Our President in 2002/03 was:

Professor Jane Millgate

She gave the Toast to Sir Walter at our 94th Annual Dinner on 7th March 2003 at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

Her Toast to Sir Walter has been made available here thanks to sponsorship from John Loska

Click on the link below to read it.  

[Toast to Sir Walter]

You can also read the full report from where his address was taken here

Jane Millgate is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Canada.  She is the author of Macaulay (1973), Walter Scott: The Making of the Novelist (1984), Scott's Last Edition: A Study in Publishing History (1987), and of numerous articles on Scott and other nineteenth-century authors. Her Union Catalogue of the Correspondence of Sir Walter Scott, comprising approximately 14000 records for letters from and to Scott, is published by the National Library of Scotland.

Jane Millgate sadly died in January 2019, returning to her Toronto  home after a  period in hospital to settle her affairs in the final weeks of her life. She leaves behind a remarkable legacy of pioneering scholarship, which has provided a foundation for almost all recent major advances in Scott criticism and textual study. The Club is currently investigating ways in which it might be engaged in memorializing her input on a regular basis.

Jane also gave a lecture to the Club: 

1993: Professor Jane Millgate - Scott and the Victorians [text]