Longest Serving Club Members & Office Bearers

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Longest Serving Club Members 

Jock Taylor – 64 years (1921 to 1985)
Willie Shanks BEM – 63 years (1932 to 1995)
John Fairbairn – 58 years (1881 to 1939)
Harry Rankin – 58 years (1925 to 1983)
 Thomas Horsburgh – 57 years (1881 to 1938)
James Orr – 51 years (1923 to 1974)

(only those in excess of 50 years listed)

Most Years as President 

 Thomas Horsburgh – 29 years
Eddie McCue – 12 years
David B. Fairbairn – 12 years (not consecutively)
Bertie Tennant – 11 years
George Y. Robertson – 11 years (not consecutively)
Jock Taylor – 7 years
Alex Hood – 6 years
Bob (Sweep) Brown – 4 years
Jim Tait – 4 years

(only those in excess of 3 years listed)

Most Toasts to the “Immortal Memory of Robert Burns” 

Neil Allan – 3

 (only those who have proposed the Toast on at least  3 occasions are listed)

Longest Serving Secretaries

John Fairbairn – 52 years

Willie Shanks BEM – 16 years
Gordon Grant – 7 years
Niall Donaldson – 6 years
Jamie Buchanan – 6 years
James Orr – 5 years (not consecutively)
George Orr – 5 years

(only those in excess of 5 years are listed)

 Is John Fairbairn’s 52 years of service as Secretary a record within the Burns movement ?
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Longest Serving Treasurers

George Calder29 years
Ken McDonald – 15 years
James Craik – 14 years
Willie Shanks BEM – 12 years
Bill Stark – 7 years
Alex Hood – 5 years
Ron Hardy – 5 years

(only those in excess of 5 years are listed)

Longest Serving Bards

Willie Shanks BEM – 31 years
George Y. Robertson – 21 years (not consecutively)
Bill Hill – 12 years
Andrew Falconer11 years
John Davidson – 8 years
James Orr – 7 years
Alex Hood  – 6 years
Jimmy Johnstone MBE – 5 years

(only those in excess of 5 years are listed)

Longest Serving Pipers

                           Kerr Cowan MBE – 41 years ( Nov 1978 to       )
Bobby Peat – 13 years
David Ross – 7 years
Willie Shand – 7 years

(only those in excess of 5 years are listed)

 Most Popular Supper Venues

Malleny Arms – 49 occasions
Kestrel Hotel – 24 occasions
Balerno Bowling Club – 17 occasions
Henderson’s Inn / Mr Brows Inn / The Grey Horse – 16 occasions