The Royal British Legion Scotland Founder's Day Service. This special service at St Boswells Church was held on Sunday 25th June 2023 to honour and commemorate the life of Field Marshal Earl Haig, KT, GCB,OM,GCVO, KCIE
There is a local connection to Haig of Bemersyde as the church lies only three miles from his ancestral home at Bemersyde. With a 16th-century peel tower at its core, Bemersyde House is an imposing house set within fine gardens and grounds. The Haigs built the castle after 1535, although they had held lands here since the 12th century.
One of True Thomas's prophecies is regarding the family: ‘Tide, tide, whate'er betide, There's aye be the Haigs of Bemersyde’.
In 1854 the direct family died out, and the house passed to a distant relation, but in 1921 it was presented to Field-Marshal Earl Haig in 1919 for his part in ‘winning’ World War I, and is still held by the family.
The gardens were laid out by Field Marshal Earl Haig.
The address by Mr Alasdair Hutton OBE