Introducing a very dapper dentist: Dr. Niall McGuinness

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 22 Dec, 2016
Dr. Niall McGuinness is lead clinician and head of the academic programme for the MClinDent / DClinDent programme in orthodontics at the Edinburgh Dental Institute.
Dr. McGuinness is not only a very dapper dentist but he is also a keen follower of Chap Magazine and the music of  Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,  
a ‘best dressed’ champion of the Harris Tweed Ride  and a valued customer of Stewart Christie & Co.
Q Name?
A Niall McGuinness

Q Occupation?
A Dentist

Q We have enjoyed making you various tweedy garments for you. As a man of great style and finesse. Was this something that occurred early or late in life? Midlife, but definitely not due to a crisis. In dentistry with hygiene regulations, I presume tunic and scrubs are your only option. However, when you are guest lecture at the dental school, do you embrace your more flamboyant side or do you have to conform to conventional attire?
A As a lecturer and clinician, all of us have to wear appropriate clinical attire on the Dental Institute – long sleeves and ties are not permitted as they rapidly collect bugs and that is a potential infective risk. So we all have to wear scrubs in the clinical areas.

Q We know that you were awarded 'best dressed' at the Glasgow Harris Tweed Ride a few years back. What bike were you riding at the time? And what is your current bicycle of choice?
A The bike was my Marin Eldridge Grade, which I bought from the Edinburgh Bike Co-op in Whitehouse Loan in 1994. As it is 22 years old it's almost a vintage machine. The current favourite is my Colnago Master Steel road bike from Ronde Cycles in Hamilton Place. I have ridden it from Geneva to Venice over the Alps, and all along the Loire Valley, the Atlantic coast of France, and from Paris to Nice. It is as light as a feather and a triumph of the frame builder's art.

Q Have you ever entered the London Tweed Ride?
A Yes, I have done the London Tweed Run for the last 5 years. I won second prize the first year for "best moustache"; which surprised and delighted me because I was up against stiff competition from the likes of Conrad Amis and Barry "Fingers" Copson, stalwarts of the Handlebar Club, Tweed Run and the Eroica Britannia.

Q We are currently designing a vintage inspired cycling outfit for Mark Stevens, one of our dear friends and customers. I believe, he too was one of the winners of the ride in Edinburgh. Do you have any suggestions for essential details and cycling considerations on this collaborative effort?
A I would recommend a generous cut at the shoulders for comfortable movement and equally generous provision for plus fours – in a light to medium weight tweed.

“My best experience was when I was in Dublin one year for Christmas. I was walking through the city centre when this young hoodie came towards me, took one look, and said "Respect!" before passing on.”

Q What was your first purchase as a boy or an early piece that shaped your style?
A Hmm, at a young age I really didn't think much about clothes. Some of the worst fashion faux pas' of the 70's completely passed me by. Tweed only featured once in my wardrobe, this was a jacket, made from Harris Tweed, I had when I was at at school. My interest in my current look only took off in 2011 when I read the Chap Magazine and got to like the music of Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer (aka Jim Burke) who raps in received pronunciation. I decided it was time to dress my age instead of trying to dress in fleeces, t-shirt and jeans - after all, I'm no longer 18 years old (and neither are all those middle-aged men who swan around central Edinburgh on rugby weekends dressed like that). I remarked to someone that if all these middle-aged schoolboys actually dressed well they would probably cause a riot in the street with their appearance.

Q What does the The Chap mean to you, is it a magazine or a state of being?
A The Chap Magazine is a real mine of fascinating news and profiles of people who don't follow the current fashion for blandness and mediocrity: fashion is transitory, style never goes out of fashion. Chap as a state of being? It doesn't require that you dress differently, it is what is on the inside that is important – and probably the best way of defining it is adopt the motto "live and let live – and don't frighten the horses"

Q What does Stewart Christie mean to you?
A Stewart Christie is an oasis in a retail desert. All you need now is couple of indoor palm trees.

Stewart Christie & Co. Tales of Tailoring

By Stewart Christie 29 Nov, 2017

Name  Will Lyons


Occupation  Writer, Columnist, Wine Expert.


In your role tasting so many wines do you mainly enjoy european wines or the New World wines?

My first love has always been the classic wines of Europe. I very much learned to taste wines analytically in Edinburgh at the University Wine Society, a city which has been drinking and enjoying the wines of Bordeaux for hundreds of years. Back then we were fortunate enough to taste a wide variety of wines from all over the world. But it was a Scotsman, Hew Blair, then buying director of Justerini & Brooks who introduced me to the great wines of Bordeaux, the Loire and Burgundy. In 2005 I started writing a wine column for Scotland on Sunday newspaper, then I was 28 and I made a point of writing about the great wines of France. When I filed a column on vintage Krug Champagne, it raised a few eyebrows with the editor as it cost more than £200 a bottle!


Have European wines generally improved since you started wine tasting?

I think all wines have improved. Improvements in viticulture, greater understanding of picking grapes at optimum ripeness, good husbandry in the vineyards, the introduction of sorting tables and a general upsurge in investment has pushed quality levels to new highs. If you drive around the vineyards of Bordeaux, the investment in new winemaking and tasting facilities is colossal. Take Château Margaux, not content with having perhaps the grandest looking property in the world they recently opened a brand-new cellar designed by Norman Foster.


Brexit! This must have caused European wine prices to rise with the fall in the value of the £. Is life going to get tougher for the wine-lover?

Without sitting on the fence my honest answer is, it’s too early to tell. What we do know is that we have been buying and trading the wines of Europe since Medieval times and Bordeaux has been regularly drunk in Scotland since the 12th century. Having said that, today the wine map is truly global and the U.K. drinks more wine from Australia than any other country. Sorry to be so vague – with Brexit there are no easy answers!

By Stewart Christie 30 Oct, 2017

Mark Thomson is simply the best chap for the job - Ambassador to Scotland for Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky and a man of Distinction and Style

By Stewart Christie 01 Oct, 2017
A welder and restorer of stained glass windows by trade, cycling enthusiast by heart. Mark Stevens is the quintessential gentleman ready and impeccably dressed for any jaunt, come rain or shine. 
By Stewart Christie 24 Aug, 2017
We recently spent some time in the shop catching up with one of the elite players of Scotland's Rugby Team. Sam has the charisma and charm that is a perfect match for his classic style and passion for the well loved sport. A scrum half, leading the pack, sporting the Scotland regalia on the pitch by day, classic-timeless gentleman, clad in tweed by night, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, professional rugby player, shares his experience representing the country's national team as well as his fondness for well-tailored, classic attire.
By Stewart Christie 27 Jul, 2017
Jack Lowden, one of Scotland's greatest contemporary talents who has recently starred in the closing film of the Edinburgh Film Festival, England is Mine, as well as Christopher Nolan's epic blockbuster, Dunkirk, spent the afternoon with us at Stewart Christie talking all things Morrissey, theatre, Nolan and Spitfires. From Essex to Oxton to London, Jack has embraced his profession both on stage and screen in a massive variety of roles. Read on for a little insider of his experience pursuing a rather exciting career. 
By Stewart Christie 26 Jun, 2017
It was a complete pleasure to meet and dress the eminent actor, author and director Mr Richard E. Grant. Daring to be different and breaking away from the black tie, he cut a dash across the red carpet in our stone prince of wales check three piece in the light summer weight tweed. At the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening party. And of course, we asked him a few quick questions and cordially invited him to our prestigious Stewart Christie & Co Gentleman's Club.
By Stewart Christie 08 Jun, 2017
All garments and tailoring by Stewart Christie & Co in collaboration with Edinburgh based bridal designer, Rowanjoy.

For any special events, weddings, or the need for specialised tailoring, head to Stewart Christie for the best traditional service and expert consultation email

Photography: Laura Meek,  
Models: Abigail Gliksten and Tabitha Stevens
Gowns: Rowanjoy,  
MUAH: Mairi Gordon, http://mairigordon
Styling: Vixy Rae
Flowers: Kirsty Downie

By Stewart Christie 07 Jun, 2017
Francois and Nella, artists from France, friends of Stewart Christie and lovers of all things Scottish, had the dream to venture over to Skye for a timeless wedding at Dunvegan Castle. Dressed in fine tweed and tartan, of course.

From the finely crafted wedding ensembles, including a Victorian inspired bespoke gown to the immaculate and well preserved interior of the castle, the day easily alluded to what could have been experienced a few hundred years back for guests at a Lord and Lady's special day. Not to mention, the weather was particularly mild, unexpected, but happily welcomed by all, which led to a most exquisite sunset to polish off such a classic affair.

Nella wore a hand made Stewart Christie 'Inverleith' Cape, made from a beautiful soft lovat green herringbone tweed from the Scottish Borders. The Kilt Jacket and Waistcoat were tailored for Francois in a matching tweed to compliment his beautiful bride. He was proudly adorned in his Ancient Clan Farquharson Kilt and sash. The outfit was completed with a hand crafted sporan by McRostie in a chestnut bridal leather. We were proud there were a number of other guests dressed head to toe in our finely tailored tweed and tartan garments.

Following the wedding day, Francois and Nella strapped on their hiking boots along with their wedding outfits for a walk through the wooded Fairy Glen, just around the corner from Uig, for a romantic and equally magical morning, surrounded by inspiring nature to further embrace the beauty of Skye over their fairy tale wedding weekend.

By Stewart Christie 16 May, 2017

Ian was brought up in Fife, but finally settled in Edinburgh, with his wife and two sons. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he had a rather wide variety of character building jobs, such as a grape picker, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician-to name but a few. Now his immense passion and knowledge for music and writing go hand in hand. We had the great pleasure of Ian's company in the Oxford Bar for a quick pint and a catch up, after measuring him up in the store for his first Stewart Christie bespoke three-piece, in a soft grey lambswool tweed to be completed for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he will present various events in true Scottish style.

Name? Ian Rankin

Profession? Novelist

Do you usually complete your work and then get it published or have you got some novels that you’ve secretly shelved that you may finally release at a later date?

I've only got one unpublished novel - my very first. Unlikely ever to see the light of day. It was a not very funny comedy set in a Highland hotel. There is one novel, Westwind, which was published, but I was unhappy with. I've never allowed it to be reissued. 

Very interested to know what you are currently working on that we may look forward to?
This is a sabbatical year. I am tinkering and pottering, but not doing a novel. A few short stories, meetings about film and TV. Travelling to festivals far and wide to promote Inspector Rebus' 30th anniversary.

It’s incredible that Rebus has been translated into 22 different languages, have you ever read them in other languages? We understand you resided in France for a while. It must be quite a strange feeling to see them in French, not that you would read it, but is there anything that would make you read any of your novels again once you've written them?

Translated into 35 languages - I need to update the information available online! I lived in France for six years but it wasn't translated into French until after I'd moved back to the UK, which was a bit annoying. I only ever reread my novels when asked by my publisher to provide the introduction to some new edition. 

Where do you find your inspiration in Edinburgh for such crime stories? Do you have a few "favourite haunts" you like to go to and write, or are you one of those writers who is constantly inspired throughout the day, like Alexander McCall Smith, who is forever writing?

I write seldom. I'm certainly no McCall Smith. The man is a machine. I hang out in pubs, especially the Oxford Bar. I eavesdrop on conversations. I go for drinks with retired cops. I am also a news junkie, and often get ideas from newspaper reports and such like.

We know you have a great passion for music. In a recent interview with Tim Burgess at the book festival, we experienced your immense knowledge of artists and albums, it was an interesting talk. Would you host or partake in more of them this year?

Like most crime writers, I am a frustrated rock star. Putting so much music in my books has led me to form friendships with a host of musicians, which is a lovely bonus. I will be interviewing at least one musician at this year's festival - but it's under wraps at the moment.

By Stewart Christie 20 Apr, 2017

We spent the day with Dominic Le Moignan, a London based Actor and Creative Director up Arthur's Seat to test out the performance of his bespoke three-piece in a rifle green barathea.

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