Royal High School
Royal High School -
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Royal High School Edinburgh
This photograph appeared in the school magazine,
Schola Regia, in 1959.
Owner: Willie Pringle
For several weeks,
Matt Rooney, now living in Ayrshire, Scotland, has been attempting
to discover more about these early photographs of
Farm near Edinburgh.
Matt used to visit the
farm as a child.
RHS Rugby Player
James W Pringle
Brian Gourlay, now
living in Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland wrote:
"I've been reading the developing story
Farm with great interest, particularly now that Matt
Rooney has mentioned the farm owner was Willie Pringle.
A classmate of mine at the
Royal High School between 1954 and 1960 was a James W Pringle
who came for Polton. If my memory serves me well, he lived at
Polton Farm and I think he was maybe the farmer's son (his middle
initial could well be for William). He was never called James, or
Jim or Jimmy. Throughout his entire time at school, he was always
just known as 'Polton'.
James Pringle certainly lived at Polton,
as he used to get off the bus at the Polton road end with Lasswade
Road, when we returned from playing rugby against the Borders'
As I recall, 'Polton' was a pretty good,
swift winger. He is the second player from the left in
the back row of this 1958/59 Royal High 1st XV photo."
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire,
Scotland: May 31, 2006
Thank you to Phil
Wilson, Aberdeen, who wrote:
"The bald teacher on the right in
Bryan Gourlay's team photo is 'Curly Bill' Mitchell. He had
a very tall son, David, with a shock of golden-fair hair."
Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland: January 15,
Rugby Team Photo
David Webster wrote:
"My clear recollection is that James
Watson Pringle was never really known as James. He always
went as 'Watson Pringle'.
I can also identify others in the
photograph of the Royal High Rugby Team that includes Watson
Rector, Dr Imrie
On the left side, when looking at the
photo, is the Rector of the School, Doctor Imrie
On the right is 'Curly Mitchell',
Head of PE - Royal High
School at Regent Road. His nick name was well known around the
school and he was also well titled for that shiny bald patch.
If you were ever asked to report to
Curly's room for some misdemeanour, it was more than likely you
would 'get the slipper' - he stood no nonsense.
He kept himself very fit and could be
seen most days running about the school in his track suit and gym
shoes! (no designer trainers in those days) and was an example to
many of us on fitness.
He played regularly in the annual
Masters Rugby Team against the boys at Jock's Lodge. There
were many issues addressed during these games!
David Webster: December 25, 2009