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Patricia Ann Margaret MacPherson



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Patricia Ann Margaret MacPherson


(1943-2013)

BBHS 1957-62

I joined the class in second year (from Morrison's Academy, Crieff); not high profile, often to be found skulking in Mr Rodger's art room. I have always been called Pam, from my initials (P.A.M.) but at school was known by my proper name, Patricia.

My family left Fife in 1963, since when I have been back only once. Have lost contact with all classmates. Moved to England in 1968, lived in various places before settling permanently in Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1978, on the edge of the glorious Peak District. Retired infant teacher, married to Malcolm (Higgins) with a son, daughter & one grandson.

I retired from teaching in 2002 to devote more time to our interest in showing and breeding Border Terriers - an activity we got into completely by accident, having bought two as pets, and then finding out that one was a good show prospect. Buoyed up by success, we were soon travelling all over the UK on the show circuit.

Despite their teddy bear appearance, these intelligent little animals are real hard men - the Commandos of the dog world. Originally bred to flush foxes out of their holes, they would stay underground for days with their quarry. They don't know the meaning of fear. Living with a pack can be quite challenging - but we have no vermin in our garden!

Pam took ill with pneumonia in 2011 and was ill for two years, being nursed at home by her husband. She died on 4 April 2013.

Robert McPherson


Robert McPherson (early 1960s), who joined Fife Constabulary as a cadet in 1966, was promoted to the position of Superintendent in the Western Division in 1998. He has served in Cupar. Levenmouth, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy. Prior to his promotion he had been serving in the Complaints and Discipline department at Police HQ in Glenrothes.

Eoin McQuitty


MB ChB (St Andrews); Served in RAMC; entered general practice near Southampton. Attended BBS in the 1930s.

Frances McQuitty


LDS (Edinburgh); Served in RAOC during Second World War; Wellingborough, Northants. Attended BBS in the 1930s.

George McQuitty


BSc MB ChB (St Andrews); served in RAMC and won MC; was in general practice in Birmingham. Attended BBS in the 1930s.

Gordon McQuitty


Gordon McQuitty died in June 1991 after a long period of declining health. He served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant during World War II and thereafter spent his whole career as a dentist in Cupar.

Kate McQuitty


Kate McQuitty, who graduated in Law in 1995 and went into training with an Aberdeen-based firm, Ledingham and Chalmers, was to have an unusual opportunity to extend her experience. Her firm has an office in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands and she accepted the opportunity to work there. While in the Falklands, Kate took part in the 13-mile run from Cape Pembroke to Victory Green, and was the first woman past the post. Kate's father is George McQuitty, a retired Cupar solicitor and recently-appointed Vice Chairman of the FP Association, and her grandfather was the late Gordon McQuitty (qv), also an FP.

Kirstie McQuitty


School Vice-Captain for 1996-97 was Kirstie McQuitty (Cupar).

Luke McQuitty


School Captain for Session 2003-4 was Luke McQuitty (Cupar).

Norman McRae

From FPA Newsletter Issue 6: Norman, who is Kirkcaldy District Divisional Manager with responsibility for Leisure Services, has been elected Chairman of the Association of Directors of Recreation, Leisure and Tourism in Scotland. Norman worked with Kirkcaldy District Council from 1974 until his retirement in1996. He started at Bell Baxter in 1956.

Bryan McTavish


Mr Bryan McTavish died on 15th April 1992.

Robert McWilliam


BBHS 1959-65

Dr Robert McWilliam has degrees in engineering and business from the Universities of St Andrews, Leeds, Western Ontario and Reading. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland. Other skills were acquired for a Diploma from Edinburgh College of Art and Life Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. His career in engineering began three days after leaving BBHS as the junior member of a road survey team. Ten years later he was the youngest Area Road and Transport Engineer in the Scottish Office. In a further ten years he was the youngest Industrial Advisor to the Monopolies (later Competition) Commission which was followed by work on various international engineering projects. Thirty-seven years after leaving BBHS he had ceased to be the youngest anything - but marked his return to the academic world as his department's oldest successful PhD candidate. He wrote the official centenary history of the British Standards Institution and continues to edit work on the development of engineering equipment, the history of construction and biographies of individual engineers. He is a trustee of the Construction History Society and the Motorway Archive Trust and acts as a witness on the history and heritage of engineering works for the Institution of Civil Engineers.


Max Magee


The Reverend Max Magee (1933) died in May 1991 after a long illness. Max had been a missionary in India, a Parish minister, a University Chaplain and, latterly, a Counsellor in London.

Naomi Maguire


From The Fife Herald, 13 May 2011:

NAOMI Maguire, a fourth year pupil at Bell Baxter High School and a member of Cupar Flight of the Air Training Corps, has completed her Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.

She is the first girl cadet of the Flight to achieve this outstanding award.

Naomi, from Ceres, undertook all the stages of the award at the Flight and then went on to participate in the expedition section of the award along with cadets from Forfar Squadron.



She said she was extremely proud to have gained her bronze award and is now looking forward to participating in the silver level later this year.


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