News & Events

Prospective Members’ Evening

Want to know more about the Merchant Company? Come along to a virtual presentation on Tuesday 15th June at 5.45pm for 6.00pm.  You will hear from our members who will provide an overview and learn more about the benefits of membership including: Becoming a member of the…

Made in the Heart of Edinburgh

A sunny Friday evening brought a large group of Company members together virtually to celebrate the history, cultural significance and healing qualities of Gin and its various tonics from those good people at Edinburgh Gin and Ian Macleod Distillers. Philip and Mia educated us on…

“Rethinking Organisational Diversity…” with David Sole

Tuesday 8th June 5.45pm for 6.00pm With more and more organisations embarking on diversity programmes today, this talk will explain why it’s essential to understand what that truly means and the various benefits that a diverse workforce (or membership) can have on organisational performance and outcomes.…

Gin Tasting

Friday 14th May, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Following on from the success of our festive Wine and Cheese Tasting and subsequent requests from the membership we have arranged a Gin Tasting to get us ready for these light spring and summer nights.  This tasting event…

Murder, Cold Cases and Lessons in Communication

Date: 8th April Time: 6pm - 7pm In this session our members will hear from a research psychologist with almost 30 years of operational experience, specialising in the investigation of serious and organised crime and the use of covert policing methods. Having worked for the UK…

Festive Frivolity 2020 Style

Festive Wine and Cheese, Tuesday 22nd December, 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. Given the need to cancel our Members’ Dinner this December we have been working on an alternative to bring the Company together (albeit virtually). The result is a Festive Wine and Cheese party –…

Royal Approval for Watson’s Junior School Development

Our Master, Peter Hillier, represented the Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh at the formal opening of George Watson’s College’s John Martin Building by HRH The Princess Royal, a Past Master of the Merchant Company. This project has extended the Junior School…

Breakfast in Times of Change

Our Business Breakfast meeting this month was held via Zoom and featured Jacqui Low, who is known to many of the members as a former Assistant on the Master’s Court, Executive Chairman of Indigo and Chairman of Partick Thistle Football Club. The members and guests…

An Insight into Art and the Merchant Company

How do you experience the artwork that defines the Merchant Company at a time that prevents people joining together? It seems the answer for this question is the same as has been the answer for most things over the last five months – Zoom. And…

Unique Virtual Meeting for the Company

At 12.31pm on Thursday 18 June 2020 a unique meeting in the history of the Company took place. Given the lockdown situation members could not attend the Merchants’ Hall for the usual June Stated Meeting of the Company. Hence the meeting was held using Zoom,…

COVID-19

The Royal Company of Merchants is not alone in finding itself having to adjust to the impact of COVID-19 on its operations. The Company has been operating as near to normal as possible, with meetings becoming virtual and staff working from home.  Clearly there have…

Association of Assistants’ Dinner

On Friday 6 March, The Association of Assistants held another successful and  splendid dinner within the Hall, hosted by the Chairman.  This year’s Guest Speaker, and Member of the Association of Assistants, Julie Ashworth who gave a tremendous presentation about her life and experiences which…

GWC Founder’s Day 2020

Don Young, The Lord Dean of Guild, The Old Master hosted proceedings at George Watson’s College at their Founder’s Day on Friday 7 February. This year, with the Watsonian President and the Chairman of the Board of Governors also on the stage, the Merchant Company…

The Watsonian Club President’s Reception

We were delighted to welcome The Watsonian Club to the Merchants’ Hall on 6 February 2020 when it held its annual Past President’s Reception.   Past President guests included many Old Masters and members of the Company.  Current Watsonian President, Johnny Bacigalupo, hosted the evening…

Breakfast for the Lord Mayor

The Master hosted a working breakfast for the 690th Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, at Merchants’ Hall on 29 January 2020.  The event in the Court Room was attended by 40 business people, made up of Royal Company Members and representatives…

The Members’ Christmas Dinner

The Merchants’ Hall was packed with 150 Members and guests for the Members’ Christmas Dinner on Friday 6 December 2019.  The Master, Mr Peter Hillier, presided and the guest speaker was Ms Tracy Black, the Director of CBI Scotland. A musical trio from George Watson’s…

Coffee Morning

The annual Coffee Morning for the beneficiaries of the Merchant Company Endowments Trust and Alexander Darling Fund took place in Merchants’ Hall on Thursday 5 December 2019. This event is always one of the loveliest events in the Company calendar. This year it was hosted…

The Kirking of the Master

On Friday 8 November 2019 Mr Peter Hillier was confirmed as the 266th Master of the Royal Company of Merchants at the Kirking of the Master service in St Giles Cathedral. Peter Hillier is a Director of Cazenove Capital Management, part of Schroders Group plc,…

New Honorary Member

The Installation of a new Honorary Member of the Royal Company of Merchants is a rare event.  The Master had the pleasure of installing His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry as an Honorary Member at the Company Meeting on 21 February 2019. The…