Author Archives: John Thomson

Kuala Lumpur Highland Games – 05 March 2022

Chieftain’s Chatter September 2020

Thank you to Past-Chieftain, Alan for the introduction and well done for doing a great job these past 2 years. Dear All, It is with great pride and privilege that I become the 129th Chieftain of the Selangor St Andrews …
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Chieftain’s Chatter August 2020

Dear all, It’s certainly not been the year we expected, that’s for sure! Every one of us has been impacted to a great extent, both personally and professionally, and it’s going to require a great deal of patience and resilience …
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The Master of Penang

The recently published historical novel tracks the real life of David Brown, who was one of the early pioneers to Penang and a true Scottish merchant-adventurer of the old school. The novel is based on family records and contemporary documents of a true and colourful life.

David Brown, a young Scottish lawyer of modest background, arrived in Penang in 1800 on an East Indiaman. Over the next twenty-five years he laid the foundations of a family business and a dynasty that would prosper and thrive until the Japanese occupation of 1941. Though a reserved and complex man of strong religious beliefs, he proved to be the quintessential Scottish merchant-adventurer – skillfully building up land, wealth and business interests. He founded the mighty Glugor spice estate and built there a fine Palladian mansion – the finest house of its type in the East.  He was also a man who lived life to the full: he had four wives (the last two concurrently…) and nine children.

David Brown was ‘The Master of Penang.’

If any member of the St Andrew’s Society wishes to obtain a complimentary eBook version of the novel, please contact Andrew Barber at the following email address themasterofpenang@gmail.com and he will send you a free copy!

Book Review: How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Professor Arthur Herman

Looking at modern communications and the way that television pictures can be transmitted almost instantaneously anywhere in the world, it is worth remembering that the man who invented television was John Logie Baird who was born in Helensburgh in 1880. …
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Great British Ball – 29 September 2018

Chieftain’s Chatter – March 2018

It is my great honour and privilege to take on the mantle of Chieftain from Paul Henderson. Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to Paul who has done a magnificent job as Chieftain over the past year. I would …
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May Concert – 12 May 2018

St. Andrew’s Ball – 01 December 2018

Chieftain’s Chatter – November 2017

Beannachdan agus Fàilte! My personal ‘Thanks’ to the KLHG Committee for working so very hard, to make the whole weekend a success. Our Friday Night Concert prior to the Games (Big Vern & The Shootas all the way from Glasgow) …
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Inter-Society Golf Champions 2017

Once again the Inter-Societies Golf Championship Trophy is residing comfortably north of Hadrian’s Wall. Congratulations to the winning team and to the Organising Sub-committee for all their hard work to pull the event together.