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Moray House

Teachers' Training College

ALSO

Infant School

Junior School

Demonstration School

and

Secondary School

Rugby 1st XV    -    Season 1937-38

Moray House Secondary School  -  Rugby 1st XV, Season 1937-38

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Jim Irvine                                                                                           Photographer not known.

 

Recollections

1.

Jim Irvine

Rugby Team

2.

Tom Smith
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Rugby Team

3.

Liz Miller
St Brelade, Jersey,
Channel Islands

Rugby Team

4.

Christine Muir
North Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland

James Pringle Fisher

Moray House School Class

5.

Christine Muir
North Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland

Demonstration School

Secondary School

Nursery School

School Photos

Moray House Building

The Strap

Christmas Parties

School Song

 

Recollections

1.

Jim Irvine

Thank you to Jim Irvine for sending me this photo. 

Jim wrote:

Rugby Team

"According to my dad's notes this photo is of the 1st XV, taken during the 1937/8 season.  Dad is on the left in the back row.

Also in the photo are:

STANDING LEFT:   Mr Sutherland (Coach)

-  SEATED LEFT:       Mr Mount (Headmaster)

SEATED RIGHT:     Mr McCormack (Coach)

-  STANDING RIGHT:  Mr Nisbet, coach, standing right.

Jim Irvine:  June 24, 2010

 

Recollections

2.

Tom Smith

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Thomas Finlayson Smith who added:

Rugby Team

"I started at Moray House school in 1939-40 and left in 1949.  I remember the headmaster in my time as being George Mowat. It could be him in the photo above.  I also played for the rugby team for my last two years; but we wore navy blue shirts.

 I now live in Australia. My sister Brenda (11 years younger than me) also went to the school as a pupil, then later for teacher training.  She now lives in Nottingham.

Tom Smith, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia:  July 1, 2010

 

Recollections

3.

Liz Miller

St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands

Thank you to Liz Miller who wrote:

Rugby Team

"This photo was taken outside the school's main entrance which still exists today.

Unfortunately, I am a bit younger than those in the photo, so can't put names to faces.  Mr Mowat was the Headmaster in my days there, but I can't say if he is the Mr. Mount in the rugby photo.  It could be he, as he would have been a lot older when I knew him!

Liz Miller, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands:  July 28, 2010

 

Recollections

4.

Christine Muir

North Ronaldsay, Orkney. Scotland

Thank you to Christine Muir who wrote:

James Pringle Fisher

"I started at Moray House Demonstration School in 1944.  I was thinking this morning about other classmates there, and remembering James Pringle Fisher.  I was sad  to learn of his death.

He was such an amazing lad, even in those days, and very popular.  I knew he became a rugby captain.  My younger brother went to the Royal High and played rugby too.  But I didn't know about Pringle's death.

Moray house was a happy school.   I have lots of memories of my years there.  I left in 1949 to go to Mary Erskine's, but it was so good to hear of Pringle's achievements, what a success he made of his life. His later photos showed how little he had changed in himself.  He was instantly recognisable."

Moray House School Class

"I wonder what happened to other children in that class. I've never seen a class photo.  Does anyone have a copy?  Perhaps they are all in the university archive."

Christine Muir, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland:  April 21, 2012

James Pringle Fisher

Here is a photo of James Pringle Fisher, taken in the 1950s, when he was a member of the table tennis team at Canongate Boys' Club.  James is the one on the right in this photo.

   Canongate Scouts  -  1950s

James went on to play rugby (25 caps) and basketball for Scotland.  He died, aged 70, in April 2009.

Christine Muir subsequently wrote:

"James Pringle Fisher was a bright all-rounder and a really kind lad.  It did not surprise me that he achieved so much."

Christine Muir, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland:  May 7, 2012

 

Recollections

5.

Christine Muir

North Ronaldsay, Orkney. Scotland

I asked Christine Muir if she could tell me what the Moray House Demonstration School was, that she mentioned in her Recollections 4 above.

Thank you to Christine for giving me the answer below, and also for sending more memories of Moray House.

Christine wrote:

Demonstration School

"Moray House was and is a teacher training college.  My mother did her training there, and perhaps it was because she enjoyed it that I was sent to the Demonstration School.  Otherwise, it would have been more likely to have been Leith Academy.

The Training School was an infant and primary school.  The students practised their teaching there, and the children spent a lot of time over at the college having lessons with lecturers.  What an amazing experience!

I have very happy memories of this time.  It was especially good for English.  I think many of the pupils changed to other schools at age 10 or 11.  I passed the entrance exam for Mary Erskine's with top marks at age 10, which would have been because of the English teaching, as my numeracy skills were sadly lacking. Others went to Gillespies, the Royal High and Heriots."

Secondary School

"Those who stayed on to age 15 were in the Higher Grade.  My best friend was among them.  The EdinPhoto web site has a photo of Class 3, secondary:

Class 3B - 1955

    Moray House School, Class 3B, 1955 (probably)

I think the girls probably learned commercial subjects.  My friend did very well, working in a lawyer's office."

Nursery School

"There was also a nursery school attached to Moray House.  We we used to see the little ones in their coloured smocks, playing in their garden.  I think it was famous for its care of pre-school children. There was, I think, the 150th Anniversary a few years ago and former pupils were invited to donate.  I gave two rose bushes in memory of my mother and her friend and fellow-student, Maida Cassells."

School Photos

"I wish I could see some of the school photos, I think the archive is held by Edinburgh University as Moray House now belongs to it.  You have to make an appointment, which is difficult for me.

Moray House Building

"We used to have sewing lessons in the old Moray House, which was an incredible place, with narrow winding stairs.  We sat in a little old room and learned to knit and sew. 

The children all went to the College for school dinners, and there was a big playground.  Although there was a large number of boys and girls, I don't remember bullying. 

There was a 'janny' who was on the prowl and who lived in the grounds. We seemed to have quite a lot of freedom too, to wander around during the dinner-hour. I used to go to the Museum in the Royal Mile, now the Museum of Childhood.  It cost 1d!"

The Strap

"There was also the strap for naughtiness and for persistent laziness - boys especially being lined up for spelling errors.  We had Schonnell's Spelling List, ten words a night to learn.  I only had the strap once, and that was for spelling!"

Christmas Parties

"I was sad when they closed the school - it had a 'Rural' class for a variety of ages, and I'd have loved to have gone to that.  They had wonderful class Christmas parties.  We were sent home after morning school and came back to find the desks put together to make one long table."

School Song

"The carols and songs and poems we learned have always stayed with me.  There were ups and downs as in any school, but for me it was a very happy time. The school song 'House of memories' is true for me."

Christine Muir, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, Scotland:  May 7, 2012

   

Recollections

6

Robert Bishop

Piershill, Edinburgh

Thank you to Frank Howarth who wrote:

Leith Walk Primary School

then

Moray House Secondary School

"I have just discovered this website.  I have often thought about my then classmates and  I recognised nearly all the names above, as I was in Alex Harper's class up to 1957 when I started at Moray House Secondary with James Simmons."

Leith Walk Primary School Reunion

"I kept in touch with John Alexander for some time but lost touch, unfortunately.

On reading that a class reunion had been held in The Ellwyn Hotel I was disappointed not to have known as I live just a short distance from it.  Should any future reunions be planned I would be grateful to be informed."

Reunions

I don't know whether or not any more reunions are planned.  However, I'll send you the latest email address that I have for Tam McLuskey who told me about the last Reunion in 2012.  Then you can try sending an email to him and asking him if he knows of any plans to hold further reunions.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  17 May 2016

My Family

"I lived at 28 Brunswick Road until 1955 and my mother worked in the drysalters, Cochrane & Bishop, at 95 Easter Road until 1956."

My First Jobs

"On leaving Moray House School in 1960, my first job was an apprentice with Andrew Whyte & Sons, Manufacturing Stationers, on the corner of Easter Road and Bothwell Street, before starting as an apprentice engineer with Edinburgh Corporation Transport Department, at Shrubhill."

Whilst working at Andrew Whyte & Sons, I worked with Lynda Phillips, one of the girls that Irene Day mentions that she would like to make contact with in her Norton Park Recollections 2."

Loganlea Road

"Lynda lived round the corner from me in Loganlea Road and the last time I saw her would be around 1963 when she was about to get married and presumably move away from her parents' house.

Also living in Loganlea Road was Ian Wallace who attended Norton Park Secondary School 1957-1960.  The  last I heard of Ian he was when he was working for The SMT Motor Co."

Past Classmates

"It's good to know that so many are still interested in their school and past classmates."

Robert Bishop, Piershill, Edinburgh:  11 May 2016

 

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks