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Dear Merchistonians and Friends

For those with paraskevidekatriaphobia today could have been a truly terrible day. Hopefully for those of us who aren't afraid of Friday the thirteenths yours was a better day and the start of a great weekend.

We hope that those attending the London dinner tonight enjoy catching up with old friends. We also wish the Scotland rugby team well in Saturday's Calcutta match at Twickenham. Now that really would be a great weekend for some!

And whilst I'm talking about catching up, a sincere 'thank you' from the
Headmaster and Mrs Hunter to all those Merchistonians and friends who supported them during their recent visits. Pictures of some of the School friends are

The Headmaster was also able to briefly support our tennis team in Doha at the @isfsports Tennis World Schools Championship. The team gave a sterling effort reaching the quarter finals. Congratulations to the team and coaches for representing
the School and Scotland with such a distinguished performance.

For those amongst our readers who tend to forget important dates, please remember that this Sunday (in the UK) is
Mothering Sunday. Although I hope that you don't actually need an excuse to spoil the mum in your life, the Edinburgh rugby buffs amongst you could treat her to a glass of fizz (courtesy of Savills) at the
Merchiston 7s competition. (I suspect that Savills would be prepared to treat any of the female guests to a free glass although please don't tell them I said that.) Sponsored by Gilson Gray and supported by Eastern Western Motor Group and Savills,
the School will be hosting 48 visiting teams for what is always an engrossing day of fast-paced rugby. Competition starts at 11.00am through until 4.00pm.

Staying on rugby, and only 2 weeks away, is the clash of Merchistonians v Edinburgh Academicals at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh on Saturday 28 March from 12.30pm. For those wishing to pull on the old
jersey please get in touch with MRFC at

And more dates for your diary, one a rare occasion.

At the start of the School Commemoration weekend, the Golf Club is holding a shotgun tournament at Kingsacre on Friday 19 June to raise funds for the Halford Hewitt team. Tickets are GBP280 per team including breakfast and lunch. To book, contact the Club office

On Saturday 20 June, it's the annual shooting competition between the Club and the School. If you'd like to take part, please contact Richard Macmillan (81-87) at

And finally, a reminder for next Friday morning, 20 March. You'll need to have your eclipse glasses/pinholes/telescopes/cameras at the ready if you want to watch part of the
solar eclipse across northern Europe. The next in this part of the world won't be until 2026. If you're a Merchistonian in the Faroe Islands you'll see totality but even for those in northern UK there should be a good partial eclipse. There's
a link to the eclipse timetable here. I understand that Pringle will be prepared with their glasses and, if the weather's good, telescopes in front of Gibson House. I wonder how the School approached the eclipse' of the
past? We'd love to know.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and remembering the mum of every Merchistonian.

Kind regards


Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

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