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MES Former Pupils' Guild

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Our Story: The Former Pupils Guild 1884 - present

One evening in December 1884, a small group of young women met in the home of one of them at 57 Albany Street to form an Association which has grown from these modest beginnings, to a membership of over three thousand scattered throughout the world.

They appointed a committee and declared their aims which were:

  • To encourage united work and a feeling of sympathy.
  • To urge members to undertake a definite course.
  • To inform of ways in which they could assist others.

As the idea of higher education for girls was novel and stimulating, it is not surprising that "a definite course of study" to be pursued after schooldays was such a serious aim of these early former pupils. An annual Social was soon an established and popular event. The intention had been to confine membership to those who had been pupils at The Edinburgh Educational Institution between 1870 and 1876 but the infant Guild found that” it was in danger of dying of exclusiveness” and with some misgivings, it opened its doors in1891 to all who had attended the Edinburgh Ladies College, as the Institution had been renamed.

To celebrate its Jubilee in 1935, the Guild held a ball, a luncheon and a service of thanksgiving in St. Giles. In 1984, the Guild celebrated its Centenary with a series of events designed to involve as many members as possible, and to strengthen the links with the School and the Merchant Company. These included the Annual Dinner, an Informal Evening at Gladstone’s Land with a concert of music from Mary Erskine’s day, a large attendance at Founders’ Day Service and the handing over by their President of the Heather Garden, the Guild’s gift to the School. The Summer Reunion at Ravelston, the Mary Erskine Memorial Service at Greyfriars and a Tea Party at the North British Hotel attracted large numbers.

Presidents of the Guild

MISS MASSON

1884 - 1886

MRS STEEL

1886 - 1888

MISS AIMERS

1888 - 1894

MRS B J STEEL

1894 - 1896

MISS AGNES JOHNSTON

1896 - 1899

MISS ELIZABETH ANDERSON

1899 - 1901

MISS AGNES JOHNSTON

1901 - 1903

MRS ISABELLA H POLE

1903 - 1905

MRS ALICE M ASHER

1905 - 1907

MISS HELEN BOWACK

1907 - 1909

MISS JANE DARLING

1909 - 1911

MRS GEORGINA S SPEARS

1911 - 1913

MRS JEANNIE YOUNG

1913 - 1914

MISS SARA MUNRO

1914 - 1917

MISS MARGARET ROBERTSON

1917 - 1919

MISS MARY G WILLIAMSON

1919 - 1921

MISS MARY TWEEDIE

1921 - 1923

MISS MARGARET B ROBERSTON

1923 - 1925

MISS ELIZABETH K ROBERTSON

1925 - 1927

MRS CECIL BARTLEMAN

1927 - 1928

MRS EFFIE BALLANTINE

1928 - 1930

DR MARIAN ERSKINE

1930 - 1932

MISS LENIE WILKIE

1932 - 1934

BEATRICE CAMPBELL

1934 - 1936

JESSIE RODGER PETTIGREW

1936 - 1938

ETHEL M. McCUBBING

1938 - 1941

ELIZABETH GLOVERe text

1941 - 1943

JEAN GAULDIE

1943 - 1945

JOANNE F. THOMSON (died in office)

1945 - 1947

WINIFRED M. SIMPSON

1947 - 1949

ANNE REDMAN

1949 - 1951

JANET L. BORTHWICK

1951 - 1953

M. J. HOWAT

1953 - 1955

MARY C. LINDSAY

1955 - 1957

BARBARA M. HENDERSON

1957 - 1959

GLADYS M. J. WRIGHT

1959 - 1961

CATHERINE M. BURT

1961 - 1963

CHRISTINA LUMSDEN

1963 - 1965

ELIZABETH SOPHIA McEWAN

1965 - 1967

CAROLINE BATT

1967 - 1969

JESSIE WILLIAMSON

1969 - 1971

MARY AMBROSE

1971 - 1973

MARGARET HUME

1973 - 1975

MARY PARNABY

1975 - 1977

MONA SMITH

1977 - 1979

ANNE WILSON

1979 - 1981

JOAN W. BASSETT

1981 - 1983

JOAN PAPE

1983 - 1985

SYBIL BLAIR

1985 - 1987

CHRISTINE PEGGIE

1987 - 1989

EDITH MARTIN

1989 - 1991

AUDREY LAWRENCE

1991 - 1994

ANNE EVERETT

1994 - 1995

ALYSON K. RINTOUL

1995 - 1997

SHONA FORREST

1997 - 1999

CHRISTINE COLLINGWOOD

1999 - 2001

LYN MITCHELL

2001 - 2003

OLIVE SKINNER

2003 - 2006

PAT TULLOCH

2006 - 2008

NOËL PROVEN

2008 - 2010

MARGARET ALLAN       

2010 - 2012

SUSAN MURRAY

2012 - 2015

RACHEL SNEDDON

2015 – 2018

CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM

2018 -

Branch Clubs

Please contact our Guild Coordinator for more information on our Branch Clubs

The Aberdeen branch are actively looking for new members and we would be delighted to hear from you if you live in the Aberdeen area.

Please contact Sam Roger, our Guild Coordinator, in the first instance and we will put you in touch with other members from the Aberdeen area.

Nancy Noble presides over a lively bunch of FPs who meet up several times each year to represent the Borders, most often for lunch in Galashiels. 

The Highland branch is a firmly established branch, meeting up for lunch in Inverness in the spring and the autumn. Sheila Crosbie organises the venue with help from the Guild Office for publicising the events.

Tayside Branch still has a President and Secretary and holds an AGM and Annual Dinner as well as a number of informal lunches throughout the year.

Venues are mostly in either Perth or Dundee. Now firmly established, this group targets the 25-60 age group and offers the chance for working FPs to network in an informal setting. Quarterly events alternate between lunch in the city centre and evening functions. Please register your email address with the Guild Office if you would like to be put on our mailing list

A small group which meets up twice a year for lunch. Sheila Booth would love to hear from other MES FPs in the Manchester area so that she can pass on details of the events. 

Sports Clubs

Information coming soon on our sports clubs including Golf, Hockey and Curling.

2019 Presidents Lunch

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