Robert Burns


James Gallacher Memorial Trophy

Many of you will remember Jim Gallacher, who served as our President from 1980 until his death in 1986. As well as being a very capable president, Jim was a very witty, entertaining chairman and raconteur. His "Will you go to Tobermory" anecdote never failed to have his audience helpless with laughter.

When he died some of his friends donated a sum of money to purchase a Trophy, which was to be the prize for Scottish Literature in an annual competition for pupils of the Vale of Leven Academy. This helps promote Scottish literature, including that of Burns and his works to the younger generations in the Vale of Leven.

The winners of the cup are listed below.

Year Winner
1987 Jane Mitchell
1988 Gillian Biglie
1989 Kirsteen Hamill
1990 Menzies Johnston
1991 Lynsey O’Neil
1992 Carol Bain
1993 Fiona Kirkton
1994 Kirstin Fyfe
1995 Heather McArthur
1996 Lyn Britton
1997 Graeme McGuinness
1998 Not recorded on cup
1999 Julie Brownlee
2000 Not recorded on cup
2001 Not recorded on cup
2002 Peter McBride & Gavin Ross
2003 Jennifer Greig, Fraser MacKay & Craig Thomson
2004 David Scammell
2005 Lisa Henderson & Kevin McAdam
2006 Katie Morton
2007 Daniel Donachie
2008 Jennifer Carr
2009 Nicola Crook
2010 Katrina Watts
2011 Rachel Glancy
2012 Laura Foy
2013 Sarah Brodie
2014 Seonaid Summers
2015 Tegan McKay
2016 Katie Allan
2017 Abby Shaw
2018 Hollie Lamont
2019 Morven Minns 
2020 No award ceremony due to Covid-19 pandemic
2021 Rachel Baxter

James Gallacher Trophy Winner 2016

Rachel Baxter - Winner 2021

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