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Andrew Page


Andrew Page, of 77 Lomond Crescent, Falkland, won a Harkness Residential Scholarship to St Andrews University in 1953.

Isa N Page


Isa Page entered BBS in 1925. She qualified as a teacher specialising in Nursery Schools following courses at Dundee Training College and Moray House and taught at Kingsbarns, Lumphinnans and St Andrews. She retired to Springfield.

Sheena Page


BBHS 1937-43

Sheena Page Villadsen served in FANY from 1944-5. Sheena studied Art (DA Edin 1947, Post Dip 1948, RSA Prizewinner) and taught from 1948 to 1950. Following marriage to a Danish architect she went to live in Jutland, Denmark, where she worked as an artist. They had a son and daughter.


Margaret Paisley


A Cupar woman who has devoted more than 30 years to looking after the students at Elmwood College has spoken of her 'excitement' at being recognised in the New Year's Honours list.

Margaret Paisley, who manages the college's residential facilities and students' union, said it was 'a bolt out of the blue' when she learned that she was to receive an MBE for services to further education in Fife. She'll find out within the next few months when her investiture will take place — and will be given five weeks' notice so that she has plenty of time to choose a hat for the occasion!

A former pupil of Bell Baxter High School, 55-year-old Margaret began working at Elmwood in 1978, shortly after its opening. It's her job to manage the residential facilities, which accommodate more than 70 students, as well as the college coffee shop.margaret paisley.

She said: ‘Elmwood has changed dramatically over the years, but I have always enjoyed working here and looking after the students' welfare. I tend to remember all their names and nowadays I sometimes meet students whose parents met while they were here! It was a bolt out of the blue hearing about the MBE but it's also very exciting.’

Elmwood principal Jim Crooks said: ‘We are very proud of Margaret's achievement and we are glad to see her effort being recognised in this way.’

Archibald Menzies Paterson


Archibald Paterson died in the Autumn of 1991. Mr Paterson was a pupil in Bell Baxter from 1925 onwards. He was among those who met, at the Centenary Reunion, people he had not seen for 60 years. His career was spent in the Bank of Scotland. He served his apprenticeship in the Strathmiglo Branch from 1929 to 1935 and was appointed manager at Kinghorn in 1950. His wife died shortly after him.

This from the 1964 Chronicle: A. M. Paterson—Banker; A.I.B. (Scot.); War service in Egypt, Italy; manager of Kinghorn Branch Bank of Scotland; Greenview, 3 David I St., Kinghorn.


Dorothy Paterson


Dorothy Paterson (1958) died in March 2001, suddenly but peacefully. Dorothy was the younger daughter of Mr Paterson, Headmaster of Dairsie School, and Mrs Paterson (qv), who taught French in Bell Baxter for many years. Dorothy is survived by her sister Aileen, who lives in France, her half sister Betty, daughter Eilidh and son Liam, and one grand-daughter, Iona.

Robert M Paterson


Robert Paterson entered BBS in 1935. After School he went into Local Government in Dundee. He lived in Newport-on-Tay

Ronald Paterson


Ronald Paterson (1984) died very suddenly at home on 12th October 2007. Ronnie had a great love of cars from a young age and he also became a keen member of the Air Training Corps. He was working as a taxi driver in Cupar and had been on a late shift when he returned home and suffered a heart attack. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

Jack Paton


Jack Paton (late 1940s) was appointed Censor of the Department of Theoretical Physics of Christ's College, Oxford in 1999. Jack is the youngest of three brothers, the others being Sydney, now retired from the medical profession and living in Nuneaton, and Fred, now deceased.

Jean Paton


Mrs Jean Ruthven (1946) died in hospital after a short illness in the autumn of 2011.

After leaving School Jean worked as a window dresser at Draffens, Dundee, and then a teaching assistant at Summerbank School, West Ferry. She then attended Auchencruive Agriculture College, Ayr, and thereafter was employed in milk recording by the Milk Marketing Board. She had the lust to travel, and in her young life had been intrigued by Africa. In 1955 she realised her dream and moved to Zanzibar as a governess for the children of the Chief Justice. While out there she met and married Stuart and their initial five years of married life were spent in Mombasa.

In 1964 the family returned to the UK with their three sons and made their home in the south of England, finally ending up in her beloved Pippin Cottage in Portmore on the edge of the New Forest. She enjoyed raising her three sons and tending her large garden.

Stuart died in 2003 and Jean then decided to return to Fife and she enjoyed meeting up with old friends and re-discovering Scotland. She moved to Berryhill Steadings near Grange of Lindores and created yet again a new garden. She is survived by her three sons.



(Contributed by her brother)

Jessie C Paton


Civil Servant with Ministry of Supply, Edinburgh, and served as a Member of Control Commission for Germany in Hamburg; Customs and Excise, London; Mrs Pople, 36 South Drive, Orpington, Kent. Attended BBS in the early 1940s.

Sydney Paton


Sydney Paton (1935 or 36) died on 1st October 2002. He studied medicine and graduated MB ChB in 1947 from the University of Edinburgh having been a Class Medallist and prizewinner in Clinical Surgery. In 1958 he became FRCS at Edinburgh. He was an orthopaedic surgeon and became Traumatic and Orthopaedic Consultant in Manor Hospital, Nuneaton, and Coventry and Warwick Hospitals, as well as posts in Peterborough, Plymouth and Sunderland. In 1963 he was the author of Treatment of Closed Chest Injuries with Long-acting Local Anaesthetic. He retired from his post 17 years ago ‘just before management took over’ as he wrote when he was last in touch. He lived in Nuneaton and is survived by his wife.


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