Jimmy Moncrieff , Club President 1986-87

The club is saddened to hear of the death of Past President and former captain of the FP Golf Club, Jimmy Moncrieff at the age of 91 on Friday 31st March 2023.

FP Golf Club AGM 2023

The AGM of the FP Golf Club took place on Thursday 23rd February at Inverleith.

Office-bearers were re-elected – Harry Crombie (captain); Euan Parker (secretary) and Charlie Allan (treasurer).

Outings for the season were announced as follows:

26th March – Gullane; 14th May – Craigielaw; 29 June – Muirfield; 3 September – Elie.

Email contact for Euan Parker secretary@stewmelgolf.com

FP Golf Club – Outing to Scotscraig on Sunday 20th March 2022

Venue for 1st Outing of Season

Great to kick start the season with a very enjoyable and challenging course, as well as the welcoming clubhouse.  Thank you again to Peter, Euan and Charlie for helping with the running of the outing.

Congratulations to David Aiken, winning the Scratch with a score of 80, closely followed by Tommy Bryson (82).

Congratulations again to James Mason on winning the Handicap with 37 points.  Also well done to Tom Kinghorn (36pts) and Peter Blance (34pts)  for excellent play and only narrowly missing out.

We continue to want to show the outings off to the rest of the members on Social Media – if you have any photos of the outing that you can send, please Whatsapp them to me – 07788 215 517.  Or email.

Hopefully see you all at Craigielaw for the 1887 Salver event on Sunday, 15th May.  You’ll hear from us before then, but until then, enjoy the start of your golfing season.

Harry Crombie

Captain, Stewart’s Melville FP Golf Club

FP Golf – Glasgow v Edinburgh

Post lockdown the Glasgow Branch of the FP Club made arrangements for the resumption of golfing activity with the annual match v Edinburgh at Milngavie Golf Club.

Navigating the route into the golf course tested the map reading abilities of the visitors as much as the course itself. In the event Glasgow were determined as winners of the “Mythical Trophy” once the stableford scores of the participants were determined.

All welcomed something of the return to normality and thanks to Jim Preacher for making the arrangements.

FP Golf Club – Autumn Outing to Roxburghe

The FP Golf Club had their Autumn outing yesterday to the Roxburghe course near Kelso and the fifteen members present were rewarded with about the best golfing day of the summer.

David Lowes with 85  had the best gross score of the day reflecting the difficulty of the course and David Macfarlane won the handicap stableford with 39 points.   Bert Barclay won the nearest the pin competition at the 8th hole with the only shot that finished on the green.  The two’s sweep had 3 joint winners.   All agreed the course was a fantastic venue in superb condition.

FP News Online NOW

FP News – Editor’s Position Vacant 

Have you enjoyed the 2018 edition of the FP News? / Have you ever wondered how the articles are sourced and how the magazine is brought together? / Now is the time to find out!

Our current Editor, Bob Young, is retiring after 5 years and we are therefore looking for someone to continue the ongoing development of the magazine on a voluntary basis – the job, unfortunately, doesn’t command the salary of a Fleet Street Editor.

The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, possess a keen eye (preferably two) for detail and bring a positive outlook and fresh ideas to the role.

The brief is wide–ranging – the travel not so far ranging – and will source material and news stories; through contact with other FPs and friends; various SMC & ESMS websites and social media; the school archivist; newspaper articles; 3rd party contributors.  Liaison – in the best possible taste, of course – with the Club Secretary, Treasurer and the ESMS Development Office will be both productive and beneficial.

Overall, our new Editor should be motivated by the personal satisfaction of getting things done to a high standard while managing the end of year deadlines to enable the magazine to go to print for issue in January each year.

If you are interested in this voluntary position, please contact Charles Wilson on email; charles_s_wilson@btinternet.com

Check out WHAT’S ON 2019

Weekend Sport – Sat / Sun 30/31st March. Rugby and FP Golf

Rugby:   Decisive Win for Rugby Club

Stewart’s Melville RFC    57     Falkirk    10

The 1st XV achieved another big win on Saturday scoring nine tries with six conversions, six of the tries coming in the second half after leading 19-3 at half-time.   The win leaves them on 77  points equal with Highland who however have played two fewer games in NL2.   We are due to play Highland in the match postponed from the Calcutta Cup weekend on Saturday 27th April before which Highland have games against Peebles (away) on Saturday and Howe of Fife (home) the following week.

Golf:    FP Golf Club’s Spring Outing

The FP Golf Club enjoyed fine weather for their first outing of the year at the links course of Monifieth on Sunday.    Despite the sunshine and only a slight breeze the course did not play easily and Euan Parker  took the scratch prize from Scott Noble with a round of 83 after a count back.   Donald Lowe with 40 Stableford points had no challegers for the handicap prize.  Robin Mather won nearest the pin at the short 14th but Bert Barclay scooped the twos sweep with the only two of the day at the same hole.   Twenty-one members took part.


Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 1/2 Dec. Rugby. 1st XV v Biggar. Golf – Grant Forrest’s 7th place in Mauritius

Rugby:  Stewart’s Melville RFC    0     Biggar RFC    31

A clubhouse lunch for 120 former players and guests preceded Saturday’s match against NL2 league leaders Biggar and was thoroughly enjoyed by all with a prize raffle and heads and tails quiz included.

Things did not go quite to plan out on the field thereafter with Biggar opening the scoring with a converted try after only five minutes.   Stew Mel had a spell of territorial advantage and a fair share of possession thereafter without breaching Biggar’s strong defence before another converted try put Biggar 14-0 ahead at half-time  Five minutes after the break  Stew Mel extended the day’s hospitality to our visitors with an unfortunate gifted try, 19-0 down and  things looking as bleak as the weather.  Two more Biggar tries followed, the first being converted to take the score to 31-0.    Further Stew Mel pressure failed to produce any points leaving Biggar in a good place at the top of the league on 59 points, four ahead of Highland on 55 with Stew Mel still in third place but 11 points behind Highland on 44 after thirteen rounds of fixtures.   Next week’s match is away to Glasgow Accies at New Anniesland (kick-off 2pm).

Golf:    Good weekend on the European Tour for Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest in his second tournament as a full member of the European Tour had weekend rounds of 65 and 68 to finish in a tie for seventh place in the Mauritius Open with a 14 under par total of 274 after opening rounds of 70 and 71 saw him into the weekend with just one shot to spare.    Although he never threatened the winning score of 268 he picked up sufficient ranking points (and cash!) to take him into 15th place in the 2018-19 “Race to Dubai” points table.    This week he is in Johannesburg for the South African Open.   Former Open Champions Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen and former US Masters Champion Trevor Immelman as well as the 2018 Scottish Open Champion Brandon Stone are in the field.

Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 24th/25th Nov. Rugby / Golf

Rugby:    Aberdeen Grammar  31   Stewart’s Melville RFC  14   (National League Cup – Round 2)


Another long away trip for the 1st XV ended in another defeat at the hands of NL 1 side Aberdeen Grammar on Saturday ending our interest in the cup for National League teams for another year.

Link to Aberdeen Grammar’s report on the match https://www.aberdeenrugby.org.uk/aberdeen-grammar-31-stewarts-melville-14/

Saturday sees the return of league action with an important game against league leaders  Biggar at Inverleith (kick off 2pm).    The rugby club is holding a pre match lunch – contact Lindsey Geddes.

Golf:   Grant Forrest played his first event as a European Tour member in the Hong Kong Open qualifying for the weekend’s play and ultimately finishing in 36th place with a three under par total of  277 with rounds of 70,68,70,69.



Weekend Sport – Sat 3rd Nov. Rugby – 1st XV return to winning ways / Golf

Rugby:     Stewart’s Melville RFC     87     Howe of Fife    7

After two weeks on the road coupled with a couple of disappointing results the 1st XV were back on familiar territory and facing a Howe of Fife team with no bench to call on due to a catalogue of injured players which seems to affect all teams those days.   With the flow of the game going against them Howe of Fife were reduced to 13 players on the field before the first half was done and the score inevitably mounted before proceedings were brought to an early conclusion after about 70 minutes.   The result was a welcome boost to the team’s league position.  Next week its a visit to mid table Falkirk.

Kevin Murchie’s match report here  http://www.stewmelrugby.com/match-report-v-howe-of-fife-rfc-saturday-3-november-inverleith/ 

Golf:   Grant Forrest’s progress on European Golf’s Challenge Tour has been followed with interest.   A top ten finish in the tour’s final event of the season secured him seventh place in the end of season rankings and along with three other Scots in the top fifteen a place on the full European Tour next season which kicks off with five events before Christmas.   We all look forward to seeing him achieving further successes in his golf career.