JOSEPH LAWLER (Joe) BROWN, CBE, TD, BA (Open), FRSA, CBIM
Born in Glasgow 1921 and residing in Peebles from 1921 to 1950, he started his newspaper career with the Peeblesshire Advertiser in 1936 as a 'printer's devil' and, after serving as a local 'territorial' with the 8th and 7/9th Battalions The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) 1939-46, he held a number of executive posts in the newspaper industry, his last appointment being Chairman and Managing Director of The Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. His directorships included the Press Association (Chairman, 1972) and Reuters Ltd and his other posts included: President of the Newspaper Society, 1976; President of Birmingham Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 1979; Warden of Neidpath, 1983; Callant; Life Member of the Court of the University of Birmingham; Commander Order of Merit the Italian Republic and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of the West Midlands since 1975.
lAIN CAMPBELL LAWSON, BA (Hons) (Open), FSA (Scotland)
Born Glasgow and educated Glasgow High School, on leaving school he served as an officer in Palestine and Korea with The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment). On leaving the Army he held a number of administrative appointments in Glasgow and Peebles including Administrative Assistant at the Peebles High School. He died in December 1989. Author of Drives in the Scottish Borders (1982), he also acted as adviser to Peebles Civic Society for their publication Peebles Town Walk - a tour-guide of the royal burgh. He was an acknowledged authority on military history (American and Scottish).