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History of the Club

A meeting, which attracted over forty enthusiasts, was held at The Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show on 29th August 1987 regarding the possibility of forming a Gordon Setter Club in Scotland.   

At that time the Gordon Setter Association had around 100 Scottish members and Mrs Jeanette Allan (Swanley) had been approached by several Gordon owners about the possibility of forming a club for Scotland.

A further meeting, attended by fifty eight people, was held at Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland Championship Show in November 1987, for the purpose of approving a Constitution and Rules and holding a ballot to appoint Office Bearers, Committee and an Auditor.

The main objectives of the Club were:   

Following the sad news of Mrs Allan's sudden death in February 1988, it was decided that  Mrs Muireall Scott should take over the position of President, a post she held until 1994.  The committee immediately started to plan events, two matches were held and a "day on the moor" at Glenturret, Perthshire, giving club members the opportunity to see Gordons working on a grouse moor at close quarters.

Kennel Club recognition was granted in November 1988 and the first AGM held in January 1989.   The first Open Show was held near Lanark in October 1989, judged by Miss W Crawford (holder of the historically significant "Crombie" affix).

The Club has continued to organise events for members, including an annual Open Show; days on the Moor and Training days, where possible; Fun Days and Seminars, covering a multitude of topics.  The first Championship Show was held in May 1999 in the beautiful setting of Alva and drew a huge entry of 143 dogs.  The Club has also been involved in running a Novice Field Trial in Invernesshire since March 2011, in conjunction with the Gordon Setter Association.

The Gordon Setter Club of Scotland is a member of the Breed Council and therefore at the forefront of all issues relevant to the breed.   This has been of particular benefit where health matters are concerned.

The weekend of our Open show in November 2012 marked 25 years since the inaugural meeting of the Club and seemed an appropriate time to start celebrations to mark 25 years of the Club's existence.   The committee planned a special day and were delighted that Honorary Vice President, Mrs M Scott, accepted their invitation to cut the beautiful cake.   Everyone enjoyed a haggis lunch and homemade desserts and a wee "nip" of whisky.   Miniatures of whisky, tablet, doggy treats and pens were given to prizewinners in each class and other generous specials were gifted to the main winners.   

The celebrations continued at the May 2013 Championship Show but perhaps the highlight for many was the opportunity to participate in a very special day at Gordon Castle in May 2013.   In conjunction with Gordon Castle Highland Games, the Club organised a Companion Dog Show, Good Citizen Scheme testing and a wonderful parade of Gordons in a most appropriate setting.   

2017 sees the start of celebrations for our 30th Anniversary at the Championship Show in May and continuing during the year to culminate in 2018  - watch this space!