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Speakers’ Lunches 2019-2020


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 18th November 2019 | 12 noon | £20pp

Speakers lunch with John Roulston on: ‘Robert Watson-Watt, technology needs personality to bring it into application’

Sir Robert Watson Watt, who is often described as, “the father of Radar”.

Born in Brechin, Angus, Scotland, on 13 April 1892, Watson-Watt was a descendant of James Watt, the famous engineer and inventor of the practical steam engine who we will be learning about at our September lunch. Professor John Roulston, OBE, past Technical Director at Crewe Toll, the site of Ferranti Scotland Ltd and now Leonardo, is our guest speaker who will recount the achievements of Sir Robert and place his efforts in the context of exploiting science in a practical way.

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

Speakers lunch with John Roulston 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

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.