Phyl Carruthers (née
Belford, Northumberland, England
Thank you to Phyl Carruthers who
quite surprised that nobody has left any recollections of James
Gillespie's school on the EdinPhoto web site.
sisters went there, though none of them enjoyed it!"
Phyl Carruthers née Allan, Belford, Northumberland,
England: August 15, 2008
Phyl has added the first comment about James Gillespie's school, perhaps
email me with their own memories of the school, then I can add them to
this page on the web site.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: November 19, 2011
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Thank you to Ian Orr who wrote:
Pupils from Munich to Gillespie's School
1954, some Munich School pupils visited James Gillespie School, where
Davina Briggs was a pupil. Now, 60 years later, she sings in the
Gareleton Singers, Haddington, who are coordinating a visit by the
Nymphenburger Kantatenchor, Munich from June 12-16, 2014
We are trying to find the name of the Munich
School involved in 1954 to see if any of the German pupils still live
there and could re-establish this link.
The Council archives and local media have not
yielded anything. Are you aware of any photos of this visit in your
Thank you for your help."
Ian Orr: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:
May 8, 2014
Reply to Ian?
have any photos of the visit that Ian, mentions above, in my
archive. But perhaps somebody else might be able to provide the name
of the school that Ian asks about.
think you can help to answer the question that Ian asks,
please email me, then I'll pass on Ian's email address
to you, so that you'll be able to send a message direct to him.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: May 8, 2014
Irene Cooper (née
Thank you to Irene Cooper who wrote:
attended James Gillespie’s High School for girls from 1943-1953 and I
Marion Beven (née
attended Gillespie’s from 1942-1953. She was ‘Dux’ in her class in
1950. ie. top of her class.
girls that I remember in my class would all now be in their 70s
but I can still recall some names:
married and came to Canada in 1966.
became a Registered Nurse and have a university degree in Anthropology
so attending James
Gillespie’s school did not do me any harm although If I had “ hit the
books” more I may have done better!
anyone remembers me I would love to hear from them.
a grandmother of two wonderful children who are very proud of their
grannie’s Scottish background."
Irene Cooper (née Archibald),
Canada: 17 February, 2016
If you remember
Irene and would like to send a message to her,
please email me to let me know, then I'll send her email address to
- Thank you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:21 September, 2016