The Royal Highland Show

180 Years of the #HighlandShow

First held in 1822, upon the spot the Scottish Parliament sits today, the Royal Highland Show is a Scottish institution, proudly sharing the very best of the world of agriculture and farming with the world. Finally settling at Ingliston in 1960, the Royal Highland Show, organised by RHASS has been growing from strength to strength despite the obvious set backs COVID-19 and other recent challenges have brought.

We have been crafting trophies for the Royal Highland Show for almost 100 years.

celebrating our craft

The Edinburgh Corporation Perpetual Gold Challenge Cup

This trophy was presented by The Corporation of Edinburgh to the Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland to celebrate the 100th Show in 1931. An 11” 9ct yellow gold cup, the cover is adorned with a Castle model and sits on a quartz “rock”.

Four enamelled cow head cartouches sit around the rim of the cup with engraved borderand the foot is set with four cabochon quartz stones.

Originally made by Brook & Son of 87 George Street which is now Hamilton & Inches, this cup is a circulating trophy and is presented to a different section in rotation. The circulation and breed is decided by the Chief Steward Committee.

This trophy was presented by The Corporation of Edinburgh to the Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland to celebrate the 100th Show in 1931. An 11” 9ct yellow gold cup, the cover is adorned with a Castle model and sits on a quartz “rock”.

Four enamelled cow head cartouches sit around the rim of the cup with engraved borderand the foot is set with four cabochon quartz stones.

Originally made by Brook & Son of 87 George Street which is now Hamilton & Inches, this cup is a circulating trophy and is presented to a different section in rotation. The circulation and breed is decided by the Chief Steward Committee.

The Kinmonth (Moncreiff Wright) Perpetual Gold Challenge Quaich

This 5 ¾” 9ct yellow gold Quaich is presented for the Highland Pony Class for the Best Highland Pony (in hand). This Quaich replaced the original in 2001 and is now accompanied by a fabulous multi-tiered hand turned plinth.

The Quaich is engraved as the original was, with “Presented by Mrs Moncrieff Wright in memory of her late husband John Moncrieff Wright of Kinmonth  for the Best Highland Pony in the Show 1935”.

The Fife & Kinross Perpetual Challenge Cup

This 9” 15ct gold cup was commissioned and presented by the subscribers in the counties of Fife & Kinross to commemorate the holding of the Society’s Show at Cupar, Fife in 1912. Made in the Hamilton & Inches workshops, the original drawings are on display in front of you.

The cup is decorated with hand chasing of celtic knotwork, thistles and coat of arms. The handles have 2 knights on chargers and are again hand chased with thistles. This cup is a circulating trophy and is presented to a different section in rotation. The circulation and breed is decided by the Chief Steward Committee.

celebrating our craft Alain Wright, The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland's House & Heritage Officer

Alain Wright, the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland's House & Heritage Officer, shares his sentiments on the long-standing relationship between the Royal Highland Show and Hamilton & Inches.


“Hamilton & Inches has a great working partnership with the Royal Highland Show. Trophy winners have spent a lifetime preparing their animals for this moment, and it is a privilege for me and the team of craftspeople at H&I to look after these exceptional displays of silverware and goldware and help in their presentation.


When you look at some cups dating back to 1903, and you think of all the people engraved on them and the lives they have dealt with, it makes me very proud to be involved in this great celebration of Scotland’s rural life.

I have seen people moved to tears when they have collected the trophies, often seeing the names of grandparents engraved before theirs. It is a truly unique showcase.”