Iain Wilson, was born in Leadhills and started piano lessons in 1949. In 1952 he seized the opportunity to play with brother Kenny in Andrew Coke’s Dance Band and since then has performed with dozens of bands and made several BBC broadcasts including sessions with Eric Goodfellow (1970’s), Alex MacArthur (70’s and 80’s), Max Houliston (1980-82), Roger Dobson (1982-84), the Border Strathspey & Reel Society (1980-82) and Neil Barron (in his 2009 tribute on the 20th anniversary of the death of Alex MacArthur). Iain spent his entire working life with the Hopetoun Estate as a shepherd - from 1961 at South Shortcleugh, near Elvanfoot, where he remained until he retired in 2001. He married wife Bertha in 1960 and they have two sons, Chris and Colin. Iain’s good friend Bill Black composed two fine tunes in appreciation - 'Bertha Wilson’s Polka' and a march entitled 'Iain Wilson of South Shortcleugh' which appear in Deeay Music’s ‘Leaside Collection’.
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