News & Events

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…