Bell baxter lives section I former Pupils Contents

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Cora Corbett

Mrs Cora Smith entered BBS in 1949. She lived in Cupar ands was a clerkess in various places.

Ross Coron

Ross Coron (2000) was due to set off in February 2006 for 3 months in China where he was to be teaching English in Yantai. He was travelling under the auspices of the Global Volunteer Network and was to fly first to Moscow before boarding the Trans Siberian Express for the next part of the journey. He hoped to spend a week in Japan before returning home.

Danielle Corr

Danielle Corr (late 1990s) was due to graduate from Newcastle Performing Arts College in the summer of 2005 and had been awarded a place at the London School of Musical Theatre, where performers are trained for the West End stage. Danielle made her debut with the local Yvonne Gray School of Dance. Yvonne Gray is, of course, herself a former pupil.

Elspeth Cowper-Andrews

Yet another pupil undertook the walk from Lands's End to John O' Groats, completing it in 4 weeks, while carrying a 5-stone pack.Elspeth Cowper-Andrews (S4 in 2007) hopes to repeat the experience in 2008, raising money for charity in the process.

In June 2008 Elspeth became an MSYP for Fife. Once every 3 months she and 149 others aged between 14 and 25 met to discuss issues affecting young people in Scotland as members of the Youth Parliament. From August 2008 Elspeth was planning to hold a surgery in the School each Friday lunchtime. This would give pupils an opportunity to express their opinions and suggest changes they would like to see in the local community.

      1. James Courts

James Courts and his wife Barbara from Glenrothes were presented with an award for bravery by the Scottish Secretary at Edinburgh Castle in 1998. They had become suspicious of some youths hanging around their area. They took photos of the youths who were later found guilty of theft and housebreaking.

      1. Catherine Cousland


BBS 1941-6

Mrs Catherine Forwell entered BBS in 1941. After attending Dundee College of Education and Moray House, Catherine taught in Coaltown of Balgonie and in North School, Kirkcaldy. She later moved to Glasgow but retired to St Andrews.

Marjorie Couston

Mrs Marjorie Whitson entered BBS in 1941. She lived in Cupar and had a career in nursing and health visiting.

      1. Stuart A Couston

BBS 1943-46

Stuart Couston (1943) died on 20th September 2000. Stuart was evacuated from Malvern, Worcestershire, to Collessie in 1939, with his sister Marjorie (qv). He left Bell Baxter in 1946 and served in the Royal Air Force as a medical orderly for three years, on air ambulance duties to the Middle and Far East. Thereafter he trained as a rubber technologist, working as an industrial chemist in that industry until he retired in 1996. For many years he had lived in a small village, Welland, near Malvern. He is survived by his wife, his three children and three grandchildren.

Thomas A Couston

MB ChB (St Andrews), DPM; Senior Registrar, St Margaret’s Hospital, Great Barr Park, Birmingham, 22. Attended BBS in the early 1940s.

Andrew Coutts

MA (Hons.) St Andrews; teacher of Modern Languages in Buckhaven High School; 112 Rimbleton Avenue, Glenrothes. Attended Bell Baxter in the late 1940s.

James Coutts


James Coutts died on 21st August 2009 in Victoria Hospice after a long illness. When he left School Jim went to St Andrews University where he graduated BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. He was immediately called up to do National Service where he was, in theory, in the Royal Signals but he was attached to the Army Operations Research Group (Logistics) for two years. He met his wife, Barbara, while he was serving, and they married in 1959, when he was also appointed to a post with Tullis Russell and they moved to Glenrothes. He remained with the firm until he retired 11 years ago at the age of 60. He was the Tullis Russell Export Sales Director, a job which took him all over the world, to his great enjoyment. Jim loved camping and his idea of a holiday was to pack up all the gear and go! After retirement he and his wife continued to travel, including trips to South Africa and Australia as well as to Europe. He was for 30 years very much involved with the Scouting movement and was a Cubmaster and then District Commissioner for Cubs. He was also an enthusiastic DIY man and continued practising his skills until just a few months before he died. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

      1. David Cowieson

David Cowieson of Dairsie (4th year 1963) added to his collection of archery trophies in 1999 when he won the National Archery Trophy for the Disabled in Rugby. He won the Gold Medal in the men's FITA competition. He had previously been Silver Medallist in 1997 and 1998. In addition to this success, David is the current (1999) Scottish Disabled Archery Champion and Club Champion of Cupar Bowmen who shoot at Cupar Sports Centre.

David continued his success in the Scottish Disability Sport Archery Championships by winning a Gold Medal in May 2000. He achieved a total of 643 points, the highest ever in the event. He also competes in able-bodied events.

He returned from the 2002 European Championships for the Disabled with a Team Gold Medal. The competition was held in Poland.

Along with 2 other archers, he was competing with a compound bow, which has shorter limbs suited for wheel-chair archers. David is a member of the Cupar Bowmen and is also very active in the Disability Sport Fife Archery Group which meets regularly in Glenrothes Sports Centre.

In September 2005 he represented Great Britain at the World Championships for disabled archers in Italy. The team returned with the Silver Medal.

      1. David Coyle

David Coyle entered first year in 1950. He became a chartered surveyor, married with two sons. He was in private practice until about 1985 when he joined the Housing Corporation.

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