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St Anthony's School

and St Ann's School

 

Recollections

1.

Eric Gold
East London

St Ann's and St Anthony's

2.

Jim Robertson
Berlin, Germany

St Ann's School
   St Pat's School
   St Anthony's School

3.

Frank Ferri
Newhaven

St Anthony's School
-  St  Mary Star of the Sea School

4.

Frank Ferri
Newhaven

Teachers

-  Classes

5.

Tony Ivanov
Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

St Ann's and St Anthony's

6.

Kerry Alexander
Gracemount, Edinburgh

Sport

7.

Anne Josiah
(
née Peacock)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Classes

-  Teachers

-  Religion

8.

Ron Goldie
Peine, Germany

San Antonio

Mr Fila

-  Music Teacher

Learning

Mini Skirts

-  Chapel

-  Learning

-  Education

9.

Ryan Church-Michael

with reply from

Ian Church-Michael
Mountcastle, Edinburgh

-  Football, 1950

10.

Terry Dolan
(Terry Dee)

Edinburgh

Science Lesson

-  My Class

11.

Danny Callaghan
Mid Calder, West Lothian, Scotland

-  1957-60

-  Teachers

-  School Buildings

12.

Terry Dolan
(Terry Dee)

Edinburgh

Art Class

-  Ron Goldie

-  Mr McKenzie

-  Class Mates

13.

Niall Hastings

-  Playwright

-  Success

-  Class Mates

14.

Peter Christians

with reply from

Terry Dolan
(Terry Dee)

-  School

-  Shops

-  Class Mates

15.

Margaret Bowcher
(née Urquhart)

New South Wales, Australia

-  1966 to 1971

16.

Eric Gold
East London

-  St Anthony's Annex: Teachers

-  St Ann's School: Teachers

17.

Margaret Hedley
East London

-  1967-71

18.

Message sent by Charlene Keever, Holmfirth, Yorkshire on behalf of her mother

Julia Whiteley
(
née Keane)

Restalrig, Edinburgh

-  St Anthony's School, 1962-66

19.

Pat McPartland
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

-  1961-64

        -  Teachers

         -  Memories

20.

Christine Boyle
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

-  School and Annex

-  Crusty Bread

21.

Michael James Friel
Bangkok, Thailand

-  School and Annex

-  After School

22.

Gerry (Ged) Tait
Edinburgh

-  School Pals

23.

Dougie Hill
Edinburgh

-  Strangs

-  1967-70

-  Classmates

-  Lunchtimes

-  Teachers

Trouble

24.

Michael James Friel
Bangkok, Thailand

-  Strangs

-  Friends

25.

Ronnie Peters
(Rocky)
Thakham, Bangkuntian, Thailand

Schools and Teachers

-  St John's

St Anthony's

26.

Jim McDougall

-  St Anthony's until 1964

-  The Class Register

-  Scots Greys

-  Please contact me

26.

Reply 1

Bill Ford
Cairns, Queensland, Australia

St Anthony's Classes

1T1, 2T1, 3T1, 1951-54

27.

Tony Iannarelli

-  Teachers

28.

Mike Melrose

-  Tony Iannarelli's Request

-  Teachers

Recollections

1.

Eric Gold

[known to many as Eric McKenzie]

East London

Thank you to Eric Gold  for sending the message below.

Eric used to attend St Ann's school together with Joe Coyle who took the photo above

Eric wrote:

St Ann's and St Anthony's

"St Ann's is situated in the Cowgate at the bottom of Blackfriars Street.  It is now used as a drop-in centre for old folk .

When I attended the school, my class was the door at the end on the left on the lower level and Joe was up the stairs.  He was a bright guy, and so was his brothers.

We both later attended Leith St Anthony's school.  They kept Joe in the main school in Lochend Road.  He was top of his class.  They moved me to 'Strangs', the annex in Hawkhill Avenue where, just before I left, I was the top of the lowest class!"

Eric Gold, East London:  2007

Eric appears as one of the Monsters in the latest 'Dr Who?' series.  He was the 'evil spirit' in a recent episode.

 

Recollections

2.

Jim Robertson

Berlin, Germany

Jim Robertson, formerly of Dumbiedykes Road, now living in Berlin, wrote:

St Ann's School

St Pat's School

St Anthony's School

"I see that John Bisset (6 above) stated that he was born in July 1938 and attended St Ann's, St Pat's and St Anthony's Schools. Well, like John and Bob Henderson, I was born Sept 1938, so we must have crossed paths at some stage of our education.

The name Bisset rings a bell, but after so long I'm not to sure. However, I also attended St Anthony's, like John, so we must have known each other.

I only wish someone had a school photo from one of the 3 schools.  That would help us a lot.  Any takers out there ??  The unfortunate thing is that in them days no one could afford a camera (ha ha).

Well, anyway John, lets hope a photo will appear.  I saw one of Bob Henderson and recognized him right away, so if you have any individual snaps of that time, maybe you could send it in.

I hope you are the one missing boy that Bob and I could not remember."

Jim Robertson, Berlin, Germany,  Message left in EdinPhoto guest book:  August 1, 2008.

 

Recollections

3.

Frank Ferri

Newhaven

Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:

St Anthony's School

St  Mary Star of the Sea School

"Jim Robertson (9 above) mentions that John Bisset was born in 1938 and attended St Anthony's School in Lochend Road.

I was born in 1935 and attended St Anthony's around 1947-50.

My brother, Ian was born in 1940 and attended the school around 1952-55.

We also attend St Mary's Star of the Sea in Henderson St / Giles St Leith"

Frank Ferri:  Newhaven, Edinburgh:  August 17, 2008.

 

Recollections

4.

Frank Ferri

Newhaven

Thank you to Frank Ferri for sending me this list of teachers and classes when he was at St Anthony's School from 1947 to 1950:

Teachers

Mr Rush .. Head teacher

Mr Igo .. Science

Mr Davis .. Science

Mr Canon .. Geography (Also Coach.  If you were good at football you were a favourite, but you had to learn by heart  the 48 states of America.)

Mr Campanili .. Maths

Mr Smith .. Maths

Mr Mulvey .. Maths

Mr McGravy .. English

Mr McLaughlin .. English (He became school head.)

Miss Grego .. History

Mr Torrance .. Woodwork

Miss.? .. Music

Classes

"The classes were graded.  The first year classes were:

Technical (trades etc):

-   1T1  (clever)

-   1T2  (average)

-   1T3  (not so clever, and usually were tutored at Strang's Buildings opposite Hibs football ground)

Commercial was (clerical)

-   1C1  (clever)

-   etc."

Frank Ferri:  Newhaven, Edinburgh:  October 25, 2008.

 

 Recollections

5.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

Classes

Tony Ivanov, who has also sent his memories of St Ann's School, tells me that he attended St Anthony's School from 1959-62, and that he was in classes 1T1, 2T1 and 3T1.

Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian:  October 28, 2008.

6.

Message from

Kerry Alexander

Gracemount, Edinburgh

Kerry wrote:

Sport

"My dad, William Alexander, always known as Billy or Bill, was born in 1937.  He attended St Anthony's school from 1948 to 1952,  where he was captain of the school cricket team and also played a couple of games for football team.

He remembers a game of cricket between Masters and Pupils.  One of the Masters, a Mr Cannon, was struck in the top of the leg with ball and began jumping up and down.  A box of matches in this pocket had gone on fire when the ball hit.

My dad also remembers Andy Higgins and John McLeod.  Both were in his class and went on to play professional football.

My dad has owned and driven black cabs in Edinburgh for over 40 years."

Kerry Alexander, Gracemount, Edinburgh:  November 27, 2008

 

 Recollections

7.

Anne Josiah (née Peacock)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Anne wrote:

Classes

"I attended St Ninian's primary school, Restalrig, then spent my best years at St Anthony's Leith from 1962 to 1965.  I was in 1.D.1/ 2.D.1 and 3.D.1

Teachers

I made many good pals at Saint Anthony's.

I remember fondly my Form Teacher Mrs Jordan.  She also taught us Maths and Religion.

 Mr Mchugh taught us English.

-   Mr Martin taught us science.

 Mr Sechie taught us Music.

I was a 'bit of a scallywag' and often felt school was for social events rather than learning.  Happy days.

Religion

To my surprise, and to those who knew me, I now am a religious community leader / chaplain and lay minister.  How things twist in life!!!"

Anne, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:  December 1, 2008.

 

 Recollections

8.

Ron Goldie

Peine Germany

Ron wrote:

San Antonio

"Like one or two of your other correspondents, I fulfilled my secondary education at St Anthony's in Lochend Road, or San Antonio State Pen as we called it. When I say education, I use the term very loosely, because I cant really remember learning anything there."

Mr Fila

"I remember Big Jake, the assistant head, but the one who sticks in my mind is Mr Fila, the science teacher, with his "Geev out boaks, pens and rulerrrrrrrrrrrrs please." This was the routine every time we went to his science class."

Music Teacher

"I also remember the music teacher.  I can't remember the name, but, he had a belt like a lump o wid.  If you were to be strapped for anything, he used to ask which finger you wanted it on. His aim was damned good. Funnily enough, I came first in class at music one year. No idea how I managed it. I reckon it was through pure fear of this guys strap."

Learning

"As regards education at St Anthony's -  wellllllll, I learned how to buy a half crustie and a packet of crisps at dinner time.  I learned that there was no love lost between the pupils from St Anthony's and the snobs from Leith Academy, as the running battles in Leith Links seemed to prove."

Mini Skirts

"I also learned that the mini skirt was coming into fashion.  There was one girl who attended school in her mini skirt. I never knew her nameShe was reprimanded almost every day, although, as a guy, I saw nothing against it.

The woman teachers grabbed her from time to time, took her inside and let down the hem of her skirt. This almost caused riots. I remember gangs of us standing outside the annexe chanting a few pleasantries at the staff."

Chapel

"I also learned how to dodge going to chapel.  We were marched down to St Mary's in Leith every week.  Its amazing the wee lanes you find to hide in when somehow you got split from the rest of the school on the way there.  Queer thing though.  We somehow or other were reunited with the rest of the pupils on the way back to the school.

Cricket

"Another thing I learned, was how not to play cricket. The playing fields were just behind the Sunblest bakery at the top of Lochend Road. I don't know why but the P.E. teacher had a thing about batting this wee leather ball with a dod of wood.  Not a game that I was ever really interested in, but it was the same every week.

Education

"So much for my non-education at Tony's.  I'm sure others will have had similar experiences at that ehhhhhhhhhhhhm School??."

Ron Goldie, Peine Germany: August 8, 2009

 

 Recollections

9.

Ryan Church-Michael

Ryan wrote:

Football

"My Grandad went to St. Anthony's Secondary school in 1950 when he played for the football team.  He played in the Scottish Schools' Cup Final at Easter Road and scored one of the goals.

He's wondering if you know anything about where to find the pictures from that day as he would really like to see them.   Do your have any information or photos?

Ryan Church-Michael:  January 24, 2010

Photos Lost

Thank you to Ian Church-Michael, grandfather of Ryan (above) for contacting me.

Ian tells me:

"Unfortunately, I have lost all my old photos of the school football team in 1950.  I'd like to hear from anybody who  who still has a copy of any.

Ian Carmichael, Mountcastle, Edinburgh:  April 25, 2011

Reply to Ryan and Ian?

If you know of any old photos of the St Anthony's School Football Team that have survived, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Ryan and Ian.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 28, 2011

 

 Recollections

10.

Terry Dolan (Terry Dee)

Edinburgh

Terence wrote:

Science Lesson

"I was at St Anthony`s from 1957 to 1960 I'm pretty certain that Ronnie Goldie was in my class at school.  I can endorse everything he says about the teachers.

We had another teacher who taught English, and on one occasion he taught science.  It was Paddy Ward.  He decided to do an experiment.

He put on safety glasses and a sheet of glass to protect us.  Well, the experiment went wrong, due to the cat calls of the class, and in panic when the thing went up in flames Paddy threw it in the waste paper basket, which also caught fire.

He was screaming `Don't panic boys` as he panicked.   We were creasing ourselves with laughter

My Class

"Guys in the class that I remember the:

John and James Macintosh - twins

James `Jam` Sutherland,

Andy Sweeney

Ian Cairns

-  Ronnie Falconer

- ? Burgess

Manus Gallagher.

Terry Dolan, Edinburgh:  February 7 + 9, 2010

 

 Recollections

11.

Danny Callaghan

Mid Calder, West Lothian, Scotland

Danny Callaghan wrote:

1957-60

"Like Terence Dolan (10 above) I attended St Anthony's school (Tony's) 1957 to 1960.   Being in the commercial class we, of course, did not mix with the lower educated technical and domestic pupils!!!   We knew our position in life!!!!

We also must have not been in need of as much spiritual guidance as Ron GoldieI do not remember, other than on a very odd occasion, going to St Mary's church.

Teachers

"The teachers I remember were:

Miss Jordan taught Maths and Religion.   She was the most wonderful Maths teacher and could explain the use of Algebra.

-   Miss Cameron the Commercial teacher

Mrs Dugalesca??  taught French and Religion.  I met her on a train, about 7 years after leaving school, and I had a beard by then.   Not only did she recognise me but remembered my name and me and my pal, Benny Devlin as as the two troublemakers in her class.

Big Jake McLaughlin taught English.  He loved using the belt.

 -  Paddy Ward  taught English.   I only had him for a short time.

Jimmy McGravy taught English.  He used to pass my bus stop, and as I was always late late for school, he gave me a run to school, quite often on the back of his scooter.

 Mr Wright the PE teacher

Mr White taught Geography used to stand hitting drawing pins into his desk with his belt during class.  He met his comeuppance when he was beaten up by one of the older pupils and thrown down the stairs.  Neither was ever seen again.

School Buildings

Going between the main building and the Annex was a great way of wasting time.  Now, living near a secondary school I now feel sorry for the people who lived in Lochend Road, with our regular trips up and down past their houses, between our school buildings.

Both buildings are now converted into flats.  They they do look quite nice, but I wonder if sometimes our ghosts haunt the new residents?"

Danny Callaghan Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  February 10, 2010

 

 Recollections

12.

Terry Dolan (Terry Dee)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Terry Dolan who wrote again with more memories of St Anthony's School.

Terence wrote:

Art Class

"I remember the Art class.  It was the last period on a Friday afternoon.  There were 34 guys in the class, and as we were taught nothing the class drifted off as the weeks went on, leaving about 10 of us, as nothing was said to the others.

We thought we'd not go the following week, but go to Leith LInks instead, for a game of football

Well, as we were sneaking out we were confronted by the head teacher Big Jake who promptly marched us back into the room and gave us all the belt."

Ron Goldie

"I remember the teacher, Ron Goldie.  He was a polish teacher call Guscosski.  (I don't know how to spell it.)  He told us he was a prisoner of war and used to regale us with stories of his exploits, instead of teaching us."

Mr McKenzie

"We had another teacher called McKenzie who taught history.  He would sit at his desk, facing us, head down, and he would bark out:  'Page 66, READ.'

He would sit, drumming his fingers, and if you looked up he would shout `DOLAN OUT`, etc, until he had the whole class standing waiting for the belt."

Class Mates

"Three other class mates that I remember were:

Terry Dignan

James Dignan

Adrian Davidson."

Religion

"I remember getting first in the class for Religion - farcical! - for remembering the first line of the Latin Mass.  I  didn't know any more, and nobody else did either,

`adeum qui latificat`

I still have it in my brain? !!!"

Terry Dolan, Mid Calder, Edinburgh:  February 10, 2010

 

 Recollections

13.

Niall Hastings

Thank you to Niall (Neil) Hastings who wrote:

Playwright

"I left St Anthony's school, at fifteen, in 1959 and went on to become:

 a playwright and screenwriter: 'The Body Snatchers Again!' (Burke & Hare)

a writer, composer and artist.

a Doctor of medical science with an MD postgrad  in Scotland and the USA.

I also have one of the most successful sites on the Internet covering The Arts (Bhethu Studios)."

Success

"The reason that I am blethering on is that some of us from St Tony'shave gone on to great success.   I made my first million in 1990.  So to all the knockers, there was nothing wrong with St Anthony's( Bless!)"

Class Mates

"Maybe I might hear from some of my former class mates if any are still around."

Niall (Neil) Hastings:  March 25, 2010

Reply to Niall

If you'd like to send a message to Niall, please email me, then I'll pass on  your message to him.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  April 1, 2010

 

 Recollections

14.

Peter Christians

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Thank you to Peter Christians who wrote:

School

"I  also went to St Anthony's with Terry Dolan who wrote the recollections in 10 above.  We were in the same class.

Shops

"I remember Starkes (?) bakers with great apple turnovers.  The shop was just up from the annex, on the left going back to the main school.

Class Mates

"I also remember class mates Brian Cunningham, Terry Hickey, Duffy* and Mr Harris down at the annex.

Peter Christians, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: April 30, 2010

Peter Christians served his apprenticeship as a plasterer with Peter Kelly's on Brunswick Road, Edinburgh, then emigrated to Australia in 1967.

Reply

Terry Dolan (Terry Dee) was in the same class as Peter Christians (above) at St Anthony's school.

Terry wrote, telling me that he also remembered Harry Duffy and John (or was it James?) Curran from that class.

Acknowledgement:  Terry Dolan, Edinburgh:  April 1, 2010

 

 Recollections

15.

Margaret Bowcher
(
née Urquhart)

New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Margaret Bowcher (née Urquhart) who wrote:

1966-71

"I went to St Anthony's school from 1966 to 1971. The new Holyrood School was being built but I never went there.  We used to have to walk between the bottom of Lochend Road to the main building and then up to the Strangs annex.

I'd like to contact old school friends."

Margaret Bowcher (née Urquhart), New South Wales, Australia:  June 13, 2010

Reply to Margaret

If you remember Margaret and would like to contact her, please email me, then I'll pass your message on to her.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 24, 2010

 

Recollections

16.

Eric Gold

[known to many as Eric McKenzie]

East London

Thank you to Eric Gold  who wrote to Margaret Bowcher (15 above):

St Anthony's Annex - Teachers

"I, too, went to Strangs,St Anthony's Annex at Hawkhill Avenue from 1960 to 1963.

 The Head Mistress, then, was Miss Henderson ('Hendo') until 1962 then Miss Fitzackery ('Fizzy') took over .

-  The Maths teacher was Mr Robertson.

-  The Mechanics teacher was Mr Watt.

-  Our Arts teacher was Mr Ward ('Scruff') whose sister was my Headmistress.

The headmaster at St Anthony's was Mr McLaughlin ('Jake').  He came up from the main school in Lochend Road in Leith, once a week to see how the annex was doing  he said when I left school."

St Ann's School - Teachers

"At St Anne’s, in the Cowgate, there was also a music teacher,  Mr Buchkcoski ('Butch').  He was a great jazz pianist who worked in several hotels in Edinburgh and in the Cavendish supper joint in the west end of the city.  He knew music, and knew  that I had an ear for jazz."

Eric Gold, East London:  June 26, 2010

 

Recollections

17

Margaret Hedley (née Grieve)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Margaret Hedley who wrote):

1967-71

"I wonder if anyone had a photo of St. Anthony's school.  I went there from 1967 until 1971.

Does anyone remember Miss Henderson (Hendo)?  She could use a belt - like, I've still got the mark to-day on my wrist. (ha ha)

I remember:

-  Janis Anderson.  She came from Willowbrae.

-  Ian Rod.  He was in  the Alan Mooney crowd."

Margaret Hedley, Edinburgh:  September 22, 2010

Recollections

18

sent by Christine Keever, Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England, on behalf of

Julia Whiteley (née Keane)
Restalrig, Edinburgh

Thank you to Charlene Keever (daughter of Julia Whitley) for sending some of her mother's recollections.

Charlene wrote:

St Anthony's School

1962-66

"I am writing on behalf  of my mum.  Her name is  Julia Whiteley but will be known as Julia Keane.  She attended st Anthony's Secondary School from 1962 (when she was 11 years old until 1966.

She can remember:

the religious teacher Mrs Hendrix ('Hendo')

-  the Science teachers, Mr Forbes and Mr Martin

The classmates that she can remember are:

-  Anna Connacher

-  a girl who everyone called her by nickname 'Titch'.  Her last name was Reynolds.

My mum says that they used to all go to the wee shop across from the Annex to get a scotch pie on a roll."

Remember Julia?

"Does anybody remember my mum, Julia Whiteley, or have any info on any of her classmates?"

Charlene Keever, Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England:  October 26, 2010

Reply to Charlene or Julia

If you'd like to send a reply to Charlene or Julia, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to them.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  October 28, 2010

 

Recollections

19

Pat McPartland

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Pat McPartland who wrote:

1961 to 1964

Teachers

"I went to St Anthony's school from 1961 to 1964.
My
teachers were:

English

Miss Monica Davidson

Mr McGravie

Religion

Miss Cecelia Stone

She was a cousin of Miss Davidson

Mr Martin

He was our form teacher.  He used to send us to the baker to get  mince pies for his lunch.

Metalwork

Mr Douglas

He was another form teacher

Woodwork

Mr Harris

If you didn't pay attention, would fire a piece of wood at you across the shop.

Geography

Tom Canning

Yes, he could write with two hands on the board.

Mrs McGee

History

Mr McKenzie

Art

Mr Dobson

Science

Mr Wallace

He was a big guy with a beard.

Technical Drawing

Mr McArdle

He was a real hard man. He carried his belt over his shoulder inside his jacket.
He
scarred my wrist a few times.

Maths

Mrs Jordan

She was great.  She could haul out lads twice her size and wrap their knuckles with a wooden ruler'

Music

Mr Sechi

Mr Bukowski

Memories

"Here are a few things that I remember.  I hope they might jog some memories:

 playing football in the playground with a plastic ball, or if  you were rich, a tennis ball

-   trying to avoid getting 'ducked' in First Year.

 Chester cakes and half-crusties with crisps

-  the 'B' football team (first year), 'A' football team (2nd year) and 1st football team (3rd year).
We
were all  in awe of the 'B's.  Honest, I could name the whole team right now.

hiding our lunch money in our socks so the bullies wouldn't find it when they searched us,looking for money.

-  learning how to use tools

-  being introduced to Shakespeare by Mr McGravie

-  learning the fifteen republics in the USSR, all the counties in England and all the shires in Scotland from Mr Canning

-  Big Jake.  Who could forget him?  There were lads at this school who could have got graduate degrees in bullying.

Pat McPartland, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  January 12, 2012

Reply to Pat

If you'd like to send a reply to Pat, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  January 22, 2012

Replies Received

Thank you to Allan Brown, another pupil from St Anthony's school  for having replied.   I've passed on Allan's reply to Pat.

Peter Stubbs:  January 22, 2012

Recollections

20

Christine Boyle
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Christine Boyle for posting a message in the EdinPhoto web site.

Christine wrote:

School and Annex

"After attending St Ninian's Primary School, I went on to St Anthony's Secondary School in Leith.  I remember the Annexe and the Main School.

On a recent trip home to Scotland, I went to look at St Anthony's.  The Annexe is now some very nice looking apartments. Hi Janey, get in touch if you see this"

Crusty Bread

"I have a nice memory of he crusty bread with hot chips or crisps inside the bread for lunch."

Christine Boyle, Melbourne, Australia:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, June 22, 2012

Message for Christine Boyle

Annie Smiles would like to contact you.  Please email me

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh

 

Recollections

21

Michael Friel
Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you to Michael Friel who wrote:

School and Annex

"My brother, sister and I all went to St Anthony's School.  However, I was relegated to the Annex, Strangs.  Ah, it's a long time since I last heard that name.

I remember those days so well, catching the bus from Ferry Road,  Drylaw, and then the walk to school from bottom of Leith Walk.

I can't say that I learnt too much at school.  It's all been a blur, other than the people that were in my class."

After School

"On leaving school, faced with little possibility other than:

a pointless job.

weekends getting into trouble with the gang of mates.

-  the occasional trip to the police station.

I eventually came to that crossroads.  I studied, got myself a proper education, and never looked back."

Michael Friel, Bangkok, Scotland:  August 9, 2012

Recollections

22

Gerry (Ged) Tait

Edinburgh

Thank you to Gerry (Ged) Tait who wrote:

School Pals

"I was at St Anthony's school at the same time as:

-  Allan Money

-  Ronnie Dignan"

-  the Ferry Brothers

-  and all the rest.

Fond and scary memories!"

Gerry (Ged) Tait, Edinburgh:  December 27, 2012

 

Recollections

23

Dougie Hill

Edinburgh

Several people above, beginning with Eric Gold in his 'Recollections 1' (above) have mentioned Strangs, the Annexe in Hawkhill Avenue to St Anthony's School, Leith.

Thank you, now, to Laura Hill, Edinburgh, for sending me more memories of Strangs.  These come from her father, Dougie Hill, who wrote:

Strang's

1967-70

"I went to Strangs from 1967 to 1970, and loved every minute of it.  The guys in my class were all good fun and I enjoyed being with them."

Classmates

"I still remember some of my classmates:

Bernie Boyle

Willie Murray, who played with the Hibs

Bernard McQuade

Billy Grieves

Jimmy Buckley

Rocky Conti

Adolf Pierre

John Alongi

Peter Ferguson

-  Pat McGarvie

Davie Moffat and

and the late Jimmy Turner and Ronnie Lynch sadly missed."

Lunch Times

"At lunch time we went to:

-   Sunblest bakers (the back of the vans)

-   the Edina cafe, or

-  The chippy at Lochend Road for our crustie and chips."

Teachers

"I remember some of my teachers:

Woodwork:  Watty

-  Metalwork:    Gobber Torrance: 

-  Art:                  Creamer 'Touch your toes'

-  Science:         Mr Shaw,, American lunatic!,

-  Music:             Pinocchio

-  Maths:            Mr Donhuque.  He was the best teacher.

The things the teachers got up to then, they would never get away with nowadays.

Trouble

"We were always up to no good:

-  Turning the water blue

-  Fire extinguisher fights on the train

-  Pinching crates of beer off the lorry when it stopped at the Hibs Club.

-  Anything that wasn't nailed down was pinched!

-  On our Annual. School Trip, everybody turned up with a bag to do a bit of pilfering.

In those days, we all had nothing, but memories last forever."

Dougie Hill,  Edinburgh, November 23, 2013

 

Recollections

24

Michael James Friel

Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you to Michael Friel for writing again.

Michael wrote:

Strang's

"It was good reading the memories of St Anthony's school on this page.

I, myself, my sister and my older brother all attended St Anthony's.  I was placed in 'Strangs' - the special annex in Hawkhill Avenue for troubled persons.

The only thing that I learnt there was how to survive.  We were the forgotten!"

Friends

"I attended St David's Primary School before going to 'Strangs'.  I'd appreciate it if anybody could tell me the whereabouts of any of my old school friends from either of these schools:

-  Bernie Boyle

-  Willie Murray

-  Bernard McQuade

-  Billy Grieves

-  Jimmy Buckley

-  Rocky Conti

-  Adolf Pierre

-  John Alongi

-  Peter Ferguson

-  Pat McGarvie

-  David Moffat

-  Neil Drysdale

-  David Reilly

-  Patrick Docherty

 Michael Friel, Bangkok, Thailand:  April 4, 2014 (2 emails)

Reply to Michael Friel?

If you remember Michael Friel and would like to contact him, or if you know how to contact any of the people above and would like to pass on the information to Michael, please email me to let me know.

Then, I'll give you Michael's email address so that you'll  be able to send a message direct to him.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 5, 2014

 

 Recollections

25.

Ronnie Peters

('Rocky')

Thakham, Bangkuntian, Thailand

Thank you to Ronnie Peters who wrote:

Schools and Teachers

"I attended St John's School.

The terror teacher there was Sister Ala(vicious).  She was handy with the belt .

-  When she wanted to inflict severe punishment you were sent to Cossar who was a bit handier with the belt.

I went to St Anthony's High School.

Celia Stone was our Maths teacher.

I had a free bus pass for the No.4 and No.1 buses. Most of the time, I used the No.12 bus which saved changing buses, until the inspector came on."

Ronnie Peters ('Rocky'), Thakham, Bangkuntian, Thailand:  September 27, 2014

 

 Recollections

26.

John McDougall

John  McDougall wrote:

St Anthony's until 1954

"I've just come across the mine of nostalgia above about St Anthony's, but I don't recognise any of the names mentioned.  I left St Anthony's in 1954.  I was in Class 1T1/2 then 3."

The Class Register

"I still can't get rid of the Class Register or the States or the Scottish Counties from my memory. 

My classmates were, as per the register:

Aitken

Aldred

Bell

Byrne

Carter

Coll

Donnelly

Ewing

Ford

Fraser

Gibb

Hanley

Healy

Love

McDougall (me)

Murray

Skelly

Smith

Sprott

and Charlie Salteri.  He he joined after the list was memorised and I never could alter it!"

Scots Greys

"I left Edinburgh after being called up.  I signed on and did 9 years with the Greys.  We use to play on the Scots Greys memorial, living only about 100 yds from it.  Walking round the plinth, I fell off the on high side and cracked the hip bone

Finally, staying with the Greys, this is the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. I wonder if there are any of the lads still around who were also at the 150th anniversary in Brussels."

Please Contact Me

"Should anyone school, Greys or otherwise remember me would love to hear from them."

John McDougall:  May 1, 2015

Reply to John McDougall

If you remember John McDougall, and would like to make contact with him, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 18, 2015

 

 Recollections

26.

Reply

1.

Bill Ford

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Bill Ford for replying to John  McDougall's Recollections 26 above.

Bill wrote:

St Anthony's Classes

1T1, 2T1, 3T1

1951-54

"I attended St Anthony's School from 1951 to 1954 and remember John McDougall.  I can put a face to all the members he has listed except for 'Smith'.  . 

I think he will find that there was no Smith in our class but there was a 'Francis Shaw' who isn't included in his list.  I know that, because I used to sit alongside him at Maths.

I also remember our English teacher, a Mr Smith.  We used to call him 'George Bernard' as a nickname.

John McDougall used to sit alongside Bernie Love in our Maths class, which was alongside me and Shawie but separated by an aisle"

Bill Ford, Cairns, Queensland, Australia:  16 March 2016

 

 Recollections

27.

Tony Iannarelli

Thank you to Tony Iannarelli who added:

Teachers

"As a former pupil in that period I can remember most of the teachers mentioned above, and a few others:

-  Miss Pike

-  Miss Carlton

Mr Mcgreavy

-  Mr Harris, a woodwork teacher

Mr Bucowski, the music teacher

I wonder if  anybody else remembers them."

Tony Iannarelli:  August 4, 2016

 

 Recollections

28.

Mike Melrose

Greenbank, Edinburgh

Thank you to Mike Melrose

Tony Iannarelli

"I'm trying to help Tony Iannarelli on your recent post in  Recollections 27 above.

I am hoping some of my former classmates may help me out here.   I have a recollection that Gerry O’Keefe  might have been  a good pal of Toni."

 Teachers

"I remember:

Miss Pike was an English Teacher.  Her classroom was on the first floor (balcony) wing above
Mr Hyde’s Science Classroom on the way to
Mr McCulloch
’s Art Classroom.

-   Mr McGreavy, known to most of us as Jimmy, was a class act.

- Mr Harris was one of the Woodwork Teachers. His classroom, maybe workshop would be a better description,  was full of woodworking benches, wood turning lathes, sanding machines and so on.

 -  Vladimir Bukowski is one of my school heroes. He gave me a lasting love of classical music. He was cracking piano player."

 Mike Melrose, Greenbank, Edinburgh:  August 4, 2016

 

 

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