Bell baxter lives section I former Pupils Contents

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Jean Brunton

Mrs Jean Webster (1958) died during the summer of 2011 after a short illness. Jean studied at Dundee College of Education and became a Primary School Teacher. Her first post was at Auchtermuchty where she taught until she married in 1969. As her husband was a farmer, she exchanged teaching for the busy life of a farmer's wife. Strangely she had been terrified of animals (notably of cows) but that changed with the demands of her new life style and she came to love them! When her family had grown up she returned to do supply teaching in the East Neuk. Jean was a very keen Country Dancer and she was also a member of Carnbee WRI's award-winning Drama Group.

She is survived by her husband, one son and one daughter.

Muriel E Brunton

BBS 1914-20

Muriel Brunton died in April 1992. Miss Brunton attended Bell Baxter from 1914-1920. She belonged to the Cults area and had been a Director of the Dundee Printing and Publishing Company, David Winter Ltd. She attended the Centenary Prize-giving.

Hazel Elizabeth Bryce

Hazel Bryce entered BBS in 1946. She became Secretary to the Manager of the Royal Bank of Scotland plc High Street Branch, Dundee. Hazel lived in Cupar and died in April 1989.

Marjory Bryce

Marjory (Mrs Ross) entered Bell Baxter in the early 1920s. She retired to Milnathort. She graduated MA DipEd from the University of St Andrews then taught in Viewforth Secondary School. She spent some years in Kuala Lumpur.

Robert Bryce


BBHS 1956-62

Robert joined the British Linen Bank in Cupar in 1962 and worked in various branches throughout Scotland until his appointment in 1988 to be Manager of the Bank of Scotland in Kyle of Lochalsh. He died tragically on 24th October 1993 and is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Agnes Buchan

Mrs Agnes McPherson entered BBS in 1933. She became a Health Visitor and Tutor to Pre-Nursing Students. She lived in Glenrothes

Anna Buchan

Mrs Anna MacDougall entered BBS in 1944. After School she enrolled at Dean College, Edinburgh (now Stevenson College) and qualified as a Nursery Nurse, then married and worked in hospital, nursery school and private kindergarten. She lived in Kirkcaldy and had two children and three grandchildren.

Helen Mary Buchan

Mrs Helen Higgs entered second year at BBS in 1940. After leaving School she spent 2½ years as a Proofreader at Burnside Printing Works, Cupar. She then became a State Registered Nurse and midwife and went to Africa for 3½ years followed by nearly 16 years in an Intensive Baby Unit. She lived in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

Janet S Buchan

Mrs Janet Brownrigg was a pupil at BBS in the 1930s. She was a Petty Officer in Womens’ Royal Naval Serevice during the Second World War. She lived in Dumfriesshire.

Emily Buchanan

Extracted from FPA Newsletter, December 2012:

A North East Fife Dance School has recorded yet another success with a young dancer going on to further her studies in London. Joyce Anderson, who runs her own school of dancing, said she was delighted 18-year-old Emily Buchanan from Cupar could now make a career from dancing.

The former Bell Baxter High School pupil has attended lessons with Joyce since she was aged just three and over the years has provided numerous dance demonstrations with the school at many prestigious events.

Emily succeeded in passing all UKAPTD examinations with excellence, reaching the level of Student Teacher's Examination, and will now further her studies in dance and theatre Performance at Bird College, London. Emily joined Joyce's School at the age of three, enjoying various styles of dance including Highland and modern stage styles, and during recent years studied ballet along with theatre style.

Malcolm Buchanan

Major Malcolm Buchanan (1967 approx.) died after an accident at home in Surrey in February 1998. He left Bell Baxter when he was 16 to go to Wellbeck College and later Sandhurst, after which he joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. He was a bomb disposal expert and served in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and the Falkland Islands, attaining the rank of major in 1989. In 1997 he was appointed MBE for his contribution to a Government-led defence study on the future planning of the Army. He is survived by his second wife, Hazel, and by two sons from a previous marriage.

Margaret Buchanan

Mrs Margaret Bonar entered BBS in 1947. She followed a varied career path, including being a Pharmacy Assistant, Beauty Consultant and Sales Assistant. She lived in Cupar.

Marilyn Buist


Marilyn Brodie (née Buist) (1966) died on 31st August, aged 41, in Johannesburg, as a result of an accident. Originally from Tayport, she worked first with Prudential Assurance, Dundee, then as a Superintendent with Mutual Federal Insurance in South Africa. Her husband works in the mining industry.

Sarah Burnet

BBHS 1997-2003

For the second year in succession, a pupil from Bell Baxter has been awarded the Adam Prize for achieving the top marks in Fife in Higher Mathematics. The prize winner for the 2002 examination was Sarah Burnet, who lives in Kingskettle.

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