Until 1957, the club had no officially recognised badge or emblem and it wasn’t until that year that the now familiar ‘stag and hounds’ design was selected and adopted by members of the club. The design was created by the then Honorary President Sandy Purves and was based on a local legend which recounts the tale of a hunt which included King Robert the Bruce and local Lord, Sir William St Clair of Roslin.
It is said that after a day unsuccessfully hunting deer in the Pentland Hills, the hunting party sighted a white stag making toward the March Burn. King Robert the Bruce asked if anybody’s dogs could catch the deer (which had so far managed to evade the Royal hounds) and Sir William wagered that his two favourite dogs, “Help” and “Hold”, would be able to bring the deer down before it crossed the stream. The King accepted the wager and said that should Sir William be successful, his prize would be the Forest of Pentland Moor.
Taking a vantage point, the King watched as Sir William released Help and Hold before charging after them on horseback. He arrived at the March Burn as Hold stopped the deer in the stream and Help drove it back to the winning side, securing the wager and the lands in the process.