Events 2018

Our next Tumbling Lassie Seminar and Ball will take place on:

Saturday 14th April 2018

The Tumbling Lassie Ball 2018  featuring  The Tumbling Lassie operetta

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

We are delighted to confirm that in support of this event the world famous Edinburgh-based author Alexander McCall Smith and his regular musical collaborator, Tom Cunningham, have 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.

The Ball will begin at 6.00 for 6.30pm with a Reception, generously sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates.

Guests will then take their places at their tables to be entertained by the world premiere performance of The Tumbling Lassie operetta.

Dinner and dancing will follow, with carriages at 1am.

Dress will be black tie.

We hope you can join us for this memorable evening.

Tickets are priced at £85 per person, £850 for a table of ten.

To subscribe for Ball tickets, please follow one of the following options:

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 order and 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 you wish to purchase 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 required 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.

Please note that booking for the Ball must close on Wednesday 4th April 2018.

We regret that no refunds for cancellations can be offered after Monday 9th April 2018.

The Tumbling Lassie Seminar 2018

The Third Tumbling Lassie Seminar will take place on the morning of 14th April, starting at 9.30am (registration from 9am). By kind permission of the Faculty of Advocates, it will take place at the Mackenzie Building, just off the Royal Mile. The theme will be "Disrupting trafficking networks" . The seminar will feature 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 practical and policy insights from IJM's Andy Bevan and from TARA, there will be contributions from Police Scotland (Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston of the National  Human Trafficking Unit) and the City of Edinburgh Council's Wendy Henderson who together have played a critical role in awareness raising in this area. Please contact Eric Robertson, seminar chair, for more details.

There is no charge for the Seminar but please book so that catering can be arranged for you.

NB - places going fast. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

To book for the Seminar : go to eventbrite:

How else can I get involved?

Offers of further individual or corporate sponsorship, or of contributions towards the Ball auction or raffle, and indeed cash donations to our appeal, 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: