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Colin Lindsay

One can never tell in what context the name of an FP will turn up! In the autumn a photograph appeared in the Fife Herald which may well have made some FPs blink, for they could have been excused for thinking that they were hallucinating and seeing themselves in an English class in the old building, upper floor. Colin Lindsay (mid 1950s), the younger son of the late Mr Lindsay, Principal Teacher of English, now a B & B proprietor in Freuchie, was one of 15 porridge makers battling it out for the title of ‘World Porridge Making Champion’ in Carrbridge, Invernessshire. The winner receives the Golden Spurtle! The participants had to make a bowl of traditional porridge of oatmeal and water as well as a ‘speciality’ porridge, using other ingredients. Colin uses Hogarth's Oatmeal, produced in Kelso, along with the right amount of water and salt. He did not reveal the recipe for his speciality porridge, except to say that it would be savoury rather than sweet and would contain stout. Colin was encouraged to enter the competition by two food writers who stayed at his B & B. Unfortunately it seems that he did not win.

David Lindsay

BBS 1947-53

During the Session 1952-3 the School took part in the Top of the Form quiz on the radio. The School team of David Lindsay, Alasdair Breckenridge, Robert Bridges and Graeme Dallas was defeated by Leytonstone High School for Girls.

David later won a Ramsay Residential Scholarship to St Andrews University.

David Lindsay died peacefully in late October 2006 after a long illness. David graduated from St Andrews University and went then to Aberdeen where he did his thesis for his PhD on ‘18th Century German Literature in Scotland’. He married in 1959, having met his future wife when they were both doing a German course in Heidelberg in 1955. David then became a Lecturer in Queen's University, Belfast from 1963-66. From there he moved to the University of Wales, Bangor, where he remained until he retired in 1998. He became Senior Lecturer and served on various administrative committees. He and his wife moved to Musselburgh when David retired. He became ill and increasing and severe disability forced him to go into a nursing home. He is survived by his wife and one son and one daughter.

David was the elder son of William Lindsay (qv Section IV Members of Staff) and brother of Colin (qv).

James Lindsay


James Lindsay (1942 approx.) died in January 1998 at Balmullo. James began his working life as a cable joiner with the Fife Electric Power Company. In 1948 he joined the RAF Police and in 1951 Fife Constabulary. He retired in 1976 and worked with Fife Regional Council Roads Department In 1962 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate for reviving a child who had been pulled unconscious from the River Eden. James is survived by his wife and two sons.

Benjamin Linge

Benjamin Linge (1994 approx.) has successfully completed the Junior Non-Commissioned Officers' Cadre with his Black Watch Battalion. He is a member of the Battalion's Mortar Platoon and he has now been made a lance-corporal. He was one of only 23 to complete the 6-week cadre. During his 4 years with the regiment, he has served in Inverness, Germany, Kosovo, Poland and Canada.

James Lister

James Lister (1933) died in hospital on 19th December 2005 after a short illness. On leaving School, Jim trained as a joiner with Charles Roger and Son in Cupar, leaving, when war broke out, to join the RAF. He returned to his work with Charles Roger and Son, but later moved to the Direct Labour Department of Fife County Council and then NE Fife District Council where he worked until he retired. He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters.

Euan Lloyd

Euan Lloyd (Letham) was School Vice Captain for the Session 1997-8.

Andrew Logan


Andrew Logan (1919) died on 9th September 2005 in Edinburgh aged 98. Andrew Logan was one of the few surgeons who, before and during the Second World War, set the foundations of lung surgery, then afterwards developed chest surgery in general and drove the meteoric success of heart surgery. Logan was their last survivor, he died two months short of his 99th birthday.

He left school at 16 and matriculated at St Andrews University. After graduating MA, he turned to medicine, attracted to the profession, he said, by the yellow gloves, splendid car and gentlemanly life of his village doctor. In due course he chose to enter the then infant specialty of thoracic surgery, with pioneer George Mason in Newcastle. The pair undertook the first pneumonectomy in Britain, a harrowing experience for Logan since Mason took off for a skiing holiday in Switzerland as soon as the patient's lung was removed.

During the war, Logan was a military surgeon billeted in Egypt. In 1948, he was invited to set up a thoracic surgical unit in Edinburgh. At first the bulk of the work was surgery for tuberculosis and cancer of the lung and gullet. Their results were of world standard. Even in the 1950s they achieved long-term survival figures for gullet cancer which were not widely replicated until 40 years later.

But it was in the early days of heart surgery that Logan made an international reputation by his introduction of the operation of transventricular mitral valvotomy. This procedure made safe the surgery to correct the lethal damage inflicted on the mitral heart valve during rheumatic fever. Once the heart bypass machine reached Edinburgh, he added open heart surgery to his armamentarium and at his peak he could perform any cardiothoracic operation with not so occasional sallies into the neck and abdomen. He carried out the world's second lung transplant.

On retiral he left Edinburgh and joined Professor Ben Le Roux in Durban, where for over a decade he helped teach surgeons from the five continents of whom an amazing number became senior surgeons and professors. In 1974, St Andrews University conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. Other recognition came in his presidencies of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons and the Scottish Thoracic Society. He was an honorary fellow of the American Thoracic Society. He wrote scientific papers.

He had an extraordinary breadth of general knowledge and in particular of classical English literature. He was a fascinating conversationalist, and his ability to turn a phrase was such that a secret book of ‘Loganisms’ was kept by his theatre staff. More importantly, he made the complicated simple. For instance, he deduced that successful surgery depended on two maxims: ‘Do what is easiest first’, and ‘Don't stop’. He is survived by two daughters and a son, also a surgeon.

(Courtesy of The Scotsman of 2nd November 2005)

Andrew won the Lieutenant Hair Pagan prize for Best Linguist in the School in 1923.

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