Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Ian William Landles was born on the 15th of June 1952, the son of Hawick poet William and his wife Betty and elder brother of David.
Ian attended Hawick High schoolÂ from 1964 to 1970. At school Ian had 3 favourite teachers, Â Jock Houston (History), Bob Elliot (Maths) and Bill Mclaren (PE).He went on to get an MA Honours degree in History from Edinburgh University.
He married his wife Margaret in 1973. they have three children, Mark, Sarah and Jennifer and 6 grandchildren, Scott, Robbie, Rachel, Ross, Erin and Ellie .
Ian became a History teacher at Hawick High in 1975, later becoming a Guidance teacher before being appointed head of the History department. He retired in 2009 after 34 years of teaching. A Past-President of Hawick Archaeological Society, he has run a very popular Local History Night Class since 1980.
Ian is a great supporter of Hawick Common Riding. He is a Mosstrooper and has been President of bothÂ Hawick Callants Club and the 1514 Club. He has played the piano in the Hut 67 times and had the great honour of being Chief guest at Hawick Common Riding in 2004.
He is an author, poet and song-writer. His best known song is “Auld Hawick Ma Border Hame”. He co-wrote the musical “A Reiver’s Moon” with Alan Brydon.
Among Ian’s heroes are JED Murray, Bill McLaren and Jim Renwick..
His other hobbies include after dinner speaking, supporting Hawick Rugby Football Club, hill walking, reading, travelling and photography.
He was awarded the BEM in 2013 for services to the Hawick community.