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Anne Barclay

Anne Barclay (Mrs Sharp) entered first year in 1950. She qualified as a nurse in Glasgow before emigrating to Ontario. She has one son.

John Barclay

John Barclay (1954) died tragically in Ladybank at New Year 2004. On leaving School he became a blacksmith, moving later to work with the firm of Miller Craigsanquhar, and finally to Kettle Produce, where he worked for 25 years as a machinery fitter. During the last 12 years of his life he had had to cope with the after effects of a laryngectomy. He had a keen interest in sport, particularly bowling and cricket. He is survived by his son and daughter.

Rachael Barclay

BBHS 1933-39

On leaving school I went to work in Captain A H Macdonald's (Mary Macdonald's father) office, which was a reserved occupation, until 1943. At that time I entered Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and for the next four years trained to be a Registered Nurse. From there I moved to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for 1 year to become a Certified Midwife. In 1948 I returned to Western General Hospital in Edinburgh as a junior sister. In 1949 I married and my husband Bob (Tod) and I emigrated to Sault Saint Marie, Ontario, Canada. We were welcomed to our new home by our sponsors after a five day journey on the ship "Aquitania". We spent 3 years in the 'Soo' where I continued my nursing career at the Plummer Memorial Hospital, but the summer proved too short and the winters too long with snow sometimes four feet deep, so we moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where we have lived ever since. I again continued nursing, this time at the Vancouver General Hospital, until my retirement in 1986, taking one year off in 1959 for the birth of our only daughter Tosh.

Since our retirement we have travelled extensively throughout the USA and Canada, cruised the Panama Canal and have kept busy with volunteer work at our local Seniors Centre and our church.

We are now both enrolled in various classes at 'Elder College', a programme of Capilano College which is supported by the National Advisory Council on Ageing Position on Lifelong Learning. All this keeps us active and involved.

Derek Andrew Barrie

(1942 - )

BBHS 1954-60

Derek Barrie was a pupil at Bell Baxter from 1954-1960. He then took an Honours Degree in Modern and Mediaeval History at St Andrews University. Three years research on the baronage of Edward I was followed by teacher training at Dundee College of Education and Dundee University. He taught in the History Department at Bell Baxter from 1968-70 and was then for four years Deputy Principal Teacher of History and Modern Studies at Madras College, St Andrews. From 1974 through to 1988 he was Principal Teacher of History at Buckhaven High School. After a 22 year gap he took up again his research and gained a PhD from St Andrews University in 1992.

He became very active in politics, both local and national. He was a Cupar Town Councillor prior to local government reorganisation in 1974 and from 1977 till 1988 a Liberal member and then Liberal Group Leader on North East Fife District Council. He was Convener of the Council from 1984-1988, the first period of twelve years of Liberal (then Liberal Democrat) control of the council. He stood for Westminster for the then East Fife constituency in 1966 and was involved in every election campaign, local and national in East then North East Fife to the present day. The highlight was probably acting as Campaign Manager for Menzies Campbell when he was first elected to Westminster in 1987.

In 1989 he became part-time Scottish Officer for ALDC (The Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors) and a year later Scottish Campaigns Officer for the Liberals, then Liberal Democrats. Latterly he was Chief of Staff of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and heavily involved in the 2005 Westminster election campaign with another Bell Baxter FP Iain Smith MSP, securing the best Liberal General Election result in living memory. He is now fully retired but is Vice-Chair of North East Fife Liberal Democrats and was again Ming Campbell's Campaign Manager in the 2010 General Election.

He is also very keen on sport. He was Secretary of both Howe of Fife Rugby Club and Cupar Golf Club. He refereed rugby for twenty-five years, reaching the then Division III of the National Leagues. He served a term as President of the Midlands Rugby Union Referees Society.

He lives in St Andrews with his wife Lesley and two cats. He was elected Chairman of the Bell Baxter FP Association in 2011.   

George Barrie

BBHS 1959-64

George went on to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art after leaving Bell Baxter.

Hazel Barrie

Mrs Hazel Anderson entered BBS in 1949. After School she trained as a Physiotherapist and worked in Glasgow Royal Infirmary from 1955-58 and then in various hospitals part-time. She married, had two children and lived in North Kessock, by Inverness.

Lorraine Barrie


Lorraine Barrie was selected by the Rotary Club of Cupar for a Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She attended a week-long course at the Abernethy Training Centre on Speyside in July 1995. Lorraine was School Captain in 1996-7.

Connie Barron

Connie Barron (late 1940s) died in 2009 after a long illness. Connie trained as a nurse when she left School and moved to England. She is survived by three of her family.

Jayanta Barua

Jayanta Barua (early 1970s) graduated MB ChB from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and MD in 1996. In 2002 he was a Consultant Urologist and Director of Research at Havering Hospitals NHS Trust.

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