About Donald Kay
The name DONALD KAY is synonymous with engraving and crystal.
Donald Kay served his apprenticeship as a glass cutter for Edinburgh
Crystal back in 1972. After completing eight years, he decided to
branch out on his own. He spent several years furthering his own experience
and teaching others the art of engraving. In 1987 he founded Burn’s
Crystal and then Claddagh Glass in 1997. He has
an impressive customer list, including the Queen at Balmoral,
for which he has received letters complimenting him on his work and
service. Other customers include the QE2 and many
other super liners as well as British Airways, United Distillers,
Irish Distillers, the Sheriff of Dublin, and many
golf Open Championships, including the 2002 at Muirfield.
Tam O'Shanter Crystal were commissioned by A.O.L to supply
the Awards for the top event at the Gleneagles Equestrian
Centre. Over the last 6 years Donald Kay has also supplied giftware
for the largest Burns Supper in the world - the "West
Sound Burns Supper"
didn’t start out to race side cars, he stood in for his brother. After
the first race he was hooked.
has raced all over Britain from Knockhill to Brands Hatch and Ireland to the
Isle of Man. He raced against Jock Taylor, then the World Champion, and finished
second at Knockhill in 1983. At the Isle of Man TT he had finishing positions
of 21 and 23 out of a grid of over 90. He eventually gave up racing in 1987
following a fatal accident at Knockhill when his driver was killed and he was
seriously injured, not for the first time. Just 4 months before he had come
out of hospital after a bad accident at Oulton Park, having finished 3rd in
the first race, they were lying second in the next race, set the fastest lap
in the wet – which has still to be broken and then at 500 yards before
the finish, outbreaked Des Founds and passenger to take the lead but in doing
so the throttle stuck open, they aquaplaned on water and went straight into
the crash barrier. At this point he was pronounced dead at the side of the track.
Thankfully the track marshals brought him back to life After 4 months physio
and intensive training he went back to race in the Isle of Man finishing 21st
out of 90 . In 1984 he was racing with Jack Gordon of Eclipse M/ C when they
were involved in a Fatal accident in which Jack died and Donald fractured his
leg in 3 places .After this he retired and eventually set up Burns Crystal.
it all began for Donald....
helping out at a whisky tasting at the inaugural "Burns an a' that"
festival in Culzean Castle
racing’s loss was Scottish crystal engraving’s gain as it was while
lying in his hospital bed following the second accident that he made the life
changing decision to give up racing and redirect his energies into setting up
his own crystal engraving business.
And in 2007 Donald
& Jack Muldoon were invited back to
take part in the isle of Man Centenary lap , only 28 sidecars from all those
years of racing and they were the 28th sidecar
is the proud father of two grown up children, Stevie and Jeni,
and lives in Ayr.