Events 2018

Our 2018 Tumbling Lassie Seminar and Ball took place on:

Saturday 14th April 2018

The Tumbling Lassie Ball 2018  featuring  The Tumbling Lassie operetta

The Third Tumbling Lassie Ball was a truly unique event. It was held at The Stables, Prestonfield House, Edinburgh.

In support of this event the world famous Edinburgh-based author Alexander McCall Smith and his regular musical collaborator, Tom Cunningham, had chosen to create an entirely new work - The Tumbling Lassie operetta - a 30 minute dramatic retelling in music and song of the true story of the Tumbling Lassie case of 1687.

On a sunny evening, in the superb grounds at Prestonfield, guests enjoyed a Reception, generously sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates, at which they were served a cocktail kindly invented for the occasion by Prestonfield House - the "1687" cocktail, named after the year when the Tumbling Lassie case was decided and when Prestonfield House itself was built.

Guests then took their places at their tables to be entertained by the world premiere performance of The Tumbling Lassie operetta put on by our superb volunteer performance team led by David Lyle and Alan Borthwick. Entertainment continued with a raffle, a live auction conducted by Katherine Wright of Bonhams and a "Rox Box" event kindly provided by Rox Jewellers of George Street, when one of our guests won diamond jewellery.

Dinner and dancing to our excellent band, Clappy Doo, followed, with carriages at 1am.

Many thanks to all who came - the day's events (including the seminar - see below) raised at least £25,000 for our two charities, for which we and they are very grateful. Final figures will be reported here in due course.

For some pictures of the Ball and the operetta, courtesy of our photographer Ben Miller, see our Gallery page.


We still have a few copies of the limited edition of the score of the operetta (libretto and music) signed by Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham. We would be glad to  sell these for £20 each plus any postage and packing required, with all proceeds being added to the sum raised for our charities. Please use the contact details at the foot of the page  to get in touch if this is of interest.

For any who have still to pay for tickets for the evening:

1) If you would prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Prestonfield House events team on 0131-662-2305 or e-mail them at The Hotel will be glad to take your credit card payment.

2) If you would prefer to pay by internet banking, please e-mail us your requirements at and we will contact you with the relevant bank account details.

3) If you are a member of the Faculty of Advocates and would like to pay by deduction from your FSL account, please e-mail us at with your name, a note of your FSL number and the number of tickets in question and the necessary arrangements will be made through FSL.

4) If you prefer to pay by cheque, please send your name, address, contact details (e-mail/telephone) and number of tickets with a cheque made payable to "The Tumbling Lassie"  for the total sum due to: Patricia Comiskey,  Advocate, Treasurer, The Tumbling Lassie Committee, Advocates' Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh EH1  1RF.

The Tumbling Lassie Seminar 2018

The Third Tumbling Lassie Seminar took place on the morning of 14th April. By kind permission of the Faculty of Advocates, it was held at the Mackenzie Building, just off the Royal Mile. The theme was "Disrupting trafficking networks" . The seminar featured contributions from the Solicitor General for Scotland, Alison di Rollo QC, representing the Crown Office here in Scotland and from Pam Bowen, Senior Policy Advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service in London. Alongside insights from IJM's Raja Ebenezer (formerly a slave in an Indian brick factory - freed by an IJM-assisted operation in 2005 and now working with IJM as a qualified Indian lawyer to free others held in slavery) and Andy Bevan and from Bronagh Andrews of TARA, we heard from DCI Rory Hamilton of Police Scotland who with others has played a critical role in awareness raising in this area. The event finished with a lively and extended panel session when speakers took questions from the floor.

For a roundup of the talks and discussions from the Seminar’s chair, Eric Robertson Advocate, see:

How else can I get involved?

Offers of further individual or corporate sponsorship or of contributions towards future events are warmly welcomed. If you have any questions about the events, or have an idea of how you would like to contribute, we would be very grateful to hear from you. Please contact us at

If you would like to make a cash donation to our appeal, with the possibility of gift-aiding that donation, please visit our Virgin Money Giving page at: