Almost thirty years ago, Sally's move from Edinburgh to Dunglass Mill, a 17th Century corn mill near the village of Cockburnspath, sparked her interest in the area's history.
Her exploration of the area began with buildings, bridges and harbours, and then evolved into a hunt for information about the people who once lived there. She recorded oral histories, haunted library archives and searched widely for original documents, including Lady Hall's letters and Memorandum books. The result was Cockburnspath - A History of a People and a Place (1999), the product of seven years research.
Transcribing Lady Helen's Memorandum books and writing this biography took another seven years. Along the way she met and collaborated with other historians and family researchers, and married her long-time partner, the artist Kenneth Blues Wilson who is the illustrator and designer of both books.
She has contributed an article on Scottish Crafts to The New Companion to Scottish Culture (Polygon 1993) and for The Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian (2003), wrote a county-wide piece on the crafts and a chapter on the Parish of Oldhamstocks.