Boroughmuir School


Class 3B4

Boroughmuir School, Class 3b4, 1951-52

©  D & W Prophet, Dundee.                                                              Reproduced with acknowledgement to John E Kirkwood, Livingston


Boroughmuir School

Thank you to John E Kirkwood for providing the photo at the top of this page, and for also sending me the photo below of his class, taken two years earlier.  Please click on the photo below to enlarge it.

Boroughmuir School, Class 1c1, 1949-50 ©

John is a Former Pupil of Boroughmuir .  He began in class 1C1 in 1949.

John lived in the Crewe area beyond Crewe Toll.  Along with three or four of the boys from his class, he joined Ferranti Ltd and served his apprenticeship as a Tool Fitter.  He moved to Livingston, West Lothian, in 1971.  He would be keen to hear from others who remember him.

John added:

"My Register teachers were

-  Class 1C1: Miss 'Maggie' Matthews, famous for her 'BLACK BOOK'.  No-one ever found out what happened if your name went into it, but she held her classes in dread of it.  There was no need for beltings or lines or detentions for her. She was for me superb. 

- Classes 2B4 and 3B4: Messrs Mitchell (Science) Thomson (History) & dear old 'Bob' Lowe who had been shell-shocked during the war and who would speak, point & talk to three different people all at one time.

Between those years I played Rugby & Cricket for the 6th-4th teams under PT teachers Messrs Ronchetti and  'Tas' Taylor, while George Johnstone (Tech)  also supervised Rugby.

It would be interesting if any info could be found of that era.

Here's hoping we can learn more of the whereabouts and happenings of some of our old classmates."

John E Kirkwood, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland:  March 9, 2008

John's wife, Irene ( née Bryce), has also contacted the EdinPhoto web site recently, concerning the photograph of  Royston Primary School (below) and her friends in Broughton Secondary School School.

A class at Royston Primary School  -  1946 ©

If you would like to contact John or Irene, please email me, and I'll pass on your message to them.

Thank you.            -  Peter Stubbs:  March 30, 2008.




John E Kirkwood

Livingston Village, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to John E Kirkwood, who  subsequently wrote:


"Last year you posted a couple of photos of my classes from Boroughmuir Sen Sec, circa 1949-52.  In Nov 2008, I received an e-mail from one of my classmates who is in both photos,  Jim Mercer.

He is now in Hamilton Ontario and  is planning to come back to 'Auld Reekie' in March/April 2009.  So, hopefully we will be able to meet up then after so long.

Hopefully some of our other classmates who are lying 'dormant' at present will see this & get in touch so that we can have a reunion of sorts for a natter."

 John E Kirkwood, Livingston Village, West Lothian, Scotland:
  Message in EdinPhoto guest book Jan 13, 2009




Rose Scott (née Primrose Anderson)

Thank you to Rose Scott (née Primrose Anderson) for sending another message about one of the class photos on this page..

Rose wrote

School Photo

"I was looking through Boroughmuir photos and saw a 1950's one, taken when I was in 3B4.  I also noted that Evan Reid was asking for anyone to get in touch from the 1950's.

I was in the same class as EvanI remember:

Miss Ross was our Maths teacher

Mr. Martin was French teacher.

The photo already on the site is the only one that I hadPat Sorbie (who became Mrs. Pat Junik) borrowed it to send to Sheila (Robson ?) in Australia and it got lost.  I was so pleased to see it again!"

Rose Scott (née Primrose Anderson):  November 14, 2009



Lilian Young


Thank you to Lilian Young who wrote


"I attended Boroughmuir School from 1949 to 1953 and I am in this photo of class of 3B4.

Boroughmuir School, Class 3b4, 1951-52 ©

I have wonderful memories of Boroughmuir.  My teachers there prepared me for a wonderful life.   I can recall some of the teachers:

-  Margaret Maclean for English

Bob Lowe for French

Mr. Whitfield, who was replaced by Dr. Cassels

Mr. Golan for Music

Dr. Williamson for English

-   Mr. Mitchell for Science

Dr. Julian for History.

They were wonderful, each in his/her specialty."

Meggetland and Usher Hall

"I recall the names of some of the people in the photos and was contacted some time ago by Valerie (Trollope) Cant.

We had wonderful times going to Meggetland for sports and to the Usher Hall for the annual school concert and prize giving."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"I wonder if anyone recalls that Mr. Whitfield wrote music for many of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems.

We were in a concert at the Gateway Theatre on Leith Walk to celebrate the 100th birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson."

Lilian Young, USA:  February 22, 2011



John E Kirkwood

Livingston Village, West Lothian, Scotland

John Kirkwood, who sent this photo, wrote again:

Meeting Again

    Boroughmuir School, Class 3b4, 1951-52 ©

"The photo that I submitted above realised a reply from Jim Mercer,  an old classmate who is now living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

This led to us meeting up for a coffee and a blether, last year, when he was over on holiday.  It was great to meet up after all those years.  We had not seen or spoken to each other since June 1952.  He is due back in Edinburgh for a holiday in April 2011, so we intend to meet up again then.

On this photo, Jim Mercer and I are both on the back row.  Jim is 2nd left and I am 4th from the right."

 John E Kirkwood, Livingston Village, West Lothian, Scotland:  March 21, 2011



Lilian Young


Thank you to Lilian Young who wrote again, following her comments in 3. above.

Lilian wrote:


"Through the EdinPhoto website, I have contacted two people I went to Boroughmuir School with, John Kirkwood and James Mercer.

They, in turn, met with Valerie Trollope and Kathleen Mathieson in a mini-reunion recently in Edinburgh.

Lilian Young, USA:  June 7, 2011



Lilian Young


Thank you to Lilian Young for writing again.

Lilian wrote:

Robert Louis Stevenson

"I noticed in the Scotsman that there is to be a festival celebrating the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson.

While I was a student at Boroughmuir School in 1953 our choirmaster, Mr. Whitfield took poems and stories by RLS and set them to music.

I don't recall whether he wrote the music or not, but the choir and drama club at Boroughmuir performed this event for several nights at a theatre on Leith Walk - I think it was the Gateway Theatre.

I wonder if anyone else remembers Mr. Whitfield's efforts to celebrate RLS."

Lilian Young, USA:  November 10, 2012


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