A colorful Tuck postcard of the High Street as it looked in 1917. On the left you can make out W.A Peden, the butcher. Walter Armstrong Peden (1863-1954) was born in Galashiels but had Hawick ancestry. He was a keen horseman and cyclist, a member of Lodge St. James 424 and Buccleuch Bowling Club, and an elder of East Bank Kirk.
He wrote ‘The Lassie That Works In the Mill’ and would sing it regularly with friends. Exactly when it was written, and whether it was influenced by any other songs, remains unknown. His sons, George and Jock, continued the tradition of singing this song.