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The Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland
On the rim of a 2015 £2 coin, I noted the motto: 'standing on the shoulders of giants' – this, attributed to St Bernard of Clairvieux nine centuries ago, and later Isaac Newton: like them, I am deeply honoured, yet feel wholly inadequate to meet the challenges facing me as Lord President of the Court of Deans of Scotland.
The Guildries of Scotland constitute a living link between the histories of the Burghs of Scotland and the future. As Dean of the Guildry of Brechin, however, from my study window I can see the Brechin Round Tower, ante-dating most of the Guildries, which has witnessed the turbulent history of our country and its surviving Guildries. These have experienced the changes of centuries past, yet now are actively involved in the modern dynamics changing Scotland. History teaches much, and I, as have past Lord Presidents, shall do all in my power to ensure that the aggregated experience of the Guildries may contribute to the flowering of a Scotland which marries the best of the past, to address the challenges of the future, for our burghs and nation.