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Speakers’ Lunches 2020


Everyone welcome & great value!


Join us for our fantastic Autumn & Spring lunches with a speaker covering a whole host of interesting topics. Fantastic value and a great afternoon out. 

Members and non-members welcome. Advance booking required, please book for each event below or call us on 0131 525 5157.





Monday 24th February 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp

Speakers lunch with John Fulton on: ’66 Queen Street – The House that viewed the World’

John Fulton is a retired lawyer with a lifetime’s interest in social history. His new book ’66 Queen Street – The House that viewed the World’ is highly anticipated.The book covers a broad swathe of Scottish History from the Enlightenment in the 1700’s to the Meltdown of the world economies in 2007. It does so by telling 14 self contained stories all connected with 66 Queen Street, a Townhouse in Georgian Edinburgh built in 1792. Join us to hear all about it from John himself after a delicious lunch. Dress: Smart Casual.

Monday 9th March 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp

Commonwealth Day Lunch with Honorary Consul of Canada

Join us to help mark Commonwealth Day with guest speaker, Mrs Mary Duncan, the Honorary Consul of Canada in Scotland. Mary was born and brought up in a little town in western Quebec and graduated with a teaching degree from MacDonald College of McGill University. Mary has been President of the Canadian Women’s Club Scotland for 24 years and took over the position as Honorary Consul of Canada in July 2019. The Lunch will commence with a drinks reception at 12 noon followed by a delicious 2 course meal with wine. The lunch has been organised in conjunction with the Royal Overseas League. ROSL, RSC and non-members are welcome. Dress code: Smart Casual.

Monday 16th March 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp

Speakers lunch with Jane Neil-MacLachlan on: ‘Disappeared Department Stores of Edinburgh’

The great old department stores are disappearing, swallowed up by modern retail demands. In this talk Jane Tulloch will look at some of Edinburgh’s best known stores and will discuss the history of one in more detail but with reference to several others as well as the overall picture. Personal stories and anecdotes of these grand establishments will be shared. After Dr Jane Neil-MacLachlan retired from the NHS, she forged another career as writer and novelist under the pen name of Jane Tulloch. A keen forager into local social history, her interest has led her into many interesting nooks and crannies of Scottish life which she enjoys presenting to others. Dress: Smart Casual.

Monday 14th September 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp

The Trades that shaped our Capital

Ian Robertson is the 350th Deacon Convener of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh. Trades have been with us since people first set up home in what became Edinburgh, but their ‘Incorporated’ status came about when charters, or ‘seals of cause’ were issued by the City from the fifteenth century onwards providing them with monopolies on the work carried out by each respective Trade until the nineteenth century. To hear more about the impact that this had on the shaping of Edinburgh, join us for lunch.

Monday 19th October 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp

Edinburgh’s Forgotten Astronomer

How many people in Edinburgh know that it was Astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth who introduced the Time Ball and Time Gun to Edinburgh – legacies that remain to this day?

But he did not stop there! Here was a man who made mountain top astronomy a reality and was involved in pushing Spectroscopy and Meteorology to new heights.

All this whilst doing pioneering work in photography, and turning out brilliant art works.

Too many activities for one talk! This talk will take a controversial aspect of his life and work and present it from his perspective.