To Scotland for a Friday night Court Dinner of the Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh. The Company plays a major part in Edinburgh business, corporate, educational, it is trustee for three of the leading independent schools in the city, and charitable life. For more details go to www.mcoe.org.uk/
The Merchants' Hall is a handsome building just off Princes Street. A contingent of London livery companies attended along with the masters of livery companies from Richmond, Yorkshire, Sheffield and York.
Kennedy Dalton, Master, led the Company in giving us a warm welcome and a livery dinner with a Scottish 'twist.' The Lord Provost, the Rt Hon George Grubb, led the after dinner speakers.
Next morning included a visit to the Scottish Parliament building. It was interesting to see how the interresting range of natural materials used are ageing nicely.
It was good to meet our opposite numbers in Edinburgh and recall that the guild and livery movement is UK wide.