About the MHA


Morningside Heritage Association was established in 1982 on the initiative of Charles Smith, who lived in the area for much of his life and wrote extensively on the history of Morningside and South Edinburgh. The Association met for some years in South Morningside Primary School before moving to the Old Schoolhouse, on Morningside Road. Since the autumn of 2013 talks have been held at Morningside Parish Church.

The Association gained Scottish charitable status on 11 November 2013 – charity number SC044409.


a) to promote a historical, educational and cultural interest in the area.

b) To collect and preserve any material relevant to the area.

c) To assist in the protection of the heritage of Morningside and Lothian.

d) To make available to the public such material as may be appropriate.

e) The Association shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.


The Committee consists of five Office Bearers, together with a  minimum of three and a maximum of eight charity trustees (Ordinary Members) elected by, and from, the membership of Morningside Heritage Association.

Office Bearers are : Convener, Vice-Convener, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary

Ordinary Member roles are :  Programmes Co-ordinator, Archivist and Project Co-ordinator, and Publicity and Events Co-ordinator.  

The Committee structure for 2021-2022 is as follows (term of office in brackets) : 

Office Bearers

Kerr Fraser (2021-2024)
Jill Powlett Brown (2021-2022)
Jill Powlett Brown (2021-2022)
Ian Hastie (2019-2022)
Membership Secretaries 
Gavin and Alison Kerr (2019-2022)

 Ordinary Members

Programmes Co-ordinators


Archivist and Project Co-ordinator 

Janette Gollan (2021-2024)

Publicity and Events Co-ordinator 

Frances MacLeod (2021-2024)

Ordinary Members without portfolio

Annie Simpson (2021-2022)

Eric Melvin (2021-2022)




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Treasurer : Ian Hastie (2019-2022) 
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Secretary : Jill Powlett Brown (to 2020)
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Membership Secretary : Gavin and Alison Kerr (2019-2022)
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Programmes : Maggie and Mike Pringle
Publicity and Events : Frances Macleod 
Project Leader and Archivist : Janette Gollan
IT Advisor : Clive Davenhall
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































The Convener holds office for four years, with the Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Members holding office for three years. At the Annual General Meeting immediately preceding the start of the Convener’s final year in office, a Convener-Elect is nominated from the Committee, to shadow the Convener and to deputise for them if required.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































The Convener cannot serve two successive terms, but may stand for election thereafter. There is no limit on the number of times the Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Members may stand for election to the Executive Committee. Exceptionally, where continuity of administration is threatened, the Executive Committee may recommend to the membership that an Office Bearer continue in office for a fourth year.