|2012 - Jim Currie|
Born in the War Memorial Hospital, Jim has lived in Kirkton Manor all his life, attending Manor Primary, Priorsford Primary then moving up to Peebles High School. After leaving school, he went on to study Agriculture at Oatridge College. He now works in partnership with his wife Fiona at Haswellskyes Farm where he farms 2000 breeding sheep, 170 cows and an array of pets – horses, donkeys, dogs, cats! Fiona, who is originally from Gala, helps on the farm and is especially keen on horses.
As a youngster Jim was a member of the Boy Scouts and started playing rugby from the age of 13 at the school going on to play with Peebles Colts. Later on he played for Peebles becoming Captain in 1991 and following on to be President in 2008. Also as a teenager, Jim joined Peeblesshire Young Farmers where he took part in many competitions and finished off by being chairman in 1990.
Other local events that he supports include the Beltane where he has taken part in fancy dress, Peebles Rugby Club Show and he likes to support his wife during the rideouts around the Borders. Jim has been past president of Manor Sheep Dog Trial Society where he compares committee meetings to the Vicar of Dibley?? At all the events he has been involved in he certainly likes to have a bit of drink and fun!
Although Jim has never been very musical and he claims the only instrument he was ever allowed to play was the triangle, he has got school friends that have played the pipes all over the world including Charles Gray and Bruce Gillie. He hopes to see them in good form today.
His interests now, out with farming, are mainly with Peebles Rugby Club where he is Social Convener on the committee, in addition to playing the odd game and organising fundraising events for the club. Jim is also on Peebles Agricultural Show committee but enjoys a good night out with his wife Fiona and friends.
Jim is accompanied today by his wife Fiona. He is looking forward to carrying out his duties as Chieftain of Peebles Highland Games.