Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

 Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.    

Private William Horsburgh










William Horsburgh enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1916 and spent 16 months at the front when he was captured by the Germans in 1918 during the Ludendorf offensive. He would spend many weary, hungry months in captivity before being reunited with his family at Christmas 1918. Sadly his mother would die the following year. Acre Cottage stood in spendlid isolation in the Red Woods before the building of Newbattle Abbey Crescent. It was demolished in 2005 to make way for new cottages which stand in it's place.

You can read William's POW diary which appears by kind permission of Scott Henderson, the Grandson of William by clicking on the link below.



  POW Diary









The King's Gates

These gates are the entrance to the woods where William and his brother Peter lived, their cottage is no longer there but the modern one in the shot stands at the same place.