The Royal High School Club





The Royal High School has been a focus of Edinburgh life for centuries and as such has attracted many visits from celebrities, hosted many events and seen many other notable (and less notable) occasions.    These photographs represent a small selection of them, varying form the very important to the very casual, some taken on school premises and others in a variety of locations


1951 Canongate Kirk Ceremony Percy and his boys (including Andrew Forgan) Library swots circa 1963 Leaving Calton Hill - ceremony at Canongate Kirk 7th June 1968 The Queen, Dr Imrie, Miss Hamilton and John Small, 1958 Prize-giving day 1963
1953 School Concert at the Usher Hall - Alan Grosset second left in the third row from the front 1996 Dinner - Matt McIver, Ronnie Corbett, Shona Thomson, Douglas Lawrence Leaving day 1996 (Mark Bowman on right) London Club 2002 Dinner The Memorial Windows, relocated from Regent Road to Barnton Circa 1970 Prize-Giving, Rector Bailie Ruthven and others
1946 RHS Scout Group 1953 CCF Pipe Band at Goldenacre.   Jim Dignall is right of centre wearing the leopard skin! The Queen and Duke on the balcony Dignall, Ireland and others, Coldstream harvest camp 1954 Teachers, 1965 CCF 1952 - Jim Dignall centre of lowest row
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Lord Provost George Grubb entertains Jim Ford MC at the City Chambers, 12th March 2008.   Club President Alastair Allanach also appears 1729 ATC at RAF Leconfield, 1963 with Lightning aircraft. Flight Lt Somerville, Flight Sergeants Colvine and Lang Arthur Ross called this austere group together, 19-10-09, hosted by Ally Black at his restaurant - SHAPES. Back row - Allanach, Bryden, Stewart, Bruce, Robertson: Front row - Black, Laidlaw, Ross, Anderson, Penman

1957-58 School Captain Ian S Brown with his Vice-Captain Pringle Fisher.    One of a series of photos from the Weekend Scotsman RHS feature of June 7th 1958l Another photo from the Weekend Scotsman feature shows Art Master Shand Hutchison (still a member of the Scottish Arts Club teaching sketching skills to Robert Purves, David Boyle and Lesley Milne Shand Hutchison in good form on his 90th Birthday.   He is seen here in the garden of his Regency bungalow in Portobello during his 90th Birthday party in July 2011.   He looks just the same as in the photo on the left.   Shand sadly died  in April 2015
A Copy of the School History dated 20th July 1950.    G.L.O. Bell was the Master leaving.    According to Jim Dignall (who entered the Senior School in 1949) he taught Maths.   Lots of notable names appear! 196-67 Pipe Major Stewart ably supported by Pipe-Sergeant Chris Crossley and Drum-Sergeant Ian Forrest RAF Dishforth, 1962: Flt Lieutenant Smerville ably supported by Colvines and Lang RAF Chivener, 1964.  1729 ATC summer camp.    Flt Lieutenant Ireland assisted by Flt Sergeant Lang, Sandy Colvine, Bruce Skivington and others William Wilson, the artist responsible for the Memorial windows working on them in 1949 The School History Committee, 1997

The 1963 visit of RHS schoolboys to the Royal Highland Show.  The only person we can recognise is David Robb far left

Jimmy Veitch (remember him?) and friends David Appleton kindly provided this 50th anniversary reunion photo, June 2012, and an alphabetic list of attendees - Appleton, Baker, Baxter, Cichla, Colvine, Falconer, Langdon, Lees, McBride, Macdonald, MacDougall, Macnicol, Naysmith, Oliver, Sloan, Speight.
Mrs Buist, Mr Dewar, Mr McKenzie, Miss Minck

RHC Cougars, 2010.

L to R: Hugh Penman, George Neilson, Arthur Ross, Jim Dignall, Stewart Bruce, Jim Dignall, Allan Mann, David Duncan, Brian Ronaldson

RHS (12th Portobello) Scouts 1961 - we are indebted to Eric Sprigg for this and the adjoining image.

L to R - Burt, Saunders, Allanach, Thomson, McConnachie Jnr, a.n.other, Pendreigh, Elvin, Anderson, McConachie Snr, Symon

Walter Thomson, Gordon Burt, Rob Lawrie and Alan Grosset
The Great Tapestry of Scotland

This mammoth project features over 150 panels describing 12,000 years of Scottish history.   The panel shown depicts the 1871 (first) Scotland versus England rugby match, played at Raeburn place.   The only try of the game was scored by RHSFP rugby player Angus Buchanan, who is featured in the centre of the panel.   The finished product, reputedly the largest in the World is due to be hung in the Scottish Parliament in Autumn 2013

1960 RHS chess match - Alastair Maclean, Gordon Burt and others Royal High Art Room, 1911 Colin Telfer, Jock Dewar, Allan Mann, Arthur Ross and John Elvin meet in the Arthur Ross suite at Boroughmuir RFC, January 2014


Dr Alexander Adam, celebrated Rector of the High School 1786 -1810, was honoured with a reception on the bicentenary of his death.   Held in the newly refurbished Edinburgh University Library, speakers included a direct descendant, and the individuals who curated a splendid exhibition of Dr Adam's and other contemporary artefacts.

Alexander Adam exhibition - general view Alexander Adam exhibition - Rector Jane Frith, past Rector Matt McIver and Martin Bryden Alexander Adam exhibition - past Acting Rector David Simpson and Chris Crossley in front of one of the extensive exhibition cabinets
1973 - Girls arrive.    There are one or two dazed and amazed looks from the boys The Book of Remembrance - the page is turned each year by the youngest pupil - this page is for 2015 Eric Brown flanked by two School Prefects at the 2015 Mountbatten Address in Edinburgh SSC Camp Dalguise 1954 - Graham McCarter informally  'conducting' the choir 2014 Prize-Giving - 6th form leavers photoshoot outside the Memorial Door
Eric Sprigg, Walter Thomson and Gordon McConnachie receiving their Queens Scout awards, circa 1960 1962 Scottish Schoolboys Club camp, Dalguise.  Stewart Laidlaw holding the tent pole, Martin Bryden left and Kenny Millan right


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