Rugby Club Latest – Disappointment at Dumfries for 1st XV

Saturday 16th October – Result : Dumfries 27 Stewart’s Melville 16

The 1st XV without some key players due to injury came out second best in this weekend’s match at Dumfries a result which leaves them in fifth place with 22 points from a 4 -3 record. GHK who we defeated last week and Dumfries share top spot with 29 points both from 6 -1 records. Newton Stewart and Peebles both have 23 points. Next up we play Falkirk at Inverleith, 3pm start on Saturday 23rd October.

Intimation – Keith Macdonald (1933-2021)

The club is saddened to hear of the death of Scottish Rugby internationalist and former pupil of Daniel Stewart’s College Keith Macdonald (DSC 1951) at the age of 88 on 20 September 2021.

At school he played for both the cricket 1st XI and the rugby 1st XV in 1949/50 and 1950/51 and became the first pupil from DSC selected for the then annual rugby schools match v England in 1951 which unfortunately was cancelled due to adverse weather. Another future Scottish internationalist, Gregor Sharp, played in the same 1950-51 1st XV.

Known within rugby for being a hard tackling centre he won six caps for Scotland making his debut in the home 12-0 victory against France in January 1956. He played in the subsequent international games that season against Wales and Ireland but was forced to withdraw from the Calcutta Cup on the eve of the game through injury He had won his selection by progressing from the school inter-city in 1949 and 1950, the RAF against the Army in 1952, five Scotland trials and district rugby with Edinburgh.

The following season 1956-57 he only returned to club rugby in January 1957 but made such an impact that he was back in the international team for the 9-6 victory against Wales at Murrayfield one month later and retained his place in the losses to Ireland and England. He was further honoured by being selected for the Barbarians’ Midlands Tour sandwiched between his final two Tests, one of five Scots who played in a 24-14 victory over East Midlands at the end of February 1957. In 1958/59 he was selected to partner club colleague Grant Weatherstone against England but had to withdraw from the team on the morning of the match.

As a centre his play was characterised by strong running with a powerful hand-off and, in defence, by his tackling; the latter quality being put to good effect by Scotland at a time when their attacking capabilities were seldom to the fore. The “Daniels” publication of 1973 records that he would have surely won many more representative honours but for recurrent injury problems. After retiring from the playing side he served on the committee of the Stewart’s FP rugby club for several years taking his turn watching the lower fifteens as well as the 1st XV.

The club extends its sincere condolences to all Keith’s family and friends.

1st European Golf Tour win for former pupil Grant Forrest

Warm congratulations to Grant Forrest on securing a first European Golf Tour win in the Hero Open at the Fairmont Course in St Andrews over the weekend with a birdie, birdie finish to finish one shot ahead of England’s James Morrison.

Read more for a full report and interview on the European Golf Tour website

AGM 19th May 2021 – Minutes



by Zoom on Wednesday 19th May, 2021

The meeting convened at 6:30pm with President Ken Russell in the chair.

The following members in attendance: Linda Moule (Hon President), R Kernohan (Hon Treasurer), R Barclay, A Seale, D Kyles, C J Anderson (Council members), A Napier, D Fortune, I Burrell, K Richards, D Mitchell, I Hastie, L Brown, A Morgan, H Cowan, G McNeil, Angus Mitchell, A Hay,  A Veitch, B McNie, A Stewart, G Macrae, R Thomson,  R Young, C J Anderson.

In attendance: Suzi Squires (Development Office), Laura McIntosh (Clubhouse administrator)

1.Welcome by the President

Ken Russell opened the meeting being the 47th AGM of the club and his first as President and welcomed everyone to the first AGM held by Zoom.

2. Apologies

Apologies were received from J Hughes, S Luxford Moore, T Scrimgeour, R Peden, R B C Young, Dr J L G Wight, L John,  D Graham, L Trotter, J Archer, C Gardner.

3. Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting held on 15th October 2019

The minute had been circulated or otherwise made available to members via the club website and was approved without further comment.

4. Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 15th July 2020

These had been made available on the club website and was similarly approved without further comment.

5     President’s Report

 The President advised the meeting that his report for the meeting had been made available on the club’s website along with other reports for consideration and he was hopeful everyone had had the opportunity of reading the reports.

He said that following his appointment by Council he had chaired two meetings of the Council by Zoom and had had regular contact with the school development office who had been most helpful with regard to his plans for the development of the club over the next five years including his wish to see the proposal to install a lift at Inverleith come to fruition and how the club could assist in raising the necessary funds.  In this regard he was grateful for the continued assistance of Past President Charles Wilson.

6        Club Update

Laura McIntosh referred to the transfer of assets (and liabilities) agreed at the EGM to be transferred to the school and advised that all was now in place for the proposed transfer to take place.  In reply to Ken Richards, Laura advised that the process had proved less straightforward than originally anticipated in order to  comply  with the requirements of tax legislation in relation to the  realisation of investments within the club’s portfolio  which the school’s investment brokers were unable for technical reasons to simply accept the transfer of.   All was now in place with Brewin Dolphin and Brooks Macdonald to allow the transactions to be completed.

7        Constitution

The President referred to the draft Constitution prepared by the Special Committee led by Alastair Seale for presentation to the meeting and thanked Alastair for having the work completed so promptly.  

Alastair Seale said the committee had been forward looking and hoped the draft was “future proofed”.  The club’s name, “Stewart’s Melville College Club” would now reflect that of the school.

He advised two minor amendments to the draft published on the website were proposed.

In paragraph 6 take out the line which appeared in the margin.  In the heading of paragraph 15 delete “and list of members”.  Required to correct matters which had escaped proof reading.

Proposed by Alastair Seale, seconded by Ken Richards.

With these amendments the draft was proposed unanimously.

8          Election of Office Bearers

The meeting confirmed the re-election of Ken Russell as President.    Ken was pleased to announce the nomination of Chris Anderson as his Vice-President who he felt excellently fulfilled all the necessary requirements to succeed to the position of President in the future.

John Hughes was re-elected as Honorary Secretary and Rob Kernohan as Honorary Treasurer.

9          Election of Council

Bert Barclay, Alastair Seale, David Kyles and John Archer were re-elected as members of Council.   The council was authorised to fill, if wished, the remaining four available places on Council in terms of the Constitution.

10        Treasurer’s Report and Financial statements

Laura McIntosh referred to the accounts and report for the year to 31 August 2020 which had been prepared on a similar historical basis to previous years and had been published on the club’s website.  The transfer of assets and liabilities in terms of the EGM of 15th July 2020 had yet to be completed at that time.

No questions arose and the report and accounts were approved unanimously.

Adoption proposed by Ken Richards and seconded by Hugh Cowan.

11        Affiliated and Branch Club Reports

All reports submitted had been published on the club website and were taken as read.

12        Other Competent Business

12.1     Clubhouse

Bert Barclay asked if there was any news with regard to plans for the clubhouse potentially re-opening post the Covid lockdown.

Laura McIntosh advised that current thinking was that it might fully re-open when the school returned in August.  

Linda Moule advised it was hoped to use downstairs for staff use only following the Sports Day in June but no other use was in the planning.

In reply to Alastair Seale, Laura McIntosh said she hoped it could be possible to use downstairs for say sports club meetings or members’ business meetings.  Consideration was still being given to the operations of the clubhouse following Covid and the transfer to the school from the club including dealing with licensing requirements in the best way where appropriate legal advice re the operating licence and personal licences was being obtained.  Joyce Waterston had intimated her retirement from catering and Denise Mitchell remained on furlough.

Susie Squires said the school’s Health & Safety advisor could advise on any Covid related requirements but if a full opening was to be in August then  present requirements such as screens might no longer be necessary.  The thought was that any work could be completed in maybe one to three weeks.

13        Close

In his closing remarks Ken Russell thanked Laura McIntosh and Suzi Squires for the assistance they had given him since his appointment and all members present for their attendance.

The meeting concluded at 7pm.

Rugby – Four FPs selected for Scotland’s Summer Test Squad

Their selection for Scotland’s 37 man squad (absent British Lions) prior to full cap matches v Romania and Georgia and another match with the England A squad signals to former Stew Mel pupils second row Jamie Hodgson, full-back/winger Jack Blain and stand-off Ross Thompson that their pro careers are heading in the right direction. Our fourth Stew Mel representative hooker George Turner with 17 full caps already and a having played a starring role in a Twickenham win is in a slightly different place being one of the more experienced selections. Congratulations to all four – the club members will be taking a keen interest in their participation.

More on the tour on the Scottish Rugby website

FP News Online

Members who subscribe to hard copies of the FP News have been sent this year’s publication. The online copy can be reached through clicking the image below. Then click on “>” to turn to next page.

2021 Cricket Season opens at Inverleith

Friendly match : Stewart’s Melville CC 230 for 7 (40 overs); Edinburgh Academicals 234 for 5 (37.2 overs)

The 2021 cricket season at Inverleith opened on Saturday with a friendly match against Edinburgh Academicals. The 40 overs a side match was played under the Covid rules for cricket matches introduced last year. The Stew Mel side was more representative of the 2nd XI than the the 1st XI which it was labelled and despite an innings of 95 not out by Mark Burgess a total of 230 for 7 proved insufficient as Accies passed the score with 22 balls remaining with five wickets left. A second wicket stand of 166 between Max Banks and Omar Altaf after the early loss of captain Andrew Cosh set up Accies for a comfortable win.