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Elizabeth Macintosh

Mrs Elizabeth (Betty) Rosser (née Macintosh) (1930 into fourth year) died suddenly in hospital in December 2004. On leaving School, Betty trained as a nurse, first of all in the City Hospital in Edinburgh and then in the Royal Infirmary. From there she went to the Princess Margaret Rose to do orthopaedics and then to Stracathro, where she became Sister in the Orthopaedics Department. Betty played for the 1st XI Hockey team and later for the Bell Baxter FPs. She married in 1950 and had a son and a daughter who are both also FPs. She was predeceased by her husband.

Hannah McIntosh

Mrs Hannah Burns (née McIntosh) (late 1930s) died on May 17th 2000 in hospital in Dundee. She had lived for many years in St. Andrews. She is survived by her husband and a son and a daughter.

Mary McIntosh

Trained Nurse; Mrs Manzie, 48 Braehead, Cupar. Attended BBS prior to 1930.

Clouston McIntyre


BBS 1943-49

Businessman and farmer Clouston McIntyre, the driving force behind Kettle Produce, one of the biggest vegetable prepackers in the country, died suddenly while on holiday in Italy.

  • Published in the Courier : 24.05.12

  • Published online : 24.05.12 @ 03.53pm

Some 30 years ago, he, along with fellow farmer Alec Samson, foresaw the major developments in vegetable purchasing.

No longer would the housewife want to buy dirty field-grown vegetables, preferring instead to pick up a ready-to-use prepack.

Getting a toehold into supplying the major retailers was very difficult, but in that first year of 1976 there was one piece of good fortune, as that was the year of the big drought.

Traditional suppliers in the east of England saw their crops shrivel and disappear, then the buyers became aware that Fife and the east of Scotland provided another supply option.

Another helping factor was the demise of the sugar beet factory in Cupar, which left farmers looking for another cash crop to supplement their income.

The growth of the company was largely down to Mr McIntyre spending long hours overseeing the details of a business supplying fresh produce 365 days a year — a tough industry in which competition is fierce and standards high.

He was in the office or prowling along the packing lines from early in the morning to late at night.

His belief and passion for growing, and the high standards he set, were seen and shared by the local farming community and the major multiples.

Mr McIntyre's parents were both of farming stock and highly respected in the farming industry.

His father, known to many as Charlie Mack, was a college advisor and had a major influence on farming in Fife in the middle years of last century.

His mother, Florrie, was an Orcadian and was a well-respected poultry advisor and a keen and knowledgeable gardener — a gift she passed on to her son.

Mr McIntyre was born and brought up in Wormit, and after attending the local primary school, he went to Bell Baxter School where he gained a scholarship to Cambridge.

This he turned down in preference of Aberdeen University, where he took his honours degree in agriculture and where he also gained a lifetime's affection for his alma mater.

After gaining his degree he returned to Fife where he took up a post as a farm manager and then the tenancy of a farm near Ladybank. There he startled his more traditional neighbours by growing strawberries — not an acre or two, but a staggering 40 acres.

This was his introduction to supplying fresh produce to markets.

Then, along with three other farmers, he set up Eden Bulbs, with the intent of growing tulips.

When asked why, his response was: 'Because they are so difficult to grow no one else will try.'

Tulips were grown successfully with 12 acres of spring flowers brightening up the Fife landscape.

The venture disbanded when rising oil prices increased the heating costs for the glasshouse growers in the Clyde Valley, making the production of blooms for Christmas unviable.

Before he left to set up Kettle Produce, he was also the general manager of Fife Growers, a farmers' cooperative that initially grew a large acreage of vining peas. This group has now transformed itself into East of Scotland Growers, one of the largest growers of broccoli in western Europe and a major supplier to Kettle Produce.

He was never a businessman who sought the limelight, either for himself or the company, but in 2010 he received a lifetime achievement award from one of the major multiples in recognition of his efforts in the produce industry.

In his scarce leisure time, he enjoyed socialising and loved a good party. He enjoyed playing bridge at all levels and always liked to win.

His foreign travel also gave him great pleasure, and his family all enjoyed many weekend breaks to various cities.

He developed a love of art and particularly enjoyed visiting national and local galleries, always favouring Scottish artists.

His garden gave him great joy and he rarely had a day out without returning with a boot load of 'really magnificent specimens.

He is survived by his wife, Elspeth, daughter, Susie, and son, Andrew.

Iona McIntyre

Iona Mclntyre won Gold in the 800m at the Scottish Schools' Track and Field Championships in the 1997 Summer Term. Iona was also Silver medallist in the 200m. Iona achieved a notable success in third year. As a result of reaching the highest points total for any event/discipline in the under-15 category from one of the TSB sponsored meetings in Scotland during 1997, she was invited to Planet Hollywood. London, to receive an award from Sally Gunnell. Iona's successes in 1997 included winning the National Schools 800 metres in Birmingham during the winter, the Scottish Schools and SAF national outdoor titles, and the TSB-backed AAA indoor 800 metres in Birmingham in 2 minutes 13.5 seconds, to top the UK age group rankings. But the proudest moment of all was winning a 1600 metre race in Florida in March 1997 at one of the biggest meetings in the USA for schools, colleges and seniors, involving 8000 athletes. Iona was competing against athletes who were, in some cases, four years older. The girl she beat to the line was the reigning champion and 18 years old.

Iona was sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Howe of Fife to take part in the Rotary Leadership Award scheme in 1999. This involves young people taking part in a week of strenuous outdoor activities as well as classroom work.

lona was selected for the Great Britain Under-20 Athletic Team in 2000.

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