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Principal Characters

In-depth biographies of all the principals will be available in the souvenir programme, available to buy for only £2, from all local suppliers before the first ride out.


Queen of the South - Jemma Weir

Jemma is currently a fourth year pupil at Dumfries Academy and previously attended Laurieknowe Primary School. She is thoroughly looking forward to participating in the events this year with a prominent smile upon her face. 


Attendant - Anna Reid

Anna is a fourth year pupil at Dumfries Academy. In Primary 7, she had the privilege of representing Noblehill Primary School as a Junior Attendant. "I am excited to be part of this year's Guid Nychburris Festival, and I am very honoured to be an attendant to the Queen of the South". 


Attendant - Kerry Gibson

Kerry is also a fourth year pupil at Dumfries Academy. Having previously attended Troqueer Primary School she hopes to become a PE teacher after  leaving school.  "I am very excited to be part of the Guid Nychburris celebrations this year and honoured to have been chosen as Attendant".


Key Bearer - Megan Wallace

Megan previously attended Cargenbridge Primary School and is now currently in fourth year at Dumfries Academy. When she leaves school she would like to pursue a career in nursing.  "I am very excited and honoured about being a Key Bearer in the 2014 Guid Nychburris celebrations".


Key Bearer - Emily Campbell

Emily goes to Dumfries Academy and also attended Troqueer Primary School.  When she leaves school she would like to go travelling before going to university to study physiotherapy.  "I am truly honoured to have been chosen as a key bearer for this year’s Guid Nychburris".



Cornet Elect - Chris Beattie

Born in Dumfries, Chris attended Torthorwald and Collin Primaries and Dumfries High School. He then went on to the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh and graduated with an Honours Degree in Agriculture.  He now works for Rancher in Castle Douglas dealing in livestock handling equipment and at weekends continues to work on local farms.  "I am honoured to have been chosen as Cornet Elect for 2014. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead and want to wish my Lass Ashley, the Lynors and everyone else involved the very best of luck. Let's make it a year to remember!"



Cornets Lass Elect - Ashley Higgins

Ashley is 22 years old and was educated at Locharbriggs Primary School before attending Dumfries High School. On leaving school, she completed an HNC in Early Education and Childcare at Dumfries and Galloway College. In 2011 she was accepted to complete her BA in Childhood Studies at UWS Dumfries and just recently graduated. Currently Ashley is employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council as a supply nursery nurse.  "Being elected as Cornets Lass is a great honour and I was overwhelmed when asked to take on this role. During the festivities I will always have a huge smile on my face as I represent the town with delight, and with the support of my family and friends."



Ross McKinnon is 28 years old and attended Dumfries High School before studying Agriculture at the Barony College. He now works as a Stockman/Tractorman for Ben Wetherall at Grove Farms.


Robin Campbell is 20 years old and attended Duncow Primary School and Wallace Hall Academy. He then studied Agriculture at the Barony College and now works on the family dairy farm at Duncow.


Born in Dumfries, Andrew Hiddleston is 22 and lives on the family farm at Shawhead. He was educated at Shawhead Primary and Dumfries Academy before attending the Barony College to study Agriculture. Since qualifying he has worked on the family farm.


Greig Gordon is 25 and lives in Dumfries. He was educated at Troqueer Primary School and Dumfries Academy, before going on to complete a recognised apprenticeship as an electrical engineer. He now runs his own business in Dumfries.



Pursuviant - Ran Morgan

Ran was born and bred in Hoddom, Annandale and he lives there with his wife and two children. He works for estate agents Knight Frank and sells farms and estates throughout Scotland.



Courier - Andrew Gold

Andrew was delighted to be asked to be Courier for this years' event. He was Lynor to Grant Anderson in 2012 and is also on the Committee of the Cornets Club. "I hope the weather is kind to us and everyone comes out to support the events."

Town Drummer - Euan Pattie

Euan is 16 years old and is in his fourth year at Dumfries Academy. Before going to the Academy, he went to Troqueer Primary School. When he leaves school he wants to go to university to study engineering.


Chaperone - Kerry Currie

Kerry is extremely honoured to be Chaperone for Queen of the South Jemma and her Attendants and Key Bearers. She is very confident that they will carry out their duties with pride and Kerry looks forward to supporting them over the coming months.


Singer - Madeline Jamieson

Madeline is a fourth year student at Dumfries Academy. She enjoys being involved in creative studies like Music, Elective Drama and Sociology. "I feel very privileged to be the singer for a celebration as prestigious as Guid Nychburris and I am proud to represent my school in such a wonderful event".


Crowning Lady - Andrena Thompson

Andrena was born in Dumfries and attended Laurieknowe Primary School and Dumfries High School. After a year living in Australia she married Ted in 1973 and has two children and three grandchildren.


The committee -

President- Ted Tompson

Chairman- Bob Kennedy

Vice Chairman- Alan Moffat

Joint Secretaries-

Treasurer/Financical Convenor - Kirsty Johnstone

Ceremonial Convenor - Helen Scott

Entertainments Convenor - John Caskie

Parade Convenor - Jim Doig

PR- John Caskie

We also have sub groups as follows:

Entertainments- Jacqueline Copland, Donna McCrone, John Geddes Colin McCrone

Ceremonial - Kenny McCall, Anne Radley, Helen Scott, Maureen McKerrow, Pam Davers, Alan Moffat, Michelle Palmer

Parade- Robert Copland

Director Of Riding- Andy Bell