Book now for Tumbling Lassie events

24 Nov


Bookings are now being taken for The Tumbling Lassie Ball and an associated seminar which will raise funds for two human trafficking charities.

Last year, a group of advocates, The Tumbling Lassie Committee, made more than £14,000 at an inaugural ball and seminar. The money was shared by Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) and the International Justice Mission (IJM), which will again be the beneficiaries of the events on Saturday, 28 January, 2017.

The seminar, in the Faculty’s Mackenzie Building at 9:30am, will feature guest speakers Alison Di Rollo, QC, Solicitor General for Scotland, and Parosha Chandran, a human rights barrister and expert on human trafficking. Attendance is free but donations will be taken for the charities.

The ball is in St Paul’s and St George’s Church, York Place, Edinburgh. A three-course dinner is included in the price of £65 per ticket.

Both events are supported by the Faculty, and full details can be found at

A nameless girl, known as “the tumbling lassie”, featured in a 17th Century case in the Court of Session.

She had been “bought” from her mother and used by a travelling showman as a performing gymnast until she fled and was given refuge by a couple.

The showman went to court and demanded damages from the couple, but the judges dismissed his claim, and the official report of the case stated: “But we have no slaves in Scotland, and mothers cannot sell their bairns.”