The history of the Cuillin Quaich
Eileen and Stanley Simpson donated the beautifully proportioned Cullin Quaich to be played for in the annual pairs competition.
Eileen and Stanley, both architects, were real stalwarts of the club, and share the unique distinction of being the only husband and wife team to be made Honorary Life Members of Uplawmoor Curling Club.
They donated the Cuillin Quaich, named after their home in Glen Lane, and ultimately the famous Skye mountain range, in 1982, when pairs had had become a really popular competition.
They played as a team in the doubles, but were unsuccessful in winning the Quaich the first time it was played for in in season 1982/83. But they came roaring back the following year to win the competition and of course the Cuillin Quaich.
Apart from her many contributions to Uplawmoor Curling Club Eileen Simpson is remembered for designing the club’s logo featuring the Caldwell Estate watch tower, flanked by a curling stone and twin brooms.
Stanley was made an honorary life member of the club when he resigned from Uplawmoor Curling Club to move through to East Lothian to be near his daughter Morna and her family.
But the doubles format, which has replaced the pairs competition, is obviously in the family’s genes. Morna’s daughters, and Stanley and Eileen’s granddaughters Gina and Karina Aitken, both excel at the game.
Gina has won four Scottish mixed doubles titles, and along with playing partner Bruce Mowat was desperately unlucky not to win through to the 2018 Winter Olympics which featured mixed doubles curling for the first time ever.
Inscribed Winners are:
|1982/83||Elizabeth Munro||Grant McGregor|
|1983/84||Eileen Simpson||Stanley Simpson|
|1984/85||Stuart Kennedy||Tony Tierney|
|1985/86||George Craig||Michael Pegg|
|1986/87||John Scott||Gilly McRae|
|1987/88||Grant MacGregor||Elizabeth Munro|
|1988/89||Fraser Erskine||Lynda McKenzie|
|1989/90||Stuart Thomson||Ian Thomson|
|1990/91||T. Tierney||F. McGregor|
|1991/92||K. Thomson||I. Thomson|
|1992/93||R. Bunyon||D. Boag|
|1993/94||T. Tierney||F. McGregor|
|1994/95||B. Scott||J. Scott|
|1995/96||T. Tierney||M. Burns|
|1996/97||J. Pegg||P. Douglas|
|1997/98||L. MacKenzie||S. Hansen|
|1998/99||T. Tierney||J. Pegg|
|1999/00||B. Drummond||S. Hansen|
|2000/01||E. Scott||E. Mundell|
|2001/02||S. Kennedy||M. Fraser|
|2002/03||S. Kennedy||A. Stewart|
|2003/04||T. Tierney||C. Tierney|
|2005/06||T. Tierney||A. McKenzie|
|2007/08||T. Tierney||P. Forrest|
|2008/09||T. Tierney||C. Tierney|
|2009/10||E. Hale||P. Forrest|
|2010/11||J. Scott||E. Mundell|
|2011/12||T. Tierney||K. Hutchison|
|2012/13||T. Tierney||J. O’Brien|
|2013/14||T. Tierney||J. O’Brien|
|2014/15||S. Philp||H. Low|
|2015/16||T. Tierney||I. Simpson|
|2016/17||K. Hutchison||R. Souter|
|2017/18||S. Philp||L. Hale|
|2020/21||Not played due to COVID-19 pandemic|