Supper Toast Lists & Programmes 1961 to 1970

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It’s known that annual Suppers took place throughout the period 1961 to 1969 but, unfortunately,

most of the records and some of the Toast Lists for this period have been lost.

Records of some of the Club’s Office Bearers during this period do exist and can be found elsewhere on this Website.

Anecdotal evidence tells that the Suppers were very much on the lines of the first Toast List below for 1961.

There’s no doubt that Harry & Robin Rankin were to the fore throughout the period.  Robin “Addressed the Haggis”

and recited “Tam o Shanter” every year, and Harry sang the bothy ballad sung at the very first Supper in 1881 annually,

a duty he took over from John Fairbairn c.1939. Over the years it became known as “The Balerno Song.”

Harry gave annual renditions of what he always referred to as “There was a Lad,” known elsewhere as “Rantin, Rovin Robin.”

Active in the Club during this period were other long-time members Jock Taylor and Bertie Tennant

both of whom were Club Presidents, Willie Calder, Willie Shanks and Bobby Peat   who was Club Piper.

If anyone reading this section is able to add to the detail of any Supper, they are invited to contact the Club’s Office Bearers

who will arrange to have their contributions added to Club Records.

January 1961

 Click for Supper Programme 1961

Chairman

Bertie Tennant

Croupiers

Harry Rankin  &  Rab Butler

Piper

Willie Shand

Address to a Haggis

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen and Kindred Clubs

Bertie Tennant

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Jock Taylor

Reply

John Melrose

Toast : Let it Blaw

John Sutherland

Toast : The Lasses

not recorded

Toast : Chairman

D. Samuel

Toast : Landlord and Landlady

Davy Louden

Reply

Mr W. Connor [Malleny Arms]

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

The Balerno Song

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Bertie Tennant

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January 1962

Click for Supper Programme 1962

Chairman

Bertie Tennant

Croupiers

Harry Rankin  &  Rab Butler

Piper

Willie Shand

Address to a Haggis

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen and Kindred Clubs

Bertie Tennant

Toast : Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Peter Whitelaw

Reply

John Sutherland

Toast : Let it Blaw

Jock Taylor

Toast : The Lasses

W. A. Hogg

Toast : Chairman

James Orr

Toast : Landlord and Landlady

Jock Taylor

Reply

Mr W. Connor [Malleny Arms]

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Bertie Tennant

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January 1963

 Click for Supper Programme 1963

Chairman

Bob Brown ( Sweep )

in the absence of Bertie Tennant through illness

Croupiers

Harry Rankin  &  Eddie McCue

Piper

Bobby Peat

Address to a Haggis

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen and Kindred Clubs

Bob Brown (Sweep)

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Willie Shanks

Reply

Eddie McCue

Toast : Let it Blaw

Willie Calder

Toast : The Lasses

Bobby Peat

Toast : Chairman

Jock Taylor

Toast : Landlord and Landlady

Alastair Robertson

Reply

Mr J. Lister [Malleny Arms]

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Bertie Tennant

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January 1965

 Click for Supper Programme 1965

Chairman

Bertie Tennant

Croupiers

Harry Rankin  &  Jock Kelly

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Bobby Peat

Pianist

Mr. H. Baillie

“Address to a Haggis”

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen and Kindred Clubs

Bertie Tennant

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Jock Taylor

Reply

George Orr

Toast : Let it Blaw

John Hogg

Toast : The Lasses

Bob Brown ( Sweep )

Toast : Chairman

Alastair Robertson

Toast : Landlord and Landlady

Harry Rankin

Reply

Mr G. Baillie [Malleny Arms]

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

Piper’s Selection

Bobby Peat

Office Bearers

President – Bertie Tennant

Secretary – Alastair Robertson

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January 1966

 Click for Supper Programme 1966

Chairman

Jock Taylor

Croupiers

Harry Rankin  &  Jock Kelly

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Bobby Peat

Pianist

Mr H. Baillie

“Address to a Haggis”

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen and Burns Federation

Jock Taylor

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

W. R. Platt

Reply

Bertie Tennant

Toast : Let it Blaw

George Orr

Toast : The Lasses

B. G. Astbury

Toast : Chairman

Alastair Robertson

Toast : Landlord and Landlady

Bob Brown ( Sweep )

Reply

Mr J. Messer [Malleny Arms]

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Jock Taylor

Secretary – Alastair Robertson

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Letter from George Orr to Nelson Baillie re 1968 Annual Supper

Letter from George Orr to Nelson Baillie re 1969 Annual Supper

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January 1970

 Click for Supper Programme 1970

Chairman

George Orr

in the absence of President, Jock Taylor

Croupiers

Harry Rankin  &  Willie Currie Jnr.

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Bobby Peat

Pianist

James Paton

Address to a Haggis

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen and Kindred Clubs

Willie Calder

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Alastair Nicol

Reply

Willie Calder

Toast : Let it Blaw

Mike Moran

Toast : The Lasses

James Paton

Toast : Landlord and Landlady

George Orr

Reply

Mr David Donaldson [Malleny Arms]

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Effusion

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Jock Taylor

Secretary – George Orr

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