Ladies’ Branch President 2017-18
Born in Nairn and brought up on the family farm Margaret – the oldest of a family of three – attended Croy school and later Inverness Royal Academy. After leaving school she worked in Raigmore hospital in the Bacteriology department as a medical laboratory technician. Outside work she became an enthusiastic member of Inverness Young Farmers Club and it was there she met her husband Bob.
Bob belonged to a well known local curling family and it was not long before he persuaded her to try curling. Margaret is a member of Nairn Ladies Curling Club.
Married in 1969, Bob and Margaret ran a very successful Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering business on the farm before retiring to Nairn. Walking and gardening are favourite pastimes whenever free time allows. They have three children – Stuart a training manager with Lidl, Neil who is in farming and a part time Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Gillian who worked as a chartered civil engineer, but now has her own swimming business – Wee Nemos. With five grandchildren, Margaret is delighted that two of her young grandsons are now the fifth generation of the family to enjoy the sport of curling!
Margaret has competed regularly in the Henderson Bishop competition, reaching the finals at Stranraer and Inverness. For many years she played in the WRI curling finals around Scotland and was in the winning team at Stirling.
Margaret has played regularly in Highland Week of International curling at Inverness Ice Rink. As members of Wengen Curling Club Bob and Margaret travel regularly to enjoy the outdoor curling scene in Switzerland in the shadow of the Eiger.
Selection for the Scottish Ladies friendly Tour to Canada in 2015 is the highlight of her curling career and Margaret would encourage ladies to put their names forward for future tours.
A past Treasurer and President of Nairn Ladies, she became the rep on Ladies Branch in 2010 when she was elected President of Northern Counties Lady Curlers (NCLC). Whilst President of NCLC she hosted an incoming Tour of Canadian Ladies and a very successful Henderson Bishop Competition at Inverness.
Margaret is looking forward to her President’s year following on her two years apprenticeship as Junior Vice President and Vice President and working alongside RCCC President Jim Cullen. She is honoured to have been elected President and is keen to encourage female members and will work tirelessly for the development of Ladies Branch and the wider work of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and will strive to maintain the high standards set by previous Presidents.