William Grant Stairs (July 1, 1863 – June 9, 1892) was a Canadian-British explorer, soldier, and adventurer who had a leading role in two of the most controversial expeditions in the history of the colonisation of Africa
James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon PC (8 January 1871 – 24 November 1940) was a prominent Irish unionist politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. He was created a baronet in 1918.
John Roddick Russell MacGregor, Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market, OBE PC FKC (born 14 February 1937), is a politician in the United Kingdom. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, then at the University of St Andrews (MA economics and history, 1959) and at King's College London (LLB, 1962). Prior to the 1979 general election he worked for Hill Samuel, a merchant bank. He was Conservative MP for South Norfolk, but stepped down at the 2001 election.
Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw (born 1943 in Keith, Banffshire, Scotland) is Scotland's second richest businessman, and a member of the House of Lords. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2007 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK he was placed 100th with an estimated fortune of £730 million.
John Jeffrey (born March 25, 1959, in Kelso in the Scottish Borders) is a Scottish rugby union player. His nicknames are "The Great White Shark" and "JJ", the former because of his blond "thatch of hair". Richard Bath has described him as "one of the most galvanising sights in Five Nations rugby throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. " Jeffrey was educated at St Mary's School in Melrose and Merchiston Castle School.
Sir John James Cowperthwaite KBE CMG 郭伯偉爵士, (April 25, 1915 – January 21, 2006) was Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971. His introduction of free market economic policies are widely credited with turning postwar Hong Kong into a thriving global financial centre.
Merchiston Castle School is a private boarding school located in the village of Colinton in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has approximately 450 pupils and is only open to boys between the ages of 8 and 18 as either boarders or day pupils; day pupils make up 35% of the school. It is the only male single sex school remaining in Scotland. Academic standards are high and results consistently very good.
Sir (Ernest) Donald Acheson KBE (17 September 1926 – 10 January 2010) was a British physician and epidemiologist who served as Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom from 1983–91. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Craig Joiner was born April 21, 1974 in Glasgow, Scotland. Educated at Merchiston Castle School, he won 25 caps playing on the wing for the Scottish rugby union side between 1994 and 2000. He joined Leicester Tigers, and often played at outside centre, but returned to Scotland in 2000.
Jamie Mayer was born April 16, 1977 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Educated at Merchiston Castle School, George Watson's College and Napier University, he won 8 caps playing in the centre for the Scottish rugby union side between 1998 and 2000.
Gavin Roger Todd Baird was a Scottish rugby union player, who won 27 caps playing on the wing for Scotland between 1981 and 1988. A grain merchant, he is a former team manager of Scotland U21s and is assistant coach to Kelso clubmate Gary Callander at Watsonians.
Duncan Hodge was born August 18, 1974 in Dumfries, Scotland. Educated at Merchiston Castle School, he won 26 caps playing at fly-half for the Scottish rugby union side between 1997 and 2002. He currently plays for the Edinburgh Gunners. Hodge is also a keen cricketer.
Peter Walton won 24 caps playing in the back-row for the Scottish rugby union side between 1994 and 2000. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, and played club rugby for both Northampton Saints and Newcastle Falcons. He was forced to retire due to injury in June 2000. He is now an assistant coach for Newcastle Falcons.
Phil Godman, nicknamed ' "Mad Phil" was born May 20, 1982 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Educated at Merchiston Castle School where he captained the rugby union side to victory in the Scottish Schools Cup. He signed a professional contract with Newcastle Falcons after leaving Merchiston. However, as the constant understudy to Jonny Wilkinson at Newcastle Falcons he moved to the Edinburgh Gunners in the summer of 2004.
Iain Fullarton (born 25 April 1976) is a Scottish rugby union player. While at Merchiston Castle School he appeared for the Scottish schools side. After leaving Merchiston, Fullarton turned professional with Edinburgh Reivers and has since played for Sale Sharks. He signed for Saracens in 2004. In 2008 he left Saracens. He now plays for London Scottish
Professor Douglas Young (June 5, 1913 – October 23, 1973) was a Scottish poet, scholar, and translator. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) from 1942 to 1945. Young was born in Tayport, Fife. His father was employed in India by a Dundee jute firm, but insisted that his pregnant wife return home to give birth to their son in Scotland.
Samuel Cunningham PC (Ire) (14 October 1862 – 23 August 1946) was a Northern Irish businessman, stockbroker and politician. Cunningham was born at Fernhill House, Glencairn, Belfast, and educated at Belfast Academy and at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. He became a stockbroker with his father, Josias's, firm in Belfast, but also acquired business interests, becoming chairman of The Northern Whig newspaper and the tobacco firm Murray Sons & Co Ltd.
George Baillie Duncan was a prominent evangelical Anglican and Church of Scotland minister, and Keswick Convention speaker. George Duncan was born in India of missionary parents but brought up in Scotland. Educated at Merchiston Castle School and Edinburgh University, he studied for the ministry at Tyndale Hall, Bristol.
Bernard 'Binky' van Bilderbeek is an actor born in London, United Kingdom by Susan and Ben. Binky went to Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, Scotland, while there he enjoyed a variety of sports, predominantly rugby and soccer. His passion for acting eventually led him to the Two Lights Theatre Company in California.
George Mackenzie Brown (1869 – 14 July 1946) was a Canadian-born Scottish publisher who also followed a political career. As a publisher, he produced Arthur Conan Doyle's books; as a politician, he beat him to win election to the House of Commons.
Benjamin Hall Blyth II (25 May 1849 – 13 May 1917) was a Scottish civil engineer. Blyth, who was born in St Cuthbert's Parish, Edinburgh, East Lothian, was the eldest of the nine children of the railway engineer Benjamin Blyth. He studied at Merchiston Castle School between 1860 and 1864 before studying for a Master of Arts degree from Edinburgh University.