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Earliest meeting: Wednesday 31st August 1720
Final meeting: Sunday 2nd May 1734
The Scottish Borders market town of Peebles lies on the River Tweed and held its own races in the early part of the 18th century. The earliest evidence of racing in the town is provided by the Caledonian Mercury which advertised race meetings in both 1720 and 1721. Details of the two meetings are shown below. Today Peebles boasts a population just above 8,000; its population boosted by the part it played in the development of the woollen industry. Defended by a town wall, the town is divided into 4 once gated areas, namely Eastgate, Northgate, Ludgate and Bridgegate. Horses were racing in Peebles as early as 1574, and although no results remain from those early meetings, regular events were being staged from 1608. Baily’s Racing Register first provided detailed results from races held at Peebles in 1734, with the meeting staged in May resulting in a win for Victorious, owned by the Duke of Hamilton. The grey horse got the better of a field of 5. There are no records of racing being held in the town after this event, although minor races were held in nearby Broughton.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Duke of Hamilton
Principal Races Peebles £20 Plate

The newspaper extracts below are shown courtesy of the Caledonian Mercury and British Newspaper Online.

Sunday 2nd May 1734

Peebles £20 Plate
1. Victorious owned by The Duke of Hamilton
The Grey horse beat a field of 4 others, although no further details are available.

The final meeting took place on Sunday 2nd May 1734
Course today On Common ground on the outskirts of the town.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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