The observatory – located near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – is named in honour of my father-in-law James Gordon Scott. He had traced his genealogy roots to a farm in the Scottish Borders called Denholm Hill Farm. The farm gets its name from the nearby town of Denholm. The “Hill” is Ruberslaw and at elevation 390m is one of the highest points in the area. The original farm cottage and outbuildings still stand at the base of the hill. The farm’s pastures now include a good portion of the hill itself.

There never has been any astronomy done at or near the farm. Although the summit of Ruberslaw would be a great place for an amateur observatory. I haven’t seen the skies at night, but i would think that they would be quite dark. The nearby town of Hawick might create a bit of a light dome but otherwise there is only small villages and farm houses in the area.

Denholm Hill Farm circa 1800s

Denholm Hill Farm circa 1800s

Just for fun, here is a link for the weather in Denholm, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK.