The 'Friends of John Hunter & Black Bob' are a group of people centred on Selkirk, whose aim is to ensure John Hunter gets due recognition for creating the stories about Black Bob and his shepherd Andrew Glenn (who lived just west of Selkirk).

John, originally from Hawick, came to live in Selkirk, and ran a shop in Market Place where the Post Office is now. Many of the Black Bob stories were written in the shop.

The stories were illustrated by Jack Prout, and published by Dundee-based publisher D C Thomson in 'The Dandy' and 'The Weekly News' between 1944 and 1982.

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The countryside around Selkirk is great for walking, with many established routes in the area, accessible without the need for a car. We have published a booklet of trails based on these routes; the 'Black Bob' connection is that this was countryside that John Hunter knew and loved, which explains why the stories are set here.

Black Bob Trails

Trail Galleries: 'Modern Day', 'Bygone Selkirk'

Black Bob on Wikipedia

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