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Official Journal of
The Caledonian Club
Belgravia, London
Ever to Excel
A film to mark the University of St Andrews
600 years; as told by Member Sir Sean Connery
2 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
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The Official Journal of
The Caledonian Club
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Ian Ross (Chairman)
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lan Campbell
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The Rt Hon The Earl of Dalhousie DL
Alastair C D Stuart CBE
William T McMahon MBE
Alex W Wilson
W Colin Buchanan
A Grahame B Young
Ian C Menzies
George M F Gillon
Peter A J Gardiner OBE
Ranald T I Munro TD
David T Coughtrie
James H F Gemmell
David W Guild
William E McDermott
Iain L Macdonald
Leon G Renwick
Ian Ross
Dr A Ian Schoolar
Rodney R T Smith
Anthony S Westnedge OBE
David L C White
Over and out
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Dear Friends and Fellow Members,
sadly, my three year term as Chairman
of The Caledonian Club is drawing
to a close.
ver the years, every Club Committee
has had to deal with the challenges
and opportunities of its time. As my
three-year tenure as Chairman comes to an
end, I think I can say, at least to the extent
that modesty allows, that over that period
your Committee has grasped the nettle when
necessary, made robust decisions and seized
opportunities when they have presented
themselves. It has handled matters collegially,
with good humour and always with the
Clubs best interest at the forefront. Notable
milestones in the recent past have included
the welcoming of ladies to membership; the
500K Challenge; modernisation of the Club
Rules, and amendments to the bye-laws
acknowledging, at least in part, the ubiquity
of electronic devices. I would like to thank
personally, and on behalf of all Members, all
those who have served on the Committee
during my tenure. I am confident that your
professionalism and commitment have set the
Club up for continued success into the future.
We are doing so much that is right.
There is, I hope you agree, a real buzz in the
Club. We have a full and exciting events
programme, the societies are flourishing, the
Younger Members Society is thriving, room
occupancy is very satisfying, banqueting is
vibrant, and importantly, our membership is
increasing; 99 new Members last year, giving
a net increase of 33 for the year. This is all
really good news but we have to keep up the
momentum. The stated aim of 1,400
Members is a stretch but it is realistic, and
indeed necessary, if we are to maintain the
high standards that we expect food, wine
and decor.
One of the many advantages of being Club
Chairman is the opportunity to visit other
clubs and explore how clubland is evolving.
The Secretary and I have been undertaking
what we fondly refer to as a club crawl.
During this campaign, the camaraderie,
warmth and friendship that exists within the
fraternity of London clubs is tangible. There
are many wonderful London clubs, each
with its own character and ethos. Perhaps
biased, I know, but I think we compare with
the very best, certainly when it comes to the
quality of our food, the courteousness and
professionalism of our staff, and of course
the Scottish welcome extended by our
Members! We have much to be proud of.
Within clubland we are well known and
respected, but we need to expand our profile
and reach into new areas to boost our
membership numbers.
We cannot, however, be complacent.
The number of proprietary clubs in London
is increasing. They offer private membership
with, in many cases, a more relaxed dress code.
The question for us is whether we compete
head-on by mimicking them, or provide
something different, something increasingly
unique. I see this as being one of the challenges
that the next Committee will need to
address. It may be time to survey Members
for their views.
It has been a privilege to be your
Chairman. Thank you to all those who have
supported me and provided helpful advice
along the way. The last three years have been
fulfilling and such fun. I shall miss it. I owe a
particular debt of gratitude to our Secretary,
Mr Campbell, who has proved himself to be
adept at balancing the ethos of the Club with
commercial realities and has ensured that
the Committee remains focussed on the
important issues. I wish the new Chairman
and Committee all the very best. In The
Caledonian Club we have a wonderful asset
which deserves support and trumpeting so
that Members and prospective Members can
experience and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Ranald T I Munro TD
Our future is shaped
by what we do today.
Schools out: All roads lead
to The Caledonian Club
Friends of The Bahamas
Phyllis Court Club
Bangalore Club
Welcome to the Club
Membership Update
Some facts behind
the headlines
Members share their
Photo update on recent
social events
Rounding up activities
of the Club Societies
In conversation with
David Sole OBE
Clubs historical painting
For your diary
Forthcoming events
4 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
All roads lead to The Caledonian Club
Schools out
After nearly 42 years, Pipe Major
Ian King RVM has finally retired
from the Territorial Army. In the
course of his TA career, the Club
Piper has worn six cap badges
(Tayforth UOTC, Black Watch,
London Scottish, 51st Highland
Volunteers, Royal Corps of Signals
and Royal Signals Pipes and Drums)
and acquired innumerable
regimental, corps and divisional
ties. He has now traded in his
Glengarry and brogues for a beret
and Oxfords to serve as a Flight
Sergeant with the Henley on
Thames Air Training Corps
Squadron, earning yet another
cap badge and tie.
As another academic year comes to a
close students will be moving on to
pastures new, and we look forward to
welcoming them to The Caledonian
Club a home from home since
1891 for those finding themselves
in the big city. The fastest growing
sector of our membership is in the
18-35 age bracket, so hopefully
that will dispel the or myth that
private members clubs are old and
fuddy duddy.
We have for many years offered
those leaving school and university
a very attractive membership
proposition to join. For obvious
reasons this has been primarily
aimed at Scottish-based schools,
however many of Scottish descent
or those with a connection to
Scotland will have attended
establishments south of the border.
The question will be, why should I
join a private members club
whats in it for me?
At The Caledonian Club we offer:

Excellent organic networking

opportunities both within the
Club and through the Inter-Club
Young Members Group

Reciprocity with clubs around

the world

The same privileges for male

and female members

A reliable meeting place and a

respectful and safe environment

A one-off payment of 750

potentially covering up to six
years subscription if joining at
18yrs, with no entrance fee

Free access to wireless LAN and

Business Centre
Visitors to London are often
overwhelmed by the sheer scale of
the city and its somewhat
anonymous character. The Club
offers a home-from-home and
something a little bit different to
the norm and is a great place for
alumni to meet up for dinners and
cocktail parties.
Please do get in touch with Anne
Rowland in Membership for more
T 020 7333 8714
Franz Hepburn, opera singer and Frank Davis, First Secretary/Consul, Bahamas
Embassy/High Commission, London
Bahamian artist Miss Lynn Parotti
with Richard Moir
Friends of The Bahamas is the
first social advocacy group
set up to address issues which
affect the Islands.
It acts as an umbrella group to
work with others on, for example,
political, environmental, criminal,
animal rights, business, social and
economic development matters.
Almost 150 supporters and
guests met at the Club in November
including representatives from
The Bahamas Embassy, the High
Commission, London and The
Bahamas Preservation Society.
Friends of
The Bahamas
45596 Bahamas built in Glasgow, 1934
Delicious food prepared for the reception
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Bangalore Clubhouse
Relax in style and elegance in
the countryside
Set in the beautiful Thames Valley
countryside in the picturesque
market town of Henley-on-Thames
is our reciprocal club, Phyllis Court.
The elegant Georgian mansion is
set in 18 acres of manicured gardens
with sweeping lawns leading down
to the River Thames.
There are 17 delightful
bedrooms (including four deluxe
rooms), most offering river views
across the gardens. They are
individually styled, with flat screen
TVs, free Wi-Fi etc and all have
en-suite facilities.
Guests enjoy excellent cuisine,
prepared by their Michelin-trained
Chef Greg Lewis, a choice of fine
wines, and excellent accommodation.
Phyllis Court is located on the
banks of the world famous Henley
Royal Regatta course and offers the
very best of hospitality.
The Club is within easy reach
of the M40, M4 & M25, and there
are facilities to arrive by helicopter.
It is ideally positioned for any type
of country pursuit, riverside walks,
shopping in Henley, Marlow and
Royal Windsor and within the
clubhouse elegant banqueting
suites are available for private
dinners and celebrations.
Phyllis Court Club
Marlow Road
Henley-on-Thames RG9 2HT
T 01491 570500
F 01491 570528
Bangalore Club
Bangalore Club in India originated
from the Bangalore United Services
Club (BUSC) which was founded in
1868 by the then British Military
establishment. It is located in the
Central Business District also known
as Indias Garden City and IT City.
BUSC ceased to exist from 1947, the
year of Indian Independence. One
of its early members during the year
1896-98 was the Rt Hon Sir Winston
Churchill, then a subaltern in the
4th (Queens Own) Hussars.
Presently Bangalore Club has
some 6,500 members and is affiliated
to 33 clubs in India and 31 overseas.
Its facilities include accommodation,
mens bar, mixed bar, banquet halls,
library and various sporting facilities
including a swimming pool.
Bangalore Club
Field Marshal KM Cariappa Road
Bangalore - 560 025, India
T 00 91 80 4022 0000
F 00 91 80 2227 3605
Phyllis Court Clubhouse
River Thames from Henley Royal
Regatta Grandstand Pavillion
Club Swimming Pool
Boston Tee Party
An Offal Evening!
The reputation of the Clubs Golfing Society Social Evening has spread
to the other side of the pond. Our reciprocal Club, St Botolphs in
Boston adopted our indoor Putting Competition at its Burns Supper
this year. They have named it Caledonian Golf and congratulations
are due to St Botolphs member Roger Howlett, who went to some
lengths to find out what we did and then introduce it to his club.
The Secretary had the pleasure of meeting Mr Howlett on his recent
visit to the Club.
Members enjoyed the carpet putting competition, which was
extended to their lift, whereupon the next shot had to be made from
the first floor down the stairs.
In the traditional manner, Kummel putting mix was also served,
with what they described as an edible haggis.
Welcome to the Club!
A selection of some of the Members who joined in the course of the year
Angus D Burrell
Angus was born
and brought up
in the South
West attending
Sexey s School,
Somerset before
reading French
and European
Studies at Keele
University (BA (Hons) 2003). Angus
moved to London in 2009, and with a
background in technology and
payments, in October 2011 opened
Danish payment management
company Pensios first UK office in
Waterloo. Amongst other interests
Angus is a keen shot and has already
joined the Club s Shooting and
Fishing Society.
Stephen J Cowden
Steve Cowden is
the General
Counsel and
Secretary of
Reed Elsevier, a
leading provider
of professional
solutions in the science, medical risk,
legal and business sectors, listed in
the FTSE 100. Prior to joining Reed
Elsevier in 2001, he worked in the
pharmaceutical industry for over 20
years, latterly as Group Company
Secretary of Glaxo Wellcome plc.
He began his career with Beecham
Group in 1977 and then with
SmithKline Beecham plc. Steve is a
member of the Law Society of Scotland,
the CBI Companies Committee, the
International Bar Association, the
Executive Committee of the GC100
and an alternative member of the
Hearings Committee of the Takeover
Panel. He graduated Bachelor of Laws
with Honours from the University of
Edinburgh in 1974 and is a Scottish
solicitor, having been admitted in 1976.
Stephen P Game
Stephen studied
going on to work
for a leading
institution for
many years.
He has recently
taken on a fresh
challenge working for a new company
with commodities as its basis, based
in Knightsbridge. Stephen lives in
Sussex with an interest in shooting
and countryside. He has a lifetime
passion for horses, both polo and
national hunt racing and enjoys
cycling over the weekends to try and
remain fit. His mother and
grandparents originate from Scotland
where Stephen spent many holidays
and still returns every year.
Victoria Kinmonth-Gordon
Victoria is
Scottish by
ancestry. Her
father is from
Glasgow and a
descendent of
Kinmont Willie
Armstrong, the
notorious border reiver. Brought up
in Ireland until 18, she then attended
Universite Catholique de Lyon. She is
a Purser for British Airways and lives
in Berkshire. Her passion is
volunteering for The Christina Noble
Childrens Foundation. Victoria loves
dancing, swimming, entertaining and
keeping fit in Windsor Great Park.
Melanie Mareuge-Lejeune
Melanie is an
adopted Scot
having moved
from France to
Edinburgh aged
13 to attend the
Royal High
School. She went
on to graduate
from Manchester Business School
before settling in London working for
JPMorgan Private Bank around the
corner from the Club. She is an avid
traveller, passionate photographer
and keen skier.
Antony Marks
Tony is married
with two grown
up children and
lives in Scotland.
He is Managing
Director of a
headquartered in
Scotland, with offices across the UK
and also in Houston and Prague. He is
a Fellow of a number of Management
and Project Management professional
bodies, and is a Trustee of a charity
working to improve the lives of
children in Romania.
Jon McLeish
Jon is originally
from Aberdeen
and attended
The Glasgow
Academy before
graduating with
a Business
& Technology
degree at Napier University in 2003.
He then worked as an Account
Manager for a leading creative agency
in Glasgow working across clients as
varied as Rocco Forte Hotels, Gala
Casinos, VisitScotland and Scottish
& Newcastle. Jon s passion has always
been to work in sport and after a brief
stint scouting for Birmingham City in
Europe, he joined the Sports Marketing
Agency Platinum One. He is very
pleased to join The Caledonian Club
to have the opportunity to meet
fellow Scots.
Bruce P Pritchard
Bruce is a
graduate of
University and
a member of
The Institute of
Accountants of
Scotland. He is
Group Chief Financial Officer of a
Canadian Biotech group, and a non-
executive director of a UK digital
media agency. Bruce is married and
has two daughters. He is a keen
aviator, holding both EU and US
Private Pilots licences. He also enjoys
travel, fine wine and cycling with his
Adrian P C Tear
Having obtained
a BA(Hons) in
Geography from
the University of
Durham, Adrian
completed an
MSc in
Systems at the University of
Edinburgh where he met, and later
married, Elspeth McVey. Following
university, Adrian co-founded and
later sold two companies, Business
Geographics Ltd and Allegran Ltd.
Adrian, Elspeth and their three
children divide their time between
West Sussex and the West of
Scotland where they own a 150 acre
farm on Bute.
6 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
Stephen P Abram
Ian Aitken
David K Allan
Caroline J Banszky
Andrew Barton
The Hon Abigail A Blyth
Susan Bradley
Alan J Burnett
J Angus D Burrell
Ewan R J Cameron
Alasdair D B Campbell
Richard M Campbell
Murray Carnegie
Francis J Cassidy
Constantine Costa
Nigel G Cox
D Russell Dalgleish
George Diamond
Ryan Dunleavy
David C G Elliott
Thom H Evans
Blaise Fermor-Hesketh
David Forbes
Calum W Fraser
R Paul M Gillies
Dr Philip W Goodwin
Craig T A Harrow
Rosemary Hetherington
Kevin J Holligan
Arthur M Hughes
Scot T R Hutchon
Darren Johnston
Matthew P Kinkead
Victoria Kinmonth-Gordon
Joanna Lange
Anthony Lockwood
Grahame P A Lovett
Peter B MacDonald
Aedemar A McFarlane
Alexander MacIntyre
Jon McLeish
Professor Alison M MacLeod
Captain Colin A MacLeod
Jonathan N McMahon
Euan F McVicar
Melanie Mareuge-Lejeune
Alastair Muir Wood
Gordon Nelson
Alexander Nicholas
Nicholas T Parsons
Antonio C Prado
Paul Ritchie
Allan Rowley
Benjamin C Scott
Jack S Sinclair
Ian Stalker
Ella A Swinson Reid
Rory A Swinson Reid
Stuart Webster
Mark C Bradley
Jan Coughtrie
Joan L Kirkpatrick
Elisabeth Miller
M Julia Montforte
Ann F Payne
Hilary R Scott
Roddy A Hamilton
Janet S Helle
Archibald B Jenkins
Charles H Maclean
John F Woods
The Queen has been graciously
pleased to approve the
appointment of Member David
E Reid to Knighthood for services
to Business and to Charity.
William Brack
James (Jimmie) A Brown
Alexander B Garven
Dr Christopher G Greig
Mrs Isabel M Hardman MBE
Alan Kean
Dr James S McFarlane
John Munro
Lt Col Robert J D Reid OBE
Adrian B Whitelegge
SPRING 2012 The Caledonian 7
n 2011 the industry generated
nearly 5 billion pre-tax
turnover. Single Malts, much to
the surprise of many, account
for less than 10% of bottles sold,
however, they represent close to 20%
of value.
At home we consume less than
7% of the bottles produced, one in
eight of which are bottles of Single
Malt. Here, as around the world, the
majority of consumers enjoy blended
Scotch whisky.
Our largest export market in
bottles sold lies across the Channel.
France consumes more than twice
as much Scotch as the UK with over
a hundred independent importers
active in the market. Visit a Le Clerc
or a Carrefour and see 100+ Single
Malts and 30-40 blends on sale
compared to the puny offerings on
British supermarket shelves.
By contrast, the USA takes many
fewer bottles but it enjoys the best we
produce and accounts for 14% of the
export value. It is the most valuable
market in the Scotch whisky world.
The US market is intensely complex.
Anti-monopoly laws require that
importers may not distribute outside
their own state. State distributors are
limited to that state and retailers
may neither import nor distribute,
therefore whilst Scotch brands
usually have only one importer, they
need different distributors in each
of the 51 states. Penetrating all of
these states, effectively each an
individual country, takes a newcomer
to the market at least 10 years to
achieve full distribution.
Some 17 of the states have their
own outlets and are thereby the only
retail customer. Counties within
states can be dry, and there is at least
one county which runs contrary to
its state and has its own shops. Add
to that the European 70cl bottle is
illegal in the US and a 75cl bottle is
required. Brussels changed from a
75cl about 20 years ago. The key
pack is a giant 1.75 litre with handle
bottle which sells for less than a
standard 70cl bottle here. Taxation
is the only principal difference.
The BRIC emerging markets
Brazil, Russia, India and China are
creating a surge in demand as their
huge populations gain the financial
liberty to enjoy Scotch Whisky.
Particularly difficult is the demand
for aged Scotch from China, Korea
and Taiwan. It took a brave MD to
agree in 1999 to lay down vast stocks
to be matured 12 years to meet then
tiny demand. His successor today has
the unenviable task of gauging what
the requirement will be in 2025!
Not a task for the fainthearted.
The Caledonian Club has a
long tradition of Members who are
influential in the whisky industry,
including several members of the
Grant family, members of the
Worshipful Company of Distillers,
the Scotch Whisky Association and
the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Next time you sample a malt in
the Club Bar, consider joining the
Members on the Journey Whisky List.
On completing 50 different tastings
Members are awarded a blended
whisky of their choice, and on
completion of 100 they are presented
with a bottle of Club Malt.
Chris Parker
Scotch Whisky
IN FOCUS: Scotch Whisky
The Club Bar stocks 181 whiskies,
including more than 150 malts.
The Caledonian Club Whisky List
charts Members journeys through
the whisky landscape.
The glamour of the big brands and of the specialist
malts are the headlines in most articles about Scotch
whisky. Go behind them and you will discover a
modern, worldwide industry that justifies Scottish
pride in both heritage and the future.
8 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
Tom Russell
Naturally the war
was uppermost
in our minds.
I joined the OTC and received a
handsome silver with the University
crest medallion inscribed to Corporal
T Russell as the outstanding recruit
of the year. One of my memories of
this time is of H J Rose, Professor of
Classics and Professor Darcy
Thomson, science Professor, who had
joined the Home Guard, parading
through St Andrews, Professor
Thomson with a tame parrot sitting
on his shoulder.
I subsequently studied at
Peterhouse at Cambridge
University and London School of
Economics but always felt very
privileged to have earned my degree
at St Andrews.
Gillian Waddell
One of the most
telling comments
about St Andrews
is that most
people emerge
with hundreds of
lifelong good friends! I know I did
study. I certainly spent a goodish
amount of time in the library, although
as this was where most social activities
were initially planned. Astonishingly
I even managed to sit and pass exams
and finals! I lived in a flat called The
Purple Palace on The Scores, and it
rocked most of the time with all kinds
of activities and badness! The entire
French rugby team came to stay at
least twice although none of the girls
in the flat were in the slightest bit
interested in rugby. Chariots of Fire
was filmed when we were there and
we spent hours trying to lure Nigel
Havers and other stars up to visit. The
flat was a critical destination point
in activities such as our frequent
Deux Chevaux rallies round town!
St Andrews was great fun! I dont
think any of us ever thought about
what would happen after we left
but the robustness of our lives at St
Andrews has really stood almost all
the people I know in good stead
not many can out party us!
Nostalgia has
been high on the
agenda recently with St Andrews
University 50 Year reunions. The
first was the Rugby Club, which in its
100th year won the Scottish
Universities Championship.
At 17, much to my surprise, I was
selected to play as a prop forward
against the Howe of Fife. My opposite
number was the redoubtable David
Rollo, a powerful raw boned farmer in
his prime as the Scotland XVs loose
head prop! Talk about the men against
the boys but in those days even
prop forwards were gentlemen and
he treated me with great kindness.
Living in Hepburn Hall with only
30 students (all male in those days)
was like having an extended family,
irrespective of our backgrounds and
I was the only pupil from the
6th form at George Watsons who
went to St Andrews that year. My
brother Eric had also done so and
had sent back encouraging reports.
Sir Eric as he is now, became the
Headmaster and latterly Provost of
Eton College.
St Andrews days were golden
days; it was where I met Deirdre.
We were engaged on St Andrews
Day 1961 and celebrate our
Golden Wedding Anniversary in
June this year.
SPOTLIGHT ON: St Andrews University
E: W: T: 020 7751 8395
Members recollections
of St Andrews University

here does education take
place? is a facile question
and the answer to it is
good and easy, too: in a classroom,
with students, a teacher (maybe two),
books, laptops, interactive white-
board and a differentiated task to
stretch the top, the bottom and those
in the middle who we hope will do
better. Why education takes place is
equally straightforward: primarily to
provide a base from which students
can lift into employment, trade
training or university qualification.
The matter is settled. Education
takes place in a defined space and
the equipment is uncomplicated.
Whats more, generations of
pupils, with their parents in tow are
seen through education with these
questions and answers firmly planted.
An educational culture reproduces
itself and its young are ushered into
a dim, long and assessment-heated
corridor with the light way off in
the distance, its course interrupted
only by labels evenly spread along
its walls on which expressions like
Standard Grades, Highers, KS4, AS,
A2, BTEC appear.
This is a bleak vision of our
schooling but for how many people
in senior education now does this
ring true? Speak with any parent
whose A2 Level son or daughter is
about to enter the final term of the
fourth year of public examination
(yes, public assessment has crept into
3rd year or year 10) and he or she
will have to force back the sigh and
stop the rolling eye. Even the Gove-
driven shift to linear assessment
(examinations at the end of the two
GCSE years) will still mean three
consecutive years of terminal
assessment for those who want
post-16 education.
Granted, distinction between
one pupil and the next has to be
made and terminal assessment of
some description has to be bedded
into any educational process.
Resources and culture are set against
any alternative; objective ways of
making sense of further educational
and employment selection have not
yet emerged convincingly.
It is a matter of degree therefore,
which brings me back to my two
questions, where does education
take place? and now lets say, not in
classroom; and why does education
take place? Lets say, not primarily to
provide lift into higher education,
trade or employment training. Lets
say something far more ambitious
and elusive: it is a belief that any
nation is a slovenly guardian of its
own interests if it does not do all it
can to make the individual citizen
discover his own powers. Kurt
Hahn, the founding Headmaster of
Gordonstoun School, went on:
the individual becomes a
crippleif he is not qualified by
education to serve the community.
In his schools (Salem in Germany,
Gordonstoun in Scotland), taking
what for him was a habitual
philosophical cue from Platos
Republic, Hahn was committed in
education to feeding certain qualities
and starving others; aims which fight
against clear definition but are driven,
for a start, by belief, insist upon
individual powers being discovered.
These powers may be scholarly, they
may be artisan, they may be based
upon physical prowess; they could be
almost anything that stirs humanity
into service and community.
None of this educational purpose
requires a classroom and the rationale
for it is well clear of the nightmare
vision: a corridor studded with signs
to terminal assessment.
I hear sounds of protest: all well
and good in Hahns Gordonstoun,
beneath the Cairngorms, nestled in
alongside the Moray Firth; wheres
the application of these lofty aims?
Show me this in reality and I will
show you a cow leaping the moon.
Actually, there is more than
sound evidence of this reality in many
good schools already, both maintained
and independent; just not, by any
stretch of the imagination, enough.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Gordonstoun
SPRING 2012 The Caledonian 9
Simon HC Reid BA, Principal at Gordonstoun
School, shares his opinions on the current state
of our education system.
Where does education
take place?
Seamanship at Hopeman Harbour
Gordonstoun chemistry lesson
Fire Service
10 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
Autumn and winter saw Members and their
guests enjoy a wide variety of highly entertaining
social events at the Club
L-r: Anthony
Westnedge, David
Mundell and Colin
Another 15 Members
became eligible to join
the lunch this year
Burns Su
Above: Adam Watson (Caledonian Club),
Ciara Burke (ROSL) and guest Paul Stoll at
the YMS Ceilidh on 26th November 2011
Below: Claire Richards (Royal & Overseas
League) and Member James Scrymgeour
February (above, l-r): Vice
Chairman David Coughtrie,
Vice President Ian Menzies,
Rt Hon Angus Robertson MP,
Vice President Colin Buchanan
and Anthony Westnedge OBE
April (left): With Metropolitan
Police Commissioner, Bernard
Hogan-Howe QPM
25 YEAR LUNCH 2012
Right, St Andrews Day Dinner
(l-r): Rt Hon Lord Dalhousie,
President; David Coughtrie,
Vice Chairman; Pipe Major
Iain King RVM, Club Piper;
Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Wirral
MBE, guest speaker; Colin
Buchanan, Vice President;
Ranald Munro TD,
Golf Society Members Bill McDermott,
Roger Baird, Bob Pringle and
Tim-Paterson Brown at the game
v 'France' at Muirfield 2012
Captain Tim Paterson-Brown
squaring up with Past Captain
Colin McCosh for the match
at Woking
Mr & Mrs Bill Proudfoot
and Mr & Mrs Von Drehle
Chris Parker, Address
to a Haggis, marks the
rustic, haggis-fed
Richard Moir at the
Burns Supper 2012
Mrs Mina Oundjian, Mrs Irene Hinshelwood,
Miss Tina Colquhoun, Colin McCosh,
Miss Morag McWhirter and Iain Murray
Left: Alba Lunch visit to V&A 'Queen
Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton' Exhibition
Below left: Oxana Shevchenko with
Music Society Chairman Albert Cowie
on 21 February 2012
Below (l-r): Alison Hemmings, Nicky Spence,
David Coughtrie, Dr Kirsteen McCue, David Hamilton
and Pam Holloway at the James Hogg Evening in March
SPRING 2012 The Caledonian 11
pper 2012
Dr Stuart & Mrs Claire Blackie enjoy a
well-earned rest at the Reeling Evening
Left: Ball Chairman
James Fairbairn with
Helen Flannigan and
partner Paddy Scott
Hogg, who gave the
Immortal Memory
Below: Top table guests
Left: Some people would do
anything for a pay rise; Secretary
Ian Campbell and Bluebeard the
Maintenance Man at the Staff
Christmas Party
Right: Raffle-
winning motley
Left: Members
serving the
pirate crew at the
Staff Party
L-r: Ian Menzies, George Gillon, Colin Buchanan, Rt Hon Lord Dalhousie (President),
Grahame Young, Ranald Munro (Chairman), Ian Campbell (Secretary), Alex Wilson
Reeling Evening March 2012
Great fun was had by all at the Clubs Reeling Evenings.
This years Vice Presidents Dinner was held on 27 March
Pantomime 2011
Staff Christmas Party
Members Christmas
Lunch 2011
Albert Cowie (2nd from right)
with Steven Lane (left) and family
at the Childrens Pantomime
on 19 December
With skills carefully honed during our
excellent clay calendar, our game guns
sallied forth into the 2011/12 season.
o to Hampshire and our first day, and the
first arranged for us by Roxtons. All eight
pegs occupied, and with one esteemed
guest we made a good account of early mixed
targets, recording a fair shot average with
Gun Grant in particular
enjoying himself
Then, with coordinates
set in our satnav systems, we
made our way to Suffolk for
two tremendous days with
Andrew Brown, where nine
guns made good some very
challenging shooting indeed with a duck
drive excluding all but our expert shots. We
lodged in Long Melford at The Bull Hotel; a
favourite of Gun Shankland who was most
comfortably accommodated.
To finish the 2011 particle of our diary,
and as is now our custom we spent two
splendid days at Newlands in Dumfriesshire,
and although the winds of change have
blown through, we were made very
comfortable with the new and the familiar.
Our tally for the two days was a credit to us
and happy,we broke for the festive season.
January 2012 saw us make our way to
Deeside to Glenbuchet to shoot the estate of
Gun Sole for two days. Gun Cooper was most
encouraged to be shooting in the snow and we
had fabulous shooting in the most spectacular
Our schedule for 2012/13 is being created as
I write so please join with us to shoot this year.
Alan J Wallace
Please contact:
David Balden
T 020 7333 8730
12 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
Scattered guns
December saw our fourth reciprocal club trip
take place as we visited the Royal Bachelors
Club of Gothenburg for its Younger Members
Christmas Lunch. During the eight hour lunch
our Swedish companions were treated to a fine
piping performance by Struan Malcolm for
which the Society is very grateful.
Weeks later our own Younger Members
squeezed into the Selkirk Room for our Christmas
Lunch. Encouragingly, the attendance was over
three times larger than our first Christmas
Lunch back in 2009. A special thanks is owed to
Paul Rodgers for pulling together such a
memorable event.
We have hosted the Inter-Club group twice
in recent months: an Inter-Club ceilidh with
piping courtesy of Member Neil Gillies, and in
February the Inter-Club Whisky Tasting in
association with Philip Nickson of Morrison
Bowmore Distillers. Both confirmed our Clubs
popularity in the wider clubland.
Looking to the future, we have our annual
Wine Tasting in July to look forward to, as well
as an ambitious reciprocal club trip to New York
scheduled for September. This is of course not
forgetting our ever-popular monthly drinks on
the last Wednesday of every month, to which
all Members are welcome; meet in the Bar as
usual from 7pm.
Andrew J Fraser, Chairman, YMS Committee
David Grant, Ian Menzies and Lt Gen John Cooper at Newlands, Dumfries
Alan Wallace & Jeff Fergus
coiled springs ready for the
shoot at Newlands
Amy Nichole Banner and Caroline Roddis (member of
the Royal & Overseas League) at the Inter-Club Ceilidh,
26th November 2011
Philip Nickson of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and
Andrew Fraser at the Inter-Club Whisky Tasting,
23rd February 2012
Start spreading the news
espite a pleasing start, and five last-
minute defeats away from home, the
sheer physicality of the Championship
held us back.
At the time of writing we enter the
relegation play-off pool with Esher, Plymouth
and Moseley. We have beaten them all so
remain optimistic about retaining our status.
Off the field we were delighted that David
Reid, Chairman, was knighted in the New Year
Honours List and that Her Royal Highness
The Princess Royal became our Patron.
No matter how it turns out, the rallying
cry will always be Cmon Scottish!
Jock Meikle
PS: We stay up!
New arrival
from Dundee
The concert was a dream! I dont
think Ive ever heard such virtuoso
playing at such close quarters
The above quote is part of a letter to the Club
from distinguished guest Elizabeth Nussbaum,
following the concert given on 21 February 2012
by the Russian pianist Oxana Shevchenko who
poured high praise on the Clubs Bsendorfer piano
and promised a return on 24 September 2013.
The much publicised one to watch pianist
Ivana Gavri will play Schubert, Liszt and the
Sonata in E minor Op.7 of Grieg on 18 September.
Our 80th Gala Musical Evening features, from
Hong Kong, Mary Wu (piano) with a programme
of Messiaen, Chopin and Liszt on 23 October.
Following a sabbatical to give birth to her
first child, Christina Lawrie (piano) from Dundee
gives her debut
concert at the
Club on 23
featuring, to
quote Beethoven,
the sheer genius
of Schubert.
will play the
and guests are
most welcome.
The format of the
evening is a
champagne reception at 6.45pm, followed by a
concert for one hour and a buffet supper, all at
a very reasonable cost.
Albert Cowie, Chairman, Music Society
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In a different league
That old clich turned out to be accurate for Scottish on our return to
the second tier of English rugby.
Musical Evening18 September features Ivana Gavri,
seen here playing in Griegs home
Christina Lawrie from
Dundee who will perform
for us on 23 November
...for both
The Bridge Society meets on Monday
evenings. We arrange fours in advance,
ensuring all play throughout the session.
However, when we cannot make complete
fours the odd ones miss out.
More available players would help, thus
we invite other Members to join us. It is not
necessary to commit to playing every week.
The standard is good but not extreme;
we endeavour simply to enjoy the bridge
and one anothers company.
Contact: The Secretarys office or Philip Craig
Members are encouraged
to make use of the
Clubs excellent Snooker
Room. It is large enough
to include a private bar
if you wish to hire it for
a private function.
We are also always looking for new
players to join the Club team to compete in
the Inter-Club Tournament.
Contact: David Balden
T 020 7333 8730
and celebrating
scoring against local
rivals London Welsh
London Scottish
in action against
14 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
A new golfing
season begins
Our 2011 season ended with finals of the Boase
Quaich and the Boase Plate. Alan Orr won the
Quaich (for a second time) and Ed Alford the Plate.
In mid-November Bruce Leith & David Smith won
the Donald Black foursomes at Denham when Jenny
Black joined us for lunch to present the trophies.
The AGM and Annual Dinner in November was
a great success; some went as far as to describe it as
as the best for a long time. There was an excellent
speech by Donald Steel and splendid response on
behalf of the guests by Member Gavin Hastings.
At the AGM, we elected Tim Paterson-Brown
as our Captain, Ross Gibbons as President and
Charlie Stewart as our Vice Captain for 2012.
Helped by regular glasses of Kummel, 48
Members and guests enjoyed the Social Evening in
February. This year the event was organised by Mike
Ross with a quiz by Colin McCosh. It was an evening
of great fun, and our thanks go to them, and to staff
members Hishge and Alison Davis who do all the
score cards for the night, for a great deal of hard
work. Thanks too to Members who donated
putters, it helped to ensure the evening ran on time.
We had a splendid weekend in Edinburgh in
February, to watch Scotland vs France and to play
golf at Muirfield. A number of us attended the The
Voice of Rugby Charity Dinner for the Bill McLaren
Foundation at Prestonfield, Edinburgh: another great
night with excellent speakers. Roll on Paris 2013.
The Past Captains vs Captains match took place
at Woking in March. It was well attended and very
closely contested with the result being an honorable
half. The Spring Meeting was at the Captains club at
Denham and our annual match against The Reform
Club will be at Hankley Common in early May.
The Summer Meeting at the end of June will
see a major change with a visit to Royal Dornoch,
Brora and Castle Stuart. We had an amazing
response with 40 Members wishing to play and
now have a waiting list. It has all the makings of
one of the best Summer Meetings for many years.
The Autumn Meeting will be held at Worplesdon,
and the AGM and Annual Dinner at the Club on
31st October and we are looking forward to another
great season at good courses in fine company.
Our Membership continues to increase. We start
2012 with over 100 Members, with another six
joining this year already. If you are a golfer and would
like to join, please contact Anne Rowland at the Club.
Bill McDermott, Honorary Secretary
Founded in 1997, the
Societys guest speaker
that November was
Donald Dewar MP,
Father of the Scottish
Parliament. Colin
Buchanan & Anthony
Westnedge tell us more.
ur commitment to political neutrality
was continued in February by our
131st speaker, Angus Robertson MP,
the Scottish National Partys referendum
campaign director, who introduced us to his
partys position in favour of independence.
Our autumn lunches were enlivened by
learning of developments in funding the right
care and support for everyone from Tom
Hughes-Hallett, CEO of Marie Curie Cancer
Care, followed in October by Alistair
Buchanan CBE, CEO of power regulator
Ofgem, on the widespread challenges facing
us in the provision of national power supplies,
a questioner bringing the house down by his
recalling the Dads Army catch phrase were
all doomed, which clearly we were not.
Next came the superlative team of Rear
Admiral John Lippiett and his wife in
presenting a video-aided talk and a range of
personal artefacts recovered from King
Henry VIIIs flagship Mary Rose. The wreck,
which had lain on the sands off Portsmouth
from 1545 until raised in 1982, having
subsequently been restored is now in the
Naval Base in a controlled atmosphere. It is
to be moved this summer to a 35 million
museum erected nearby and funded by the
2011 was closed in fine style before
Christmas by A Boyd Tunnock CBE whose
hugely successful family bakery business,
founded in 1890 and employing 550 staff at
Uddingston, makes and distributes
worldwide their unique range of Scottish
icons including Caramel Wafers, Caramel
Logs and Snowballs. He entertained us
royally with his descriptions of his very
personal methods of doing business, based
on the highest traditional Scottish standards.
All present and Club Staff greatly
appreciated the Tunnocks products he had
generously brought with him.
The speaker on 3rd April was Bernard
Hogan-Howe QPM, the Commissioner of
Metropolitan Police, who gave a highly
entertaining speech The present and looking
forward to the future of the Met. The next
event lunch is on 8th May with Deirdre
Kinloch Anderson on What tartan means to
Scotland today, then, on 12th June, with
Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman of
Transport for London.
15 years and going
For information on all
Club-arranged events,
please contact Mrs Hishge
Batbold, Events and
Marketing Executive.
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The 19th Hole at Luffness New Club
VIce Presidents Alex W Wilson and Colin Buchanan
with (centre) A Boyd Tunnock CBE
Ian Menzies, Alastair Buchanan CBE, his father Colin and Club
Secretary Ian Campbell at the Number 9 Lunch October
John Munro
It is with sadness we report the sudden death
in February of John Munro, a recent Trustee
of the Society. His support and input to the
Society has been much appreciated, and our
thoughts are with his wife Lesley and family.
SPRING 2012 The Caledonian 15
Wellsummers Stud Farm visit
Wellsummers is an established and successful family-owned 60 acre thoroughbred stud in
Marlborough, Wiltshire, run by Member James Stewart and his wife Marie Dominique.
Foals and yearlings by some of Europes leading sires are currently on the farm.
James has kindly
agreed to host a visit
by the Racing Society,
and this has been
arranged for the
afternoon of
Wednesday, 23rd May.
A report on the
outing will appear in
the next issue.
Register now for Gold Cup
The 2012 season will soon be upon us,
and our two horses Caledonian Lad
and Port Charlotte will have been in
action by the time of publication.
ur trainer, Hughie Morrison reports
that both horses benefited from their
winter rest and have been in training
at Summerdown. They are progressing well,
and Port Charlotte in particular has filled out
and is looking very different from the young
filly withdrawn last autumn in order to allow
her to develop naturally. We have hopes for
a good season ahead now that both are
more mature.
Last November the Society enjoyed a
well-supported Annual Dinner at the Club and
much appreciated our speaker
Adrian McGlynn of Weatherbys.
In April the Social Evening
and AGM/Dinner were well
attended and we welcomed our
new Members.
Future events will include a visit
to Club Member James Stewarts
Wellsummers Stud, evening races at
Windsor on Monday, 11th June and
the Societys Summerdown Stables
visit on Saturday, 14th July followed
by racing at Newbury. Following last
years day at Goodwood, the event
is being repeated on 25th August,
and the season will close with our
Annual Dinner in November.
We also intend to canvas Club Members
for possible support in taking a restaurant
table at the Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, 22nd
September. We hope both local and visiting
Club Members may be interested.
Alec Moir, Chairman
Contact: Hishge Batbold
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Speaker Adrian McGlynn and Racing Trustee
Dr Ian Galbraith at the Dinner November 2011
Dr William McDerment, Ronald McArthur, Mrs Lilimore McDerment
and David Coughtrie at the Annual Dinner, November 2011
Racing Dinner November 2011
Mrs Maggie
Boucher and Mrs Liz Jones
at the Racing Dinner Nov 2011
16 The Caledonian SPRING 2012
Fifty year old David Sole has been a Member since 2002.
Educated at Glenalmond and Exeter University, he played
loose head prop at club level for Edinburgh Accies and
Bath, going on to win 44 International caps, an all time
record 25 times as captain, not to mention Lions tours
and Barbarians. He famously slow marched the Scottish
XV onto the Murrayfield turf in single file in 1990 to win
our third ever Grand Slam 13-7. Following a career with
United Distillers and Diageo he has become a very highly
successful executive coach, after dinner speaker, and
Aberdeen Angus cattle breeder. He spoke to television
journalist and Club Member, Bill Kerr Elliott.
BKE: Whats your post-mortem on the Six Nations?
DS: Very disappointing for Scotland. In the last two games they were
very poor, but in the first three they showed enough promise and had
enough of each game to win it. But for poor decision making and
execution when it really counts they could have been three games ahead.
They should certainly have beaten England by a bucketful, should have
beaten the French, and but for a couple of sin bins and silly mistakes
would have been very competitive against Wales. Im a great backer of
coach Andy Robinson and I hope he sticks with it though he must be
going through some pretty dark places at the moment.
BKE: How much did it mean to you to pull on that navy blue
jersey with the white thistle?
DS: Ive always said its probably the closest thing you can do without
going to war for your country. There was always that incredible
sense of pride and you recognised that there were five and a half
million Scots who would happily have cut off their right arm
to change places with you, not to mention millions of ex-pats
around the world whose entire focus was on your performance
on the Saturday afternoon.
Since I retired in 1992, Ive understood even more about
what it means to play for Scotland and if I had known then
what I know now, I would have been a gibbering wreck
with the stress.
BKE: What do you think of todays
Scottish strip?
DS: I dont find it particularly attractive but
I suppose its fit for purpose in the modern
era, although to be honest I would much
rather see the old cotton jersey with a white
collar rather than the modern one with all
the branding and gold bits, but Im a bit of a
BKE: Your own trademark white headband. Was that something
of a statement?
DS: It was purely vanity. I started doing it when I was at school when
my mum said I must put a headband on or Id get cauliflower ears in
the scrum. These were wise words as while my ears are maybe not the
bonniest, theyre certainly not vegetable-like, which is a great relief.
BKE: March 17th 1990. The Calcutta Cup and Grand Slam
at Murrayfield!
DS: Everyone predicted that England just had to turn up. All media
focus was on England and to be perfectly honest this pissed us off.
If they were going to win a Grand Slam they were going to have to get
past 15 pretty determined Jocks. We had to make a bit of a statement,
thats why I personally took the decision to march our side onto the
field. That set the scene. The atmosphere, the roar, Flower of Scotland,
everything was incredible and even now, just talking about it, the
hairs are standing up on the back of my neck.
BKE: Now, how did success in International rugby translate across
to success in executive coaching.
DS: I had been with very successful teams where coaching was an
integral part of performance but I didnt appreciate that there were
models and methodologies which one could adapt and use in business
so I deployed that with a lot of people I worked with and saw them
develop their potential far faster. Ive just set up a new venture, School
for CEOs in Edinburgh which Im very excited about.
BKE: How much does it mean to be a Member here?
DS: While I fully understand the need for functions, it should primarily
be a Club for Members. Its a fine balance and I sometimes feel its
maybe going the wrong way. Im enormously fond of the
Club and its a home from home. The staff know you, its
very friendly and
welcoming, the
facilities are
fantastic, and
its a wonderful
Left: David Sole,
with Bill Kerr Elliott
Im enormously fond
of the Club and its a home
from home. The staff know
you, its very friendly and
welcoming, the facilities
are fantastic.
David Sole OBE
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We take pride in specializing in the education of boys and
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Sixth Form boarding pupils reside in the purpose-built Laidlaw House
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Strong links with girls schools including academic workshops, drama,
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Pioneers in specialist sports education Tennis Academy Scotland
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Over 30 co-curricular activities on offer
Impressive range of languages on offer including Mandarin, Spanish
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SPRING 2012 The Caledonian 19
ohn Crombie, who founded the
dynasty, was an archetypal
entrepreneur of the new industrial
age. Born into humble circumstances
in 1772, he was the illegitimate son of
a Fetternear weaver. As a teenager,
he joined Kilgour & Co, a textile
firm based in Old Deer that soon
recognised his talents: before 1800,
he moved from the shop floor into
the counting house where his career
continued to prosper. In 1805, he
and three partners set up the firm of
Crombie, Knowles & Co in
Newmachar and the concern that
would evolve into Crombies famous
woollen mill was born.
His two sons, James and John,
managed the business in the next
generation. They relocated the mill to
Grandholm in 1859 when it became
known as J & J Crombie Ltd.
James Crombie was a remarkable
character to whom Crombie owes
much of its subsequent success. In
1837, he married the fascinating Kitty
Forbes, whose father, Theodore, was
an East India Company agent and
younger son of the laird of Boyndlie.
Her mother was his Indian
girlfriend, the exotic Eliza Kewark.
The combination of illegitimacy and
mixed race then carried a stigma
that would be unrecognisable to us
today and it testifies to Crombies
sheer strength of character that this
attractive couple overcame this.
James and Kittys son Theodore
would, in due course, lead the
company in its next generation, but it
is through their daughter Jane that we
find their most enduring legacy. Janes
granddaughter Ruth Gill married the
fourth Lord Fermoy and became a
Lady in Waiting to the Queen Mother.
In 1981 her granddaughter Diana
memorably became the Princess of
Wales, so the blood of these canny
Aberdonian businessmen runs in
the future King Williams veins.
Thomas Blake Glover, the subject
of a recent Caledonian Lecture was
the companys agent in Japan.
It remains an iconic British brand
and the Club is proud to maintain
a close link with it.
Alan Hay, Member
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The story of the iconic
British clothing brand
SPOTLIGHT ON: The Crombie Family of Fetternear
ainted by Edinburgh-born
Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-
1976) it is the only known
full-sized copy of the original painting
by John Pettie of East Linton.
The Prince, clad in the Prince
Charles Edward Stuart tartan, is
entering the ballroom at the Palace
wearing the ribband and star of the
Order of the Garter. He is flanked
on his right by Cameron of Lochiel,
and on his left by Lord Pitsligo.
After his victory at Prestonpans,
and before he sojourned south of
the border, the Prince held court at
Holyroodhouse in 1745. Sir Walter
Scott in his novel Waverley (Chapter
XX, Vol II), provides a description
of this Ball held at Holyrood and
John Pettie captures the atmosphere
of the occasion; the Young Chevalier
is seen stepping forward, the
brilliant light striking his sash, star
and silk waistcoat, with flowers
strewn at his feet.
Cameron of Lochiel
The Gentle Lochiel, as Donald
Cameron of Lochiel was known, was
held in the greatest esteem in the
Highlands. He was of the opinion
that the uprising should not take place
until the arrival of troops promised
by France. It was against his better
judgement therefore that he was
persuaded to support the Prince.
Following Lochiels lead, other
chiefs joined the uprising and the
standard was raised on 19th August
1745 at Glenfinnan. Throughout the
uprising, Lochiel was near to the
Princes side, and, like Lord Pitsligo,
was one of the Inner Council. Lochiel
prevented the sacking of Glasgow
and persuaded the Prince to fine the
city magistrates instead. From that
time, if Cameron of Lochiel visits
Glasgow, the bell of the Tollbooth
must be rung in his honour. Lochiel
was wounded at Culloden, but
evaded capture and escaped to
France with the Prince. He was
appointed a Lieutenant Colonel in
the French Army and died in 1748.
Lord Pitsligo
Alexander Forbes, 4th Lord Pitsligo,
protested against the Union of
Parliament in 1707 and played a
significant part in the Earl of Mars
rising of 1715. After being abroad
for five years, he was allowed to return
to his estate in Aberdeenshire.
A nobleman of the most
irreproachable character, at the age of
68, with a squadron of 120 gentlemen
from NE Scotland, he joined the
Princes forces in Edinburgh just after
the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.
He was a constant companion of the
Prince and was with him throughout
the campaign in England.
On returning to Scotland his
squadron of cavalry became foot
soldiers as their horses died of
exhaustion. After Culloden, he was
attainted and lived in concealment
until he died in 1762, aged 85. On
the death of his son the title became
The original painting is on view
at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.
No authentic full-size portrait of the
Prince existed, so John Pettie asked
his son in law, Hamish McCunn to
dress up as Bonnie Prince Charlie
and pose for him. Incidentally,
McCunn composed the opera Jeanie
Deans and wrote the music for The
Land of the Mountain and the Flood.
The painting was exhibited at
The Royal Academy in 1892. It was
one of the last works of Pettie, who
died the following year, aged 54. The
painting was unsold at The Royal
Academy and formed part of the
sale of the artist's studio the
following year. It passed initially into
the R Wharton Private Collection
and was then acquired by Charles
Stewart of Achara who presented the
painting to King George V in 1916.
The Clubs Painting
The Club has two outstanding
Jacobite paintings in the Sir Godfrey
Kneller of King James VII and II
(1723) and the fine copy of Prince
James Francis Edward Stuart (The
Old Pretender) and his sister Princess
Louisa Maria Theresa Stuart by
Nicholas de Largilliere (1695).
Our Club Committee in 1947
thought it right and proper that a
painting of Prince Charles Edward
Stewart should be acquired to fill an
obvious gap. On the wishes of the
Duke of Buccleuch (President), the
Secretary of the Club wrote to the
Lord Chamberlain to have a copy of
the painting at Holyroodhouse
made for the Club.
They requested the Kings
permission to allow an artist chosen
by the Director of The National
Gallery of Scotland to make the copy.
This permission was granted, and
suitable facilities were provided for
the artist, Adam Bruce Thomson.
The painting was completed in
1948. By a remarkable co-incidence,
the original painting hung close by
the Club, as Charles Stewart of
Acharas London residence was in
Eaton Place until 1916.
Vice President, Alex Wilson
Member, Cameron of Lochiel
comments I think the Gentle Lochiel,
despite his misgivings, joined the Prince
because he felt that, with the French
having left him in Lochaber, he couldn't
abandon him to his fate. It is still the
case that the Tolbooth bells in Glasgow
are rung and indeed that occurred a
few years ago when I and some
members of the clan were entertained
to lunch by the Lord Provost.
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IN FOCUS: Bonnie Prince Charlie Portrait
Bonnie Prince Charlie
at Holyrood
Vice President Alex Wilson
pictured at the Simon Gillespie
Studios where the painting
was restored
The Clubs most historical painting Prince Charles Edward
Stewart was recently returned by the restorers.
Acknowledgements: Most interesting and illuminating searches were undertaken, involving a visit to Holyroodhouse, and correspondence with the Royal Archivist at Windsor Castle, and
the Royal Collection Trust at St Jamess Palace. There were also discussions with Bruce Cairns of Kinloch Anderson, and many Club Members, in particular Colin Clark and the late John Scott.
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orn in China 1902 of Scottish
missionary parents, Liddells
early days were spent with his
family in Tianjin before being sent
to school at Eltham Collage and
subsequently matriculating at
Edinburgh University where his
ability as a sportsman and runner
took off.
His performance at the Paris
Olympiad in 1924, winning Gold in
the 400 metres, was all the more
remarkable as he had intended to run
the 100 metres but was disqualified
after refusing to take part in the
qualifying race, which was to be held
on a Sunday, in respect of his religious
upbringing. This part of his life was
immortalised in the award winning
film, Chariots of Fire.
He returned to China in 1925
working as a minister and teacher and
married a Canadian, Florence
Mackenzie, with whom he had three
daughters. He remained in China after
the outbreak of war and was interned
in a Japanese POW camp where he
died in 1945. He is buried in Tianjin.
The remarkable story of Eric,
known as Li Airui () in
China is told in the book by Sally
Magnusson, The Flying Scotsman.
Sally will give the Caledonian Lecture
and HE Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese
Ambassador, has been invited to
give the Chinese perspective on Li
Airui, a Scotsman still greatly revered
in China.
The Caledonian Lecture was
inaugurated in 2011 as an annual
event in the Club to honour those
Scots pioneers throughout the
world who have made a significant
contribution to their adopted country
while retaining their Scottish roots
and values. In this regard, Eric Liddell
is unique in being born in China of
Scottish parents, achieving fame and
recognition in China and in Europe.
To book, contact: Hishge Batbold
T 020 7201 1509
The Caledonian Lecture on Tuesday 25th September
2012 will honour Eric Liddell.
The Flying Scotsman, Eric Liddell
Hogg in the limelight
A great evening of Hoggs songs
Inspired by Member Ian Galbraith,
a Selkirk man, the Club organised a
well-attended event on March 28th,
focussing on the songs of James
Hogg, also known as the Ettrick
The concert, followed by an
excellent dinner, was led by
Dr Kirsteen McCue and she
orchestrated the musical support
of her husband on the piano and
Donald Stewart, fiddler.
John Sessions delivered verse
in truly theatrical style and Nicky
Spence sang in his usual exuberant
way; a high quality group of first
class performers.
Lord and Lady Steel, well
known Hogg enthusiasts, lent their
support to the revival of one of
Scotlands best poets, songwriters,
satirists and writers.
On the back of this success we
are considering making a variation
of this an annual event.
James Fairbairn
Jock Meikle
Above: Presenter Dr Kirsteen McCue
with fiddler Donald Stewart at the James Hogg Evening
Left: John Sessions, Nicky Spence, Dr Kirsteen McCue and
James Fairbairn at the James Hogg Evening
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Dates in purple are a small selection of forthcoming events in
and around London. Why not make a weekend of it?
Until 30-Sep London Wonderground Circus and cabaret events,
Southbank Centre
8 Tue Number 9 Society Lunch Deirdre Kinloch Anderson
'What Tartan Means to Scotland Today'
8 Tue Golfing Society Match vs Reform Club, Hankley Common
9-13 Wed-Sun Royal Windsor Horse Show Windsor Castle
15 Tue Ball Dance Practice Johnnie Walker Room
16 Wed Club AGM Smoking Room
16-19 Wed-Sat Spirit of Summer Fair Olympia
22-24 Tue-Thu London International Wine Fair ExCel
22-26 Tue-Sat Chelsea Flower Show Chelsea Royal Hospital
23 Wed Ball Dance Practice Johnnie Walker Room
23 Wed Book Club Evening Library
23 Wed Racing Society Visit to Wellsummers Stud
23-24 Wed-Thu Golfing Society Match vs Turf Club, Royal Porthcawl GC
24 Thu Arts Group Evening Selkirk and Stuart Rooms
24-26 Thu-Sat International Antiquarian Book Fair Olympia
29 Tue Ball Dance Practice Johnnie Walker Room
31 Thu Alba Society Bridge Game Card Room
2 Sat Investec Derby Day Epsom Downs Racecourse
2-5 Sat-Tue The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend Various
5 Tue Queen's Carriage Procession St Paul's Cathedral
8 Fri Club Diamond Jubilee Ball
8-15 Jul LIFT London International Festival of Theatre Various
12 Tue Number 9 Society Lunch Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman
of Transport for London
12 Tue Golfing Society Match vs East India, The Berkshire
16 Sat Trooping the Colour Horse Guards Parade
18 Mon Club Open Evening Throughout the Club
19-23 Tue-Sat Royal Ascot Ascot Racecourse
20 Wed Alba Lunch Selkirk and Stuart Rooms
21-30 Thu-Sat GDIF 2012 spectacular theatre Greenwich & Docklands
21-9 Sep London 2012 Festival Arts Festival running alongside
Olympics, various
23-8 Jul WorldPride London Trafalgar Square
25-27 Mon-Wed Golfing Society Summer Meeting, Scotland
25-8 Jul Wimbledon AELTC, Church Road
28 Thu Alba Society Bridge Game Card Room
3 Tue Number 9 Society Lunch Richard Moir, Transnational Crime
and Tax Havens
3-8 Tue-Sun Hampton Court Flower Show Hampton Court Palace
5 Thu Cigar Dinner Oval Room and Terrace
13-8 Sep BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall
19 Thu Summer Olympic Barbecue Throughout the Club
19-25 Nov Shakespeare: Staging the World British Museum
21-22 Sat-Sun BT River of Music Various along Thames
21-27 Sat-Fri Olympic Torch Relay Various
26 Thu Alba Society Bridge Game Card Room
27-12 Aug Olympic Games Various
27-9 Sep BT London Live Big screen coverage of Olympics,
Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square
For Your Diary
For further information on Club events, call 020 7201 1509
At the time of publication, accommodation was available at the
Club for all of the above dates. Double rooms for Members are 160
weekdays, 120 Fri-Sun (guests: 180 & 140 respectively), singles:
125 weekdays & 100 Fri-Sun (guests: 145 & 120). Price includes
a hearty Scottish breakfast and VAT. Why not make a weekend of it?
TfL Deputy
Daniel Moylan is
Chairman of
Kensington and Chelsea
Environmental Ltd and co-chairs
Urban Design London. He has
been Deputy Chairman of TfL
for London since 2009. Please
note that the June lunch will not
be on the first Tuesday as usual.
Tuesday 12th June
Crime and Tax
Member Richard
Moir is an
International relations, market
access and business development
specialist who advises companies
and Governments on world
trade, security and risk related
matters, with particular reference
to tax havens and offshore
jurisdictions. Richard will speak
at the lunch on Tuesday, 3rd July.
Tuesday 3rd July
Diamond Jubilee Ball
in association with Johnnie Walker
Number 9 Society Lunches
Join us for the Summer Ball on
Friday, 8th June. To mark 60 years
of HM The Queens reign, the Club
will be Diamond Jubilee themed.
The evening starts royally with a
champagne reception at 7pm.
Club Member and partner 95,
Guests 105
Friday 8th June
Our large Terrace can
accommodate over 100 guests, and
will be in full swing for this fun
event on Thursday, 19th July. Dress
is smart casual (but leave your
sports gear at the starting post).
Thursday 19th July
The President, Vice Presidents, Committee, Members
and staff of The Caledonian Club
send loyal greetings to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
in recognition of Her Majestys 60 year reign.