Candidate Profiles


Hayley Johnston

Hayley is 21 years old and attended Campie Primary School, furthering onto Musselburgh Grammar School. During her time at school, Hayley enjoyed guitar lessons and was a member of the East Lothian Guitar Ensemble. Hayley is currently completing her final year at Heriot Watt University studying Construction Project Management. When she isn’t studying, you might see Hayley working in one of her several jobs around the town including Musselburgh Rugby Club, Staggs and The Sandwich Stop. Hayley has been a keen supporter of the festival since childhood and her family and friends are all looking forward to supporting her this summer.


Katie McLaren

Katie is 19 years old and attended Stoneyhill Primary School, going on to Musselburgh Grammar School.  Katie is currently in her second year at Queen Margaret University studying Film and Media.  Currently working part-time at the Musselburgh Rugby Club and New Look at Fort Kinnaird. She is looking forward to meeting a lot of new people during the coming year and to represent the town well by getting more involved in community events.

Katie is delighted to be running for Honest Lass this year, She has always been involved in the Musselburgh festivities for as long as she can remember. As a child, her favourite memories have always been watching the ride outs and the parade.


Jamie Cameron

Jamie is 22 and has lived in Musselburgh all his life with his family. He attended Stoneyhill Primary and Musselburgh Grammar School. Jamie is currently finishing his final year studying biological sciences at Herriot-Watt. A keen horse rider, working at Kailzie Equestrian Centre in Peebles part time and in the Musselburgh co-op for 5 years. Jamie has also been an active member of the Musselburgh Crusaders riding club, and was club captain for 2016.  Riding many common ridings since the age of 12, both in Musselburgh and around the borders. Jamie also has a keen supporter of the Musselburgh Festival since a young age, taking part in the parade as a youngster and always going down to watch the horses ford the esk and cheer on the official party. Having previously been an attendant to the Honest Lad and Lass, Jamie is looking forward to another year representing Musselburgh around various border festivals.


Connor Scott

Conor is 22 years old, and lives in Musselburgh with his family.  An attendee of Loretto RC nursery and Primary School, then on to high school at St David’s RC High School in Dalkeith.  Currently employed full time at the Kilt Hire Company in Musselburgh, and also helps out when he can at Cousland Park Livery and Training Centre. In his spare time Conor enjoys socialising with friends and playing sports.  He is a member of the Musselburgh Badminton club and also a course member of Musselburgh Old Links. He has two horses of his own and has recently taken up riding. Conor is very much looking forward to representing his native burgh throughout the summer in the borders, and can’t wait to ride through the streets of his hometown.


Michael Morrison

Michael is 19 and is a very enthusiastic young lad and is very involved in the Musselburgh community, He attended the Burgh Primary School and then to Musselburgh Grammar.  He has lived in Carberry where his Grandfather Andy owned Carberry Candles for many years. Michael is a playing member at Musselburgh rugby club and has been since the age of 14. Michael also used to be very involved in the boys’ brigade and is a member of the Musselburgh and Penicuik boys’ brigade pipe band. Michael has also helped out a numerous amount of rugby festivals for primary schools around the Musselburgh area. This young lad is very keen to get even more involved in the Musselburgh community.