Portobello High School

or Portobello Secondary School




Michael J Monteith

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Michael J Monteith, formerly of 20 Bingham Place, Portobello, moved to Canada in 1967 and is now living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Michael wrote:

Prestonfield Primary School

"When I lived in Edinburgh, I attended St John's Primary school in Portobello and then Holy Cross Academy

I studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristo Technical College and Napier College.  Both are now part of Edinburgh University.

I played golf at Duddingston Golf Club and soccer for Portobello United and Joppa Arsenal. I loved to go to Arthur's Seat, Portobello swimming pool and the Baths on Bath Street."


School Pals

"I am hoping to contact:

-  Harry Bryce

-  Arthur Burgess

-  Harry Smith

all from Portobello High School.

Can anybody tell me how to contact them?"

Michael J Monteith, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, January 3, 2010.

Reply to Michael Monteith?

I don't have an email address for Michael, so if you'd like to send a message to him, please find his message in the EdinPhoto Guest Book on January 3, 2011, then post a reply below it.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 3, 2010




Douglas Bold

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Douglas Bold for posting this message below in the EdinPhoto guestbook:

Portobello then Australia

"I attended Towerbank school in 1941 and then on to Portobello secondary school.  I became a bricklayer by trade and left for Australia in 1963.  I joined the RAAF in 1967 and served 20 years.  I am a Vietnam vet, now retired.

I'd love to make contact with any old school mates."

Douglas Bold, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:   January 5, 2012



Ian A Kerr

Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England

Thank you to Ian A Kerr who wrote:

Portobello then Australia

"I was at Portobello High School for many years, and left when I was around 17/18 in 1962 or 1963 having, I believe, passed my Highers.

I remember:

-  Dorothy

-  Alex Curry

-  Charlie Burrows

-  Chris Bradford

to name but a few.

I was Captain of the 2nd Fifteen Rugby, then played for the 1st, and was a 6th Form Prefect.

Ian A Kerr, Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England:  August 31, 2014

Hi Ian:

Thanks for your message above.


Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures for you.

The closest I can get with pictures are these of Portobello Secondary School, but they were taken in the early-1950s, about a decade before you were at the school.

   Portobello Secondary School, Class 2B2  -  1952     Portobello Primary School Drama Group, most from class 2B2, on stage at the Gateway Theatre, Leith Walk  -  1952     Portobello School Class, early 1950s


The only memories of the school that I've received so far are the brief Recollections 1 and 2 above.  However, I've now added your comments as Recollections 3.

I hope that might encourage other former pupils of the school to contact me with their memories and photos from the school.  If anybody does contact me, I'll probably add what they send to this page.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 8, 2014




Ian A Kerr

Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England

Thank you to Ian A Kerr for writing again.

Ian wrote:


"As an old Porty man, the memories of the good times of your life , float back as one gets older.  Now 73 and retired from business life just a year ago , the memories of my younger days keep floating back."


"I was at the old Portobello High School, leaving after taking my Highers.  I played rugby for the First Fifteen, then left in 1962 /63, my memory relating to which year is iffy.

However at the age of 16 , my parents had to move south linked to my father's profession. Thus, I was put into b&b with nice family in Bath Street to complete my schooling.  I then joined the old SMT on a management course for five year.  That served me well.

Flat at Joppa

"During that time, I shared a flat in Joppa with friends.  All were Porty rugby players and so life was a mix of rugby, golf and parties of good nature.

I was one of the first serving Officers of a newly formed Portobello FP Rugby Club, along with John Reid who was President."

Ian A Kerr, Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England:  7 January 2016

Reply to Ian?

Ian tells me that he is looking for some old pictures of the original school at Portobello, along with other relevant information.  He says:

"Memories from 1960 to 1975 would be great."

So, if you have any photos or memories that you think might be of interest to Ian, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

      Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  21 January 2016




John Tiffany


Thank you to John Tiffany who wrote:


"I read with interest the email from Ian Kerr above and your response.

Ian must have been around my vintage as I was at Portobello High School from 1958 to 1961. At that time the rugby sports masters were Mr Bailey and Mr MacArthur with some help from Mr McLennan who was off-sider to Mr Connor.

I played with Alan Whitsun(?), Kevin longmuir(?) and Bill O'Brien if my memory serves me right. I also think George Thompson was in the team.

I do recall that we went through 1960 undefeated.  That was some feat at the time, as we played a few teams above our weight for age classification.

I  now live in Australia now and would love to hear from any former pupils."

John Tiffany, Australia


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