The 13th Edinburgh Company
It was not, however, the first Company in Corstorphine. A previous Corstorphine Company was connected with Corstorphine U.F.Church, later called St Ninian's, enrolled November 1902. It lasted till 1906, having had difficulty in finding a suitable Captain to replace J.T.McGeachy who was leaving the district.
On four occasions, no fewer than three Boys have, received the Queen's Badge in the same year, in one of these, 1966, when the roll of the Company had fallen to fifteen. In 1979 a disabled Boy gained the President's Badge for his courage and determination despite infirmity.
Though the Company has not won the battalion drill cup it has regularly been in the 1st Division competition. Over the years the Company has been successful in B.B. Top of the Form competitions, in table tennis, highland dancing, scripture knowledge and in social work.
The Company has been active at local neighbourhood exhibitions and in 1984 a trophy was given by the Tall Oaks Youth Club for annual presentation to the Boy who had done most for the community.
There have been four attempts at running a Company magazine, the first by W.D.Brown who became Captain of the neighbouring 2nd (Carrick Knowe) Company, and who is now the minister of Murrayfield Church, Edinburgh. Another attempt to run a Magazine was by Pte John Swinney, now leader of the SNP. Despite reported interviews with personalities - including a government minister - lack of contributions brought about its demise. To see the Special Edition 75th Anniversary Magazine Click HERE.
Our four Main Company trophies are:-
The company have camped since the early years and since 1963 we have camped jointly with the 50th Edinburgh Company, (St. Michael's, Slateford Road)
Both companies have also had representatives at most of if not all the International camps over the last 50 years. In 1986 for the Edinburgh Battalion Centenary, and the Centenary of Camping in the Boys’ Brigade, we took a joint 13th/50th Camp to Neenha-Menasha, USA, to visit the Brigade there. For a list of our joint camp venues click HERE.
The company had a successful Bugle Band in the 1980's winning the Battalion Bugle Band Trophy in 1982. We have also had Battalion Solo Piping and Drumming champions, and they have represented the company at Battalion shows and displays and have Beat the Retreat on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.
Officers have been prominent in Battalion affairs including Lieutenant K.Swinney for 25 years honorary secretary of the Edinburgh West District and Lieutenant D.C.Macnab as honorary Battalion secretary from 1978, Battalion Vice President from 1988-1998 and again as secretary on the formation of the New Battalion (Edinburgh, Leith and District Battallion) in 1998. An ex-member, Assistant Chief Constable I.A.Hood, served at the Scottish Police College as deputy commandant. Another prominent ex-member is John Swinney, now leader of the SNP.
For a list of the Captains from 1928 - present click HERE.
The Company has a full and varied programme and we endeavour to help each and every member achieve a path to his President’s and Queen’s Badges. Our programme offers everything needed to firstly achieve all the main badges
To do this we have pursued the following topics in recent years :-