Our President in 1897 was::

The Hon. Lord Stormonth Darling

He proposed the Toast to Sir Walter at our 4th Annual Dinner on Monday 20th December 1897 in the Royal Hotel, Edinburgh. 

Read the text of his address here

Moir Tod Stormonth Darling, Lord Stormonth-Darling FRSE DL LLD (3 November 1844 – 2 June 1912) was a Scottish Conservative Party politician and judge.

He was born on 3 November 1844, the son of Elizabeth Moir Tod, daughter James Tod of, Deanstoun, and James Stormonth Darling of Lednathie WS (1830-1881). He was educated at Kelso Grammar School then studied law at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an MA.

In November 1888, he was elected in an unopposed by-election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities. from 1888 appointed as Solicitor General for Scotland. He resigned the seat in 1890, when he was appointed to judiciary as a Lord of Session, an office which he held until 1908[4]

In 1897 he was President of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club and gave the Toast to Sir Walter at the club's annual dinner. In 1900 he featured in a set of Copes cigarette cards of well known golfers. The card, numbered 49, depicts him standing in a bunker and is entitled "Duffers Yet".

He was a Director of both Scottish Provident and the Bank of Scotland, a member of the Court of the University of Edinburgh, a Railway Commissioner for Scotland and (like his father) a member of the Royal Company of Archers. He wrote books on golf and also collected ballads.

In later years he lived at Balvarran in Perthshire and 10 Great Stuart Street, an impressive Georgian townhouse on the Moray Estate in Edinburgh's West End.

He died at home on 2 June 1912 aged 67.

Text Source: Wikipedia