Those born in Hawick are known as Teries. Thomas Lothian Johnston was born in Whitburn, the family moving to Newcastleton near Hawick shortly thereafter. So Tom, with a Border surname, became a proud Borderer and in every respect other than his place of birth, a real Teri.
A contemporary at Edinburgh University, aware of Tom’s academic skills, asked him why he had not thought of going to Oxford or Cambridge. Tom’s reply was that had there been a university at Hawick he wouldn’t have come to Edinburgh.