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School Class at

James Clark School

St Leonard's

School Class    -    January 1966

A school class at James Cark School, St Leonards, around 1966

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Jean Rae, Southside, Edinburgh

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    A school class at James Clerk School, St Leonards, around 1966  -  key to the photograph ©

 

James Clark School

Recollections

1.

Joan Martin (née Hogg)
Beckenham, Kent, England

-  1940s and 1950s

2.

Joan Martin (née Hogg)
Beckenham, Kent, England

David Ramsay, Photographer

3.

Bryan Gourlay
Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

-  1952 Photo

4.

Doris Crook (née McCraw)
Edinburgh

-  1957 to 1960

5.

Lorraine Gulam
Edinburgh

-  1972

6.

Catherine Taylor (née Clark)

-  Jimmy Clark, Newsagent

7.

Jimmy Davidson
East Lothian, Scotland

-  1960-63

-  Teachers

-  Music

-  Memories

8.

Lyndsay (formerly Linda) Montgomery
East Lothian, Scotland

-  School Friends

9.

Jan Frost (née McConnell) Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland

-  School Friends

10.

Bob Henderson
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

-  James Clark School Exhibition

-  The Slidey Stane

11.

Peter George Quinn
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

-  Mary Robertson

12.

Charles Warner
Canada

-  Pupils  1960-63

13.

Jessie Newlands
Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada

-  1935-39

14.

Jimmy Farrell
Lancashire, England

-  until 1957

15.

James McFarlane
Norwich, Norfolk, England

-  from 1956

16.

Rab McGrouther

Munlochy, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

and several replies.

-  School Mates

-  Grassmarket

17.

Kerry Laidlaw

-  School Chums, 1960

18.

John Mills
Southside, Edinburgh

-  School Chums, 1956-59

19.

Billy Stewart
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

-  1960-63

20.

Alex Rutherford
Australia

-  School and Work

21.

Annajane Wallace
California, USA

-  Then and Now

22.

Norma Hendrie (née Hughes)
West End, Edinburgh

-  School

-  Sandra MacIntosh

-  Maggie Martin's Mission

23.

Lorraine Beach
Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England

-  Walter Mcgrouther

24.

Sylvia Kelly (née Dawson)
Canada

-  Teachers

-  Sport

-  Return Visit to Scotland

25.

Jane Jones
Canada

-  1950s

-  Sport

-  Jeannie Deans' Cottage

26.

Andrew McFadden
Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland

-  1961-63

-  Broken Window

-  Glass Door

-  Dance Classes

27.

Tarik Merrylees
St Leonard's Edinburgh

-  60 Years Ago

28.

John Robertson
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

-  Houses

-  Chessel's Court

-  Dumbiedykes Road

-  Schools

Milton House Primary

-  James Clark Secondary

29.

Frances Knight (née Franny Bee)
East London

Reunion  Oct 1, 2015

30.

Frances Knight (née Franny Bee)
East London

Reunion  Oct 1, 2015

31.

Frances Knight (née Franny Bee)
East London

Reunion  Oct 1, 2015

32.

Maggie Simpson  (née Reid)
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

-  Jean Aithie

-  Teachers

33.

Anne Buchanan  (née Sutherland)
Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

-  Schools

-  My Class + Teachers

-  Next Reunion?

34.

Maggie Simpson  (née Reid)
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

-  Jean Aithie

-  Teachers

35.

John Robertson
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Class Mate

-  Anne Buchanan  
   (née Sutherland)

 

Recollections

1.

Joan Martin (née Hogg)

Beckenham, Kent

Joan Martin (née Hogg) writes:

1940s and 1950s

"I went to Preston Street School and on to James Clarks during the forties and fifties.   Both my parents went to James Clarks, my mother becoming school secretary to Mr Scott.

It was very interesting to read about about David Ramsay, the photographer, and the letters written to him by Mr Scott.  If they were type-written, perhaps my mum typed them!   

Although my parents were mortified I didn't go to Boroughmuir like my brothers Ian and David, I received a very good education at James Clarks and I ended up with a very good job in St. Andrews House as a P.A. to Mr MacLehose, an Assistant Secretary, in the Department of Health.  

I also read with great interest the recollections of Bryan Gourlay.   I used to sit in front of him at primary school - he was always checking my answers over my shoulder!  These were extremely happy days

Kent

"Unfortunately I have lost touch with my old school friends.   The family lived in Montague Street - a far cry from where I live now in Beckenham, Kent.

I married Freddie Martin (George Heriots) - a dentist - and we have two sons and three grand-daughters.   Growing up in Edinburgh when I did was indeed a delight and I look back on those days with great affection and especially when I think of all my old friends in Montague Street."

Joan Martin, née Hogg ('Hoggy'), Beckenham, Kent: November 18, 2007

 

Recollections

2.

Joan Martin (née Hogg)

Beckenham, Kent

Thank you to Joan Martin for contacting me again to tell me more about the photographer, David Ramsay (1905-1998).

Joan also mentioned that a copy of a letter to David Ramsay ('Edinburgh' paragraph 2 above) and further information about the life and photography of David Ramsay can be found in the Edinburgh-Places web site.

Joan wrote:

David Ramsay, Photographer

"David Ramsay:

-    was raised at Arthur Street, Dumbiedykes

-    attended James Clark school.

-    joined 'The Scotsman' as a photographer in his 20s.

-  became responsible for pictures/features for 'The Evening Dispatch' and 'Weekly Scotsman'.

-    served as a photographer in the front line in Burma in WW2.

-    emigrated to Australia in 1947."

Joan Martin, née Hogg ('Hoggy'), Beckenham, Kent: December 2, 2007.
Thank you to Joan for telling me about the Edinburgh-Places web site.

 

Recollections

3.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

1952 Photo

Bryan Gourlay (See the 4th paragraph of 'Recollections 1' above) has now sent me this photograph of Preston Street Primary School, taken probably around 1952.  Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

A photograph  by Prophet of a class at Preston Street School around 1952 ©

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

 

Recollections

4.

Doris Crook (née McCraw)

Edinburgh

Doris Crook (née McCraw) wrote:

1957 to 1960

"I attended James Clark's school from 1957 to 1960.  My class teacher was Mrs Tompter.  (This may be the wrong spelling.)

I'd like to hear from anyone who attended at that time.  I lived in Grange Road on the south side of the city and still live near there now."

Doris Crook, Grange, Edinburgh:  November 4, 2007

 

Recollections

5.

Lorraine Gulam

Edinburgh

Lorraine Gulam, Edinburgh,  wrote:

1972

"I went to Jimmy's until about 1972.  Has anybody got any photos to share from these years I'm nearly 50 now so it would be good to look back."

Lorraine Gulam, Clermiston, Edinburgh:  October 9, 2007

 

Recollections

6.

Catherine Taylor (née Clark)

Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

Catherine Taylor (née Clark) wrote:

Jimmy Clark Newsagent

"I have found the James Clark School pages, and wonder if any of the former pupils remember my mum & dad's shop.

They were at St Leonard's Street from 1954 until the early 1970s when they moved across the road to the old co-op bakery shop.

A great many of the schools pupils bought their single cigs, ice lollies and sweets from the old shop."

Catherine Taylor (née Clark), Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England:  February 10, 2008

 

Recollections

7.

Jimmy Davidson

East Lothian, Scotland

Jimmy Davidson wrote:

1960-63

"I  wonder  if  any of  the  Southsiders who  use  this site  remember  me,  Jimmy  Davidson.  I  went  to  Jimmy's  around 1960-63.  Some  classmates   included:

-   Cliff  Davidson  from  Oxford  Street, just  off  Lutton  Place

-   John  Robertson,  Canongate

-   Alec  Purves,  Canongate

-   Johnny  Archibald, Prestonfield

-   Alec Wood  (Beanman below  used  to  call  him  Splinter !) 

-   Alan  Mitchell

-   Ian  Welsh, etc.

Some  of  the  guys  a  year  or  two  ahead  of  our  year  included:

-  Peter  Foley ( a  good  football player/ goalkeeper?)

-  Bobby Wright

-  Derek Johnstone ?

Teachers

Teachers  at  that  time  included:

-  Sandy  Jack  (Beanman).  He taught   English  and  was  a  great  guy

-   Mr  Malcolm

-   Mr.  Young

-   Sandy  Chisholm who  taught  Maths

-   Mr.  Cossar  a  gym  teacher

-  Mr  Brown  an  Art  teacher  who  I  think taught  Kenny  Skeel,  who  has  sadly  very  recently  passes  away.

Music

"We  used  to live  in  Bristo  Street  above  the  Argyle  Bar.  Later , we moved to the  Pleasance  and  Simon  Square.

As  a  teenager, I  used  to  go  to 'The Place' in  Victoria  Street and  'Bungeys' in Fishmarket  Close, off the  Royal  Mile,  next  to  the old  Police  Station,   often both on the  same  night.

I remember  groups  like 'The  Embers' and 'The Boston Dexters'.  Great  live music !"

Memories

"If  any  of  the  above  names  ring  a  bell  I'd  be  happy  to  hear  from  you."

Jimmy Davidson, East Lothian, Scotland:  May 30, 2008

 

Recollections

8.

Lyndsay (formerly Linda) Montgomery

Old Town, Edinburgh

Thank you to Lyndsay Montgomery who replied to Jimmy Davidson's notes above.

Lyndsay wrote:

School Friends

"I don't know if Jimmy Davidson has heard back about his chums from school yet.

-  Bobby Wright used to live at his Auntie's house, just up the street from me at Niddrie Mill.  He was also in my class at Niddrie Mill Primary School.  I was in his 'gang' after school.  He now lives in Craigmillar, and is or was a painter.  Unhappily, his son was killed in the conflict in Afghanistan. He was awarded posthumously, a medal for bravery.

-  Cliff Davidson used to go to the speedway, when it was at Meadowbank,

-  I went to the speedway with a girl called Lorraine Raeburn who lived at Surgeon's Hall in the stair next to the La Scala. She knew David Cameron. from Niddrie Mill.   Both of them went to " Jimmy Clark's School, so may be Jimmy Davidson will know them as well"

Lyndsay Montgomery:  July 23, 2008

 

Recollections

9.

Jan Frost (née McConnell)

Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Jan Frost who wrote:

School Friends

"I went to that James Clark School for the years 1951 to 1954 doing a commercial course.  I would love any information or pictures about that time.

My name at school was Janet McConnell."

Jan Frost, Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland:  August 7, 2008

If you'd like to contact Jan, please e-mail me so that I can pass on your message to her.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  August 8, 2008

 

Recollections

10.

Bob Henderson

Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jan Frost who wrote:

James Clark School Exhibition

    The former James Clark's School, beside Holyrood Park - now converted to housing ©

"I visited the Nelson Hall today to see the James Clark School exhibition. I enjoyed it very much.  I spoke with an elderly lady there who showed me in one of the photos in the exhibition.  It was of the house she grew up in.

The Slidey Stane

"The photo in question was of basalt forming part of the foundations of the school.  She pointed to a small patch of this rock, I'd say about 18 inches square, and called it the Slidey Stane

She also confirmed that there was another Slidey Stane on St. Leonards Hill.

   Holyrood Park  Looking to the SE towards the 'Slidey Stane' ©

From our conversation, it emerged that I had the wrong idea of a slidey stane, thinking it would be big enough to slide on. The children of the time were only referring to the shiny slidey surface of these stones."

Bob Henderson, Edinburgh, August 8, 2008

 

Recollections

11.

Peter George Quinn

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

Thank you to Peter George Quinn who wrote:

Mary Robertson

"My mum was born in Edinburgh in 1932, in Peffermill Rd and went to school at Prestonfield Primary.  Later, she went to James Clark's school.

Her name was Mary Robertson.  She had brothers and sisters called Andrew, Edward, Margaret, Ronnie and Jean.

Can anybody remember her or her family.? They later moved to 25 Southouse Road.

Has anybody got her on any school photos or information?  Has anybody got any information ? If so then I would love to hear from them as my mother sadly passed away last week,  December 4, 2008."

Peter George Quinn, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guest Book:  December 12, 2008

Recollections

11. UPDATE 1

Message for Peter George Quinn

I received an email today from Jack Wylie, now living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He tells me that he might be able to help you to find a photograph of your mother.

If you email me and tell me your email address, I'll put you in touch with Jack.

Peter Stubbs:  December 23, 2008

 

Recollections

11. UPDATE 2

Thanks Peter

Hi Peter.  It didn't take you long to find my message above.  Thanks for sending your email address to me.  I've now passed it on to Jack, so I hope you'll be in touch with each other soon.

 

Recollections

12.

Charles Warner

Canada

Thank you to Charles Warner who wrote:

Pupils  1960-63

"I've been living in Canada for the last 43 years and I have been getting homesick for the old times.  I'd love to here from anyone who has any memories from the old days.

I'm looking for anybody who was at James Clark school in the years of 1960-63.  I'd love to here from them."

Charles Warner, Canada:  December 18, 2008

If you'd like to contact Charles, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to  him.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  December 18, 2008

 

Recollections

13.

Jessie Newlands

Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to Jessie Newlands who was a pupil at James Clark school from 1935 to 1939, before going on to become one of the first policewomen in Edinburgh.

Jessie wrote:

Pupil  1935-39

"I was at James Clark school from 1935 to 1939. With war breaking out my parents felt it best that I go to school nearer home as I was supposed to go to Boroughmuir from Preston Street.

 Mr Scott was Headmaster of Jimmy's then and Miss Campbell (who everyone was terrified of) taught us Geography and History (and I was one of her pets).

Mr. Bell taught us Maths.  I forget the other teachers' names now.

Jessie Newlands,  Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, January 15, 2009

If you'd like to contact Jessie, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to  her.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  January 16, 2009

 

Recollections

14.

Jimmy Farrell

Lancashire, England

Jimmy Farrell left this message in the EdinPhoto guest book:

Pupil  to 1957

"I was born in 1942 and lived on East Adam Street in Edinburgh up to the age of fifteen.

I was at Drummond street school then James Clark's school till 1957, when I left and joined the Navy.  I had an elder brother called Bobby and a sister called Patsy.

I would be pleased to hear from anyone who may have known me.  Here's hoping."

Jimmy Farrell, Lancashire, England:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book: March 16, 2009

Reply to Jimmy?

If you'd like to contact Jimmy, please email me, then I'll pass your message on to him (provided I can discover what his email address is).

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  March 19, 2009

Message for Jimmy Farrell

Hi Jimmy.  I hope you read this message.  Can you please email me so that I will know your email address and will be able to pass it on to Harry Marshall who would like to contact you.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  March 19, 2009

 

Recollections

15.

James McFarlane

Norwich, Norfolk, England

James McFarlane wrote

Pupil  from 1956

"I was born in Drummond street 1944 and attended Drummond Street school before moving to James Clark's in 1956.

I lost contact with my school friends when I joined the RAF in 1962.  It brought back lots of memories see your web site and reading the letters of former pupils"

Return to Edinburgh

"I was in Edinburgh last new year with son and daughter- in- law and went to Queen's park with the grandchildren, via Adams Street and Arthur Street.  It was great to show them the photos of the streets when I went to school, compared to how they are now."

School Friends

"The only two names I remember from that time are Sandra Hastings and Ann Grey.

If you read this, Sandra or Ann or anybody else who remembers me, me please drop me a e-mail.  Here's hoping." **

James McFarlane, Norwich, Norfolk, England:  February 19, 2010

** If you'd like to contact James, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  March 14, 2009

James Clark School Football Team

Thank you, James, for also sending me a photo of yourself and others in James Clark's football team.  The photo was taken in 1958 or 1959 on the pitch at the bottom of Liberton Brae.

Unfortunately, the photo was not high enough resolution to be reproduced on the web site.

 

Recollections

16.

Rab McGrouther

Munlochy, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Rab McGrouther wrote

School Mates

"I attended Jimmy Clark's school from 1955 to 1958 approx.  I would be happy to be in touch with any of my old classmates from the school."  **

Grassmarket

"I think it may have been George Marshall who lived in the Grassmarket.  I can recall going for walks arouned the Meadows when the winter snow was falling.

Hey ho!  Happy days."

Rab McGrouther, Munlochy, Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland:  March 20, 2009

Reply to Rab

** If you'd like to contact Rab, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  March 21, 2009

Reply

1.

Ian Stewart

(Teeny)

Thank you to Ian Stewart (Teeny) for writing to say that he believes he may have been in the same class as Rab at Jimmy's.

Ian used to live in Roxburgh Street.  He has lived in London for the past 40 years, but still comes back to Edinburgh as often as he can.

I have passed on Ian's message to Rab.

Peter Stubbs:  June 5, 2010

Reply

2.

Stewart Farmer

Thank you to Stewart Farmer for writing to tell me that he was in Ian's class at James Clark School.  Stewart last met Ian a few years ago at a reunion and would like to meet him again now.

I've now passed on Ian's contact details to Stewart.

Peter Stubbs:  July 27, 2010

Reply

3.

John Mills

Thank you to John Mills for replying.  See 18 below.

I've now passed on Rab's contact details to John.

Peter Stubbs:  September 6, 2010

Reply

4.

George Marshall

Thank you to George Marshall for replying to Rab above.  George went to work in London in 1960, then Aberdeen in 1963, then returned to Edinburgh in 1964.

I've now passed on Rab's contact details to John.

Peter Stubbs:  September 14, 2010

Reply

5.

High Smith

Thank you to Hugh Smith for sending the following reply:

"Hi there Rab:

Mr Winton

My name is Hugh Smith.  We were both in Mr Winton's class from 1956 to 1959.  By the way, he is still alive and kicking.  I spoke to him last year in Carlops.  I think he is about 80 or 81 and still very switched on.

Class Mates

I've bumped into Donnie Neal over the years.  The last time, he was getting early retirement, due to ill health.

I met John Lothian in the Summer at a Masonic Meeting.  He, like the rest of us, is an OAP.

I remember that you were famous for kipping school.  I am sure, in hindsight, it was just a game you played, because each time that you came back to school you always had a grin on your face.

I remember Johnny Mills.  He always had fags.  I think he got them out of his old man's shop.  He was the first bloke that I ever saw with skin-tight drainpipes.

I'd like to hear from you.  It would be very interesting if we could email each other.

Rab Smith:  November 30, 2010

I've now given Hugh and Rab each other's email address.

Peter Stubbs

 

Recollections

17.

Kerry Laidlaw

Edinburgh

Kerry Laidlaw wrote:

School Chums

"My Dad, Ian Laidlaw, and his two brothers, Peter Laidlaw and Norman Laidlaw, attend Jimmy Clark's School in 1960.

He would love to hear from any of his old chums."

Kerry Laidlaw, Edinburgh:  May 16, 2010

If you'd like to contact Kerry, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to her.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  May 21, 2009

 

Recollections

18.

John Mills

Southside, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Mills for replying to Rab McGrouther's comments in 16 above.

John wrote:

School Chums

"I  was  in  Rab's  class  at  James  Clarks  School, 1956-59.

My  dad  had  a  shop  in  S Clerk  Street.

I  used  to  pal  around  with  Rab, when  he  stayed  in  Candlemaker  Row,  after  School .    We  used  to  sneak  into  the  Poole's  Cinema  as  kids  (ha ha ha).   Happy  Days  indeed.   It  would  be  good  to get  in  touch  again after  all  those  years"

John Mills, Southside, Edinburgh:  September 2, 2010

 

 Recollections

19.

William Stewart

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

William Stewart responded to Charles Warner's comments in 'Recollections 12' above.

William wrote:

Pupils  1960-63

"Hi Charles:

I went to Jimmy's from 1960 to 1963 and was in the Beanman's class.  He had nick names for most of us.  I used to date Linda Turner who had a sister named May.  They both went to our school.

I, too, live in Canada.  I've lived in Kingston, Ontario since 1973."

William Stewart, Kingston, Ontario, Canada:  December 11, 2010

Recollections

20.

Alex Rutherford

Australia

Alex Rutherford, was born in 1930 and grew up in Canongate, wrote:

School and Work

"After attending James Clark school, I went to New Street for one year prior to starting my apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker. I then:

-  joined  the RAF, served 6 years

-  married

-  worked in the coal mines for 10 years.

 Then I migrated to Australia in 1964 and still live here.  I'd love to hear from anyone who knew me.

Alex Rutherford, Australia:  December 23, 2011

Reply to Alex?

If you'd like to send a message to Alex, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on his contact details to you.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 29, 2011

Recollections

21.

Annajane Wallace

formerly Anna Wallace

California, USA

Thank you to Annajane Wallace who wrote:

My Homes

"First, I lived on Holyrood Road, in a tenement building with my mum, just the two of us.  We were poor by today's standards.

THEN  we moved to the Dumbiedykes, another tenement area.  I had my own bedroom there.

THEN we moved to Miller Place, Morningside Edinburgh.  It was a really nice place.

James Clark School

"I attended James Clark school, up on the hill at St Leonard's area from 1954 until 1956 or '57.  A group of us would walk this everyday and climb the stairs to the school.  Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Palace were close by.

The Headmaster was Mr. Drummond.  We called him Bulldog Drummond because of his stature and bald head.  He was strict, but a good person.  I wish I could remember the other teachers' names.

I returned to Edinburgh two years ago for a funeral and discovered the school is no more.  There are flats there now.

School Friends

"My childhood sweetheart, who also attended James Clark School was Alan Cook.  I think he is an electrical engineer now.  I also remember John Hanlon, but I don't know where he is now.

Sports at School

"Sheila Barnes and I played field hockey for the James Clark. We made the Inter-scholastics between Scotland and England.  We were good!

At the age of 15, I was in a cycling club with:

-   a really nice girl named Rae  (I have forgotten her last name, but I wish I could contact her now.) and

-   George Buchanan  (He was not a pupil at James Clark. school.)

Every day except Saturday and Sunday, I went swimming with Sylvia Brown who also attended James Clark, and I did a lot of swimming for the school  -  and won! 

In fact, I received a scholarship to attend St. Andrews in Aberdeen for 5 years, to become a P.E. teacher but my Mum said 'No'.' This was a turning point in my life.  I looked for a way to leave Scotland and moved to the USA at the age of 20.

I yearn for Scotland in my heart but the weather!!!!  It is so beautiful here in California especially the west coast."

Torphichen Street Commercial Institute

"After leaving James Clark school, Francis Sneddon and I attended Torphichen Street Commercial Institute at the West End of Princess Street.  We were kinda friends in an academic way.  She was not into sports like me.

I believe that Jacqueline Gilchrist from James Clark also  attended Torphichen.

The Commercial Institute is now some kind of Technical Institute for Languages now, I think."

Re-unions

"I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.  Do you know if either James Clark school or Torphichen Street Commercial Institute has class re-unions?"

Annajane Wallace (formerly Anna Wallace), California, USA:  January 10, 2012

Reply to Annajane?

Do you remember Annajane?

If you'd like to send any other message to her, please email me, then I'll pass on his contact details to you.  ***

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 10, 2012

***  Update  -  Unfortunately, things have changed.  Please see below.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 11, 2013

Annajane Wallace RIP

Sadly, I received an email from Margaret Williamson (née Hay), Moline, Illinois, USA on July 5, 2013, telling me that Annajane Wallace passed away two days earlier, having lost her battle with cancer.  I pass on my condolences to Annajane's friends and family.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 11, 2013

Recollections

22.

Norma Hendrie (née Hughes)

West End, Edinburgh

Thank you to Norma Hendrie, who lived at 29 St Leonard's Hill from 1951 to 1970 for sending this message.

Norma wrote:

Schools

"I went to Sciennes School, then James Clark's, and finally Darroch Secondary.  My family then moved to Holyrood Road."

Sandra MacIntosh

Where is she?

"My friend Sandra MacIntosh was in my class at Sciennes and James Clark's.  We lost touch but I would love to get in contact with her again.  She lived in Crichton Street. Im not sure how she spelt her name though - with or without the 'a'."

Maggie Martin's Mission

"I've been looking on the EdinPhoto web site at the St Leonard's photos.  I see that there has been no mention Maggie Martin's Mission in St Leonards Hill.  It was knocked down to make the annex for James Clarks.

We used to go to Sunday School there and Mr Skedd, and Mr Ritchie had a Wednesday club.  It was great fun."

Norma Hendrie (née Hughes), West End, Edinburgh:  April 20, 2012

 

Recollections

23.

Lorraine Beach
(
née McGrouther)

Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England

Lorraine Beach wrote:

My Dad

Walter McGrouther

"I'm trying to find a photo of my Dad, Walter McGrouther, as a child.  He was born in 1931 and  went to Sciennes Primary School then to James Clark Secondary School, both in Edinburgh.

I've seen class photos from both schools that include my Dad's brothers, Ronnie and Rab McGrouther, but I've not yet found any photos of my Dad's class.  Do you know where I might be able to find one?"

Lorraine Beach, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England:  April 25 + May 16, 2012

Reply to Lorraine Beach?

Lorraine wrote again on June 26, 2013, adding that, sadly, her Dad had passed away.

If you remember Walter McGrouther, or know of any photos of him as a child, and would like to contact Lorraine, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to her.

           Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 5, 2013

 

Recollections

24.

Sylvia Kelly (née Dawson)

Canada

Thank you to Sylvia Kelly (née Dawson), Canada, for replying to comments from Jan Frost, Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland, in Recollections 9 above.

Sylvia wrote:

Teachers

"I was at Jimmy's at exactly at the same time as you, Jan.  My home teacher was Miss Durham. I always have been grateful for her teaching."

Sport

"I was on the First 11 field hockey team.  I won the first Gym Medal from Miss Gray.  My house was Holyrood."

Return Visit to Scotland

 "I've been in Canada since 1989.  Interestingly, I was in Kinghorn in 2010. I went on to Kirkcaldy for my added adventure!.

Sylvia Kelly (née Dawson), Canada:  November 12, 2012

I've now passed Sylvia the latest email address that I have for Jan, who last contacted me in 2008.   I hope that Jan is still using the same email address now and that Sylvia and Jan will be able to get in touch with each other.

Peter Stubbs:  November 27, 2012

 

Recollections

25.

Jane Jones (née Warner)

Canada

Thank you to Jane Jones who wrote:

Around 1950

"I attended James Clark Secondary School in the late-1940s and early 1950s."

School Trip

"I remember the excitement of a school trip to France with Mr Lees and Mr Steven."

Jeannie Deans' Cottage

Patrick Thomson postcard  -  Jeanie Deans' Cottage ©

"I had a friend who lived in Jeannie Deans' Cottage.  Her father was a Parkie."

Jane Jones (née Warner), Canada:  May 21, 2013

 

Recollections

26.

Andrew McFadden

Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Thank you to Andrew McFadden who wrote:

1961-63

"I was at James Clark School around 1961-63.  My Home Teacher was the Geography Teacher, but I can't remember his name.

Others in my class whose banes I remember are:

-  Archibald Pinkerton

-  Arthur Young

-  Carol Hacket?"

Broken Window

"We once had a snowball fight in the old part of the school, across the road where the Gym and Art Class were.

I threw a snowball right through the gym window, breaking it.  Oops!

Glass Door

"Also,  I remember when a friend and I were running down the stairs that led to the gym.  At the bottom of the stairs, my friend held the glass door open for me and as i got to it he let it go and i put my foot right through it.

Well, it was straight to the head for 'six of the best'!"

Dance Classes

"I remember going to Dance Classes.  I'm not saying that I was any good at dancing, ,but it was great when you got the best looking girl in the class,  She was Carrol Hacket, Everyone made a bee line to her."

Jane Jones (née Warner), Canada:  May 21, 2013

 

Recollections

27.

Tarik Merrylees

St Leonard's, Edinburgh

Tarik Merrylees wrote:

Sixty Years Ago

"I’m living in the residential area that used to be the James Clark’s School..  I'd like to get in contact with someone who knows a lot about the school.  In fact I’m interested in something a little bit sombre.

I hear that, about 60 years ago, a woman in her thirties committed suicide in the school.  I’d like to get more information about the person in question.

I’m not exactly sure who contact about this.  Sorry for the strange email."

Tarik Merrylees, S Leonard's Edinburgh:  April 26, 2014

Reply to Tarik Merrylees

If you have any information that you'd like to pass on to Tarik, please email me, then I'll pass on Tarik's email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 27, 2014

 

Recollections

28.

John Robertson

Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to John Robertson for writing about where he lived and the schools that he attended.

John wrote

Houses

Chessel's Court

"I was born in 1949 and lived at 4 Chessel's Court on the top floor - last house. There were 4 houses on each floor.  They had outside toilets and gas light.

It was a really great place to live - with an air raid shelter separating our close from Maitland's Close.

I don't recognise the name, Maitland's Close.  Was it, perhaps, Milne's Close
- Peter Stubbs:  14 October 2014

Dumbiedykes Road

"Then I stayed in Dumbiedykes Road with brother  Tom and sister Rose.  We were next door to Billy and Colin McCuaig.

Others I remember are:

Denis and Alan Ross.

Willie and Helen McIntyre.

Our houses were at the bottom of Brown Street, and we would often play football in the square at Salisbury Street."

Schools

Milton House School

"I went to Milton House Primary School in the late 1950s.

People in my class were:

Alex Robertson

Ronnie Smith

Alan Ross

Pat Campbell

Davie Alexander

John Ramsay.

Our teacher was Miss Weir who took over from Miss J Smith."

James Clark's School

"I was at James Clarks School ('Jimmies') for a few years after leaving Milton House.

In my class were:

Jackie Leslie

-  Jimmy Hill

-  Willie Brown

-  Teddy Somerville

-  Donnie Sinclair

-  Cathy Borthwick

Irene Rafferty

-  Brian McClure.

Our register teacher was Harry Hampton the art teacher."

John Robertson, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland:  October 7, 2014

 

Recollections

29.

Frances Knight (née Franny Bee)

East London, England

Thank you to Frances Knight who wrote:

Reunion

October 1, 2015

"I was Jimmy Clark's from 1957 to 1960 and loved it.  My brothers, George and Jimmy Bee  also went there.

Can you let the ex-pupils from Jimmy Clark's know about our reunion on the 1st October this year?  The venue will be announced later.   Thank you."

Acknowledgement Frances Knight (née Franny Bee), East London, England:   October 9, 2014

 

Recollections

30.

Frances Knight (née Franny Bee)

East London, England

Thank you to Frances Knight for writing again.

Frances wrote:

Reunion

October 1, 2015

"Rockville"

"The venue for our Jimmy's Reunion will be "Rockville" at Joppa Pans, Edinburgh - from 2pm onwards."

Acknowledgement Frances Knight (née Franny Bee), East London, England:  July 27, 2015

 

Recollections

31.

Frances Knight (née Franny Bee)

East London, England

Thank you to Frances Knight for sending me:

-   a copy of the photo below. 

-  the manes of almost all the girls in this photo.

-  a copy of an article in the Edinburgh Evening News about the Reunion planned for 1 October 2015.

1958 Class Photo

    jAMES cLARK SCHOOL CLASS, 1958 ©

Please click n the thumbnail image above to enlarge it and to see a list of the pupils' names and see the article about the Reunion that appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News.

Acknowledgement Frances Knight (née Franny Bee), East London, England:  16 August, 2015 (2 emails)

 

Recollections

32.

Maggie Simpson  (née Reid)

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Maggie Simpson who wrote:

Jean Aithie

   A school class at James Clerk School, St Leonards, around 1966  -  key to the photograph ©

"I was at James Clark School from 1962 until 1965.

I was looking at the photograph at the top of this page, taken in January 1966.  and came across the name, Jean Aithie, that I remembered.  Jane was in my class and used to be friends with:

Maggie (Margaret) Reid  - that's me!

Valerie Philip.

Moira Mckay.

Andrea.

As I recall that we were all huge Beatles fans.

Note for Maggie Simpson

Try putting Jean Aithie's name into the search field, near the top of the EdinPhoto home page, you should find that it will giver you links to several pages on the EdinPhoto web site that include references to Jean Aithie.          

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  31 March 2016

Teachers

"I remember our teachers:

Miss Forres,

Miss Durham,

-  Ms Ferrier.  She wrapped my fingers so hard with a ruler as I learned to touch type.   (It must have worked, as I became a personal secretary!) "

Maggie Simpson  (née Reid), Dunfermline, Fife:  30 March 2016

  

Recollections

33.

Anne Buchanan  (née Sutherland)

also known as.

Anne Gowans from first marriage (on Facebook)

 

Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Anne Buchanan who wrote:

Schools

"I was brought up at 132 Pleasance and went first to Drummond St School then South Bridge before going to James Clark.  I begged my mother to let me go to James Clark.

She had wanted me to go to Boroughmuir but my sister went the following year so my mother  was happy with that! 

James Clark School

1962-65

My Class and Teachers

"I went to James Clark from around 1962 until 1965.

These were some of the girls in my class:

Cathy Borthwick (friend)

Pat Armit (friend)

Patricia Simpson,

-  May Clark,

-  Lindsay Laidlaw,

 Elizabeth Gallacher.

These were some of the boys in my class:

John Robertson,

-  Teddy Sommerville,

-  William Brown,

-  Bruce McClure.

Our teachers were:

Mr Taylor?, Headmaster

-  Mr Winton,

Mr Malcoln,

-  Mrs Ferrier,

Miss Dingwall

-  Mr Stevens,  Spanish?

Next Reunion?

"I would be happy to hear from anyone who would  like  to get in touch with me and who might be interested in our next reunion if there is to be one ."

Anne Buchanan  (née Sutherland), Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland:  22 September 2016

Reply to Anne?

If you remember Anne and would like to send a message to her, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on her email address to you.

        Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  22 September 2016

 

 

Recollections

34.

Maggie Simpson  (née Reid)

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Maggie Simpson for writing again.

Maggie wrote:

School Friends

"I was looking at the recollections above on this page, and came across the name, Jean Aithie, that  I remember. I'd like to contact her again.        (I've passed on Jean's email address to Maggie.  -  Peter Stubbs.) Jean was in my class at James Clark School.  She used to be friends with:

-  myself, Maggie (Margaret) Reid,

-  Valerie Philp,

Moira Mckay,

Andrea.

As I recall we were all huge 'Beatles' fans.

Teachers

"I remember our teachers:

-   Miss Forres,

 Miss Durham,

Ms Ferrier who wrapped my fingers do hard with a ruler as I learned to touch type. It must have worked, as I became a personal secretary!

Maggie Simpson  (née Reid), Dunfermline, Fife:  26 March 2016

 

Recollections

35.

John Robertson

Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to John Robertson for writing again, following his comments in Recollections 28 above.

John wrote:

Class Mate

Anne Buchanan  (née Sutherland)

"I've just read Recollections 33 from Anne Alexander  (née Sutherland). I was in Anne's class at James Clarks and remember her well."

John Robertson, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland:  21 February 2017

 

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