Peebles history at Tweeddale Museum

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAA new exhibition has opened to mark the refurbishment of the Library and the Chambers Room in the Chambers Institution Peebles.

It tells the history of Peebles and the Chambers brothers, William and Robert. The Chambers Institution was established by William Chambers, one of the founders of the famous publishing house in 1859.

The museum and gallery present a lively programme of exhibitions in this historic building throughout the year.

Featuring prominently in the latest exhibition is the Peeblesshire Local Militia Uniform recently purchased by Scottish Borders Council Museum Service following a successful fundraising campaign by the local community.

The uniform belonged to James Montgomery (1788-1839) who came from a prominent Peeblesshire family and was in all probability an officer in the Peeblesshire Local Militia. This Militia was created in 1808 at the height of the threat of a French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars.

The pristine condition of the uniform suggests that it was not worn frequently and the Militia was disbanded in 1816 when the invasion threat was over. James Montgomery built Stobo Castle in 1811.

The uniform will be on display in the Chambers Room in the Chambers Institution until Saturday 20 August. SBC’s Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Community Learning, Councillor Graham Garvie said: “It is fantastic that the uniform of James Montogmery is on display in the Tweeddale Museum.  It is a great testament to the local community who were fully committed to the fundraising campaign to acquire this very important piece of local heritage.”

The exhibition is open Monday–Friday 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 9am–12.30pm, late opening until 7pm Tuesday and Thursdays.

For further information, contact Tweeddale Museum on 01721 724820.

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