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Scotian News

March 2009

Edition 49


Congratulations to the following Former Pupils who have reached milestone birthdays this month:-

65 Peter McMillan; James Clark; Joseph Hanratty;

60 Gerald McColgan; Mike Maran; Peter Donoghue; Nicholas Conacher; Jan Lisicki; Alan Alcock; Timothy Reilly;

50 Matthew Hay; James Blewitt;

 School News

It is with deep regret that we intimate the death of Colin David Devine’s father, in Kirkcaldy. We offer our deepest sympathy to all the family.

Two pieces of news for older members of the FP fraternity have come to our attention. Your editor recently had lunch with Ian “ Chips “ McCafferty, our French Teacher from 1955 to 1965. He was in excellent form, and a real pleasure to talk to, and glean information from a teacher’s perspective about the old school. And we obtained his e-mail address for future contact. As we entered the Steading Restaurant on Biggar Road, Edinburgh, the first person we met was David Baty ( Baty by name but not by nature), our Science Master after Johnny Hyde. They had not met each other since they had both taught at Scotus.  Ian gave us two photos of the school teaching staff circa 1955, and these will be published shortly. He passes on his good wishes to all who remember him.

Recently we received a letter from John Lehany, from Leeds. He supplied a brief history of his life in the North of England. He is happily married with two children, and we have also obtained his e-mail address.

Gerry Minchella is now living in Dalgety Bay.

Ricky Demarco continues to send information about his exhibitions. Unfortunately, he normally sends it after the publication date for the monthly newsletter. His timekeeping at school was always questionable, if memory serves us right. His last exhibition was held at Kinblethmont, near Arbroath, from the 15th to the 29th March. He was holding an auction of his works. He may have some left. If you are interested, we suggest you contact him. He has advised, in time, that in October, to coincide with his 80th birthday, The National Gallery Building on the Mound, Edinburgh, which houses the Royal Scottish Academy, will be totally given over to an exhibition of the Demarco Collections Archive, and as part of the exhibition, there will be a section entitled  “The Scotus Academy Years”.  We would strongly suggest that this would bean excellent reason to make your “Homecoming” visit this year.

A recent entry about the search for FPs by your editor has appeared on a “ Who-remembers-me”website. The link is


A recent article in the Scotsman about Alastair Lamond will shortly be posted on the web. The Scotsman printed the incorrect first name. Our thanks are due to Charles Redmond for spotting the article. We would encourage all FPs to be vigilant, and report matters of interest to the editorial staff.

We have been in touch recently with Fergie Byrne’s ( our first Maths Teacher) daughter, who advises that she will shortly send some photos for publication. We encourage all FPs to search their own, or, if possible, their parents attics for any old photos, or other memorabilia, to continue the large collection we already have on the web. You may recall we made an appeal a number of months ago, for any old cine film of the old school. Could you also check the old boxes in far off places? Rewards may be paid.

The silence about school mugs was deafening, so that idea is now dead in the water. School FP ties are still available. Excellent Easter presents, and they don’t increase the waistline, unlike Easter Eggs.

We have just heard that Witold Miedziebrodski has taken early retirement from Grangemouth Refinery. He would like to find another job in his field of expertise, so, if anyone can help, contact him on:-


First announcement for the next reunion.

Friday 2 October at 7.30pm. Combine it with a look at Ricky’s exhibition.

It is amazing what crosses the editorial desk in the search for information about FPs. Only last week, we were shown a programme dating from the 1950’s, of an ice skating pantomime, Snow White, taking place at Haymarket Ice Rink, in Edinburgh (the Ice Rink is long gone), and taking the part of Bashful was none other than Adrian L’Estrange. Rumour has it that most of the pupils at Scotus tried for the part of Dopey.

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