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Michael Black

School Captain for Session 1992-93. Eldest son of Ronnie (qv) and Dorrie and brother of Peter (qv).

Peter Black

Peter Black (Collessie) was School Captain for the Session 1997-8. He is the son of Ronnie (qv) and Dorrie and brother of Michael (qv).

Robert Black

Robert entered BBS in 1938. After National Service, in Paris of all places, he went into teaching. His main posts were Brechin High School 1958-69 and Glenrothes High School 1969 to 1986 (both Principal Teacher Modern Languages).

Ronnie Black

Ronnie Black (late 1950s) won the Sir William Young Award for outstanding contribution to livestock breeding. Ronnie is the fourth generation of his family to breed Clydesdale horses at the Collessie Stud which was established in 1939. In recent years, one stallion has influenced breeding throughout the world. Over a number of years several of Ronnie's stallions and mares have won the Cawdor cup for the supreme champion at the Highland Show.

Jane Blackwood


Mrs Jane (Jean) Cleghorn (née Blackwood) (1922 approx.) died in January 2008 in her 98th year. When she left School, she went to work first in the Drapery Department of the Cooperative Society. Later she worked in the County Buildings. She married before the war and just before her husband was sent abroad, they lost their first baby. Her husband was then taken prisoner by the Germans, and for some time Jean did not know if he was still alive. After the war, her husband took over the West Port Post Office, and Jean joined him in running it and the attached shop, continuing to work until into her 90s. She greatly enjoyed knitting and sewing and she was a very keen bridge player until very recently. She was predeceased many years ago by her husband, by her son Adam in infancy and by her daughter Kathleen in 2006. She is survived by her son Tom.

John Johnston Tuton Blackwood

John entered BBS in 1932. He went into Banking with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc 1936-1980 interrupted by war service in British Army 1939-46.

Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair (1962) died very suddenly at home in Glasgow on 18th September 2007. Many years ago ill health forced Jennifer to give up work and prevented her from resuming a career and she remained unmarried. She is survived by her parents and her younger brother and sister.

Lucy Blair

Mrs Lucy Simpson died on 11th March 1992 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after a long illness. Lucy is survived by her husband Andrew and three children. Lucy entered first year in 1943, took an MA at Edinburgh University, and emigrated to Canada in 1981.

Joyce Blow

BBS 1940-46

Joyce (Mrs Darlington) came to Cupar in 1940, when her father was in charge of the Government Communications Station, and she completed her Secondary education at Bell-Baxter in 1946, before proceeding to Edinburgh University to study History. After completing her Honours Degree, her career proceeded along an upward leading but fairly unorthodox track, especially for those now fairly distant times.

From working in retailing (John Lewis Partnership), public relations and public affairs, - including 10 years handling press relations for the Council of Industrial Design and 2 years as Publicity and Advertising Manager for Heal & Son Ltd - Joyce joined the Board of Trade through the first Civil Service Direct Entry Competition for recruits from business and industry.

She then had 20 years' experience of UK Central Government administration, including three years with the Monopolies Commission as Secretary to the General Enquiry into Restrictive Practices in the Supply of Professional Services. This led to promotion to Assistant Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a position at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection, then to the post of Under Secretary, as Director of Consumer Affairs at the Office of Fair Trading (1977-80), as Head of Management Services and Manpower Division, DTI (1980-84) and finally, before retirement as Head of the Consumer Affairs Division.

Joyce's interests at school and University were wide-ranging and a glance at her present activities indicates that that has not changed. She is involved in too many committees and organisations to mention, frequently as Chairman or President, ranging from the Mail Order Publishers' Authority, through East Sussex Family Health Services Authority, the National Association of Quality Assurance in Healthcare, the Franco-British Society, to the Association of Women in Public Relations. Two years ago, her connection with Edinburgh University was renewed, when she became a Trustee of the University of Edinburgh Development Trust. And she is a member of the ‘Consumers in the European Community Group’. She published Consumers and International Trade: A Handbook, in 1987.

She is a Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations and of the British Institute of Management.

Joyce lists her interests as music (particularly opera) and travel, the former leading to membership of the Glyndebourne Festival Society, the latter to journeys to opposite ends of the earth, including New Zealand and, at the last time of contact but one, Patagonia.

Married to Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Darlington, she lives in London, but when not involved in Committee work, or jetting around the world, a home in the Dordogne provides a refuge.

Joyce was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1995.

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