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Charlotte Scott

Charlotte Scott of Cupar was Vice Captain for Session 2001-2.

Magdalene Scott

Magdalene (Lena) Scott(1936) died in hospital on 28th December 2004 after a long period of ill health. Lena started work in the Bank in Newburgh, where women were allowed to work during the war to free men for service in the armed forces. After the war she became a clerkess at Cupar Police Station and she worked there until she retired after 44 years. She lived all her life in Pitlessie, where she was deeply involved in every aspect of community life. She was an Elder in Howe of Fife Church and also a Sunday School teacher; she organised the annual collection for Christian Aid, was a former member of the Community Council, Cults WRI and Pitlessie Welfare Committee. She is survived by her sister, Jean.

Paul Scott

Paul Scott, who was in fourth year at the time, was made a Citizen of the Year in Cupar for his involvement with the town’s Youth Café.

Robert Rodgers Scott

BBS 1936-39

Robert Scott entered BBS in 1936. He became a printer in Cupar from July 1939 to 1958, then in Aberdeen until July 1987, with the exception of War Service in the Royal Artillery from September 1942-December 1946.

Robert S Seath

Robert Seath died in November 1991. Mr Seath attended the University of St Andrews after leaving Bell Baxter and graduated MA and BSc. He taught in Dundee High and Grove Academy before returning to Bell Baxter as Principal Teacher of Chemistry until his retirement. He had lived for many years in St Andrews.

Aileen Seaton

Aileen Seaton, who belonged to Newport, has recently won a top American TV award after working on a mini-series with actor Ted Danson. She received an "Emmy" for her hairstyling work in the series "Gulliver's Travels". The film was made for the American TV company NBC and for Channel Four. After training in Cupar and Kirkcaldy she went to work for the BBC as a make-up artist and then she worked freelance, including in her commissions work on a number of films for American TV. She is now working on a re-make of "Rebecca".

Marion Seymour


Marion Seymour (1926) died peacefully in a nursing home on 11th March 2011, aged 97. Marion graduated in Science after leaving School. She taught for many years in Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy, where she introduced Higher Biology. She moved back to Bell Baxter for the final nine years of her teaching career. After retirement she continued to live in Ceres until she went into residential care around 2 years before her death.

Jean Wattie Sharp


BBHS 1927-33

Mrs Jean Davies (née Sharp) (1927) died suddenly at home in Edinburgh on 25th November 2005. Jean was brought up in Cupar. She participated in the usual games at school and played in the tennis team. She was Dux in 1933 and proceeded to St Andrews University where she graduated with First Class Honours in Classics. She was not interested in an academic career, and after completing a secretarial course in Edinburgh she had several secretarial posts before she enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1943. In 1944 she was commissioned and posted to the Middle East and served in Italy and Cairo. She was Mentioned in Dispatches for her work as a Section Officer. On demobilisation in the rank of flight officer, with her husband whom she had married in Naples, she spent some time near London before settling in Edinburgh where her husband became Signals Officer Scotland in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. She was for many years associated with the Corstorphine Trust and was an active supporter of the local Liberal Party. She was predeceased by her husband and is survived by a son and daughter and four grandchildren.

(Contributed by her brother, Dr Ronald Sharp, Kirkcaldy)

Jenny Sharp

Worked at Hawkhill; Mrs Disley, Poulden Court, Jalan Jayu, Singapore. Attended BBS in the 1930s.

Lesley Sharp


Lesley Sharp, who was in sixth year in 1968, spent three years in a Royal Naval School in Malta. She gave her impressions of school life there to Jennifer Tresize, Mary Eagles and Fiona Ewen for the 1968 School Magazine.

The academic work can't have left a very deep impression, because I don't remember it. I got 7% in my maths for '0' level GCE. The Latin lethargy sort of sinks into you out there, and everybody's just that bit more lax. At the same time, we worked hard enough, but things out there didn't seem grey — they used to wear the most outrageous things to school — we used to call the secretary the sexetary.

The school didn't organise any social activities like dances, but we had a debating society. I actually used to speak, heavens above! But everyone met, and did everything, at the beach. You see, we got half days all the way through the summer term; off at 12.30 every day! It was lovely, but we got just as much done, because hardly anyone was off with colds or skivitis — like here.

Beach parties were very popular, and midnight swims, and things. Everything was duty-free, you see. Oh, it sounds quite heavenly! It sounds as if we were always at parties, but I suppose that's just an image I'd like to project.

Discipline was, well, lax; there wasn't much, but I don't think you need if it you've never had it; but if you're used to having discipline, and then you go out there, it's terrible. I was used to discipline here, and out there it was cut, and that was why I got 7% for maths. In some people it developed a sense of responsibility — but not in me. Nothing could, I suppose. I'm basically irresponsible.

Lessons here are far more crammed, far more directed at an exam result. It's bound to be better for getting into college, but for the kind of person you're going to be, or how you're going to look back on school, it's better the other way, I suppose the ideal is a bit of both.

Ronald K W Sharp

Graduated MB ChB St Andrews; Captain RAMC. Saw service in Normandy and Far East. General practice in Kirkcaldy and Member of College of General Practitioners; St Elmo, 11 Townsend Crescent, Kirkcaldy. Attended BBS in the 1930s. Brother of Jean Wattie Sharp (qv).

Nemo Shaw

Nemo Shaw (Auchtermuchty) was Vice-Captain 1996-7.

Sam Shaw

Vice-Captain for Session 1993 - 94 - Sam Shaw (Auchtermuchty).

Janet Shepherd

Mrs Janet Clark started at BBS in 1931. She lived in Ladybank. She cared for elderly parents, was a Switchboard Operator and a Post Office Clerk.

Caroline Sime

Caroline Sime (1st year around 1954), now Mrs Lord, was the Lady Mayoress of York in 1995.

Evelyn Sime


BBHS 1956-62

I spent my early married life in idyllic village style in Ceres, Fife, then moved to the suburbs of Edinburgh in 1967 and finally to our present Victorian house, near the Dean Village and ten minutes' walk from Princes Street, in 1970.

I was happily home-based with kids and dogs and various little pursuits until 1977 when I went to Moray House and became a primary teacher. I spent my whole teaching career at Juniper Green School, where I taught every stage, latterly running the nursery department for eight years which I enjoyed very much. I retired in 2002, a couple of years early, as I have had osteoporosis for several years and fracture easily.

I now find every day occupied with 101 activities, the sportier ones being swimming (sedately in the local baths), hills and mountains (until fairly recently, scrambling up some of the more hairy-scary ones in Skye, Torridon and Glencoe but these days more often heading for the Borders or the Ochils) and summer sailing in our little boat that has taken us on some adventures through the French rivers and canals and all around the Dutch inland waterways. At the moment, though, it is back in Port Edgar, South Queensferry, where my other half potters endlessly with it, anti-fouling etc. (Remember my Don? Manager of Cupar Woolworths from 1961-67.)

Since retiring, I have had time to follow up a whole range of interests, especially local history and Scottish topics and have become hooked on Edinburgh University's Lifelong Learning courses. I lead groups round the historic Dean Village and also the Dean Cemetery, where lots of famous deid folk live. I am very involved with Living Memory Association, a reminiscence project and photo archive (www. and, through it, have had my five minutes of fame a couple of times on Radio Scotland. (Once, I cringe to admit, was recalling memories of childhood camping for a pawky wee programme called "Camping it up".)

We still camp occasionally in our vintage canvas tent with our grandchildren in exotic places, such as Pitlochry, Peebles and St. Andrews. The bit they like the best is huddling in the inner tent in the dark with a cup of hot chocolate, while a thunderstorm rages and flashes all around us, then plodging through the puddles in the morning. Nothing to beat it, is there!

For about fourteen years I have been a stalwart of Lothiansound, talking newspaper for the blind (, as an editor, reader and team-leader. We have a little studio set up in a council flat and send out weekly tapes to about 800 listeners. I also help with fund-raising for the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

During that same time, I have been a volunteer with WRVS, working in one of the shops in the Western General Hospital and serving tea in the Royal Victoria Geriatric Hospital. For a time, I also served tea in Saughton prison visiting room.

On the home front, every year since we moved to our present house, we have hosted two language assistants (in our top flat which is semi-independent), usually one French and one German but we have also had Swiss, Italian and French-Canadian. During their time in Edinburgh, we often put up their mums, dads, grannies, cousins etc and consequently have a wide network of friendly places to stay across Europe (and Canada, if we eventually take those up). Two years ago, we went to a wedding in Bari, in the heel of the boot of Italy, and in September this year we went back for her baby's baptism and the wedding of her cousin who was also one of our protégés; heart-warming experiences with mountains of spaghetti and tons of hugging and kissing.

We enjoy the cultural life of Edinburgh and are both still members of 41 Club and Tangent, extensions of Round Table. We are lucky in having our adult children and our grandchildren all living in Edinburgh. The latest incumbent of our historic old wicker dog-basket (which he managed to demolish within days of his arrival) is a delinquent Jack Russell called Milo, found abandoned, that we adopted from the SSPCA. Despite, initially, his many less than desirable behaviour patterns, he has improved by leaps and bounds and is now a most loveable little character.

Harry Mands Sime


BBHS 1949-54

Harry Sime was a popular member of the Class of 1949. He went to St Andrews to study medicine on leaving School, but did not complete the course. He then joined the Royal Air Force and qualified as a navigator on Canberra aircraft. Harry became a member of 213 Squadron based at RAF Brüggen in Germany. He died when his aircraft crashed near Roermond in the Netherlands having suffered engine failure following a bird strike. A memorial service attended by many local Dutch people was held at the crash site in 1995.

Extracts from a Memorial Speech


Andrew Peat

Leeuwen 14th July 1995

We are all gathered here today because 30 years ago, on this very day, Canberra B(I)6 WT 324 of 231 Squadron of the Royal Air Force stationed at RAF Bruggen took off at 12.31 hours on a routine training exercise. The crew comprised Flying Officer Clapp and two navigators Flight Lieutenant Dingle and Flying Officer Sime. According to the Air Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defence, shortly after commencing the exercise, the pilot reported a bird strike to the port engine. At approximately 12.50 hours the pilot was instructed to reduce fuel weight before landing. Whilst the crew were complying with instructions, the weather deteriorated badly and sadly the plane crashed with the loss of all the crew.

When we bought this house we were surprised to learn that it had been part of the tragic crash of a RAF plane and that three of my countrymen had died in and around my home. I thought it sad that there was no memorial plaque or mention of this event. Thus we decided to embark on organising some form of remembrance in honour of these three men who, in the words of their Commanding Officer, Group Captain Dick Arscott, ‘sacrificed their lives to avoid civilian casualties’.

Andrew and Phylo Peat

Harry, who was survived by his wife, June, and four month-old daughter, Karen, had a younger sister, Evelyn (qv).

He has never been forgotten by his former Bell Baxter classmates, in particular the quartet of Colin Crichton, Donald MacKenzie (qv), Duncan Stirling (qv) and Ronnie King (qv). As a result of their get-together at Reunion 125 in June 2014 and in discussion with Evelyn, this entry has been corrected and expanded.

It is thought that Harry was born in hospital in Kirkcaldy, though the family lived in Glasgow during much of the Second World War. They moved to Auchtermuchty and were living there when Harry started at Bell Baxter, and there was a further move to Cupar when he was fourteen.

A poignant anecdote concerns daughter Karen. June kept a picture of Harry in his officer’s uniform on the sideboard and referred to it as ‘Your Daddy’ when Karen was a little girl. One day a former colleague of Harry’s was calling at Leuchars and came to St Andrews in uniform to visit June. Karen hovered behind the couch throughout the visit, peeking out warily at the stranger and after he left she asked if that might have been Daddy.

Evelyn sent us the following moving message:

The ceremony at Leeuwen was very touching with the population of the little town lining the street as we all walked along behind the piper from the church, where the service was in Dutch and English, to the garden which had been the crash site. It was an Englishman and his Dutch wife who lived in the house there. An RAF officer unveiled the plaque and the event went on all afternoon with local people mingling in the garden, recalling their impressions and what they had been doing at the time it happened. I was able to shake hands with the Dutchman who had risked his own life to pull Harry still alive, he thought, from the wreckage in which his parachute had got tangled but, sadly, dead on arrival at hospital. His military funeral was on the day of my 21st birthday. All a long time ago.

The following details have been extracted from the Scottish War Graves Project:

Surname: SIME

Forenames/Initials: Harry Mands
Rank: Fg Off
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 5091491
Station: RAF Bruggen
Place of Birth/Home Town: Kirkcaldy, Fife
Date of Birth: 29 March 1938
Age: 27
Date of Death: 14 July 1965
Cemetery Name: Rheindahlen Cemetery
Cemetery Address: Munchen Gladbach
Grave Section: F
Grave Row: E
Grave Number: 7
Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes
Included on Roll of Honour: Yes

June, Evelyn and Karen at Harry Sime’s grave

Lorna Sime

Mrs Lorna Woodfield (née Sime) (1948) died at the end of April 2004. Lorna entered the Civil Service on leaving School, having sat the Civil Service exams at the end of her sixth year and came fourth in Great Britain. She became an Executive Officer. In 1960 she married a member of the Diplomatic Service and she and her husband had postings in various countries in Europe, Asia and South and Central America. Their last foreign posting was to Kaduna in Nigeria. From there they moved back to the UK to live in the south of England. Lorna is survived by her husband, 2 sons and a daughter.

Alastair Simpson


Alastair Simpson (from Perth, around 1935) died in September 1997 in a Kirriemuir Nursing Home. A native of Newburgh, he joined the RAF as a navigator on leaving school, reaching the rank of squadron leader. He served in India and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he worked as a potato merchant in Fife, until, in 1972, he and his wife bought the Thrums Hotel in Kirriemuir. He was a keen golfer and was secretary of Kirriemuir Golf Club, as well as acting as secretary of the charity, Capability Scotland.

David Simpson

David Simpson entered BBS in 1939. He went into Electronic Engineering then Corporate Management, mainly in the USA. He lived in Tranent, East Lothian.

Fiona Simpson


From the Fife Herald 11 January 2013:

Fiona Simpson (14), younger sister of Kirsty (qv) competed in the end-of-year Scottish National Short Course meet at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool in December. Fion, like her sister, is a member of Dundee City Aquatics, Fiona, and was competing in her first nationals championships. Though she did not finish among the medal winners, she improved on her personal best times.

Gloria Simpson

Mrs Gloria Birrell (née Simpson) (1941) was presented with an award after raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research over the very long period of 47 years until she had to give up because of ill health in 2006. She was named a Cancer Research Honorary Fellow for her work for the Ladybank Committee of Cancer Research. Gloria was presented with the award during the summer of 2007 at a special ceremony at Woodside Care Home in Glenrothes, where she is now a resident, for poor health prevented her from going to London to receive it. Gloria was a Primary School Teacher.

Gloria died suddenly in hospital on 19th November 2011. She suffered a lifetime of disability which she overcame with great determination, going through school without any of the aids andsupports which are available now todisabled pupils. She was predeceased by her husband.

Kirsty Simpson


Published in the Fife Herald on Friday 2 March 2012 11:30:

Cupar swimmer Kirsty Simpson will make her bid for Olympic qualification this weekend.

The 15-year-old Bell Baxter pupil is competing in the 100m backstroke on Sunday at the British Gas Swimming Championships, which are acting as the main selection competition for London 2012.

Kirsty, who turns 16 this month, will also swim in the 200m backstroke next Thursday at the London Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park.
All finals during the event can be watched live via the BBC red button from 6.25pm, with a highlights package on BBC One at 1pm on Saturday, March 10.


Kirsty is seeking sponsorship through Scottish Swimming’s ‘Back a Rising Star’ programme, which enables individuals, community groups and companies to donate funds — anything from £100 to £10,000 a year — to support the country’s top athletes.

Travel, accommodation, training and equipment costs amount to around £10,000 a year for a swimmer at Kirsty’s level.

An age group record holder over various distances, former Castlehill Primary School pupil Kirsty has represented her country in a number of competitions and also hopes to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

More information on the sponsorship scheme is available online at

Kirsty put in two excellent performances in the Olympic qualifiers at the London Aquatics Centre in March 2012.

She set a new personal best in the 100m backstroke and came close to beating her own quickest time in the 200m event.

Although she missed out on qualification, Kirsty was among the top performers for her age group and has set her sights on making the Scottish squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In a strong field including one world champion and world record holder Gemma Spofforth, Bell Baxter pupil Kirsty clocked 1:04.93 in the 100m backstroke. That

personal best time put her 39th overall and 20th among UK athletes, with the top 16 Brits going through to the semi-finals.

She then came 40th overall in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:20.38.

Next month she will compete in the Scottish Age Group Championships before travelling to Eindhoven with the Scottish Gold Squad for a training camp ahead
of the European Junior Championships qualifiers.

And from the Fife Herald of 11 January 2013:

RISING swimming star Kirsty Simpson was on winning form again just before Christmas when she competed in the end-of-year Scottish National Short Course meet at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool.

A member of Dundee City Aquatics, Bell Baxter pupil Kirsty (16), who is a prospect for the Glasgow 2014 Commonweatlh Games, was in great form, picking up three medals in her favoured backstroke events. The best performance was her 200m backstroke, where she was. stroke for stroke with eventual winner Charlotte McKenzie and only losing out on the touch, both touching in 2:10. This swim put Kirsty up into the top 100 swims in the world last year in short course.

In the 50m backstroke, Kirsty's time broke the Scottish age group record and put her at second fastest Scottish female of all time, seventh fastest in the UK last year and 75th in the world.

Her 100m time ranks her 4th in the UK for her age and her 200m finish pushed her to second in the UK for her age, and 55th fastest in the world last year.

Meanwhile, the Cupar teenager's 100m free performance saw her take the top, position in Scotland for her age.

Kirsty, who is currently on a three-week intensive training camp in Australia, is always looking for sponsorship from local companies and organisations to help with her training costs, which are around £10,000 a year in order to achieve her goal of Commonwealth and Olympic glory.

Thomas Simpson

Thomas (Tommy) Simpson (1980s) died suddenly in hospital on 12th January 2005. Tommy trained as a Tractor Mechanic with his father but later he moved on to a variety of practical jobs until illness overtook him. He is survived by his partner and 2 sons.

Chloe Simson

The Flashdance routine performed by Rector Philip Black and other members of staff caused a sensation in May 2011 when it ‘went viral’ on the internet. It appeared, to the pupils not in the know, to be entirely spontaneous but it had been well planned. An S6 pupil, Chloe Simson, who is a pupil of the local Yvonne Gray School of Dance, had choreographed it and it was well rehearsed. Mr. Black said afterwards: ‘We wanted the last week [for the S5 and 6 leavers] to be a very positive one for pupils We wanted them to remember their time here as being fun as well as being about academic achievement.’ He did add that it was definitely a ‘one -off'. A video was made of the event and edited by teacher Mr Eddie Gaines, before having a viewing for pupils at assembly. It was then re-posted on You Tube. Comments on the website included: ‘This must be the most progressive School in Britain!’, ‘What a cool School ...what a way to remember your old school’ and ‘inspirational- what else do you want from a teacher?’

Philip Simson

Philip Simson (late 1970's) has been training to take part in the 1999 London Marathon. His aim is to raise £2000 for the Cancer Research Campaign in Scotland, in memory of his mother, who died in 1996. Philip is a chiropodist in Cupar and is married to Paula (née Duncan). They have two daughters.

Andrew Brown Sinclair

Andrew Sinclair entered BBS in 1935. He joined the Royal Air Force after School. Subsequently he worked for Ordnance Survey and in the Timber Trade. He lived in Laurieston, Falkirk.

Victoria A Sinclair

Victoria Sinclair was Proxime Accessit to Dux for the Session 2000-1. She graduated BSc with Honours in Meteorology from Reading University in 2005.

Andrew F Skinner


Professor Andrew Skinner died on 13th February 1995, aged 92. He entered BBS in 1918 and graduated MA and BSc with high honours in Maths and Chemistry at St Andrews University, which he attended from 1920-28. He came under the influence of the Professor of Chemistry, Sir James Irvine, who became Principal in 1921, and it was he who acted as supervisor for Andrew Skinner's Organic Chemistry PhD.

After teacher training at the College of Education, Dundee, Andrew Skinner was Commonwealth Fund Fellow at Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York, from 1929-31. He taught mathematics in Edinburgh, Ayr and Perth between 1932 and 1937, when he became Assistant Director of Education for Aberdeenshire, moving in 1939 to Dundee Training College to become Principal Master of Methods. In 1941 he became Professor of Education at St Andrews University and Director of Studies at Dundee Training College, a joint post. He was responsible for establishing, in 1949, the postgraduate degree of Ed B (later M Ed). He resigned his post in 1954, when the tensions which arose between the two sections of the University became too great.

He became Professor of Education at the University of Toronto until he retired in 1975.

His interests were historical and philosophical as well as scientific, and he developed a special interest in comparative education.

In 1979, Professor Skinner was the guest of honour at the school prize-giving, when he presented the first Professor Skinner prizes for Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Zbigniew Klemens Skrodski


BBHS 1957-63
Zbigniew Skrodski joined the Royal Navy after School and trained as a Fleet Air Arm pilot. He flew Scimitars off HMS Ark Royal during the Borneo Campaign with 803 Naval Air Squadron and perhaps also 736 NAS. On 28 January 1966 on final approach to the carrier the aircraft he was flying pitched up and stalled due to loss of hydraulics on No1 engine. Unable to recover, the pilot ejected into the South China Sea. Sub-Lieutenant Zbigniew K ‘Bush’ Skrodski ejected at 300 ft and was picked up unhurt by Search and Rescue helicopter. Less than three weeks later, Skrodski was flying, perhaps with 736 Squadron, when his aircraft suffered a hydraulic failure and caught fire. ‘Bush’ ejected and was picked up by an 815 Sqn Wessex. He damaged his legs severely as he left the cockpit. The aircraft ditched in the Indian Ocean 30 miles from the carrier, 90 miles East of Mombasa.

Some three and a bit years after these incidents, on 31 October 1969, Lieutenant Skrodski ejected from a 764 NAS Hunter aircraft. The aircraft suffered an engine fire when the High Pressure turbine disc failed on take-off from RNAS Lossiemouth, Morayshire. He died from his injuries just over a week later.

Details of Spig’s chequered aviation career came to light as a result of an FPA member submitting a number of class photographs of his era for publication on the website. This took place over 50 years after his fatal accident. Passing the information around some of his contemporaries prompted one or two people to write in and share memories of him.

George McQuitty: I often describe my days in the 10th Fife, 1st Cupar Scouts as one of the two most formative times / experiences of my life. Bush - Spig as we also called him, was our Patrol Leader – and we were The Eagle Patrol.

With ‘Bush’ as our leader we were successful in winning, in two sucessive years, the annual Gilruth Cup and County Flag competitions.

Together we went on to form the first Senior Scout patrol in Cupar and we chose to call ourselves ‘The Guy Gibson Patrol’. As Senior Scouts we were ‘trusted’ to organise activities more ‘loosely’ ourselves – and we did …

I recall many wonderful night ‘games’ roaming wild around Normans Law and Dunbog hill. Weekend wild camping jaunts with larger than necessary ‘camp fires’. Higher and faster flimsy – what would nowadays be called Death Slides over the Eden river.

Inevitably Dam building and Busting … We were after all ‘War Babies’ or ‘Victory Celebrations’…

All ‘activities’ that, it must be said, did not always have the full approval of our Leaders back in The Provost Wynd Scout Hut.

But - I don’t remember any of us getting ‘broken’ …

We ‘lived’ a lot together at an important time …

Jim Ross: I remember Spig as the best of friends. We met in the prep class and were friends for all of our secondary school years.

His family lived in or near Luthrie … perhaps the school house? His father worked with British Rail. He had a sister who was a couple of years or so younger. I think he called her Fella (?) (Felicia Skrodska?).

We were in the Cupar scouts at the same time. We did our First Class hike (paired) together, which was a walk/hike from the mouth to the source of the River Eden over a long weekend.

He was also a good friend of Stewart Stevenson (who was in his patrol for a while) and David Souter, another patrol leader) who was also in his class.

He regularly cycled from Luthrie to Cupar.

He was always generous and thoughtful.

He was also a close and good friend of Gordon Balfour (they were in the same class).

He was in his element with the Fleet Air Arm doing what he loved …

I think he had a Triumph Bonneville (or similar) while in the FAA - towards the end I think …

He had not long been married (I think it was a year or so) when he was killed.

I believe he had just taken off from Lossiemouth in a Buccaneer when his engines cut out … (It is possible that the confusion over whether he was flying a Buccaneer or a Hunter came about because he could have been qualified on both types. Although the Buccaneer was a two-seat aircraft, no dual control versions were ever built. Dual control Hunters, known as T8 as opposed to the T7 of the RAF, were modified with Buccaneer instrumentation and used primarily as blind flying trainers. According to internet research, Zbigniew was flying a Hunter T8B serial number WW664 – Ed.).

At school he was a good artist, had a good eye and created good compositions.

Although not a team player he was a good athlete as well as gifted and talented.

I would say that he was always understated.

He completely filled the role of being ‘an officer and a gentleman’.

I should add that his full name was Zbigniew Klemens (my spelling?) Skrodski. I think his family were from Krakow in Poland, and they travelled to visit there (perhaps?) each year by train.

I am not sure what his father was in the war … but Spig had (and produced!) his Luger pistol …

Another person who knew him (and travelled on the same Williamson bus to school) was Yanina Myskow (qv) (I think she was a year younger?). Nina became quite a celeb as a journalist … and was on our TV for a while (including the lunchtime angry ladies). If she can be traced she may be able to add some background from within the Polish community.

Spig was also a prefect. (He had left School before the annual photograph was taken in Summer 1963 – Ed.). But, in the inimitable divisive/bigoted way of the time, he (along with others) did not (or could not?) attend assembly … as he was a catholic …

Pat Blyth (now Gray): Zbigniew was indeed in our a1 class and I am sure that he was in a Physics and Chemistry class with Linda Hay and myself. ‘Bert’ Seath and ‘Pa’ Hood were the teachers and Linda and I were the only girls in the class, so there was nowhere to hide. I only remember him as being quite quiet but humourous. Sinclair Winskill may remember more as he and Jim Turpie also joined up. I wish I had known as we meet him now and then, the last time a few weeks ago. I had heard that Zbigniew was killed ejecting from his plane. He had a younger sister, Felicia Skrodska, a year below us I think. I don't remember him being athletic but he may have played a sport.

Joyce Ewing (now Duncan) – found on internet

RNAS Lossiemouth

SKRODZKI, Zbigniew K, Lieutenant, died

Saturday, 8 November 1969. He is buried in Lossiemouth cemetery, have visited his grave on many occasions. I was at Lossie at the time of the accident. He died from his injuries in hospital shortly after ejecting from a Hunter. I believe he is the only FAA pilot to eject 3 times from a jet ever!! RIP

Lewis Reay: Apart from the warmth of memory though, I have no anecdotes. I seem to recall that he doodled well with confident and clear pencil line drawings, featuring aircraft often I think. I had also heard from somewhere that he had joined the RAF after school and sadly was killed in an air crash.

Hazel Fullerton:  I often think about him when I see road men working in their bright yellow jackets and I remember a really great painting he'd done of two men in these high visibility jackets sawing up a tree. It was such and unusual subject and composition, way different from the pedestrian stuff that I and others were doing. I went on to art college, but I always knew that he had far more talent and a better eye than the rest of us. He certainly could have done very well in that field.

I remember him well as a gracious and modest chap and often feel saddened by his early loss.

Gordon Balfour: Re: Zbigniew Klemens Skrodzki

The above is the correct spelling of his name. I knew him well; in fact he was probably my best friend at school.When he left school he went to Dartmouth to train for the Fleet Air Arm and duly qualified. One of the jobs that he had was to try to sink the Torrey Canyon after its shipwreck. I must say that our paths went different ways and now it`s difficult to remember all the details of his life (it was almost 50 years ago!). I did go to his funeral Requiem Mass on 4th November 1969 at Lossiemouth which was well attended. As far as I can recall he had just taken off in a Hawker Hunter on 31st October when there was a catastrophic lack of power and his plane crashed. He later died in hospital in Elgin. By that time he had reached the rank of lieutenant. He had married Janet Elizabeth Oag although I can`t remember when. He and Janet did come to visit my first wife and myself in our first house in Kirkcaldy, probably in 1968 or 1969. His mother was Jennie and was the headteacher at Luthrie School and his father worked on the railway at Luthrie station; he had been a captain in the Polish forces during the war.

Abby Sloan

In the weeks before Christmas 2002 the main preoccupation (except, of course, study) was preparation for the annual Pantomime. This year it was Cinderella, which was to be performed with a cast of thousands! The part of Cinderella was played by Abby Sloan.

Alan Small

The Lomond Ceilidh Band are a full time broadcasting ceilidh band consisting of Alan Small, Auchtermuchty – accordion & midi bass, Ewan Stark, Falkland – fiddle & vocals and Callum Wallace, Perth – drums & vocals. They have not just performed up and down the British Isles but also in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Oman and India. The band has been together now for near on 15 years and still enjoy playing for all types of functions, festivals and concerts. They are regular visitors in Shetland where they play for the Up Helly Aa and Shetland accordion and fiddle festivals. The band’s latest CD Dusk ‘til Dawn adds to a collection of albums they have recorded over the years. They have assisted in raising thousands of pounds for charities locally and internationally. If you are looking for a gaed goin’ ceilidh nicht, then don’t miss out on an evening with the Lomond Ceilidh Band.

Dallas Smeaton

Dallas Smeaton (early 1940s) died at the end of February 2004 after a long period of failing health. On leaving School, Dallas went to work in the linen factory offices in Falkland and Cupar. Later he moved into the insurance industry, working with General Accident until the age of 62. He then worked part-time for a firm of Insurance brokers in St Andrews for several years. He was a very good footballer and later he turned to bowling. He was active in the Bowling Club on the administrative side as well as on the greens. In recognition of this he was made an Honorary Life Member and then Honorary President of the Duffus Park Club. He was also a member of the Round Table. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

Ainslie Smith

School Vice-Captain for session 1992-93.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith (1950) is the FP Association volunteer representative in Vancouver.

Brian James Smith

I run the world's largest James Bond merchandise store - web address I have organised and hosted special 007 cinema events in and around Edinburgh including: 'The Spy Who Loved Me' with Richard Kiel (Dec 2003), 'Goldfinger' with Shirley Eaton (Mar 2004), 'Octopussy' with Maud Adams, Gareth Owen and Michael Billington (Nov 2004), 'An Evening With Richard Kiel' (Nov 2004).

I am an Ian Fleming/James Bond historian, journalist and fan (probably in that order). I published my own James Bond magazine between 1986 and 2001.

I have written for 'Cinema Retro' magazine ("the essential guide to movies of the 60s and 70s"), 'Model & Collectors Mart', 'TV Film Memorabilia' and I am also a regular contributor to 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' magazine.

Last TV appearance: 'The X Factor' (2008).

Currently trying to give up sesquipedalian words.

Claire Smith

Balgonie Dux Medallist for session 1992 - 93.

Donna Smith

Donna Smith has been selected from among 30,000 young writers for special commendation. Donna, who is 17, received a "Commended" certificate after entering W H Smith's 1996 Young Writers' Competition. She wrote a short story about vampires, which "impressed and delighted" the judges. At present she is doing 6th year Studies English.

Harry Smith

BBS 1950-56

Harry Smith entered first year in 1950. After working in Manchester, Surrey and Glasgow, ran own company for 15 years. He then became the director of Maintenance Chemical Company. One son, an actuary. Twin daughters, one who went into PE, the other retail management.

I didn’t want to go to Bell-Baxter. Living in Markinch, we had the choice of also going to Buckhaven or Kirkcaldy High Schools. Thinking (wrongly) that BB was the only one of the three where rugby was compulsory I wanted to go to Kirkcaldy, the home of my beloved Raith Rovers. My parents would have none of it, and as it turned out I played rugby till the age of thirty.

I have clear memories of my first day at school in 1950. All the first year pupils were gathered in the area outside the technical department. A member of staff appeared and told us in no uncertain terms to keep the noise down. It was Fred, the assistant janny. Two prefects walked by. They looked very mature, too old to be at school.

Then the rector, Dr Dunlop, strode in. Apart from in boys comics it was the first time I’d seen anyone wear a mortar board. Standing on the steps leading up to the gym he instructed each pupil to come forward as his or her name was called and walk smartly with their form teacher to the relevant classroom. Miss Robertson (qv) was our form teacher and also took us for English. Another memory was when Miss Robertson went through the register asking our full name. When Thomas R Lamb said the R stood for Reekie the whole class burst out laughing. From that day on, Tom was nicknamed Smoky. Living now in the East Neuk the surname Reekie is quite common. That first week I was rebuked by a girl prefect for trying to enter the school building through the girls’ door and by the senior janitor, Mr Cunningham (qv) for trying to go in by the staff and prefects’ entrance. It’s hard to believe now but prefects could impose punishments (lines) for minor misdemeanours.

An early impression was that most of my classmates talked ‘proper’ so I quickly became ‘bi-lingual’ reverting to broad Fife when in Markinch.  The bus journey to school was on the service bus which took almost twice as long as the journey home by the school bus.  This meant we had plenty of time to finish off our home work on the way to school. There was a strict pecking order on the double-decker in that the most senior pupils sat at the front and younger pupils at the back.

1950 was the year the school badge was redesigned and a new tie and scarf introduced. As far as I know the colours have remained the same ever since. That year negotiations were completed for the purchase of the disused St Michael’s church adjacent to the school. This became the assembly hall and a welcome additional gym. Previously when the original gym was being used, PE classes were held in the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry hall further down the Bonnygate. King George VI died in the spring of 1952 and all pupils of the school were marched down to the Cross to hear the proclamation of the new Queen.

Junior school was most enjoyable. Thanks to teachers like Mr Adamson (geography) (qv), Mr Seath (science) (qv), Mr Muir (French), Miss Wood (Latin), Mr Nicol and Dr Inglis (maths) (qv) I was able to cope reasonably well. Rugby matches to me became an important part of school life. Looking back it seems amazing that school budgets could run to providing lunch for visiting teams.

For those who didn’t care for school dinners pupils could go to the Temperance Hotel – soup and pudding for 10 old pence - or Mason’s Cafe in the Bonnygate. The Temperance is now the acclaimed Ostler’s Close restaurant. Doubtless the prices have gone up.

Subjects got a bit more difficult in fourth year, but of course it was then possible to specialise in your favourites. Classes were that bit smaller and teaching was more intensive meaning we had to study harder. In no time we were in fifth year and the highers were upon us. The prelims were held in January and the main exams in March. The results were out in June which meant that pupils had that bit longer to organise what they intended to do on leaving school. The fifth and sixth forms gathered in the assembly hall and Dr Dunlop read out the passes (but not the fails) and some who passed in several subjects were applauded by their fellow pupils!   Goodness knows why the system has changed and pupils now have to wait until the middle of the summer holidays.

Socially the senior school was most enjoyable. Pupils started going out together and the two cinemas were popular venues for dates. As well as Christmas, summer dances were held and there was a lively debating society. Two of the stalwarts were Jack Paton and Ritchie Myles. The Burns Supper was a popular event as were the school concerts, staff v pupils hockey and cricket matches and gym displays.

Nowadays it is quite common to have a year out between school and university. I did something similar but I didn’t leave Bell Baxter. Having managed to get sufficient highers for university entrance I did very little work in sixth year. So it was no surprise I wasn’t one of the bursary winners in the St Andrews University entrance exams who regularly earned a day’s holiday for the school in celebration. I had a great time with many of my classmates in the same boat. Unfortunately this became obvious in my Christmas exam results. My parents were none too pleased and I was summoned to see the rector. When I entered his room he said ‘Sit down Hutton.’ Being deputy head boy and captain of the first fifteen I would have thought he knew my name! Two quotes of Dr Dunlop I’ve always remembered are ‘There can be no such thing as honour among thieves’ and ‘When introduced to anybody, offer a firm handshake and not something that feels like a wet fish.’

It has often been said that school days are the best years of one’s life. This is a sentiment I’d find it hard to disagree with. University life in St Andrews was entirely different. I had this permanent dread of failing exams and finding myself at the age of 22 with no qualifications in the job market. I also found it difficult to develop any degree of rapport with the ‘yahs’ who were, probably unfairly, called Oxbridge rejects by some of the hoi polloi. Maybe I should have tried harder but none of the ‘yahs’ seemed to try particularly hard with me and my friends from the same social background.

On graduating from St Andrews in 1960 I took a job in the research lab of a company in Bury Lancashire. About this time John Braine had just written a novel, Room at the Top about life in a North of England town, subsequently made into a film starring Lawrence Harvey as the hero, Joe Lampton.  Joe worked in the local council offices and felt strongly disadvantaged compared to the families of rich industrialists. I could relate to Joe and decided to get into sales. Ironically the novel would have no relevance fifty years later unless the roles were reversed! Anyway I did two years’ training in the labs of a company in Surrey with a view to selling their products to the paint, carpet and paper industries in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This turned out to be a great job and I returned to Scotland in 1964, based in Glasgow. I particularly enjoyed the freedom of being my own boss and although my company said I didn’t have to go, I had no qualms about visiting Ulster even during the height of the troubles. All good things must come to an end though, and I could see our customer base shrinking. A move back to Northern England loomed so I suggested the company, now owned by Unilever, made me redundant and with the money I moved back to Fife to start my own business in 1979. Now, thirty years later, there are no firms producing carpets, whereas there used to be over a dozen, and of twice that number of papermakers, only two2 survive.

I wanted to live in either the Waid, Madras or Bell Baxter catchment area and my wife and I found the house which suited our family best in Pittenweem. I manufactured cleaning chemicals in Glenrothes for 5 years and then moved the business to Anstruther. Within another 10 years by which time I was producing almost exclusively for a sales organisation it was decided to transfer production to their headquarters in Blackburn Lancashire.

As technical director I could write information sheets and deal with customer enquiries from home and after setting up the plant I only had to go to Blackburn for a few days every month. Since 1993 I’ve enjoyed an active retirement in Pittenweem. I haven’t shaken off Lancashire entirely as one of our daughters teaches PE at a school in Blackpool.

J C Smith

J C Smith entered BBS in 1935. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War then spent three years in the coal mines. He then trained in architecture at Dundee Art School and retired in 1979. He lived in St Andrews.

James Smith

James Smith entered BBS in 1935. He lived in Dundee and worked in Horticulture.

Marie Smith

Mrs Marie Suttie (née Smith) (1941) died very suddenly in July 2005. When she left school, Marie worked in Cupar as a secretary, starting with Walton's Garage. When she married Jim Suttie (Auchtermuchty), they moved to Wales where she helped Jim to run a caravan business. They returned later to Wormit to run a shop but went back to Wales when they retired. Marie was predeceased by her husband and her daughter and is survived by one son.

Norah Martin Smith

Mrs Norah Robertson started at BBS in 1916. After leaving School she took a Domestic Science Diploma. She did Voluntary Service during the Second World War working in canteens, organizing Red Cross parcels, library services, dealing with evacuees and assisting Polish officers. She lived in Bridge of Earn.

Ron Smith

BBHS 1955-61

Ron Smith of the well known local firm J B W Smith, has served since 1993 as Chairman of the Elmwood College Board of Management and previously as a member of the College Council. He has been succeeded (in 2001) in the role of Chairman by Lord Lindsay, who was a Scottish Office Minister in the last Conservative Government. Ron is an erstwhile committee member of the FPA.

Sandy Smith

LADYBANK Golf Club professional Sandy Smith has been honoured by the Professional Golfers Association. He has been accorded PGA Fellow status in the recent (early 2012) round of PGA awards.

Sandy said: ‘To receive recognition from the PGA on the work I have done to date is a great feeling. We all come out of the training process and hope to make it to the top in our respective fields. Whilst there is a long way to go on that front, I will continue to develop myself and learn as much as possible to get there.

Sandy has developed into a top coach and club pro and has a stable of players that includes Jamie McLeary, and Wallace and Carly Booth among others. The newly crowned Scottish PGA champion Alan Lockhart is also one who seeks advice when not competing or helping out with the junior coaching at Ladybank.

Ladybank Golf Club captain, Bill Pettigrew, said: ‘We are really pleased that Sandy has gained this recognition from the PGA. It is just reward for all the enthusiasm and commitment he brings to his rôle.’

Sandy’s father, Ali, is also an FP.

Stewart B Smith

BBHS 1956-62

Stewart Smith was a member of the 1st XV Rugby team in 1961-2.

The following list shows the career path he followed after leaving Bell Baxter:

1962 – 66 University of Salford, Lancs. [BSc Hons Mech Eng]

1966 – 70 Associated Electrical Industries, Manchester, Lancs

1970 - 77  Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines, Kitwe, Zambia

1977 – 85 Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company, Globe, Arizona, USA

1985 – 90 Kennecott Utah Copper Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

1990 – 93 Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada

1993 – 96 St Lawrence Cement Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1996 – 97 Philip Environmental, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, USA

1997 – 2005 Hanson plc, San Jose, California, USA

05 – 06 Mining Management International, Elko, Nevada, USA

06 – Present – Retired – Westfield, Indiana, USA

Stuart G Smith

The Balgonie Dux Medal for Session 1998-99 was awarded to Stuart G Smith, who comes from Balmullo.

Margaret Speirs

Mrs Margaret Milne (née Speirs) (1938) died on 23rd February 2002 at a nursing home in Leslie, after a long illness. On leaving School, Margaret attended Dundee Teacher Training College. She then spent a year at Glasgow Art College before beginning her career in Crossgates Secondary School. Thereafter her career was spent in primary schools in Kennoway, Luthrie, Collessie and Auchtermuchty. In 1981 she suffered a severe stroke and was forced to give up teaching. Margaret was a former secretary of Ladybank WRI and enjoyed gardening. She and her husband enjoyed the theatre. She is survived by her husband, Alistair, and three daughters and a son.

Mandy Spiers

Mandy Spiers of Cupar (1987) is a Guider who was going to Uganda in July 1998 as part of her Queen's Guide Award. There, she was to be working with others helping Ugandan Guiders. The venture is part of the Guide Association Gold Project aimed at providing opportunities for personal development through community work overseas. Mandy is an educational assistant working with children with special needs.

Mandy Speirs has achieved the highest possible distinction in guiding. She was awarded the Queen's Guide Award and was invited to travel to Kensington Palace to receive it from Princess Margaret. Only 3 people in Scotland have so far received the award this year. Mandy is a social care worker in a residential unit for children with special needs. She has been Brown Owl of the 3rd Cupar Brownies since 1993.

Jonathan Spittle

Jonathan Spittle (early 1980s), of the firm Related Fluid Power which has its premises at Cupar Muir, has won an award for an innovative project in the ‘Smart:Scotland 2000’ competition, which encourages entrepreneurs. His award was for research on an electro-hydraulic control valve for clutch control of gearboxes and transmission units in off-road machines.

Sam Spittle

Sam Spittle was a member of the School’s under-15 Boys’ Relay Team that won the Scottish Title in the 4x100m in 2003.

Bertie Munro Staig


BBS 1906-9

Bertie Staig, who hailed from Auchtermuchty, attended Bell Baxter during the first decade of the twentieth century and was Dux of School in 1909. After a distinguished university career, he joined the Indian Civil service, apparently gaining first place in the entrance examination. He was the last officer to hold the post of Auditor General prior to Indian Independence on 14th August 1947. Sir Bertie Munro Staig, as he was by then, continued in office after taking an oath of allegiance to the Indian Dominion. He retired a year later.

We have located three extracts from the London Gazette and also found an obituary in The history of British India: a chronology by John F Riddick.


St. James's Palace, S.W.I, 23rd June, 1936.

The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India:

To be Companion of the said Most Exalted Order:

Bertie Munro Staig, Esq., Indian Civil Service, Financial Adviser, Military Finance, Government of India.

India Office, 6th November, 1944.

The KING has been pleased to appoint Sir Bertie Munro Staig, C.S.I., Indian Civil Service, to be Auditor-General of India upon the retirement of Sir Alexander Cameron Badenoch, C.S.I., C.I.E.


St. James's Palace, S.W.I, 1st January, 1947.

The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire: —

To be Knight Commander of the saidMost Eminent Order:

Sir Bertie STAIG, C.S.I., Indian Civil Service, Auditor General of India.

STAIG, Sir Bertie Munro (b. 14 Aug. 1892; d. Wuppertal. Germany. 30 Apr. 1952).

Civil Administrator.

Educ: University of St Andrews; Trinity College, Oxford.

Staig entered the Indian Civil Service (1916) and was posted as Assistant Magistrate and Collector in Bengal (1917). In the 1914-19 War he served as an Indian Reserve Officer (1918-19). In the Government of Bengal he was placed as Under-Secretary in the Political and Appointments Department and then briefly In the Finance Department (1921). In 1922 Staig transferred to the Indian Audit and Accounts List. He became the Deputy Accounting-General, Punjab and then Acting Accounting-General Bihar and Orissa. After briefly holding the post of Deputy Accounting General, Bengal, he became Financial Adviser and Joint Secretary in the Finance Department, Punjab (1925). In 1935 he was named Financial Adviser in Military Finance to the Government of India. For a time he took the post of Financial Commissioner of Railways. In the 1939-45 War he was attached as Adviser to the Commanding Officer 101b Army in Iraq (1941-42) and then became Additional Secretary in the Finance Department, Government of India (1942-45). In his last assignment he received appointment as Auditor-General. India (1945-48). Following his retirement in 1948 he was employed by the High Commission in Germany until his death.

The following observation was received from Harry Smith (qv) and published in Issue 43 of the Association Newsletter:-

I subscribe to the Fife Family History Society which circulates a series of articles three times a year about Fife families and individuals of yesteryear. There are also requests from people both in the UK and abroad seeking information on their forebears. One such came from a gentleman in Brighton looking for anything about persons named Staig in Fife. This surname rang a bell with me and I traced Bertie Staig’s obituary in the BB magazine of 1952. I sent a photocopy to him and the reply contains some more information on Bertie Staig's career. I was also sent a copy of his birth certificate which showed he was born illegitimate in the parish of Portmoak. His mother was a single parent which makes his achievements all the more remarkable.

Harry enclosed a letter from the relative of Bertie Staig, Scott Muir, who wrote:-

‘He is in my family line and is someone I have been aware of and [who] is held in high regard by members of my family … He rose from the humblest beginnings to quite a height and witnessed first hand some very important events in 20th Century world history. Being in Iraq in the 1930s, India at partition and Berlin at the end of WWII.’

Harry also sent us a copy of the obituary that was printed in the 1952 edition of the School Magazine. It paints a picture of this remarkable man from an angle more familiar to most of us.

Sir Bertie Munro Staig, K.C.I.E., C.S.I, M.A., LL.D.

There was no bursary for Bertie Staig to take him to Bell-Baxter when he was 14 - but there was determination.

The Rector (Mr John M Dawson, now retired in Edinburgh3) was at his breakfast table one morning early in September, 1906, when a lad with a shock of hair over his impressive forehead, steady eyes, a Norfolk jacket, tight breeches, and sturdy boots - Bertie Staig, accompanied by his mother - requested an interview. The Rector was impressed by the earnestness of the lad in his desire to reach an English University, and he successfully pled his case to the Authorities. So it was that Staig, gladly declining the promised appointment as a railway clerk at Auchtermuchty, mounted his cycle at 8 a.m., and, ‘piece’ in pocket, pedalled the 8 miles to Bell-Baxter to enrol as a ‘Junior Student’. Time means money; and no time was wasted by Staig at school. He had good masters, and no master ever had a more attentive pupil. The Balgonie Medal was his before he was 17.

Being a ‘Junior Student’, Staig had no room in his school time-table for the study of Greek, which accounted for his being placed only fourth in the Bursary Competition of St Andrews University, but his first year saw him shine in the Latin class. His eye to the future told him that Classics offered the best scholarships to Oxford, so he took the bold step of switching over from Mathematics.

In the Easter vacation of his first university year, he returned to his Latin master (Mr T Robertson3, now retired in Aberdeen) at Bell-Baxter and received the rudiments of Greek, and in the summer holidays he posted proses to his honorary tutor, studied the corrections - and the Greek Prelim in September was taken in his stride.

At the university, as at school, Staig permitted nothing to divert his attention from his books, and when fellow students, returning from a frolic, paced Church Street in the small hours, Staig's light, shining in the garret window of the corner house, was a silent pointer to the error of their ways.

The rest of the story is of steady steps to greater things. First Class Honours in Classics; Guthrie and Ferguson Scholarships; Trinity College, Oxford; Indian Civil Service; District Officer; Commissioner of Income Tax; Financial Adviser to Public Works Department; Accountant General; Depute Auditor General to India; Auditor General to India; retirement; a house on the Thames, but his fire to give service unquenched.

He was taken from us while completing valuable work for the country in Germany. From a lad in the lowliest of circumstances in the village of Auchtermuchty, Bertie Staig became an outstanding administrator of the Empire. He reached his goal by his own efforts, his determination and steadfast application. He mingled with the best brains in the land and was a welcome guest in the highest society; but withal he walked humbly, never forgot his old friends, nor the debt he owed to the sacrifices his mother had made for him, and to his old school and to its Head and Latin masters, who had made possible his career. W. G. I.4

Margaret Staig

MB ChB; General Practitioner in Falkland and Falkirk; then part-time work in Prestwich; Mrs Sokol, 279 Willingdon Drive, Prestwich. Attended BBS prior to 1930.

John H Staines

The Dux Medallist for Session 1997-8 was John Staines of Balmullo.

Ewan Stark

The Lomond Ceilidh Band are a full time broadcasting ceilidh band consisting of Alan Small, Auchtermuchty – accordion & midi bass, Ewan Stark, Falkland – fiddle & vocals and Callum Wallace, Perth – drums & vocals. They have not just performed up and down the British Isles but also in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Oman and India. The band has been together now for near on 15 years and still enjoy playing for all types of functions, festivals and concerts. They are regular visitors in Shetland where they play for the Up Helly Aa and Shetland accordion and fiddle festivals. The band’s latest CD Dusk ‘til Dawn adds to a collection of albums they have recorded over the years. They have assisted in raising thousands of pounds for charities locally and internationally. If you are looking for a gaed goin’ ceilidh nicht, then don’t miss out on an evening with the Lomond Ceilidh Band.

Sarah Stedman

Sarah Stedman (1983) served with the forces in Kosovo in 2000-2001 and has been awarded a commendation from the Commander of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines for her charity work when she was there. She is a signaller in the Territorial Army and was acting as the driver to the senior padre of the Multinational Brigade. She put much of her own time into raising over £1000 to help rebuild a school extension in Vragolia. She also gave support in getting the Woman and Child Rehabilitation Centre in Pristina up and running.

Bessie Steel

Bessie Steel (1st year around 1920) died on 11th September 1996 after several years of declining health. She had lived all her life in Cupar, and her career was spent in the County Treasurer's Department. She was a life-long member of St. James's Episcopal Church, and a leading light in the Trefoil Guild. Up until 5 years before her death she continued with her many hobbies, which included floral art and painting.

Georgina Steel

Georgina (Ina) Steel (late 1920s) died on 16th February 2005 in Lunardi Court Nursing Home, Cupar. Most of her career was spent with the firm of J & G Innes. Ina was predeceased by her sister Bessie and is survived by her sister Frances.

Isobel F Stenhouse

Mrs Isobel Roger entered BBS in 1933. She became a member of the Clerical Staff of the Public Health Department in Cupar. She lived in St Andrews.

David Stephen

David Stephen entered BBS in 1907. He served in the Royal Engineers during the First World War, being for a time in the Special Section experimenting with Wireless Telegraph. He was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre Première Classe. From 1918-39 he was in the Civil Service (Post Office). Throughout the Second World War he was seconded for service with the Air Ministry. He returned to the Civil Service in 1945. When he retired in 1957, he became secretary of the Veterans’ Association.

Graeme Stephens

Graeme Stephens entered BBS in 1938. He lived in Lower Largo and was a teacher of Physical Education, Mathematics and Primary Subjects. He taught for a time in Bell Baxter.

W G Sinclair Stephens

BSc (Eng) Ph.D AMBritIRE; Lecturer in Biophysics at St Andrews University; Stones Strathkinness High Road, St Andrews. Attended BBS in the early 1940s.

Henry Wilson Steven

Henry Wilson Steven, Wester Dura and formerly of Cast Farm, Leuchars died on 12th October 1991.

Adam Stevenson

Adam Stevenson (1992) died on 22nd April 2001 as the result of a road accident. He was in the final year of a Town and Regional Planning degree at Dundee University. On the basis of academic performance, Adam had been selected during his 2nd year to do a one-term placement in Nijmegen, in Holland, and he was expected to do well in his final Honours exam. He has a younger brother.

Murray Stevenson

Murray Stevenson from Freuchie has acquired such a reputation for his Burns presentations and recitals that he has been invited to perform in California. It all started when he was 11, when he learned several poems by heart and was asked to recite them at Freuchie Cricket Club. This led to an invitation to perform in front of 100 pensioners at their Burns Supper and at other charity events. His father recorded one of the performances and sent it to the Burns Club of San Diego, to which city he has been invited for their 2001 Burns Supper.

James Alexander Stewart Stevenson


In June 2000 Stewart Stevenson (late 1950s) appeared on TV and Radio in interviews concerning the demutualisation of Standard Life, which he opposed, and was one of the leaders of the group which fought against it, successfully as it turned out, for the time being at least. He became the Scottish Nationalist MSP for Banff and Buchan. Stewart, who is married, graduated MA in Mathematics from Aberdeen University and was a lecturer in the Department of Business Studies, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has also been Director of Technology Innovation with the Bank of Scotland and a trainee computer programmer.

Stewartwas appointed Transport Minister in the new Scottish Executive in 2007. He was interviewed several times during the first few months of the new administration, particularly in connection with the questions relating to the proposed new tramway and the railway network in and around Edinburgh - and, of course, the possible ‘dualling’ of the entire A9 from Perth to Inverness.

But Stewart’s tenure came to an abrupt end when he resigned his portfolio on 11 December 2010. Scotland on Sunday put it like this:

Stewart Stevenson quits over snow chaos

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