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Mae Manzie


Mrs Mae Pullar (née Manzie) (1941) died in hospital after a long illness on 9th September 2007. On leaving School she joined the office staff of J B W Smith and moved later to the Estate office of Crawford Priory. For many years after she married she lived at Hospital Crossing in Springfield where she was the Level Crossing Attendant. Mae was an active member of Springfield Church and was the long-serving Secretary of the Guild. She organised the annual Christian Aid collection in the village for around 30 years, giving up only earlier in 2007 despite the fact that her health had been poor and she was active in the League of Friends of Stratheden Hospital. She was predeceased around 15 years previously by her husband and is survived by her two sons.

Phyllis Manzie


Phyllis Manzie (1950 approx), died in early summer 2001, in Lunardi Court Nursing Home in Cupar. Phyllis had suffered a stroke the year before and was unable to continue living alone. Her father was the Sheriff Clerk in Cupar. After leaving school Phyllis worked as a typist in the County Buildings. Despite physical disabilities, Phyllis was very active and took a very keen interest in all local activities. She was an active member of Cupar Old Parish Church.

Caroline Marshall


Caroline Marshall graduated with Honours in Psychology from Edinburgh University in 2000. She then went to teach in Chiba-ken, near Tokyo.

John P Marshall


Midshipman HMS Conway and was Merchant Navy Officer with Clan Line and New Zealand Shipping Co; Master of Shell Co. Coastal Tanker TAN; 81 Queen’s Drive, Lyall Bay, Wellington, N.Z. Attended BBS in the early 1940s.




Vera J P Marshall


Mrs Vera Lyon entered BBS in 1939. She was an RGN of the Royal Infirrmary, Edinburgh from 1944-1948.

William P Marshall


(1938-2010)

BBS 1950-56

Bill Marshall entered first year in 1950. He retired after teaching English in schools and latterly Dundee College. He has 2 boys and 2 girls, Gavin and Beth are both actors (Trainspotting), Anne went into market research and Keith was with Scottish Television (STV).

Bill, who was School Captain in his sixth year, died in October 2010. He attended St. Andrews University and graduated in English, followed by Teacher Training. His first post was in Kirkcaldy High School from where he moved to Dundee College of Education, which became Northern College and then part of Dundee University. He took early retirement but did some part-time work. He was an accomplished actor, taking part in School dramatic productions under the late Mr Lindsay and he continued this interest in later life in Newport. He was a Burns enthusiast and enjoyed reciting Burns' works at Burns Club events. He is survived by his second wife and by 2 sons and a daughter from his first marriage.

He was a prolific contributor to the School Magazine in his day, and a number of his poems appeared in Volume III and the 125th Anniversary Edition of Bell Baxter Essays.

David B Martin


David Martin of Cupar, (1955) was appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1999. David is a surveyor in business on his own account in Cupar, after being a Senior Partner with the firm of Johnston Smith. He was honoured for his contribution over many years to the Cupar Highland Games Committee, of which he is President, after having been Secretary until 1997. He is also a Past President of Cupar Round Table. His other interests are golf, curling and running.

Janet Martin


Mrs Janet Martin (formerly Landale) died aged 101 in early January 2004 in Auchterarder. Mrs. Martin came originally from Ireland. On leaving School, she trained as a milliner with Jenners in Edinburgh. She then became a hairdresser and worked with Eugene's in London until she returned to Cupar to become the manageress of the Co-operative Hairdressing salon. She then moved to Paisley and opened her own salon there. Latterly she moved back to the east, to the Perth area. She is survived by her daughter Iris, who lives on the island of Lewis.

Norah Martin-Smith


Mrs Norah Robertson died at Earnbank, Bridge of Earn, on 13th March 1992. Mrs. Robertson entered the Primary Department in 1916.

Catriona Matheson


Catriona Matheson, who was in sixth year in 2004, was planning to undertake voluntary work with Link Overseas Exchange in August of that year. Her destination was likely to have been India, Nepal, China or Sri Lanka. This was to be a prelude to going to Glasgow University to study history aned politics. Her work overseas would entail teaching conversational English and assisting with social welfare projects.

Alexander Maule


1931-2011

From the Fife Herald 1 July 2011:

CUPAR man, Alexander Maule, a retired RAF technician who was an acknowledged expert on the supersonic Lightning jet fighter aircraft, has died. He was 80.

Described as ‘an outstanding technician’ when he was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1970, Mr Maule – known as Alec - enlisted in the Royal Air Force following his education at Bell Baxter High School, Cupar.

Bom and brought up in Edinburgh, he served in many parts of the world with the RAF and was awarded the GSM (Malaya) in 1950, the UN Medal (Korea) in 1952 and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1965.

He also received a commendation from AOC in C Fighter Command in 1968 while serving with 11 Squadron.

Mr Maule, who was posted to 74 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in 1965 and subsequently re-posted to 11 Squadron in 1967, was promoted to chief technician in 1969.

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He was in charge of first line servicing on two Lightning squadrons and devoted many hours to r4esolving problems concerning the aircraft's starter »ystem. His citation on receipt of the BEM stated that he had supervised and inspired others by "his personal example to work efficiently and enthusiastically on complex aircraft, frequently in adverse conditions."



Married to Irene, the couple resided in Oxfordshire before moving to Cupar following Mr Maule’s transfer to RAF Leuchars.

After a near 38-year career, he retired from the RAF aged 55 having attained the rank of warrant officer.

Mr Maule was later employed as a starter with the St Andrews Links Trust, a position he retained part-time into his early 70s.

A keen golfer, he was a member of both the St Andrews and Elmwood golf dubs.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, daughter Alison and son Alisdair, and one grand-daughter.

A Cupar man honoured by the Queen for his work with the RAF's Lightning aircraft has died at the age of 80.



  • By Cheryl Peebles

  • Published in the Courier : 21.06.11

  • Published online : 21.06.11 @ 06.32pm

Alexander Maule, known as Alec, died in Adamson Annexe on June 8 after a long illness.

He was given the British Empire Medal in 1970 for his contribution to the efficiency of the Lightning force, during his 38-year career with the RAF.

Mr Maule joined the RAF in 1947 after leaving Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, and became an aircraft engineer. Until his retirement at the age of 55, by which time he had attained the rank of warrant officer, he served around the world, including Korea, Yemen and Cyprus.alexander maule

On leaving the RAF, the keen golfer, who was a member of St Andrews and Elmwood golf clubs, became a starter in St Andrews, a role he kept up part-time into his 70s.

He married Irene, who was his pen pal in the RAF, in her home town of Bolton in 1958. The couple set up home in Thame, Oxfordshire, and moved to Cupar in the 1970s when Mr Maule was posted to RAF Leuchars.

Mr Maule leaves behind Irene, his children Alison and Alisdair, daughter-in-law Brenda and granddaughter Ruby.

His funeral was in Kirkcaldy on June 22.



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