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Isabel Bayne


Mrs Isabel Morgan entered BBS in 1938. She trained RGN, SCM and spent 18 years as a District Nursing Sister. She retired to Ladybank.

Stephen Bayne


Stephen Bayne (1932) died at home in Lundin Links in 2009. Stephen studied Medicine at St Andrews University, graduating MB ChB and was immediately called up for military service. He must have been one of the youngest qualified doctors in the services at the age of 23. He was immediately posted to India, where he met his future wife who was working for the Special Operations Executive. When he returned from the army, he joined the University of St Andrews staff and taught Biochemistry and latterly Microbiology for 40 years, retiring in the late 1980s. He and his wife were keen travellers and were members of the Leven Wayfarers. Stephen is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.

Ross Bayton


BBHS 1990-6

Ross Bayton, 6th year 1996, gained a bursary to study Biochemistry at Aberdeen University. He was placed 8th out of the first 100. Ross was to be travelling to Liwonde National Park in Malawiduring the summer of 1998 along with an FP of Madras. There, they were going to carry out research on the African elephant, which will provide data for their Honours degree theses. The project was sponsored by Aberdeen University. The aim of the students was to find out whether the damage elephants do to trees adversely affected other mammals and birds, and if it affected tourism.


Joan M Beaton


Mrs Joan Hynd entered BBS in 1949. After School she attended the School of Architecture in Dundee for four years, but didn't qualify. She then became a genealogist. She lived in Edinburgh.

Elma G Beattie


Mrs Elma Milczynska entered BBS in 1934. She lived at 19 Hill Crescent, Cupar, and spent three years in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.


Gillian Bell


Gillian Bell finished school in 1976. She lives in Glenrothes, is married and, having trained as a nurse after she left school, joined her oldest son at Dundee University in 1996.

James H B Bell


MA Hons. (Maths and Physics), and BSc in Chemistry at Edinburgh; Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry; Graduated DSc (Edinburgh); started his career with Tullis Russell, Markinch and has just retired (1964) from being Chief Chemist with J A Weir Ltd., Papermakers, Alloa; keen mountaineer; Honorary Member of Scottish Mountaineering Club; editor of SMC Journal; member of Swiss Alpine Club; author of British Hills and Mountains and A Progress in Mountaineering; founder member of Central Golf Union. Attended BBS prior to 1930.


Muriel Bell


Mrs Muriel Lowe (née Bell) (1943) died in hospital on 1st October 2007 after a very long illness. Muriel went to work in the County Buildings when she left School and remained there until she married. In the late 1960s her husband Alex's work required a move to Peterborough. Later they returned to Edinburgh where Muriel worked in the Church of Scotland offices at 121 George Street. When she and Alex retired they returned to live at Cupar Muir. Both greatly enjoyed travel abroad as long as they were able and latterly within Britain, and they were enthusiastic theatre goers. Muriel was predeceased by her husband just five weeks before her own death and she is survived by her two sons.

Muriel Bell


Muriel Bell (Mrs Shepley) entered first year in 1950. She had a career as a radiographer. She has three children and plays golf.

Barclay James Bennett


Barclay Bennett CBE (1931) died on March 16th, 1995 in St Columba's Hospice. He belonged to Giffordtown. His career – interrupted by War Service 1940-46 - was in the Civil Service - Inland Revenue, Scottish Education Department and finally Deputy Director of Scottish Courts Administration. In retirement he was Chairman of Bield Housing Association Ltd. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. His close interest in his old school remained with him to the end of his life, and he was in direct contact with the FP Association just a few weeks before he died.

Rachel Bentley


Rachel Bentley, who lives in Dairsie, has been performing at the Scottish Youth Theatre's Summer Festival, along with 80 other young people. They performed three of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tales to mark the bicentenary of his birth. Rachel played the lead role in Into the Light, a new interpretation of The Little Match Girl. The young people had 5 weeks of intensive training in Glasgow, studying acting techniques, voice, movement and technical theatre skills. They then split into three groups to perform the plays in theatres in Glasgow and Stirling. Rachel is a member of the St. Andrews Youth Theatre and performed in A Christmas Carol while still in first year at Bell Baxter. She is studying Drama at School and hopes to sit Higher Drama in the coming session.

Dorothy Berwick


Mrs Bunty Whitelaw (née Berwick) (1937) died on 23rd April 2001 after a very long and distressing illness. Bunty became a PE Teacher after she finished School and she returned to Bell Baxter, following in the footsteps of her own PE Teacher, Netta Graham. She also taught at Kirkintiolloch, played hockey for North and Midlands and was an International Triallist. She was a very popular, lively teacher. She married Dr Robert Whitelaw, a GP in Kirkcaldy, where they spent all their married life. Bunty was already in the early stages of ill-health at the time of the Centenary, although she was able to attend some of the events. She is survived by her husband, two sons and three daughters. One son predeceased her.


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