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Don't want to hear 'I'm bored!' over the summer? Make his summer awesome on one of the Merchiston summer activity camps. ...
This past weekend (9-11 February, 2013) has been superb for Merchistonian performances on the rugby pitches- seeing six in national or international teams in one weekend. ...
It was great to see Greg McCulloch (82-87) back at the School with his family. ...
Suffering air-guitar knee stress from the weekend's AC/DC concert at Hamden, Grant and Angus called into the School on Monday during a whirl-wind tour of Edinburgh. ...

The Merchistonian Club has joined the Amazon Associates Programme. ...
On Friday morning the J4/5 and First Form boys were treated to a surprise visit from Merchistonian Angus Sinclair. ...
Andrew G Walker (01-06) is taking on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the Wooden Spoon's Arctic Rugby Challenge. ...
Rob Service (10-12) is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and kindly offered to talk to our Upper XI. ...
Current Merchiston parent Carina Contini and her husband Victor restored an abandoned Victorian kitchen garden on the outskirts of the city, celebrating a year in the life of Scotland's natural larder. ...
Andrew Desson (87-93), Divisional Director for Brewin Dolphin, kindly spent an evening chatting to our Upper Sixth about choosing a career in finance. ...
Rickie Cheung (01-08) has recently graduated from The University of Edinburgh in Architectural Design and has already hit the ground running. ...
It's been quite a year for Queensferry band Bwani Junction. ...
The young Merchistonian band, Bwani Junction, continue to go from strength to strength- this year playing at the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Princes Street. ...
Paul Simon’s 1986 LP Graceland, recorded in South Africa with local musicians, was a landmark in the popularisation of so-called world music. ...
Merchiston was delighted to welcome back to School former pupil Michael Nicol (04-11) who kindly volunteered to talk to Merchiston and Firhill High School’s 5th and 6th Form pupils about his career and experiences in Chiropractic Medicine. ...
Headmaster Andrew Hunter and his wife, Barbara, represented the School over leave-out weekend at a British Boarding Schools' Fair in Grand Cayman, West Indies. ...
The Cayman Islands saw a Merchistonian influx as a reunion was held on Friday 24 October. ...
Richard Macmillan (81-87), Director of Forbes Lawson, has had his company recently recertified for a British Standard – and both he and his business partner have been recertified for the International Standard, also! Happy news. ...
Congratulations to Merchistonian, and former Captain of School, Charles Russell (89-94) who has won the coveted Farmer's Weekly Farmer of The Year Award for 2011. ...
Congratulations to Charles Samson (95-03) who has been picked to take charge of five matches during the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series. ...
Chris Fulton (00-07) appears as Ferg - "the moral conscience of the piece" in a recent BBC adaptation of Stonemouth by Iain Banks. ...
In September 1965, aged 17, Andrew Haddow made the final arrangements to leave his home, near Muirfield in Scotland, to caddy on the USPGA Tour for Arnold Palmer, who, in 1966, gave a golf trophy to the School. ...



Merchiston golf team captain Andrew Haddow (60-65) who caddied on the USPGA Tour, 3 months after leaving school, has produced a 2hr DVD with film and photos of his unique experience, edited from his golf club evening presentations. ...
20 years has passed since the Class of 1994 were reunited, but it certainly didn't feel that way! Organised by The Club and Will Lindsay (87-94), the group gathered at The New Club, Edinburgh, reminiscing over a lovely dinner!If you are interested in getting your Class back together for a celebrator ...
The Merchistonian Club was thrilled to welcome back the Class of 2004 on Saturday, after a very successful Annual Dinner the night before. ...
This year's rugby union Varsity Match at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday, 11 December will be used by both universities to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice made by all players, but particularly those Blues who lost their lives in World War 1. ...
Mark E Coulter (88-90) is the founder and Managing Director of Coulters Property. ...
Merchistonians may be aware that whilst playing for Stirling University against Harris FP RFC on Saturday 13 September, Connor sustained a severe spinal injury. ...
On Friday 20 May, the 1XI played its annual fixture against the Merchistonians. ...
Iain Clark (71-74) invites you to a Private View of his new photographic exhibition at Lyon &Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place Edinburgh from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday 30 July. ...
We were delighted to hear that Daniel (Wai-Ho) Wong (99-04) has passed his Masters Degree in Fashion Accessories from the Instituto Marangoni and that he started his first job on June 21 2011 as a Junior Designer based in Milan for the legendary fashion house of Versace. ...
A warm congratulations to David Pybus, who has recently graduated with an MSc in Geography from the University of Leeds. ...
Dr John Herdman (54-59) popped in to take a look at the School's archive in late September. ...
We were delighted to welcome back to School the Desson family, Graham (60-64), his son Andrew (87-93), Greg (58-63) and their respective families who met with the Headmaster to present a bench to the School dedicated to Graham and Greg’s parents. ...
Dr Thomas Logan (98-03)
Thomas Logan graduated from Cambridge with a First in Engineering and has just been awarded his PhD, studying Doubly Fed Brushless Generators. ...
Saturday 21st May saw over 80 people gathered in the Memorial Hall for a concert to celebrate the life and work of a former master, almost 40 years after his retirement from Merchiston in 1972. ...
(Rod) R A M Ramsay (55-60) reminisces about his days with Ben Line shipping company. ...
On a brief visit to Edinburgh, Dr and Mrs Hertle, parents of Thomas (07-09) and Luka (11-13), treated Merchiston staff to a 'thank you' dinner for helping their sons get into their respective universities to study engineering. ...
A creative pictorial record of Douglas Abram's (00-05) recent trip to the Cayman Islands alongside many Merchistonian contemporaries. ...
Interested in a rewarding and international graduate career? Euan Kelly talks about working for Knight Frank. ...
Donald Biggar OBE (65-69) on BBC R4 talking about the Beef Shorthorn
The School, and the Merchistonian Club, were pleased to welcome back to Colinton David Gibson (51-55). ...
Four Merchistonians took part in the British Universities Rugby Trophy final: Andrew O'Riordan (09-13), Alex Webb (10-11), Jonathan Gibson (08-13) and Gavin Parker (11-13). ...

Scots show progression in Six Nations from Merchistonian Club on Vimeo. ...
An interview with Fraser Brown on winning his first Scotland Cap against Italy. ...
Merchistonian Hooker Fraser Brown (01-07) has recovered from injury and is looking to his club, Glasgow Warriors, to do great things. ...
Our photograph shows Steve Biggart (96-03), Ross McClymont (00 - 02) and David Kirkpatrick (97 - 03) who have recently completed a gruelling bicycle ride from Barcelona to Biarritz, successfully raising funds for Maggie's Centres and Aspire, charities close to their heart after Steve's recovery from ...
For those of you who are interested in joining The Merchistonian Golf Club this year, there are a wealth of wonderful events in store for you. ...
We assembled just before 9 for coffee and brandies before heading onto the course. ...
On Wednesday 9th April the following team gathered in Deal for a practice round in an attempt to emulate the Merchistonian victories of 1970, 1976 and 1987. ...
It was a pleasure to welcome back Michael J H Carslaw (70-74) to the School this week. ...
The Headmaster and Mrs Hunter have just returned from a trip to several cities in the Middle East: Dubai, Muscat, Doha and Bahrain. ...
It was a great, great pleasure and privilege for Barbara and myself to visit recently Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Thailand and Hong Kong. ...
You are invtied to visit Iain Clark's (71-74) exhibition 'And that was the Beginning of the End of That' at the Thistle Gallery (56 Park Road, Glasgow G4 9JF). ...
We were delighted to welcome back to Merchiston, John and his wife Susan. ...
BOOK LAUNCH this Friday 8th November in Colinton Parish Church at 7. ...
Our continued congratulations go to Kyle who is proving to be one of Scotland's top young clay shooters with his form remaining incredibly impressive over the last year. ...
The Hon Lord K H Osborne (Kenneth) (50-55) visited our UVI boys on Tuesday as part of our Careers Café evenings. ...
Dominic Dunnett (98-05) is a rising talent in the legal world. ...
Sunday 9 September saw the School's Memorial Hall full to the brim with those attending the annual Service of Remembrance and Dedication. ...
NGR Mair (1928-2014)On 3 February 1951, 22-year-old NGR Mair (42-47) boarded the team bus outside the North British Hotel and headed off down to Murrayfield to win the second of his four rugby caps. ...
Lord Osborne, (Kenneth Hilton Osborne) who attended Merchiston Castle School from 1950-55 has retired from being the longest-serving judge of the current Scottish bench. ...
After a Man of the Match performance in the win over London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium, Sam Hidalgo Clyne (06-11) is looking ahead to a return to league fixtures and 2 January 2015's big game against Glasgow Warriors. ...
Joint statement from Mr Andrew Hunter and Mr Melvyn Roffe, Headmaster and Principal of Merchiston Castle School and George Watson's College respectively:

This evening, both Merchiston Castle School and George Watson's College will be playing in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools' Cup Final at BT ...
On Tuesday 6 May, The Merchistonian Club hosted an Aberdonian event at The Copthorne Hotel. ...
Thanks in part to the superb efforts from Merchistonians, careers events for the current boys are going from strength to strength. ...
We are delighted to announce that in July 2012 Merchiston will be embarking on a Rugby tour to Canada. ...
We are keen to hear from all Chinese Merchistonians with an interest in joining a professional development network within the Merchistonian Club. ...
On a rare visit to the UK from his home of Andover, Kansas, Andrew stopped by Merchiston on his way to a dinner at St Andrews University and took time to walk around the campus, which brought back fond memories of his time here. ...
Not content with being a published author whilst still at School, Graham J H Wilson (05-10) has just published his second novel The Road to Dresden - a gritty story set in a broken Germany in the dying days of the Second World War. ...
Please click on the link below to find the minutes for the most recent Merchistonian Club Committee Meetings. ...
Ian GH Dun (63-68) lives in Brazil with his wife and family. ...
Jamie McIntosh (02-08) was announced as Broomyknowe Golf Club's Club Champion for 2012. ...
A late January wedding brought together a few Merchistonians last week. ...
As we begin 2015, the ballot box is now open for the new Merchistonian of the Year nominees. ...
The Magnificent Seven Do The Double (June 2015)
(Clays)
It was hard to believe that another year has passed as we gathered at Cluny Clay’s in Fife for the start of the annual match against the school last Saturday. ...
Graeme Murray (69-73) is currently halfway up the Alps, raising money for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. ...
Two Merchistonians received DofE Gold Awards at Holyrood in July 2012, with HRH Prince Philip in attendance. ...
Magnus Bradbury (11-13) and Patrick Kelly (10-14) will be clashing at BT Murrayfield tonight, as part of Scotland U20 and Scotland Club XV respectively. ...
Chris Cowan(79-85), Roger Baird(73-78), Nick White(83-89), Matthew Gray(79-85), Ronnie Irving(52-58) and Gavin Thain(79-85) treated the School golf team to a fine lunch at Muirfield on 19 June. ...
On his tour of the Middle East promoting the School the Headmaster was delighted to catch up with Charlie Simpson (94-98) at his home golf course, The Address Montgomerie, Dubai. ...
Lower Sixth Form parent, Mrs Catherine Blythe, travelled back to Belgium, where she lived with her family before moving to Edinburgh, to visit WWI sites, and, in particular, to visit graves and memorials of Merchistonians who died fighting for their country in the 1914 – 1918 conflict. ...
Accies and Merchistonians will be facing off for the second time at Raeburn Place on Saturday 28 March 2015. ...
A hearty congratulations to the Merchistonian Golf Club's victory against the Old Sedberghians on Sunday 27 April. ...
The Moredun Foundation, the governing body of Moredun Research Institute, was delighted to award an honorary fellowship to John Jeffrey at its AGM on 4 September. ...
MRFC were in a tough group and pitted against Stu’s Blue’s (A Tynedale team), Blaydon (National 1 Team) and Tynedale colts. ...
Score: 53-19

In an ‘all action’ game at Raeburn Place Merchistonian XV took on the Accies for the third time since our revival. ...
Congratulations to The Revd Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE who recently (13 May) launched his third book ‘Step Back’. ...
Graduating early from Merchiston to take up a place at Drake Univeristy, Calum follows a path established by James G McKie (07-09). ...
Queens Birthday Honours List 2012
Merchiston congratulates Iain McGeoch (59-63) on being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for Services to Business and Charity in Scotland. ...
Doug C M Crichton (05-11) has taken the plunge and moved to New South Wales to join Coffs Harbour Comets. ...
The performance of emerging prop Oliver Tomaszczyk in defeat to European giants Stade Francais has won praise from Head Coach Richard Hill who described it as 'a big step forward'. ...
David Broadfoot MBE (65 - 70) Director at Glamis CastleFollowing on from our 'Where are they now' article in the latest Merchistonian Club Magazine we are pleased to read that David, brother of one of our Governors, John Broadfoot (62 - 67), has been a guest speaker at a local Probus Club this month ...
Cameron Nicholls (06-14) has been going from strength to strength since he left Merchiston this summer. ...
Good luck to Fergus as he heads out to Las Vegas to compete for Great Britain in the GPC World Championships. ...
To mark 50 years of golf between Merchiston, Loretto and Sedbergh Old Boys, a formal dinner took place at Prestwick Golf Club on June 17. ...
Despite the unfortunate Leinster 33 - 8 Edinburgh, the match was a positive for Magnus Bradbury (11-13) who made his professional debut. ...
On the last leg of their marathon promotion of the School in the Middle and Far East, the Headmaster and Mrs Hunter enjoyed an evening in The China Club, Hong Kong in the company of some charming Merchistonians and Friends of the School. ...
Merchistonian Chris Young features in Motherboard, the online magazine and video channel dedicated to the intersection of technology, science and human, as the second phase of investigations and experimentations gets underway at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern. ...
As some of you will know I work/still work at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, about a year ago I was asked to become a Trustee for the Teapot Trust the only Scottish Art Therapy charity, based in East Lothian but now operating across most of Scotland (more on that later). ...
In the process of moving I discovered 'a box' of old school photos and some old paper work. ...
Well deserved congratulations go to G Roger T Baird (73-78) for completing the 925 km, seven day Ride of the Lions raising money for Walking With The Wounded. ...
This week we were delighted to meet up with Captain Craig Street who was shaking off his sea legs fresh from his latest voyage on the Shanghai based Sapphire Princess. ...
We were delighted to see The Hon Mr CalumBannerman (49-55) enjoying Saturday's Commemoration Service. ...
On a visit to the UK with his family, Wallace took some time out to take a trip down memory lane and show his parents where they had sent him some 29 years ago (they had never made the trip). ...
The Scotland team were off to an exciting start in the group stages with their first ever win against Australia 15-10. ...
Merchistonian Ben McNeill (09-11) has won the Scottish Youth Cup today with Jed Thistle, beating Ayr 11-7 in the final. ...
Continuing his passion for squash, our congratulations go to Siddarth Suchde (99-03) who is now ranked the number 64 squash player in the world. ...
Christopher Whalen (99-01) is touring Brazil in February with the samba drummers of Carnaval Transatlântico. ...
Congratulations must go to Martin Stein (84-89), who has won the Spring R&A medal with a magnificent score of 68. ...
Stuart Paterson (83-88) visited the school for the first time in 27 years last week, bringing his wife and children to see the School he attended all these years ago! They were suitably impressed!
Business partners Scott Brewster (95-01) and Andrew Hadden (93-00) are looking to transform a disused quarry into an outdoor adventure hub for surfers! Set to be the first of its kind in the UK, this project would happen at the Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho. ...
Ian B Sloan (68-73) has been at the helm of Bankier Sloan, Chartered Surveyors, for 30 years. ...
Writer and curator Mark Sutherland has been following the life of his grandfather, Halliday G Sutherland (1895-00), the Scottish doctor and tuberculosis pioneer. ...
On a tour of the School, we caught up with Ewan Macdonald (54-60), his wife Kirsten and son Finn. ...
Cameron Nicholls (06-14), third from left, has successfully won a placement for a Year in Industry with Scottish Power. ...
The Shanghai Rugby Union Football Club (1904) was one of the premier clubs in the Far East prior to the end of the Second World War. ...
Paul Pakorn Sukhum (76-80) and Pongsakorn Thiengtham (77-80) took time out to welcome Andrew and Barbara Hunter to Bangkok as part of the School promotion tour the Headmaster is undertakign in the Far East. ...
This year’s Mickel Salver was won by members of the School’s Golf Academy who triumphed over six valiant Merchistonians in the sunshine on Muirfield Links. ...
Dear Merchistonians,

I am undertaking several challenges this year to raise money for two charities, Brain Tumour Research and Teenage Cancer Trust. ...
In the spirit of accommodating imminent new members of the Club, it was decided that a 9-9 try draw at full time (after some generous 'extra time' from the School referee) would go to sudden death which saw the School finish off a fun evening with a well deserved try to officially beat the Merchist ...
The Merchistonian Club and the Headmaster were pleased to welcome back A William D Scott (75-81) to the School. ...
Friday was very special for the Club and the School, as Mrs. ...
Jeremy Wares (86-91) is a Merchistonian chef who has risen to great heights serving guests including the late Princess Diana, President Mitterand and Joanna Lumley. ...
It was a great pleasure for the School to receive a copy of While you Sleep - a personal journey in anaesthesia, written by Roy M Humble, who attended Merchiston from 1944-1948. ...
Our photograph shows Academic Leadership Team Members Will Clayton and Stephen Campbell along with Qi Yang (05-07), who is currently doing a physics PhD in Stanford, and Mackenzie, a current pupil, enjoying a break in a meetingl at Stanford. ...

 

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