, followed in by W. Murray of Jedburgh. Third place went to Thomas Rennilson, Jedburgh and last years third prize winner R. Jack came home in fifth position. This concluded the day's sports, after which the Jedforest Instrumental Band struck up 'The National Anthem,' and the diminished company wended their way homewards, the town being reached about half past seven o'clock. The great majority of those who had been present during the afternoon were thoroughly soaked, and no doubt they were heartily glad when they reached home and found themselves safely and comfortably seated in front of a grand fire.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 1st August 1874

In the year 1874 Jedburgh Border Games came of age. At about quarter to nine after the traditional ceremonies had been completed, preparation was made for The Velocipede Handicap of 1½ Miles with first prize of a Guinea. The route was from Market Place, down High Street, along Bongate to turn at the Jed Bridge next to the Railway station and back to the Market Square. Hutchison, Edinburgh and Easton of Jedburgh were the favourites, both of whom got off to a bad start, but Hutchison who had a patent velocipede passed Easton before he reached the foot of the town and took the running all the way, coming in an easy winner. Between nine and ten o'clock, the exodus from the town was great. The Band under the leadership of Mr George McLean which struck up in Market Place marched up the Castlegate, picking up a large following to accompany it to the sports field. The large crowds of people, the outspread tents, the inspiring strains of the band, the bustle and excitement and running too and fro all combined to create an animated scene full of anticipation and excitement. The Foot Race of 100 yards and prize of 10/- was won for the third consecutive year by Dan Wight. Waterson of Currie got the start, pushed hard by Wight who passed him 50 yards from the tape. Six entered but all the running was between Waterston and Wight. William Turnbull, Jedburgh was third. During the final of The Glasgow Cup, Dan Wight and others were not at their bits when the pistol was fired. Peter Simson of Jedburgh got away first and settled down to running very quickly, coming in the winner by 3 yards. Second was J. Scott, Jedburgh, and third J. Brown, Jedburgh. According to "Bell's Life", it is quite an agreed point that when the pistol is fired, it is a fair race. The Melbourne Cup was won this year by T. McDougall from Galashiels and Robert Jack of Jedburgh took second place. The 300 Yards Flat race was well contested this year. At the start, the winner, Wight of Jedburgh was last to leave his mark, Waterson from Currie getting it all the way until about 50 yards from home. Dan put on a fine spurt, passing Waterston about 30 yards from the goal in fine form, and landed an easy winner by 5 yards. In the Lothian Handicap Flat Race of 800 yards, W. Sott came in first, but not having gone all the distance was disqualified. A dispute arose to Simson, Jedburgh being first, and after consideration by the committee, it was decided that he should get 1st prize. The Dunion Grand Steeplechase was won by Kay from Newton Grange for the third successive year.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 31st July 1875

Donald Dinnie was born in Balnacriag, Aberdeenshire. He was a legend of the nineteenth century Highland Games, regarded by many as Scotland's greatest ever athlete. In the exhibition that he made at Jedbburgh, his hammer throwing was much admired. Sustaining his reputation as an athlete, he carried off both Shot Putting prizes and all the other awards that were open to his skill on the Dunion moor.

A little before 6 o' clock on Games Friday, the town was astir, and at that unearthly hour the probabilities for the weather in 1875 was an exceedingly open question. It was fair, but there were suspicious clouds. Promptly as the clock struck six, the flag floated proudly from the venerable abbey, the gun was fired four times, the bells were rung and the band began to play. After a splendid race, P. Hutchison, Edinburgh, last year's Velocipede Handicap winner, riding from the 65 yards mark came in a good winner, closely followed by John Tully of Wolflee who started from scratch. The 100 yards Open Sprint Race received a good entry, and great interest was manifested, as some well known runners were entered for this year. Dan Wight was of course the favourite, and the result justified the confidence of his friends, and was received with loud bursts of applause. Dan took the lead at once, and running easily, won by about 3 yards. T. Aitken of Walkerburn was second, who was followed closely by J. Crozier, Hawick. Wight ran well within himself, with rediculous ease, having a great deal of spare running in him at the finish, while the others were evidently putting their best feet foremost. One special attraction, was the presence of the renowned Donald Dinnie. His appearance was greeted with loud applause , and in the exhibition that he made, his hammer throwing was much admired. Sustaining his reputation as an athlete, he carried off both Shot Putting prizes and all the other awards that were open to his skill. For the final heat of The Glasgow Cup, the men got well off together, and came down the course in a cluster, and half way from home there was nothing to choose between the chances. T. Aitken, Walkerburn, who was the favourite, showed prominently all through. On the home straight, all spurted in a very spirited manner. The result was thus a very close finish. Aitken took the prize, and in fact many thought it was a dead heat for second and third place. Marchbanks from Hawick took second prize in favour of John Brown of Jedburgh, who settled with third. Dan's next victory was the 300 yards Hurdle Race, clearing the final hurdle a couple of yards ahead of Lammond, Kilbarchan. Aitken of Walkerburn followed, and this order was preserved in the run in, Wight coming in easily about 4 yards in front of Lamond, who was a long distance ahead of Aitken to, claim the purse of gold. John Brown, Jedburgh collected the Melbourne Cup with no exertion expended in either his heat or the final. Dan, once again won the 800 yards Open Flat Race from James Crozier of Hawick. The Lothian Handicap Race of 800 yards was won this year by Robert Hogg, Ancrum, T. Rennilson of Jedburgh taking second prize and the Dunion Grand Steeplechase was once again won by Kay from Newton grange.

from the Jedburgh Gazette and Border Courier Saturday 29th July 1876

The programme of 1876 was as lengthy and as varied as that of any former year. The early morning was ushered in by the triangular peel of bells, the firing of cannon and the Jedforest Instrumental Band parading the streets at 6.00 am. The atmosphere bore a somewhat threatening aspect from early dawn, and at intervals a few drops of rain fell, but all in all, the weather was exceedingly favourable. Great interest is always manifest for the Velocipede Handicap Race, which is looked on by many as the race of the day. P. Hutchinson of Edinburgh, who has taken first honours in this race two years in succession has been forced to withdraw. Regretfully, owing to a somewhat severe accident which befel him on Wednesday last, by falling from his machine, due to the rough state of the roads, while coming at a rapid pace over Lilliards Edge on his way to Jedburgh, he was so severely bruised that it was impossible for him to compete. He left for home by train on Thursday morning. The competitors were accompanied on their journey by Mr Grainger, veterinary surgeon, who was on horseback. With the exception of Easton, who was riding from the 65 yards mark, and who lost about three or four yards at the start, all the competitors got off on equal terms, and a determined struggle took place. Tully, the scratch man led till a considerable distance after the turn, but Easton collared him opposite the City of Glasgow Bank, and a good sprint from there to the finishing point ended in Robert Easton of Jedburgh's favour. Tully, Wolflee accepted second position and John Laing from Hawick finished in third place. At the Games field, for the Open Foot Race of 100 yards, there were six entries. At the start the runners got well away, and the race was never in doubt. T. Aitken, Walkerburn took first prize, and R. Hindle, Paisley took second. Dan Wight's absence in the arena today was conspicuous, as this race had been taken by him for the past several years against all comers. A fine start was affected by all finalists for The Glasgow Cup 150 yards Open Handicap, but James Wight, Jedburgh and Clement Robson, South Shields, did not get into their running so quickly as the others, and consequently were amongst those who were left out in the cold. The race was won by John Dalziel from Dalkeith and William Mann, Carnwath took second place with Roson coming in third. TheForesters Cup, given by the Members of Court "Jedforest", No. 5801 Ancient Order of Foresters was the new prize to be won in the 300 Open Handicap flat Race. For the 300 yards Flat Race Confined to The Border Counties, Thomas Rennilson, Jedburgh was favourite, but John Hogg from Ancrum came in an easy winner, with Rennilson second and Robert Hogg, Ancrum taking third place. Kay's record monopoly in The Grand Dunion Steeplechase was today won by Walter Elliot of Singdean, a shepherd who had never ran in competition before. He ran barefooted and when he came in, the spectators were most exultant at the great success of the winner. The style in which he came down the straight has not been equalled on the Dunion Moor, considering the disadvantage he was at without running shoes.

from the Jedburgh Gazette Saturday 28th July 1877

The members of Court 'Jedforest' No. 5801 Ancient Order of Foresters who kindly pledged a silver cup as the first prize for a Handicap Flat Race of 300 yards for the first time in 1876

With the ringing of cannon in one's ears, the music of the Instrumental Band and the rapid ding-dong of the rejoicing bells, sufficient noise was made to awaken the slumbering inhabitants to the fact that this was the veritable day of the 1877 Jedburgh Border Games. The first event on the programme was the bicycle race for whuch there were four entries. The Edinburgh members, Hutchison and Smith, however, did not appear, and the race was therefore between the two district men, Easton of Jedburgh and William Fox from Lempitlaw. The crowd was greatest near Market Place where the event began. Both competitors, who had a good start, went steadily over the ground, but Easton, off 15 yards, was well acquainted with the route and had no difficulty in cutting down his opponent, Fox who had an advantage of 45 yards start. The first 'spin' in which there was any interest shown was that in which several well known peds toed the line. The Open Foot Race of 100 yards proved a capital event which was closely contested and ended in a sensational win for Dan Wight who was back to claim his title, by finishing 2 yards in front of George Lloyd, South Shields. The Glasgow Cup was again, naturally of significant interest. Dan carrying the favour of the majority of the spectators, got well off to a good start, and it was soon evident that he meant business. He cut out his work at a clipping pace forcing the speed on those who were favoured with a better start. The race was a good one, with James Mather of Jedburgh, handicapped from 18 yards claiming the cup. Dan , from being placed on scratch, was unable to get into the front rank at the tape. The Forester's Cup was won in splendid style by J. Williamson of Hawick. Williamson gradually crept to the front where he maintained his position and won by about 5 yards. Between second, Adam Haig from Jedbugh and third, J. W. Thompson, Jedburgh, there was an exciting struggle, the two running neck and neck for a considerable distance with very little separating them at the finish. The 300 yards Open Flat Race was a capital well contested race won by T. Aitken from Walkerburn. Wight seemed to come with greatest of ease, only a few feet separating himself and Henry from the winner. Dan Wight and R. Henry, Paisley, shared second place. The cup for The Lothian Handicap, a confined flat race of 800 yards was won this year by Dan Wight. Wight ran with ease the greater portion of the way and came in victorious with a rush, placing the other competitors with the exception of Hindle, considerably in the rear. R. Hindle, Paisley took second place. The proceedings were enlivened by the music of Jedforest Instrumental Band and the performances of reels, jigs and hornpipes by Gilroy's troupe of Highland Dancers. The Guinea and silver medal prize for the Grand Steeplechase to the top of the Dunion and back was won this year by W. Cumming of Paisley.

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