Our President in 1980/81 was:

W. E. K. Anderson

He proposed the Toast to Sir Walter at our 73rd Annual Dinner on Friday 6th March 1981 in The North British Hotel, Edinburgh

Read the text of his address here

Sir William Eric Kinloch Anderson KT FRSE (27 May 1936 – 22 April 2020) was a British teacher and educator, who was the provost of Eton College from September 2000 to January 2009.

He was born on 27 May 1936 and schooled at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. He graduated from the University of St Andrews with first-class honours in English language and literature and then a Master of Letters (MLitt) degree from Balliol College, University of Oxford.

During his early career, Anderson taught at Fettes College in Edinburgh and at Gordonstoun where he taught Prince Charles. He moved to be headmaster at Abingdon School (1970–75), Shrewsbury School (1975–80) and Eton College (1980–94) and he was rector of Lincoln College, Oxford (1994–2000). He was chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund (1998–2001) and provost of Eton College (2000–2009).

At Fettes, he was Prime Minister Tony Blair's housemaster. Blair subsequently named Anderson in a 1997 advertising campaign run by the Teacher Training Agency, entitled "No one forgets a good teacher". Because Anderson was head master of Eton while David Cameron and Boris Johnson were there, he was involved in the education of the heir to the British throne and three British prime ministers, as well as Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. He was a supporter of the Direct Grant system.

The Clarendon Press published Anderson's edition of The Journal of Sir Walter Scott in 1972 and he became a trustee of Scott's Abbotsford during its refurbishment. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1985 and, in 2002, he was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Thistle.

He retired as Provost of Eton on 30 January 2009, and was succeeded by William Waldegrave.

His other positions included visitor at Harris Manchester College, Oxford; member of the visiting committee of Harvard University Memorial Church; trustee of the Royal Collection Trust; and chairman of Cumberland Lodge. He received honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews, Hull, Siena, Birmingham, the University of Aberdeen and Buckingham.

Text source: Wikipedia