Edinburgh – Dinner November 1933
Early photograph taken in 1931 from a forestry album of 117 photographs compiled by an unknown Forestry Commission officer. No other information intimated.
Checking the Journal of the Forestry Commission April 1934 there is mention of a dinner in Edinburgh to mark the the standing down of John D Sutherland as Assistant Commissioner for Scotland to take up a role as a Commissioner.
‘’The presentation of his portrait was made to Mr. John Sutherland, C.B.E., LL.D., on 23rd November in the New Gallery, Edinburgh. There was a large gathering at the ceremony and Mr. John Cameron, who presided, said that the staff of the Forestry Commission in Scotland desired to give expression in some tangible form to the feelings of admiration, respect and affection with which they all regarded Mr. Sutherland and to convey to him a sense of their gratitude for his guidance and unfailing courtesy.
Sir John Stirling-Maxwell made the presentation and Sir Roy Robinson, Colonel Steuart-Fothringham and Major Strang Steel took part in the proceedings. The portrait is by Mr. David Alison, R.S.A., and a second portrait by the same artist was formally accepted by Mr. T. W. Cleland on behalf of the staff and now hangs in the board room at Drumsheugh
The information helps identify some individuals namely:
No25 John Cameron Estates Officer for Scotland
No 26 Major S Strang Steel (Commissioner?)
No27 Col. W Steuart –Fotherington (Commissioner)
No28 Sir Roy Robinson (Chairman of the Forestry Commission)
No29 Sir John D Sutherland (Retiring Assistant Commissioner)
No30 Sir John Stirling-Maxwell(Commissioner)
No31 Poss Mr A G Herbert (Secretary to the Forestry Commission)
Can anyone place more names against the numbers?
Note that one man at the very back below the mirror has no number.
Picture added on 08 February 2017 at 10:07