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Year 2014

December 2014
Ian G. Bradley,
103 Byres Road,
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Robert S. Shiels,
SSC, Edinburgh

Donald Skinner Reid,
SSC, Edinburgh
Keiran W. Dean
PO Box 7541
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R Souter,
SSC, Edinburgh

Neil Hay,
SSC, Falkirk
The Society was pleased, along with the Society of Solicitor Advocates, to host a reception for Lord Mackay on 13 November, to mark his retiral as a Senator of the College of Justice.

His Lordship reminisced about his earlier life, when he had been a partner of Allan McDougall & Co, SSC, and a member of the SSC Society. At that time, John G. George, Snr., a past President of the SSC Society, had been senior partner of that firm. He referred to happy times consulting in the SSC Library, and attending social events in the Library during his time as an SSC. It was evident that the reception was much enjoyed by his Lordship, and by all those attending.
Sheriff Principal Stephen gave the following speech to The joint Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts, Society of Solicitor Advocates and Scottish Young Lawyers' Association Annual Lecture on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.


Year 2013

At the Members’ Meeting on 26 June 2012, Lynn Harrison was elected as President of the Society for the next three years, and Robert Shiels was elected as Vice-President for the year 2012-13. Eric Turnbull, a previous President, who had continued to serve as an Ordinary Member of Council, did not seek re-election and Pamela Loudon, the second woman to join the Society, which she did in 1983, was appointed to the vacancy.
In her Will, Eve Crowe left £5,000 to the Society, without specifying how it should be used. Her brother expressed a preference for a bursary to a student, as Eve was always keen to see young people getting on. We approached the Dean of the School of Law at the University of Dundee, where Eve studied, and have arranged for bursaries of £500 each to two students a year in the Diploma Course, until the legacy is exhausted in five years' time. The two students will attend one of the Members’ Meetings during the year when they receive the bursary, to see the Library and to learn about the Society.
The Society made a contribution toward the Scottish Young Lawyers Association SYLA Spring Ball in Glasgow on 28 April 2012 and also to its Summer Barbeque in Edinburgh in June, in exchange for the opportunity of making the Association more aware of what this Society has to offer to its members.

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December 2012
Caroline Yin Oi Kwek
Kwek Defence.
Suite 280
12 South Bridge
Edinburgh - EH1 1DD
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David Taylor,
SSC, Edinburgh

Sandra Walker
SSC, Edinburgh
Norma Anne Shippin
Central Legal Office
Anderson House,
Breadalbane Street
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Ian L. Campbell,
SSC, Edinburgh

Colin M. Campbell
SSC, Edinburgh
June 2012
Sean Thomas Lynch
McCluskey Brown.
7 Portland Road
Kilmarnock - KA1 2BT
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Scott Miller,
SSC, Edinburgh

Pamela Loudon
SSC, Edinburgh
Liam Ewing
32 Marchfield.
Milngavie - G62 8HZ
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Douglas Thomson,
SSC, Dumbarton

Liam O’Donnell
SSC, Glasgow
Alistair Brownlie has transferred all the information the Society has about its 1,912 members (from incorporation to date) from the card indexes and other sources.
He is discussing how best to make this material available to the Society.
As the Society had contributed to the restoration fund, we attended a ceremony on 18 June 2012 for the re-dedication of the statue and our name is on the plaque of donors.
In 1895, some of our members formed ‘The SSC Golf Club’ and we believe that makes it the oldest Legal Golf Club in the world to have kept its original name. An Edinburgh legal firm started a club in 1894, and called the Thistle Golf Club because the firm had offices in Thistle Court in Edinburgh, but when the founding firm merged with Brodies, the Club lost its identity.

Our Club’s activities were suspended during both the First and the Second World Wars, but apart from them, competitions were regularly held until 1996. Over the years, thirteen very valuable trophies and medals were donated. As there seemed to be no prospect of arranging further competitions, the Society, as custodians of the trophies and medals, offered them to the British Golf Museum in St Andrews on a ten-year loan, from December 2011, renewable by mutual consent. The Museum is very grateful to have these exhibits, because although they have many trophies and exhibits from public competitions, such as the British Open, they have very little by way of mementos from private clubs.