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It was with great sadness that we heard the announcement of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Her association with the Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh goes back over 70 years, beginning shortly after her marriage. On 3 March 1949, Princess Elizabeth, along with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, joined the Merchant Company as honorary members. The ceremony took place in the Usher Hall. She went on to be our Patron in 1952.

The Company was deeply honoured to have been granted our Royal title in December 2017 by Her Majesty – an honour that is unique in livery circles.

We mourn the loss of our Patron, and celebrate her long life, her dedication, her huge service and contribution to our nation. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time. 

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Sir William Hutchison, the President of the Royal Scottish Academy hangs in the Merchants’ Hall.

Welcome to The Royal Company of Merchants of The City of Edinburgh

With a history going back around 700 years, The Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh is one of Scotland's largest, most respected, charitable organisations. Each year we improve the lives of thousands of people through philanthropy, providing a wide range of educational and social opportunities for business leaders.

Hire the Merchants' Hall 

The Merchants’ Hall makes a superb setting for a wedding and our friendly events team will ensuring that you and your guests have a fantastic, relaxed and memorable day.

Ideal for conferences and receptions, and seminars and networking events, The Merchants’ Hall team will work with you whatever the brief to create the perfect event. 

A fantastic venue for private parties, dinners and receptions of all shapes and sizes. This rich and opulent building with its fascinating history is the perfect backdrop for your party and is sure to wow your guests. 


Whisky Tour of Scotland

Whisky Tour of Scotland with Scott Wilson Friday 4th February 7.00pm for 7.30pm The Merchant’s Hall Join Scott Wilson, one of the best-known voices in the country for an entertaining and informative whisky tour of Scotland.  The tasting will feature five different samples of whisky, each


Following the Stated Meeting of the Company on Thursday 7th October, a copy portrait of the Rev. Robert Cunningham by John A Horsburgh, was unveiled by his great great nephew, Captain Christopher Hall. Peter Hillier The Master, Mrs Linda Moule, and Capt Christopher Hall with

Reciprocity of Kind Acts

Cate Smith is an artist based in Edinburgh, and a beneficiary of The Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh, Sir John Foster Fraser Fund.  She completed a BA(Hons) Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 and a MLitt Fine Art (Painting)