Whipman Principals 2022

The Whipman 2022 – Gregor Brown

Gregor was born in Edinburgh and spent his childhood in North Berwick with his mum and younger sister. Upon graduating North Berwick High School, Gregor attended Oatridge College for his pre farrier course, upon successful completion he attained an apprenticeship with a local farrier enabling him to continue his studies at Myerscough College and University centre, in Preston. After four and a half years of studying Gregor achieved his diploma from the Worshipful Company of Farriers. Following his graduation, Gregor moved to West Linton where he set up his own farrier business and became part of the local community.

Gregor has shown an interest in horses from a very young age, having owned many horses and working his first part time job at Harelaw Equestrian Centre. He has attended West Linton Rideout from his early teens, alongside many other Border Rides. Since moving to the village Gregor has supported the Whipman Play Society, participating in many of their events. In Gregor’s free time he enjoys watching rugby and taking his dogs for long country walks.


The Whipman’s Lass 2022 – Lucy Martin

Lucy was born and grew up in Edinburgh, attending Liberton Primary and High School, alongside her younger brother. After seeing the positive impact teachers can have on children, Lucy became very passionate about starting her career in education. After leaving school Lucy went on to attend Strathclyde University to study the BA in Primary Education degree. Lucy works as a Primary Teacher for Edinburgh City Council.

Lucy’s enjoys spending her spare time competing Reggie in various disciplines and hacking over the Pentland hills and over the last few years has ridden the Whipman Ride on Reggie as well as other Border Rides. Lucy spends most of her free time with Reggie which is how she came to meet Gregor.

Lucy’s passion for horses began down at Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre, where she rode and fell in love with various border rides. Since moving to West Linton Lucy has enjoyed supporting the Whipman Play Society and taking part in their events.

Barony Herald 2022 – Dan Moore

Dan lives in Romanno Bridge with his mum, dad, older brother James and three cats. A P7 pupil at Newlands, Dan has enjoyed participating in the Newlands Nursery and Primary floats since he was four, when he was dressed as a dinosaur.

Dan plays rugby for Peebles, runs with the Moorfoots and enjoys basketball, art and piano. He likes anything that involves design and construction and enjoys Newlands Youth Group. His favourite subjects at school are PE and Art, and he loves playing in the woods and building dens.

His favourite thing about the Whipman week is the people, with everyone out on the Village Green enjoying themselves. He particularly enjoys the parade and sports day, and loves hanging out with his friends and being allowed to eat chips and candyfloss for tea.


Flower Girl 2022 – Harper Armstrong

Harper is 5 years old and lives in West Linton with her mum and dad where she also goes to nursery, and soon school.

Harper loves being outside. She loves nature and regularly helps in the garden, as well as exploring around the village or playing in the local park.

She loves to dance and is learning ballet at her weekly lesson. Harper also loves to sing along to her favourite songs, and her favourite past-time is to draw colourful pictures.


Presenting Lady 2022 – Nancy Porteous

Nancy was born and brought up in Dolphinton attending Dolphinton Primary School then Biggar High. After school she attended McAdam’s college to qualify as a shorthand-typist before working in a lawyer’s office in Edinburgh.

She and Jackie were married in 1964 and lived at Cottage Farm where their three sons Graeme, Stuart and Donald were born before moving to the New Steading at Blyth Bank. She moved back to the village and since retiring from the Health Centre now enjoys gardening, walking and sewing and was a volunteer in the Red Cross Shop.

She is very proud that her father and mother were a Whipman and Lass and is honoured to be asked to be a Presenting Lady.