Ian Graham, 1960-65: continues to enjoy retirement and is still involved in athletics. After a “break” of 50 years from piano playing, he has just passed his Grade 5 examination with Merit.
Gordon Cardigan, 1960-66: has recently written his memoirs for his grandchildren and other descendants.
Hamish Forrest, 1965-69: Hamish reports that his father, Jack Forrest, 1935-39, celebrated his 100th birthday on 13 April 2021.
John Macmillan, 1970-75: after graduating in Law from Dundee University, John joined MacRoberts LLP in Glasgow, progressing to Partner and then Managing Partner. He retired in 2020, but remains active as an occasional Consultant.
John Mitchell, 1983-88: having worked at Speirs & Jeffrey Ltd for 26 years, John is now Finance Executive with Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP. He is also Chairman of Glasgow Academicals RFC, and would be pleased to hear from any young Merchistonians wanting to play rugby in Glasgow.
Rory Forbes, 1984-88: 2020 was an eventful year for Rory, celebrating his 50th birthday and starting at Sands China Ltd in Macau as Vice President of Security. He and Anita also welcomed their second child, a baby girl named Riley McGregor, in July.
Roderick Binns, 1985-92: with his wife, set up the Edinburgh architectural practice Fernandes Binns Architects Ltd in 2019.
James Rankin, 1985-92: James and his wife, Holly, have celebrated the birth of a daughter, Hazel Felicity Dalziel. James is now the Business Development Director at the Centre for Process innovation at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington. CPI helps biopharmaceutical companies develop their ideas into new products, and has been supporting the sector and the UK government in the fight against coronavirus.
Andrew Auld, 1986-91: in 2019, Andrew successfully sold the Bakery, Café and Deli business he founded in 2008. He is now co-owner and Commercial Director at PTFS Europe Ltd – a cloud software business operating in the library sector.
Colin Scagell, 1987- 92: his son, Henry, followed in his footsteps by joining Merchiston in Chalmers West in September 2020.
Fergus Burnett, 1988-90: in early 2019, Fergus was invited to be one of only three photographers in the UK to cover all events at any of the Royal Household palaces and residences.
Simon Henderson, 1989-93: after 11 years living in the Middle East, Simon relocated to Germany to be Regional General Counsel for Europe and the Middle East for Compass Group PLC. His eldest son, Max, moves into Chalmers East in September 2021, when his youngest two boys, Ben and Angus, join Pringle.
Robin Macpherson, 1991-97: appointed Headmaster of Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, from August 2020.
William Biggart, 1994-2001: has another baby boy, Ralph Alexander Jude, born on 9 March 2021.
Chris Dudar, 1995-2001: moved back to Edinburgh in September 2019 as a Senior Business Manager within BT Corporate, and got married on 29 September 2020.
Simon Carpenter, 1997-2002: Simon completes his PGDE in Primary Education in June 2021, after which he hopes to become a primary school teacher.
Edward Hunter, 1997-2008: Edward and his wife, Alice, have a baby son, Arthur James, born on 13 February 2021.
Sebastian Dunnett, 2000-07: completed his PhD in global environmental change in September 2020, and married Jessica Fleminger in the same month. Their first child, Millie, was born on 3 January 2021.
David Cherry, 2002-09: David, at the age of 30, has fulfilled his dream of playing for Scotland in this year’s Six Nations, gaining five caps and two tries. After the win against England in the Calcutta Cup match, his picture lifting the cup was beamed around the world. David hopes that his long journey to the Scotland team “will demonstrate to young people everywhere that if you believe in yourself and stick at it, you can achieve your dreams”.
Peter Kwok, 2002-04: Peter has founded and is chairing the Global Diaspora Confedor-ation, the world’s largest diaspora-led organisation that unites, supports and develops diaspora organisations across the world for peace and advancement.
Andrew Ferguson, 2005-08: currently working for UEFA on the EURO 2020 project, the first major sporting event delivered with fans since the pandemic started.
Euan Jennings, 2006-15 & Gregor McMillan, 2008-15: Euan and Gregor have co-founded Z9 Films, a video production company located in Edinburgh.
Martin Christ, 2007-09: his monograph “Biographies of a Reformation, Religious Change and Confessional Coexistence in Upper Lusatia, 1520-1635, has just been published by Oxford University Press.
Charles (Tianyi) Liu, 2015-19: After Merchiston, Charles went to study Medicine at the University of Buckingham, where, amongst other things, he is President of the Art Society and President of the Medical School’s Mental Health & Applied Medicine Society.