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Berwick History Society meets every third Wednesday of the month, at 7.30pm, at the Parish Centre on the Parade.

Sunday, 14th January 2018, 8:00 am

In December, archivist of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Museum Ian Martin enlightened us on the topic Berwick And Its Regiment: The KOSB.

Originating in the turmoil attending the replacement of James II with William of Orange, the regiment saw its first engagement at the Battle of Killikrankie in 1689, and was also conspicuous in the suppression of the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745.

The annual celebration of Minden Day commemorates the infantry company, which, alongside five others, withstood French cavalry charges at Minden, near Hanover, on August 1, 1759.

Although the KOSB wasn’t finally allocated its depot at Berwick Barracks until 1881, Mr Martin gave us some colourful accounts of life for infantrymen stationed in Berwick in the 18th and 19th centuries, many related to the fact that the number of alehouses in the town rose from “around 30” in the late 18th century to no fewer than 66 by 1806.

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In more recent times the KOSB took a full part, of course, in the First and Second World Wars, as well as numerous other conflicts, including the Korean War, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the first and second Gulf Wars.

The KOSB moved out of the Barracks in 1963.

On Wednesday, January 17, we look forward to welcoming long-standing friend of the society and Honorary Freeman of Berwick-upon-Tweed Derek Sharman for a talk entitled Projecting Berwick Through Its History.

There is a £2 charge on the door for non-members.