Thursday, 12 Septmber 2019
This year’s Scottish Distillers Dinner was held in the Signet Library in Parliament Square Edinburgh which is owned by the Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet known as the WS Society – a society of Solicitors. The dinner was once again a record breaking one with one hundred and eighty-five guest sitting down to dinner, with some forty-nine Liveryman accompanied by the Master and his Wardens, nine Past Masters, four Assistants, two Hon Assistant, two Hon Stewards and two Stewards. The guest list represented a great cross section of people involved in all aspects of our industry with a fantastic contingent from the Scotch Whisky Industry.
Liveryman Mr Raymond Davidson proposed the Toast to the Livery and Alderman Sir Roger Gifford responded on behalf of the Guests. The speeches were entertaining, and the sung grace was very impressive although I think we need little practice! The Master presented the Scottish Golf Championship trophy to Liveryman Gordon Doctor, and the Plate Competition to Liveryman Stephen Rankin, with Liveryman Nigel Mills as runner up.
The Master also presented the Company’s bursary prize to Mr Elias Peters who was this year’s scholar from Heriot Watt.
He also thanked Gordon & MacPhail for the provision of their Red Door Gin, Bacardi for their Dewars 18 year old whisky and Craigllachie 13 year old Single Malt, Morrison & Mackay for their Sloe Gin and Flavourly for their beer. He ended by thanking Signet library, who played their part again providing a superb meal with excellent service in wonderful surroundings, and we were then invited by the Master to join him for a Stirrup Cup.