Turnbull Clan Association


2019 AGM Itinerary

AGM 2019

Hawick, Scotland Common Riding + Turnbull Tour = Once in a lifetime event

June 7 - 11, 2019

Monument UnveilingDiscover the Borders. Walk where your ancestors walked. Experience the Common Riding Traditions. Visit historical Turnbull and important Borders sites. Come celebrate our great heritage together!

Announcing our 2019 International Annual General Meeting and tour to be held in Hawick, Scotland. June 7-11. Highlights of the trip include the celebration of the Turning of Bull Monument’s 10th birthday with the installation of a bronze plaque containing an account of Will O’Rule’s act of bravery written by Hector Boece, Historian, 1526.

Join us for 5 days of touring the important Bor-ders landmarks for the Turnbull Clan.

June 7, Day 1:

Experience the Common Riding. We’ll spend the morning on the Hawick moor enjoying the fair events, horse racing, and awaiting the arrival of the riders led by the Cornet. Lunch on your own. (If you’re nice, Ex-Cornet George Turnbull might offer you a taste of their specialty rum and milk.) Afternoon tour of The Borders Distillery, Hawick. June 8, Day 2:

Join the clan for a climb to Fatlips Castle, a Turnbull stronghold, dating back to the 14th century. Lunch in Denholm, then an afternoon at the Turning of the Bull monument for the presentation of the plaque. June 9, Day 3:

Service in the Bedrule Kirk and dedication of the new Turnbull stained glass window. Time after the service to see the Bedrule Cairn and Bedrule Castle Mound. Travel to Harwood farm (ancient Turnbull lands) for a pig roast and afternoon of our own mini-highland games competiton hosted by Gemma and James Lubbock and visit of a private Turnbull/Elliot museum.

June 10, Day 4:

Bus ride to Stirling to visit Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Bannockburn Battle-ground Memorial. Lunch is on your own and not included.

June 11, Day 5:

Abbey Day with visits to Dryburgh Abbey and Melrose Abbey. Lunch in Melrose. Afernoon in Jedburgh visiting Mary, Queen of Scots’ house, the Jedburgh jail and Jedburgh Abbey. Drive up to Scott’s view before returning to Hawick. AGM Banquet. Paritcipants are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Scotland, lodging (recommendations will be provided) and meals not provided in the daily tours.

The tour package includes:

  • 5 days of transportation to and from day tour destinations (Hawick pickup and return)
  • Abbey and Castle entrance tickets
  • Three lunches. (Days 2, 3, 5)
  • AGM Banquet entrance and meal
  • A copy of Border Tales and Trails
  • A souvenir AGM 2019 t-shirt

Price is based on a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 people. The cost of the five day excursion is $450 US per person. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

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Fatlips Restoration Completed!


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Fatlips Castle as it stood in 1857; 2004 with roof deteriorating and parapet badly damaged; 2012 during restorations, roof
first to be repaired; 2013 restorations complete. Note the similarties of the 1857 and today's 2013.

Fatlips Castle, a 16th century pele tower of rectangular stone was founded by the Turnbulls of Barnhill. It is located at the top of Minto Crags in Roxburghshire, Scotland.

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Support the Restoration of Fatlips Castle

Overs 40 TCA supporters of Fatlips gathered on June 14, 2007. If you look carefully you can see TCA's new flag proudly displayed near the top of the castle.

Fatlips Castle is a 16th century stone rectangular tower house, of three storeys and a garret, founded by the Turnbulls of Barnhill. The entrance leads to a vaulted basement, with a spiral stair in one corner, which gives access to all the floors. At the garret, a round caphouse leads to an impressive corbelled parapet, which is rounded on the angles. In the 19th century, the tower was restored and renovated to be used as a shooting box and a private museum but sadly it is now once again ruinous.

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  We are deeply indebted to Gemma Hon Turnbull Barnard for her continual efforts to make and keep Fatlips in the forefront of Borders heritage. 

Fatlips to be Restored!


fatlips WallyFatlips Castle, once a Turnbull Stronghold, sits atop Minto Crags in the Borders. The Castle has found support through Historic Scotland to undergo restoration. This is great news for the Scottish Borders and to the Turnbull Clan, as Fatlips was once a Turnbull Stronghold.

Visit the Fatlips web site.

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Fatlips Castle Now Offically Closed

fatlips 2009rFatlips Castle has this week had a Sealed Door installed in the entrance.  Please do not attempt to enter the castle.  The Roof has been inspected by a Structural Engineer and it has been deemed too unsafe for entry to the tower.

You can see images of inside the Tower using the Gallery on this site, and there is a Video on Youtube of a tour of the Crags. People are still welcome by the land owner to visit the tower and enjoy the wonderful views and architecture from the outside. This is for your safety - the roof is coming down, its a matter of when, and no one should be inside it when that happens - imagine the consequences!                                           

Friday 20th March 2009

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Behind proud Fatlips Castle’s walls lies a scene of neglect and decay

NOTE: The following article was originally scanned from a newspaper in Scotland called “The Southern Reporter”, it has been reproduced with their permission.



Behind proud Fatlips Castle’s walls lies a scene of neglect and decay, and the architectural watchdogs are worried.

By Mark Entwistle

Fatlips Castle dominates the skyline from its vantage point on Minto Craigs, near Denholm, and its battered walls are again the focus of attention from those worried fort its future.

For years there has been calls for the crumbling property, on the Minto estates, to be restored to its former glory.

Now comes news from David Black, chairman of the Borders branch of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, that the organization is concerned about the state of the buildings, and has even had informal discussions with the National Trust about the issue.

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My Family...The Story of Adriana’s Passion to Strengthen Family Bonds

I come from a large family, my mother had 5 siblings, and my father 4. My parents had 8 children and 12  grandchildren. My mother was sixth generation Turnbull. My Scottish ancestor, Elliott Turnbull arrived in Mexico in the
late 1800s. My mother was very proud of her ancestry and many years later, I was lucky to find out about the Turnbull Clan Association, join and learn more about the larger sense of family.
It was my mother´s dream to bring together all her grandchildren. It was not an easy task because the eight grew up in different cities and countries. Unfortunately, my mother´s wishes only came true as a result of her passing in 2006. Knowing how much it meant to her, my siblings and I organized a memorial in which we did succeed to bring all of my mother´s children and grandchildren, together with cousins, and friends.

Adriana editedAdriana (center, orange dress) with cousins, siblings, nieces, and nephews from around the world reunite as a family and bond in Houston, TX.

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