Clive Thomson (Tour Captain & President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club)

Clive Thomson (2)

On Tour: Skip of team ‘Mull’.

I live in Newton Mearns on the south side of Glasgow. My wife Judith and I have a son and a daughter, both of whom live and work in London.  I was an institutional stockbroker for 25 years before acquiring the conference business I now run with offices in Glasgow and Salisbury.
My mother club is Glasgow Academicals and I am also a member of the Beechnuts and Whitecraigs Tennis Club Curling section.  I am a Past President of both Dunbartonshire and Glasgow Provinces and curl at Intu Braehead on the banks of the river Clyde.
On Tour I’m looking forward to making new friends, seeing new places and enjoying the camaraderie of my fellow tourists.

Alan Arnot

Alan Arnot (2)

On Tour: Lead in Gary Rutherford’s team ‘Jura’.

I am a farmer at Hatton Mill Farm, Friockheim in Angus.
Joyce and I have been married for 30 years and we have a grown-up family of James, Drew and Craig.
My home club is Evenie Water Curling Club of which I am a former President and we curl at Forfar Indoor Sports.  Currently I’m a member of the Committee.

On tour I’ll enjoy travelling with my tour friends and seeing a lot of USA.

Bill Arnot

Bill Arnot (2)

On Tour: Lead in Ian Young’s team ‘Islay’.

I am a farmer at Kilmux Farm, Leven in Fife.  My family is Carole, my wife, daughter Jenny and son David.  My club is Lundin and Montrave which curls at Kirkcaldy.  I have been Club President and Club Treasurer; President of our Province and of our Area; and a member of the RCCC Areas Standing Committee.

Spending time on Tour with my colleagues and visiting so many parts of the USA will be something special.

Bill Byers

William Byers (2)

On Tour: Third in Clive Thomson’s team ‘Mull’.

I am a water supply specialist with the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland and live in Earlston, in the Scottish Borders. Sheena and I have been married for 34 years and we have two children, Vicki and Rory.  I’m a member of Earlston Curling Club and of DAFS (Midlothian) but do most of my curling at Border Ice Rink, Kelso. I’ve twice been President of my home club, President of Border Province and a Committee member of Border Ice Rink.

I have enjoyed playing in Scotland against the tough competition of touring teams and I look forward to renewing friendships with as many as possible of the last USA touring curlers and to meeting new ones.

Alex Dickson (Vice Captain)

Alex Dickson (2)

On Tour: Skip of team ‘Tiree’.

My home is in Dumfries in South-west Scotland.
I’m a former police officer, retiring in 2010 and now work as a Project Manager for a charity – The Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project.  Linda and I have been married for 34 years. We have three daughters, Kirsten, Lauren and Alexandra.
I am a member of Crocketford Curling Club and have been its President for the past twelve years. I curl out of Dumfries Ice Bowl.

On Tour, I’m most looking forward to making new friends and perhaps meeting up with ‘kent faces’ from the last USA tour to Scotland – and of course to the socialising and fun plus a few wins for Scotland!

John Good

John Good (2)

On Tour: Second in Gary Rutherford’s team ‘Jura’.

My home is in Longniddry, East Lothian. I am retired. My main career was as Secretary of The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.  I am married to Muriel. We have two sons, John and Alasdair, a daughter Isla, and seven grandchildren.
My ‘local’ curling clubs are Haddington and Aberlady, both in East Lothian. I do my club curling at Murrayfield Curling Rink, Edinburgh.  I am now President of Haddington, Secretary of RCCC Edinburgh Area Committee.

Travelling with my team-mates, making many more good curling friends, and learning how USA curling clubs and rinks are organised will make this tour one of the best bargains of my lifetime.

Callum Harvey

Callum Harvie (2)

On Tour: Skip of team ‘Iona’.

I am a farmer at Tranent, ten miles east of Edinburgh.
My wife Lorna and I have three children: Callum, Emma and Alastair.
I am a member of Oxenfoord and of Dirleton clubs with both clubs curling at Murrayfield Curling Rink, Edinburgh. I am President of both my Clubs and a former President of East Lothian Province.

What I’m most looking forward to on Tour is competing against all the US teams, then getting to know the curlers afterwards.

John Hodge

John Hodge (2)

On Tour: Second in Ian Young’s team ‘Islay’.

My home is in Coldstream in the Scottish Borders where I am currently trying to get to the point at which I can retire from farming.   Janet and I have been married for 44 years. We have a son and two daughters, and two grandchildren.
My clubs are Duns and Swinton curling clubs, both of which curl at Border Ice Rink, Kelso. I am currently President of Border Province.

What I’ll enjoy most on tour are the friendly games, played with a competitive spirit, good fun and making new friends both with fellow-tourists and our USA hosts.

Malcolm MacAskill

malcolm-macaskill-2On Tour: Third in Alex Dickson’s team ‘Tiree’.

I am a retired Chartered Surveyor and worked as a property asset manager in local government for over 30 years. I have been married to my wife Susan for 37 years and live in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. We have three grown up daughters, Fiona, Morven and Eilidh and two grandchildren.

I’m a former president of Dunlop Curling Club and currently on the Committee at Blythswood Curling Club. I do my curling at Greenacres, Ice Rink.

I’m most looking forward to getting to know my teammates on Tour and having the opportunity to meet the host teams in the US.

John McDermott

John McDermott (2)

On Tour: Second in Clive Thomson’s team ‘Mull’.

I am a transport Engineer based in Glasgow but my home town is Greenock, on the Firth of Clyde. I am proud uncle of Holly and Lara.
My home club is Ardgowan Curling Club and I also play with the British Civil Service Curling Association. I do most of my curling at Waterfront Leisure Centre in Greenock.  I am currently President of the Ardgowan club and Secretary of the British Civil Service Curling Association.

On tour, what I’m most looking forward to, is meeting old friends and new fellow-curlers as we make our way around all the States we’re to visit – and, of course, to bringing home the Herries Maxwell Trophy.

David McIntyre

David McIntyre (2)

On Tour: Lead in Clive Thomson’s team ‘Mull’.

I am a retired Civil Engineer from Ayr on the Clyde Coast.
I am married to Lillian and have two children, Shona and Ian and one granddaughter,  Isla.  I curl with six clubs: Troon Portland (past president and match secretary), Dalmellington Craigengillan (match secretary), Ayr Disnae Virtual (secretary and match secretary), Ayr CC (committee member), Construction South and Straiton. I am Vice President of Ayr CC and Ayr Curling Rink is where I do my club curling.

On tour I hope to play with and against similar-minded curlers, enjoying the social aspects of curling and visiting new places which will surely make our tour a trip of a lifetime and something to remember.

 Albert Middler

Albert Middler (2)

On Tour: Second in Alex Dickson’s team ‘Tiree’.

My home is in Aberdeen. I am now retired, having been a local government Valuation Surveyor.  I am divorced and have a son, Graeme and a daughter, Arlene.
I am a member of AWW Curling Club and of Curl Aberdeen Juniors. My home rink is Curl Aberdeen. I am a past President of North-Eastern Province of the RCCC and have been a member of Curl Aberdeen Management Committee since 2005. I am a level 2 coach and a level 4 umpire.

On tour I look forward to forming new friendships and to lots of good curling played in the true spirit of the game.

William Paterson

william-patersonOn Tour: Lead in Alex Dickson’s team ‘Tiree’.

I farm Barr of Spottes farm, Castle Douglas, which is in South-West Scotland. My family is Christine my wife, daughters Lindsay, Kirsty and Fiona and grandson Jay who is six years old.  My home Club is Kirkpatrick-Durham, instituted in 1831. We curl at Dumfries  Ice Bowl. I am in my sixth year as President of my Club and recently completed my two-year term as President of Stewartry Province.  

On Tour I’m most looking forward to curling against fellow-curlers from USA, and seeing a country I haven’t visited before.

Clarke Perry

Clarke Perry (2)

On Tour: Second in Callum Harvey’s team ‘Iona’.

I am from Glasgow. I am a quantity Surveyor and Company Director.
I have a son, Dale.
My clubs are Drystanes and Giffnock.
I curl at Braehead and at Greenacres ice rinks.
I am a Past President of the Giffnock club.

On tour, what I’m most looking forward to is meeting the third Mrs Perry.
For recreation and leisure I sail, ski and play golf.

Jim Ramsay

Jim Ramsay (2)

On Tour: Third in Ian Young’s team ‘Islay’.

My home is at Penicuik, eleven miles south of Edinburgh where I am a convenience store operator.  My wife Pamela and I have three grown-up sons and two grandchildren.
My clubs are Penicuik and DAFS, both of which play at
Murrayfield Curling Rink in Edinburgh.  I am a former President of the Penicuik club and I am currently President of Edinburgh Curling Club Ltd., which has a major stake in Murrayfield Curling rink.

My ambition for the tour is to get my hands on the Herries Maxwell Trophy and bring it back to Scotland.

Alan Roe

Alan Roe (3)

On Tour: Third in Callum Harvey’s team ‘Iona’.

Glasgow is my home city where I am a Financial Adviser and Company Director.  I have three children, Alana, Lisa and William, and five grandchildren.
I curl with three clubs; Cadder, Wishaw and Reform.
Braehead Curling, on the banks of the river Clyde, west of central Glasgow, is my main curling rink. I am Development Officer for my Cadder club.

My aims are to have fun on the tour and to win back the trophy.

Gary Rutherford

Gary Rutherford

On Tour: Skip of team ‘Jura’.
I am part of our family-run bus and coach transport firm with my father and mother. My home is in Glenfarg, rural Perthshire with my wife Jenny, and two young sons Finlay and Max.
I curl for Auchterarder and Glenfarg in the Upper Strathearn and Loch Leven Provinces, playing mainly in Kinross and Perth ice rinks.

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to join this curling tour and am looking forward to playing in a new continent and meeting new curlers. As Past President of Glenfarg CC and Loch Leven Province I was fortunate enough to curl against the 2012 US tourists and my father, David, was part of the US-bound 2007 Scottish Tour.

 David Sillito

david-sillito-2bOn Tour: Third in Gary Rutherford’s team ‘Jura’.

I am a retired businessman and chartered accountant. My wife Libby and I, have two daughters and a son.  We live in Glasgow
My three clubs are Glasgow XX, Reform and Giffnock and I do most of my curling at Greenacres Curling, Renfrewshire.  I am currently Vice President of Glasgow XX, and a Past President of Giffnock.

What I’m looking for on tour is lots of curling and meeting lots of American curlers.

Kenny Spence

kenny-spence-2On Tour: Lead in Callum Harvey’s team ‘Iona’.

I am from Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire where I am a farmer and agricultural contractor.
My wife Helen and I have a son Alan, and daughters Linsey and Alice.
My curling club is Corrie and we play at Lockerbie.
My daughter Alice won the Junior World Curling Championship in 2012.
My interests outside farming are horses and motor sport.

Ian Young

Ian Young (2)

On Tour: Skip of team ‘Islay’.

I am from Letham, in the county of Angus. I’m a civil servant, married to Janice for 28 years. We have a son Murray 25 and a daughter Lesley 22 both of whom curl.
Most of my curling is done at Forfar Indoor Sports playing for Suttieside Curling Club and Dundee Civil Service.
I am Match Secretary of the Suttieside club, and Chairman of the Development Group of Forfar Curling Centre.

Most of all, on tour I’m looking forward to making lasting friendships with other tourists and to bringing the Herries Maxwell trophy back to Scotland.