Henry Douglas was born in the Yarrow Valley and has farmed all his life, mainly at Howahill near Bonchester Bridge. He is an enthusiast for Borders poetry and song and has won the Traditional Singing competition at Newcastleton - most recently in August 2006. He has been very active in the Border common ridings and was Official Hawick Common Riding Song Singer from 1985 - 2000. He is a regular at his local Newcastleton Festival where he has won the traditional singing competition - most recently in August 2006. He cites the fellow borderer the late Willie Scott as his great friend and mentor.