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Leyna Kinnear


Leyna Kinnear devoted her gap year 1998-9) to working as a volunteer with a community support group in Rotherham. The arrangements were made through CSV Scotland. The work in her case involves assisting people with disabilities both in a day centre and in their own homes. Volunteers are provided with free accommodation, food and a living allowance of £24.50 a week. They spend from four months to a year away from home. Leyna was intending to study at Glasgow Caledonian University on her return.

Sheila D R Kinnear


Mrs Sheila Kydd (née Kinnear) (1933) died on 22nd January 2005 in Ninewells Hospital after a short illness. She had been in poor health for a number of years. Sheila trained as a teacher at Moray House and for many years taught children with special needs at Roslin School. She married in 1944 and moved to Edinburgh in 1948 when her husband was transferred there by the Bank of Scotland. They returned to Carnoustie in 1967 where Sheila was born, when her husband was appointed manager of the town's Bank of Scotland branch. After her husband's death in 1976, Sheila became actively involved in local politics and in 1978 she was elected, unopposed, to the former Tayside Regional Council for the Carnoustie ward, serving two terms on the local authority. She served on the council's education committee, putting her teaching experience to good effect, chaired the manpower services committee and served as a member of Tayside Health Board. She was a keen golfer, a member of Carnoustie Links Management Trust and a Past President of Dalhousie Ladies' Golf Club. She is survived by her 2 sons.

Anna Kirk


Trained at Dundee Training College; taught in Thornton and Dysart and then Kirkcaldy. Mrs Skinner, 20 Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy. Attended BBS prior to 1930.


Ella Kirk


Mrs Ella MacGeachy (1933) died peacefully in a nursing home on 21st November 2011.

Ella qualified as a PE Teacher at Dunfermline College of Physical Education after she left School and returned later to Bell Baxter as a member of staff. She married fellow PE Teacher Eddie McGeachy, who was on the staff of Waid Academy and moved to Anstruther where she remained until her death.

Her health had been deteriorating for a number of years. She was predeceased by her husband and one son. She is survived by 2 daughters and another son and by her younger sister, Nancy (qv).


Janet Kirk


Janet (Jenny) Kirk (1930) died peacefully in hospital on14th January 2007 after a short illness. Jenny helped her parents on the family farm at Ramornie Mill when she left School, becoming a specialist in butter-making and an expert livestock judge. When the farm was given up, she went to work first for Sir John Gilmour and then she moved to become wages clerk at Gleneagles Hotel. After she retired, Jenny led an active life and particularly enjoyed foreign holidays, especially if a cruise was involved, until her health deteriorated. She is survived by her sisters, Ella (qv) and Nancy (qv).

Nancy Kirk


Trained Atholl Crescent and became School Meals Supervisor in Cupar Area; Gowan Park, Cupar. Attended BBS in the early 1940s. Sister of Ella (qv) and Janet (qv).

Jamie Kirkbride


A CUPAR pupil who designed a new computer game character for a science campaign competition has been rewarded for his talents with a place at a prestigious design event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Jamie Kirkbride (13), of Bell Baxter High School, was one of two winners of the 2010 competition with his design 'PyroDuck’.

His prize was two passes to a two-day intensive Video Games Studio workshop at Stevenson College, Edinburgh, where he had the chance to 'create' his computer game character for real.

Jack Oakman, lead artist at Realtime Worlds in Dundee and one of the judges in the competition, said: ‘We were very impressed by the original, off-beat thinking that went into PyroDuck.

‘A good platform game immediately springs to mind with this character. PyroDuck, as his name suggests, is a duck on fire!’

Pupils all over Scotland submitted entries to the competition, which were judged by design experts at Realtime Worlds and the University of Abertay. It was launched as part of the Scottish Government's 'Do something creative. Do science’ campaign, which encourages S1-S4 pupils to continue to study science at school.

Maryla Klawikowska

Maryla is a management consultant with the Royal Bank of Scotland and studied for an MBA at Edinburgh University while working full time with the Bank which sponsored the 3 year Post-Graduate Degree. She graduated in 1999. She already holds an MA in Economics from Glasgow University.


Nicola Knowles


Nicola Knowles (1988) has a job which makes an impact on all those whose Saturday evenings are as nothing without "Casualty". Nicola is a free-lance television make-up assistant who specialises in prosthetics (i.e. making artificial wounds). Nicola belongs to Falkland and studied at Telford College of Art. Thereafter she attended a specialist college in Toronto, concentrating on film and television make-up. Her first job was with BBC Scotland where she worked on "The Crow Road", and she was also involved in work on the film "The Regeneration", about the lives of the First World War poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

David J Kyle


BBHS 1970-6

David Kyle (1970) received a major award from the Churchill Memorial Trust in 2000. He attended a ceremony in the Guildhall, London, at which he was presented with a silver Churchill Medallion in his capacity as Director of the British Deer Society. The award followed a study which he carried out in Germany into the utilisation of trees and woodland in towns, cities and villages to improve the amenities for local people while permitting the continued use of the area for work and production. He was sponsored by the "Chance of a Lifetime" award from the Churchill Memorial Trust.

The years David spent at Bell Baxter were truly formative, fun and all too fleeting. Academically he was the thorn in the side of some of the best teachers that could be had in Scotland at that time. Words such as potential, ability, attention, motivation and others were used like seasoning in his report cards. He was on first name terms with most of the masters’ tawse and on one particularly memorable day was given six on each hand for talking before a Latin paper, then given another six at the end of the paper for illegible writing!!

He was notoriously known to be first at school each morning, sometimes beating the janitor to the main gate. He spent those early mornings doing what he liked best, reading.

He was involved in most pranks during his time at BB for which the reward was usually the same.

In his fourth, fifth and sixth years David used knowledge gained from his vociferous reading to become the only person in the school who wore the kilt as part of his school uniform. The first day he turned up dressed in blazer, shirt, tie, kilt, hose and shoes he was marched to the Rector who listened to his reasoning, and his quotes from the school dress code, to be permitted to return to class (the thought probably being the fad would last a couple of days before return to blazer and flannels, however not the case).

Never any sort of great athlete David did however have great satisfaction and sense of pride, well hidden from his peers, when he was a regular First XV player.

He was elected a Prefect in his final year - a task he actually took seriously and was regularly ‘an ear’ for others.

In 1976 David was a member of a team that took part very successfully in the BBC “Young Scientists of the Year”.

After leaving BBHS in 1976, David travelled a lot, the first trip was on the sail training schooner Robert Gordon (later in her life seized in an investigation in what was thought to be the biggest haul of cannabis made in a single raid in Britain) sailing over the North Sea to Oslo and back. A wonderful, event-filled and memorable trip. David worked on farms, estates, did a lot of angling, rabbit control and other countryside activities until the common sense gene kicked in and he looked for ‘real’ work. This he found at The Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen as an animal technician. This work was interrupted by a three year secondment to The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute where David managed the Red Deer Research farm. On his return to The Rowett he spent time with the International Feed Resources Unit under Professor E R Orskov until a move within the Rowett towards his current field of Quality Assurance. David’s work helping to bring the Rowett to ISO 9000 was subsequently noticed by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, where he now works for Battelle Memorial Institute as a contractor serving the Division of Laboratory Sciences CDC as a QA Officer.



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