A year ago we mourned the loss of three veritable pillars of the Society : Margaret Hilton who had chaired its International Committee, former national convenor, plaque-promoter and Leith civic champion Margaret Street MBE and Scots language activist Moira Stratton who was for some years our representative on the Council.
We also bade farewell to Dr Joanna Kitchen who for many years checked the tickets at our lunches and to Andrew Ivor MacDonald, who had joined the Society at 18 and 70 years later came on our 2018 summer outing on the Borders Railway.
In the spring it was the turn of Paul Henderson Scott, an Army officer and diplomat whose postings included Havana during the Cuban missile crisis. He retired to Edinburgh in 1980, and through the Saltire Society of which he became President grew deeply engaged in bringing about a wide range of initiatives, including affordable reprints of classic works of Scottish literature, annual book awards, the nomination of Edinburgh as the first World City of Literature and a repudiation of the proposal that the National Portrait Gallery should be closed.
Isobel Wilkie and her late husband David had received honorary membership in 2010, when they were described as the "epitome of everything that is good about the Society".
In October the Branch suffered another grievous loss with the passing of our Treasurer and Events Organiser Kenneth Stewart. Coming to us from the St Andrew Society of Edinburgh, Kenneth soon became a weel-kent figure by his reading of annual telegrams from St Andrew Societies at our lunch nearest to St Andrew's Day each year. He was as efficient as he was self-effacing, and as Events Organiser saw to the arrangements for our lunches including the smooth transfer from the Royal OverSeas League to the Royal Scots Club.
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