Proposer of the Toast “Commercial Interests of the District” 1883
Reply to the Toast “Other Scots Poets” 1888
Served on the Club Committee
James became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ c.1881 and was first mentioned in the Toast List/Programme in 1883. He was a 68 year old Retired Saddlemaker when ‘Let it Blaw’ was founded in 1881 at which time he resided with his family in Lanark Road in what appears to have been the house next to the Club’s Founding Member and first President James Pearson Snr. For that reason, James may well have been one of the “23 Gentlemen who attended the first ‘Let it Blaw’ in 1881” .
Perhaps an example of the significance of James’ role in Club affairs is that when George Y. Robertson, the Club Bard, presented a collection of rhymes at the 1891 annual Supper and mentioned many prominent members of the Club, James Raeburn was included. The presentation was printed by Club Member A. G. Moir and a copy of the printed version is included in the Club Minute Book of the period. The layout has been adapted for our website and can be viewed at Ragged Rhymes .
This James Raeburn is not Dr. James A. Raeburn who was also a Member of ‘Let it Blaw’ in the same era.