PART II: 1900 - 1950

Tweeddale: the Burgh and Parish of Peebles (two volumes) which depict The Last Sacrament of The Royal Scots and The Last Church Parade of the 9th Royal Scots.

Jack and Christopher Roney, his sons, are also well known as local artists. Jack Roney's watercolours of the Peebles countryside, especially of Neidpath Castle, have provided many fine landscape paintings, whilst Christopher Roney's drawings and wood-carvings, particularly his highly-skilled work in restoring ornamental ceilings, is a very special talent. It is a unique contribution to have been made by one local family to the life of Peebles. Another native of the town and an exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, was Andrew Murray, who died in 1937, aged seventy-three. He was a noted etcher and many of his dry-points were exhibited.

The abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936 recalls the story told by Dr Gunn about two sisters, the Misses Bewley, who resided at Rathmore, Springhill Road. They had been commissioned to make a christening robe for the Duke of York's (later King George V) infant son Edward who had been born in 1894. He saw the dress being made, which was of 'the finest mainsook muslin, trimmed with Valenciennes lace; the thread used is as fine as gossamer, and as for the needles, they are like filaments of hair'.10

Radio - or rather wireless - was in most homes in the town by the 1930s. In its early days, and before most homes had electric power, there was the regular ritual of having one accumulator connected to the wireless set, one in reserve and the other in the process of being re-charged, possibly by Kid & Veitch at Greenside. The quality of wireless reception was rather indifferent until 1932 when Peebles listeners began to get their transmission signals from a new BBC transmitter at Westerglen, near Falkirk. Accumulators were well charged but alas the new transmitter was not in being for the first broadcast of an evening service from the Old Parish Church in 1931, which was conducted by the Revd Berry Preston. It was relayed throughout Scotland but there was a mixed experience of reception because the local wireless owners tried to find Glasgow on the dial, it being the main Scottish station available to Peebles listeners. However, it was reputed not to perform too well at times 'owing to the close proximity to its wavelength of several Continental stations'. The Peeblesshire Advertiser added to its report that possibly the main cause of the trouble was created by listeners with obsolete sets who experienced the difficulty of tuning in, adding that 'tuning