Royalty Burns Club

No. 9 on Federation Roll


 Royalty Burns Club
No. 9 Burns Federation

The Glasgow Royalty Burns Club was formed by a number of Glasgow Publicans forgetherin in a pub in Hope Street in 1882.  In 1886 they became No.9 in the Roll of the Burns Federation which was instituted in 1885.
Meetings were held on the last Thursday of the month from October to March and by 1893 were being held in the Alexandra Hotel, Bath Street with 60 members.  They now meet in Òran Mór, Great Western Road/Byres Road, Glasgow, which has become the home of the Royalty Burns Club.
The Royalty is a charity whose aims are primarily to promote the works of Robert Burns.  The annual fund raising events such as the Burns Supper in January and the Cronies Night (which replaced the Smoker Evening) held in May or June.  Over the years the Club has been supported by Publicans, Brewers, Distillers, Wholesalers, Hotels, Restaurants, Clubs and other associated businesses.
The Club raises funds at their two functions which they then disburse to Burns Charities and in particular over the last 10 years have used most of their funds to purchase a book called "Burns for Bairns" where the Club then supplies 32 of the books free to primary schools so that they can be built into the childrens’ curriculum.  To date we have supplied over 400 schools and the Clubs Mission is to supply a set of books to every primary school in Scotland so that our children know about our heritage through the works of the Bard, Robert Burns.
The Club is run by the President (who holds office for 2 years) the Vice President, the Treasurer, the Secretary and up to 16 Committee Members. The Clubs Annual General Meeting is at the end of March every year.

The Royalty Burns Club was founded in 1882, but that it is a very lively nonagenarian was obvious at the annual dinner and dance in the Central Hotel, Glasgow, where a really festive atmosphere prevailed.

After the traditional meal Cliff Hanley took matters in hand in proposing "The Immortal Memory", which proved to be only a peg on which to hang a racy speech packed with anecdotes which had the large company, as they say, "in stitches."

The thanks to the orator was moved by Mr. Roy Grier and the toast of the Club was proposed by Mr. A. Shearer. A novel touch was provided by Mr. Robert S Millar and Mrs Margaret Skeoch, in proposing and acknowledging respectively the toast of "The Lasses," for they both spoke in rhyme.

An appeal for Burns beneficiaries by Mr. O. G. Prosser brought in the record sum of £230. All in, it was a memorable occasion and great credit is due to Mr. C. R. Blues, the president, Mr. J. G. Jaap, hon, secretary, and the committee who organised the event.

Other members at the dinner are Mr. C. R. Blues, president, and Mrs. Blues (left) are Mr. Cliff Hanley and Mrs. Hanley. 1972.

Also at the dinner was Mr. D. A. MacLean and Mrs. MacLean are joined by Mrs. Ramster and Mr. George Ramster, secretary, Glasgow and District Licensed Trade Defence Association. 1972.

The two photographs taken in August 1970 are the rinks from the Royalty Burns Club who took part in the Burns Bowling Association's annual competition for the McLennan Cup on greens in Glasgow. Above are H McCrostie, secretary of the Royalty Burns Club, E Stewart, J K McIntosh and D MacLean. Below is J Morrison, W Young, W Middleston and R Meiklejohn.

Mr. J. K. McIntosh, immediate past president; Mr R Meiklem, president; Mr. H. McCrostie, secretary; Mr. P Robertson guest; and Mr ?

The St. Andrew's Day Dinner of the Royalty Burns Club, held in Sloan's Restaurant, Glasgow, with Mr. Robert Meiklem presiding, was one of the most successful of the series. The company of 130 made a record collection of £86 for the Burns benevolent, the appeal for which was made by Mr. A Laing (Sanderman and Sons).


In the NEWS 1974...

The Royalty Burns Club.

The Royalty Burns Club celebrated their 92nd year with a record attendance at their annual dinner-dance in the Albany Hotel, Glasgow. A company of 470 members and friends gathered to honour Robert Burns.

Mr. Roy Grier, president, proposed "The Immortal Memory" and in a thoughtful and well delivered address, which received a standing ovation, spoke of the various aspects of the bard's character.

Mr Roy Grier and Mr Charles R. Blues. 1974.

The toast "To the Lassies" was proposed in witty style by Mr. Micky Grant, sales director, Gilbey Vintners. Mrs. Helen Preston, president of the Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, and Kincardine Licensed Trade Association, was undoubtedly the star of the evening when she replied in verse.

Following an eloquent appeal by Ian Kennedy, Paisley, the sum of £310 was raised for Burns' benevolences. Mr. Charles Blues, in being presented with a past president's badge, thanked Mr. Roy Grier for his work on behalf of the club and complimented Mr. Harry Kerr, secretary, on the excellent arrangement made for the evening.

Among the top table guests were Mr. Peter Balfour, chairman Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and Chairman of the Year of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association; Mr Jack Gow, chairman, Scottish Licensed Trade Veto Defence Fund; Mr J. F. Gunn, president, Thistle Burns Club; Mr J. A. Flynn, president, Glasgow Vintners Society; and Mr Arthur Squair, senior vice-president, Scottish Association. 1974.


In the NEWS 1974...

When members of the Royalty Burns Club spent an enjoyable day cruising down the Firth of Clyde recently aboard the T.S. Shieldhall, they had plenty of time for recreation.

Mr R. T. Grier, president (Centre, glasses), and Mr O. G. Prosser, vice-president (second from the left), with them (from left) are Messrs. Frank Munro, committee; Stuart Cambpell, committee; Jim McIntosh, honorary president; C. R. Blues, committee; Ian Kennedy, committee; and Harry Kerr, secretary. 1974.


In the NEWS 1974...

Mr Arthur Squair, President of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, was among the personalities at the Double Diamond international golf tournament last week at Gleneagles. With him are golf aces Eric Brown and Ronnie Shade, and Mr G. S. Matthews, director of Ind Coope. 1974.


In January 1978 the Royalty Burns Club held their annual dinner-dance in the Albany Hotel, Glasgow, on Thursday January 19, at 6.30 for 7 p.m. Secretary was Mr Eric Ewart, 47 Rodger Avenue, Newton Mearns, Glasgow