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Margaret Campbell Nairn


Mrs Margaret Osler entered BBS in 1939. On leaving School she spent three years at Dundee Training College. She taught at Newburgh Junior Secondary School and Castlehill Infant School. She retired to Eden Court, Cupar.

Robert Nairn


Bob Nairn (1943) died on 10th July 1998 after a short illness. He belonged to Newburgh and embarked on a career in architecture after seeing service with the Black Watch. He retired in 1996. Outside his work as an architect, he was deeply involved in Local Government, having been elected to Newburgh Town Council in 1966, and subsequently he served as a Liberal Democrat on North East Fife District Council and as Chairman of Newburgh Community Council. This led to his involvement with Craigtoun Country Fair Committee, North Coast Lightship Committee, Crawford Arts Centre, and the Area Tourist Board. One unusual task which fell to him was the conducting of the Lammas Market auction in St Andrews.

Lauren Napier


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From the Dundee Courier 10 October 2010:

Tribute has been paid to a bubbly, young Fife woman who lost her fight with cancer just as she was starting her career as a nurse.

Lauren Napier died last Monday, two years after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The former student at Bell Baxter High School and Elmwood College, Cupar, had only just begun training as a nurse at Stratheden Hospital with Dundee University when she fell ill again and was admitted to hospital.

She had also just moved out of the family home in Cupar and into a cottage near Anstruther with her long-term boyfriend, Allan Marshall (22).

Her mum Pamela (43) and elder sister Hollie (25) have told how Lauren's fighting spirit had helped to buoy the rest of the family, including younger sister Jenna (19).

Pamela, who stayed with Lauren during her final weeks in Roxburghe House, Dundee, said, ‘Lauren was a fighter.

‘I'm not a strong person but Lauren made me strong.

‘It was how she was — she was making sure that I would cope.’

Hollie added ‘She lived life to the full. No one else would have been able to cope with what she went through but she made us all strong.’

Lauren, who met Allan when she competed in curling tournaments, had part of her bowel removed and underwent chemotherapy after her initial diagnosis.

She recovered and returned to work at Stratheden as a nursing assistant alongside Pamela who is also a nursing assistant and phlebotomist.

A scan in September last year revealed the cancer had spread and she underwent major surgery to remove her womb, ovaries, part of her stomach and the rest of her bowel.

She was also given more chemotherapy, then spent several months in hospital.

When she was discharged in February, Lauren appeared again to be recovering.

Hollie said, ‘We thought she was getting better, then she started losing lots of weight. She couldn't eat much and when she did she was sick.’

Lauren celebrated her 21st birthday with a party on July 17 and Hollie said ‘She was the last person standing at her party.’

But the next day she was readmitted to hospital.

A scan revealed the cancer was in her abdominal area and Lauren was too weak for chemotherapy.

Pamela said ‘We were told that she had weeks left but we told her she had months.

‘She was a fighter and we couldn't take that hope away from her.’

Lauren had loved her work. Pamela said, ‘Before we knew her cancer had come back she had been accepted to do her nursing training but she only managed to do two weeks of it.’

The highlight of her year, they said, was moving in with Allan but Pamela added, ‘They really only had one good week in their house.’

As Lauren was laid to rest at Kingskettle Cemetery, a collection was taken for Marie Curie Cancer Care.



Reported by Cheryl Peebles

Stewart Napier


Stewart Napier was appointed Town Sergeant of Aberdeen in 1996. He spent 34 years in the Fire Service in various parts of Britain, rising to the rank of divisional officer in Grampian, before retiring in September 1995. The Town Sergeant’s role is largely symbolic. The duties of the holder of the office, as detailed in the Courier and Advertiser, are quaint. They involve the safe-keeping of the Lord Provost's chain of office, seeing that the Lord Provost keeps to his schedule, being prepared to ferry prisoners between the Town House and the prison, and being present at hangings!

Elizabeth Neilson


Miss Elizabeth (Betty) Neilson (1932) died in Lunardi Court Nursing Home, Cupar, in late July 2007. When she left School, Betty went to work in one of the local chemist's shops. However, she loved singing and she was encouraged by her music teacher, Miss Georgie Gorrie, to become a music teacher herself. She completed her training in Dundee and became a peripatetic teacher, working in the Primary Schools in the Cupar area, a post which she occupied until she retired. For a time after retiring she lived outwith Cupar until she had to go into residential care.

Ann Ness


College of Art, Edinburgh; resided in London and Australia; then Cambridge as a Freelance Commercial Artist. Attended BBS prior to 1930.

James Nicholson


James Nicholson entered BBS in 1935. After an engineering apprenticeship with Hillside Foundry, Cupar, and time with Abertay Engineering Works in Tayport, he served in the Royal Air Force as a pilot. After a course at Dundee Technical College he joined the Electricity Board at Drum Road, Cupar, in 1953. Later he became the Area Construction and Maintenance Engineer for Edinburgh, Fife and the Borders Area with the South of Scotland Electricity Board based in Edinburgh. He retired to Edinburgh.


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