Our President in 1909 was::

Sir Gilbert J. Parker, LL.D. 

He proposed the Toast to Sir Walter at our 16th Annual Dinner on Friday 29th October 1909 in The Royal Hotel, Edinburgh. 

Read the text of his address here

Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker, 1st Baronet PC (23 November 1862 – 6 September 1932), known as Gilbert Parker, Canadian novelist and British politician, was born at Camden East, Addington, Ontario, the son of Captain J. Parker, R.A.

He was educated as a teacher in Ottawa and taught at Marsh Hill and Bayside schools in Hastings County before becoming a teacher at the Ontario Institute for the Deaf and Dumb (in Belleville, Ontario) in 1882. From there he went on to lecture at Trinity College. In 1886, he went to Australia, and for a while became associate editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. He also traveled extensively in the Pacific, Europe, Asia, Egypt, the South Sea Islands and subsequently in northern Canada. In the early nineties he began to gain a growing reputation in London as a writer of romantic fiction.

Text Source: Wikipedia