School Class at

James Clark School

St Leonard's

Class 2T1A    -    1958

Class 2T1A at James Clark School, St Leonards, 1958

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Walter Bisset                                                                                          Photographer not known

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    Class 2T1A at James Clark School, St Leonards, 1958 ©


James Clark School


Walter Bisset, who sent this photo to me, wrote:

Ian Martinussen

"I was in the same class at Sciennes and at James Clark's School as Ian Martinussen (now Ian Stewart).

In the  photo above:

-  Ian is second on the left in the back row.

-  I am second on the right in the back row."


Walter also sent me a photo of a class at Sciennes School, taken in 1954.

Sciennes School Class  -  1954 ©

Acknowledgement:  Walter Bisset, Currie, Edinburgh:  May 5 + 6, 2008



David Gibson

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to David Gibson, now living in Perth, Western Australia for giving me the names of many of the pupils in this photo.  Please see the table below.

David wrote:


"I went to Preston Street School and then to James Clark's School, and have just come across some of the old school photographs that people have sent in.

I was really surprised to recognize myself in a couple of them.  I couldn't stop recognizing and remembering the names of lots of my classmates, which after all this time seems strange, as sometimes its hard now to remember what happened last week!!!

A split second after spotting the photo I was reeling off names like it was just yesterday, not 50 odd years ago."

More Names?

"I think I got more than half the names, plus names that I cant put faces to and faces that I cant put names to.  If possible, I'd like to try and get in touch with some of the people. - Walter Bisset, Graham Ross, John Lothian.

Can anybody help to identify any more of my classmates?  I am the idiot who couldn't keep still for a photograph (front row 1st left)."

David Gibson, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Messages and email address posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  February 21 + 25, 2010

Messages for David Gibson

If you'd like to contact David Gibson, please e-mail me then I'll pass your message on to him.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  February 25, 2010

More Names?

If you can identify any more names please e-mail me.    Thank you.

 Peter Stubbs:  February 25, 2010


Everybody on this photo has now been identified, thanks to the contributors listed below.     Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  December 12, 2010


James Clark School

Names:  left to right in each row

    Class 2T1A at James Clark School, St Leonards, 1958 ©


Back Row

3rd Row

2nd Row

Front Row

Malcolm Maclaren

Graham Ross

Donald Hogg

David Gibson


Walter Bisset

Robert (Rab) McGrowther

Gordon Wilson

Ian Wood


Hugh Wright

Alec Lumsden

John Bird

John Lothian


John Bathgate
George Buchanan

Robert (Rab) McDairmid

James (Chips) Rafferty

Peter Gargaro


Donald (Donnie) Neil

Jim Valentine

David Hutcheon

John Mills


William (Billy) Haig

Hugh Smith

Richard Lambert

Stuart Sangster


Stuart Irvine

Brian Mclay

Billy Whyte

Stuart Irvine?
Tron Square

Thomas Logan


William Inglis
Emigrated to Australia, 1960s

James Nilson

Ewan Cameron

Alan Cleverdon


Ian Stewart


Alec Dobbie
Alex Thompson



George Archibald
(Eddie) George
Good goalkeeper


George Campbell
Bobby Campbell


Acknowledgements (by colour)

-  David Gibson, Perth, Western Australia:  February 25, 2010
-  James A Rafferty, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  February 26, 2010
-  David Gibson and Walter Bisset (joint discussions:  March 1, 2010
-  Hugh Smith, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland: (Row 3, No 6), November 30, 2010
-  Walter Bisset, West Edinburgh: December 12, 2010
-  Hugh Smith, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland: (Row 3, No 6), December 13, 2010



Walter Biset

West Edinburgh

Thank you to Walter Biset for completing the list of names for the photograph above.

Walter wrote:

Billy Whyte

"Thanks to Hugh Smith on this site and Gordon Wilson on the Friends Reunited site, I have at long last named all members of the class of 1958 on this photo.

    Class 2T1A at James Clark School, St Leonards, 1958 ©

The last person to be identified was Billy Whyte.  Gordon (also on the photo above) used to sit beside Billy at Register Class.

For a few years I could not remember any part of his name then a couple of week’s ago it came to me that his surname was Whyte as I remember, what I thought was an unusual spelling of his surname when at school."

Donnie Neil

"The only pupil that I remember meeting since leaving school was Donnie Neil.  We worked for the same company for a short period.  Then, I met him again when he was involved in football coaching as a hobby."

St Leonard's Area

"Although I now stay on the west side of the city, I enjoy a walk round the area and a pint  at Jeannie Deans.

I well remember buying 'twopence halfpenny singles' at the corner shop, which started a habit that lasted 50 years."

Walter Biset, West Edinburgh:  December 12, 2010




Gordon Wilson

    Class 2T1A at James Clark School, St Leonards, 1958 ©

Thank you to Gordon (2nd from left in 2nd row in this photo) who read the comments from David Gibson above and wrote:

Dogs to Arthur's Seat

""Well, well!  Peter Gibson and I used to take our dogs off to Arthur's Seat, me with my Labrador, Prince, and he with his three dogs, whose names I can't remember.

Happy days, indeed."

Gordon Wilson:  December 12+13, 2010



David Gibson

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to David Gibson for writing again.

David wrote:

Unusual Smell !

"I was looking once again at this old school photo of Class 2T1A in 1958, and I remembered a very funny incident.

We had a teacher for English, Mrs Dawidowitch.  I don't know how her name was spelt, but it was pronounced Da-vid-a-vitch.  She noticed an unusual smell during our lesson and asked the class if we knew what it was.

Almost the whole class burst into fits of laughter and shouted "It's Nilly! (James Nilson).  She was very amused at this and asked James to stand up and explain.

Nilly seemed to have a strange ability to 'fart at will' and by way
of explanation he proudly let off an enormous 'raspberry' which brought the whole class into complete uproar.

I wonder if any other classmates remember this incident. I apologise to Nilly if he is offended by my memory,  Isn't it odd how some things seem to stick in your mind and not others?"

Boys' and Girls' Names

"On looking through some of the other school photos it seems as though the boys cant remember many of the girls' names, and the girls cant remember many of the boys' names. Maybe there are other things to think of at this age and the opposite
sex is not one of them - yet !"

David Gibson, Perth, Western Australia, Australia:  February 10, 2013



Hugh Smith

Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Hugh Smith who wrote:

'Gathering of Oldies'

"Walter Biset who wrote Reply 2 above was a classmate at James Clark School all these years ago.  I'd like to contact him to let him know that there will be a gathering of a few of us oldies early next month (July 2014).

One of the guys, Bobby Campbell, is home on holiday from Western Australia and I'd like it if as many of our chums as possible could meet for the first time in 55 years."

Hugh Smith, Ormiston, East Lothian, Scotland:  June 223, 2014

Replies to Hugh Smith?

I've passed on the latest email address that I have for Walter Bisset to Hugh Smith.  I hope that Walter is still using the same email address now and that Hugh will be able to contact him.

If you remember Hugh Smith, Walter Biset  and/or Bobby Campbell and would like to contact Hugh about his gathering in July, please email me, then I'll pass on his email address to you.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 26, 2014



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