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North East Scotland

North East Scotland

Branch information and events


Chairman Major (Retd) Grenville Irvine-Fortescue
Vice Chairman Simon Blackett TD
Secretary Vacant
Committee Member/
Range Officer
Brian Goodall
Committee Member/
Assistant Range Officer
Jim McQueenie
Treasurer Toby Rider
Committee Member William Cruickshank
Committee Member Robert Ruxton

2018 Events

18 Feb

Branch AGM, Finzean Village Hall (tbc), 3pm


29-30 Apr      Stalkers' Fair, Black Isle
30 June -2 July      Scone Game Fair
30-31 July          Turriff Show
4-5 Aug      Highland Field sports Fair, Moy 
20 or 27 Aug      Scottish Inter Branch Shoot, Glen Tilt  
22 Oct tbc      NE Scotland Branch Field Day 
11 Feb 18      NE Scotland Branch AGM and Auction. Location and time TBC

Branch contacts

Chairman Grenville Irvine-Fortescue    
Vice Chairman Simon Blackett  
Range Officer Brian Goodall  
Treasurer Toby Rider  


Committee Members

The Branch welcomes Mr Robert Ruxton as a new Committee Member for the Branch. Mr Norman Atkinson and Mr Dave Cartwright have retired as Committee members. The Branch would like to thank them for their support and contributions to the Branch during their time as Committee members and wishes them well for the future.. The Branch is still looking for volunteers to take over as Branch Chairman and Branch Secretary. If anyone is interested in assuming these appointments, they are asked to contact the Chairman.

Any Branch member interested in joining the Committee is also requested to contact the Chairman.

Range Days

The Branch will again be running a number of Range Days over the coming months, both to give the Branch members an opportunity for some target practice, but also to identify and select the best shots to take part in this year’s Scottish Inter Branch Shoot. The specific Range Day dates will be announced shortly, but it is hoped to hold 6 Range Days in the lead up to he inter Branch Shoot in August.

Branch Bursary

The Branch Committee proposed at this year’s AGM that the Branch offer a young person a one-off bursary of £500 to help towards Gamekeeping College costs and training. The Vice Chairman, Mr Simon Blackett, had previously proposed that the Branch offer a young person living within the Branch area the opportunity to apply by setting out why they wished to choose a career as a gamekeeper/stalker and detailing any work experience they were under-taking, which college and course they were applying for and how they would use the bursary. The applicant would be required to make a short presentation at the AGM. Mr Brian Goodall had previously identified a young man from Finzean, Mr Finlay Shand, as a likely recipient of the bursary. 


 Brian Goodall, Finlay Shand and Mel (Hedge) Shand

Mr Finlay Shand was brought up on the Finzean Estate and has always had a passionate interest in the countryside, wildlife and field sports. He is currently working on the Edinglassie Estate in Strathdon and has applied to attend the North Highland College Gamekeepers’ Apprentice Course in June.

Branch Members fully supported the offer of a Branch bursary and that Finlay Shand should be the recipient. The Branch also agreed to fund Finlay’s first year membership of the BDS.

As a condition of receiving the bursary, Finlay will be required to submit short reports on the progress he is making with his training and we look forward to hearing how he is getting on.

Finlay receives his bursary cheque from the Chairman. 

Submissions to the Branch Webpage and the BDS Journal.

Branch members are requested to submit any articles and photographs to the Chairman or Vice Chairman of stalking or other sporting events that Branch members may find of interest and which can be used to support the Branch website or as possible submissions to the Deer Journal. The Vice Chairman will be taking over co-ordination of future submissions for the BDS Journal.