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FORMER rugby internationalist and Edinburgh restaurateur Mac Henderson has died, aged 101.

James McLaren "Mac" Henderson was renowned as Scotland's oldest surviving rugby internationalist, and was co-founder of Edinburgh's first vegetarian restaurant, Henderson's Salad Table.
Mrs Henderson talked her husband into turning their farm at Spitalrigg, Haddington, into an organic dairy farm and produce was taken from the fields into Edinburgh shops until 1961 when the couple borrowed the money to open a shop at 92 Hanover Street.

Although it was a struggle initially, business was brisk enough in the first couple of years to enable them to convert the derelict basement beneath the shop into a restaurant and the Salad Table was born.

A bakery dedicated to Henderson's brown loaves and rolls opened in separate premises in Canonmills in 1964, and five years later Henderson's Bistro on Thistle Street opened its doors for the first time.

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