Andrew Falconer

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Bard
1920,  1921,  1922,  1923,  1924,  1925,  1926,  1927,  1928,  1929,  1930
Croupier
1914,  1924,  1925,  1926,  1927,  1928

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Proposer of the Toast  “The Lasses”  1898
Proposer of the Toast  “Absent Friends”  1914
Reply to the Toast  “Other Poets”  1925, ( together with Tom Horsburgh ),  1927

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Served on the Club Committee
1895,  1896,  1897,  1898,  1899,  1900,  1902,  1903,  1909,  1912
1913,  1914,  1920,  1921,  1922,  1923,  1924,  1925,  1926,  1927,  1928,  1929

Andrew became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ in 1894

In an article  in the “Midlothian Advertiser” regarding the 1920 Supper, the Secretary’s report stated : “The Club is now in its 40th year, the first Chairman being the late James Pearson Snr.  There are now only two original Members, Thomas Horsburgh and himself (John Fairbairn), while Robert Butler Snr. and Andrew Falconer had been Members for 36 years.”

Unfortunately, the worthy Secretary was having a problem with his figures as, in his own minutes, the arrival of both Robert Butler and Andrew Falconer had been in 1894 so they had been in the Club for 26 years at the time this report was written, and not 36.

The following Newspaper report is attached to the Club’s Minute Book on 27th June 1929;

“Obituary.- We regret to announce the death at his residence, “Gardenacre,” Balerno, in his 74th year, of Mr Andrew Falconer. Mr Falconer had been confined to bed since undergoing an operation last September and he passed away on Sunday evening.

He was employed for a long number of years as a joiner for Messrs Hill, Craig & Co. papermakers, Balerno. As a church officer of the United Free Church for a long period, he was beloved and respected by all he came in touch with. He was an ardent follower of the National Bard, and was a poet of no mean order, and at the local Burns Club meetings his effusions were always in demand. He is survived by his widow and a grown-up family of three daughters and five sons, four of whom are abroad.”