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Hugh Mands Sime


(1938-65)

BBHS 1948-54

Hugh (Harry) Sime was a popular member of the Class of 1948. He joined the RAF after leaving School and became a navigator on Canberra aircraft eventually becoming a member of 213 Squadron based at RAF Brüggen in Germany. He died when his aircraft crashed near Roermond in the Netherlands having suffered engine failure following a bird strike. A memorial service attended by many local Dutch people was held at the crash site in 1995.

The following details have been extracted from the Scottish War Graves Project:


Surname: SIME
Forenames/Initials: Harry Mands
Rank: Fg Off
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 5091491
Station: RAF Bruggen
Place of Birth/Home Town: Kirkcaldy, Fife
Date of Birth: 29 March 1938
Age: 27
Date of Death: 14 July 1965
Cemetery Name: Rheindahlen Cemetery
Cemetery Address: Munchen Gladbach
Grave Section: F
Grave Row: E
Grave Number: 7
Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes
Included on Roll of Honour: Yes



Lorna Sime


Mrs Lorna Woodfield (née Sime) (1948) died at the end of April 2004. Lorna entered the Civil Service on leaving School, having sat the Civil Service exams at the end of her sixth year and came fourth in Great Britain. She became an Executive Officer. In 1960 she married a member of the Diplomatic Service and she and her husband had postings in various countries in Europe, Asia and South and Central America. Their last foreign posting was to Kaduna in Nigeria. From there they moved back to the UK to live in the south of England. Lorna is survived by her husband, 2 sons and a daughter.

Alastair Simpson


(1922-97)

Alastair Simpson (from Perth, around 1935) died in September 1997 in a Kirriemuir Nursing Home. A native of Newburgh, he joined the RAF as a navigator on leaving school, reaching the rank of squadron leader. He served in India and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he worked as a potato merchant in Fife, until, in 1972, he and his wife bought the Thrums Hotel in Kirriemuir. He was a keen golfer and was secretary of Kirriemuir Golf Club, as well as acting as secretary of the charity, Capability Scotland.

David Simpson


David Simpson entered BBS in 1939. He went into Electronic Engineering then Corporate Management, mainly in the USA. He lived in Tranent, East Lothian.

Gloria Simpson


Mrs Gloria Birrell (née Simpson) (1941) was presented with an award after raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research over the very long period of 47 years until she had to give up because of ill health in 2006. She was named a Cancer Research Honorary Fellow for her work for the Ladybank Committee of Cancer Research. Gloria was presented with the award during the summer of 2007 at a special ceremony at Woodside Care Home in Glenrothes, where she is now a resident, for poor health prevented her from going to London to receive it. Gloria was a Primary School Teacher.

Gloria died suddenly in hospital on 19th November 2011. She suffered a lifetime of disability which she overcame with great determination, going through school without any of the aids and supports which are available now to
disabled pupils. She was predeceased by her husband.


Kirsty Simpson


(1996-

Published in the Fife Herald on Friday 2 March 2012 11:30:

Cupar swimmer Kirsty Simpson will make her bid for Olympic qualification this weekend.

The 15-year-old Bell Baxter pupil is competing in the 100m backstroke on Sunday at the British Gas Swimming Championships, which are acting as the main selection competition for London 2012.

Kirsty, who turns 16 this month, will also swim in the 200m backstroke next Thursday at the London Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park.
All finals during the event can be watched live via the BBC red button from 6.25pm, with a highlights package on BBC One at 1pm on Saturday, March 10.

SUPPORT

Kirsty is seeking sponsorship through Scottish Swimming’s ‘Back a Rising Star’ programme, which enables individuals, community groups and companies to donate funds — anything from £100 to £10,000 a year — to support the country’s top athletes.

Travel, accommodation, training and equipment costs amount to around £10,000 a year for a swimmer at Kirsty’s level.

An age group record holder over various distances, former Castlehill Primary School pupil Kirsty has represented her country in a number of competitions and also hopes to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

More information on the sponsorship scheme is available online at http://www.scottishswimming.com/index/back-a-rising-star

Kirsty put in two excellent performances in the Olympic qualifiers at the London Aquatics Centre in March 2012.

She set a new personal best in the 100m backstroke and came close to beating her own quickest time in the 200m event.

Although she missed out on qualification, Kirsty was among the top performers for her age group and has set her sights on making the Scottish squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In a strong field including one world champion and world record holder Gemma Spofforth, Bell Baxter pupil Kirsty clocked 1:04.93 in the 100m backstroke. That
personal best time put her 39th overall and 20th among UK athletes, with the top 16 Brits going through to the semi-finals.

She then came 40th overall in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:20.38.

Next month she will compete in the Scottish Age Group Championships before travelling to Eindhoven with the Scottish Gold Squad for a training camp ahead
of the European Junior Championships qualifiers.

Thomas Simpson


Thomas (Tommy) Simpson (1980s) died suddenly in hospital on 12th January 2005. Tommy trained as a Tractor Mechanic with his father but later he moved on to a variety of practical jobs until illness overtook him. He is survived by his partner and 2 sons.

Chloe Simson


The Flashdance routine performed by Rector Philip Black and other members of staff caused a sensation in May 2011 when it ‘went viral’ on the internet. It appeared, to the pupils not in the know, to be entirely spontaneous but it had been well planned. An S6 pupil, Chloe Simson> who is a pupil of the local Yvonne Gray School of Dance, had choreographed it and it was well rehearsed. Mr. Black said afterwards: ‘We wanted the last week [for the S5 and 6 leavers] to be a very positive one for pupils We wanted them to remember their time here as being fun as well as being about academic achievement.’ He did add that it was definitely a ‘one -off'. A video was made of the event and edited by teacher Mr Eddie Gaines, before having a viewing for pupils at assembly. It was then re-posted on You Tube. Comments on the website included: ‘This must be the most progressive School in Britain!’, ‘What a cool School ...what a way to remember your old school’ and ‘inspirational- what else do you want from a teacher?’

Philip Simson


Philip Simson (late 1970's) has been training to take part in the 1999 London Marathon. His aim is to raise £2000 for the Cancer Research Campaign in Scotland, in memory of his mother, who died in 1996. Philip is a chiropodist in Cupar and is married to Paula (née Duncan). They have two daughters.

Andrew Brown Sinclair


Andrew Sinclair entered BBS in 1935. He joined the Royal Air Force after School. Subsequently he worked for Ordnance Survey and in the Timber Trade. He lived in Laurieston, Falkirk.


Victoria A Sinclair


Victoria Sinclair was Proxime Accessit to Dux for the Session 2000-1. She graduated BSc with Honours in Meteorology from Reading University in 2005.

Andrew F Skinner


(1903-95)

Professor Andrew Skinner died on 13th February 1995, aged 92. He entered BBS in 1918 and graduated MA and BSc with high honours in Maths and Chemistry at St Andrews University, which he attended from 1920-28. He came under the influence of the Professor of Chemistry, Sir James Irvine, who became Principal in 1921, and it was he who acted as supervisor for Andrew Skinner's Organic Chemistry PhD.

After teacher training at the College of Education, Dundee, Andrew Skinner was Commonwealth Fund Fellow at Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York, from 1929-31. He taught mathematics in Edinburgh, Ayr and Perth between 1932 and 1937, when he became Assistant Director of Education for Aberdeenshire, moving in 1939 to Dundee Training College to become Principal Master of Methods. In 1941 he became Professor of Education at St Andrews University and Director of Studies at Dundee Training College, a joint post. He was responsible for establishing, in 1949, the postgraduate degree of Ed B (later M Ed). He resigned his post in 1954, when the tensions which arose between the two sections of the University became too great.

He became Professor of Education at the University of Toronto until he retired in 1975.

His interests were historical and philosophical as well as scientific, and he developed a special interest in comparative education.

In 1979, Professor Skinner was the guest of honour at the school prize-giving, when he presented the first Professor Skinner prizes for Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Abby Sloan


In the weeks before Christmas 2002 the main preoccupation (except, of course, study) was preparation for the annual Pantomime. This year it was "Cinderella", which was to be performed with a cast of thousands! The part of Cinderella was played by Abby Sloan.

Alan Small


The Lomond Ceilidh Band are a full time broadcasting ceilidh band consisting of Alan Small, Auchtermuchty – accordion & midi bass, Ewan Stark, Falkland – fiddle & vocals and Callum Wallace, Perth – drums & vocals. They have not just performed up and down the British Isles but also in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Oman and India. The band has been together now for near on 15 years and still enjoy playing for all types of functions, festivals and concerts. They are regular visitors in Shetland where they play for the Up Helly Aa and Shetland accordion and fiddle festivals. The band’s latest CD Dusk ‘til Dawn adds to a collection of albums they have recorded over the years. They have assisted in raising thousands of pounds for charities locally and internationally. If you are looking for a gaed goin’ ceilidh nicht, then don’t miss out on an evening with the Lomond Ceilidh Band.

Dallas Smeaton


Dallas Smeaton (early 1940s) died at the end of February 2004 after a long period of failing health. On leaving School, Dallas went to work in the linen factory offices in Falkland and Cupar. Later he moved into the insurance industry, working with General Accident until the age of 62. He then worked part-time for a firm of Insurance brokers in St Andrews for several years. He was a very good footballer and later he turned to bowling. He was active in the Bowling Club on the administrative side as well as on the greens. In recognition of this he was made an Honorary Life Member and then Honorary President of the Duffus Park Club. He was also a member of the Round Table. He is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

Ainslie Smith


School Vice-Captain for session 1992-93.

Brian Smith


Brian Smith (1950) is the FP Association volunteer representative in Vancouver.

Brian James Smith


I run the world's largest James Bond merchandise store - web address http://www.bondandbeyond.com. I have organised and hosted special 007 cinema events in and around Edinburgh including: 'The Spy Who Loved Me' with Richard Kiel (Dec 2003), 'Goldfinger' with Shirley Eaton (Mar 2004), 'Octopussy' with Maud Adams, Gareth Owen and Michael Billington (Nov 2004), 'An Evening With Richard Kiel' (Nov 2004).

I am an Ian Fleming/James Bond historian, journalist and fan (probably in that order). I published my own James Bond magazine between 1986 - 2001.

I have written for 'Cinema Retro' magazine ("the essential guide to movies of the 60s and 70s"), 'Model & Collectors Mart', 'TV Film Memorabilia' and I am also a regular contributor to 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' magazine.

Last TV appearance: 'The X Factor' (2008).

Currently trying to give up sesquipedalian words.

Claire Smith


Balgonie Dux Medallist for session 1992 - 93.

Donna Smith


Donna Smith has been selected from among 30,000 young writers for special commendation. Donna, who is 17, received a "Commended" certificate after entering W H Smith's 1996 Young Writers' Competition. She wrote a short story about vampires, which "impressed and delighted" the judges. At present she is doing 6th year Studies English.

Harry Smith


BBS 1950-56

Harry Smith entered first year in 1950. After working in Manchester, Surrey and Glasgow, ran own company for 15 years. He then became the director of Maintenance Chemical Company. One son, an actuary. Twin daughters, one who went into PE, the other retail management.

I didn’t want to go to Bell-Baxter. Living in Markinch, we had the choice of also going to Buckhaven or Kirkcaldy High Schools. Thinking (wrongly) that BB was the only one of the three where rugby was compulsory I wanted to go to Kirkcaldy, the home of my beloved Raith Rovers. My parents would have none of it, and as it turned out I played rugby till the age of thirty.

I have clear memories of my first day at school in 1950. All the first year pupils were gathered in the area outside the technical department. A member of staff appeared and told us in no uncertain terms to keep the noise down. It was Fred, the assistant janny. Two prefects walked by. They looked very mature, too old to be at school.

Then the rector, Dr Dunlop, strode in. Apart from in boys comics it was the first time I’d seen anyone wear a mortar board. Standing on the steps leading up to the gym he instructed each pupil to come forward as his or her name was called and walk smartly with their form teacher to the relevant classroom. Miss Robertson (qv) was our form teacher and also took us for English. Another memory was when Miss Robertson went through the register asking our full name. When Thomas R Lamb said the R stood for Reekie the whole class burst out laughing. From that day on, Tom was nicknamed Smoky. Living now in the East Neuk the surname Reekie is quite common. That first week I was rebuked by a girl prefect for trying to enter the school building through the girls’ door and by the senior janitor, Mr Cunningham (qv) for trying to go in by the staff and prefects’ entrance. It’s hard to believe now but prefects could impose punishments (lines) for minor misdemeanours.

An early impression was that most of my classmates talked ‘proper’ so I quickly became ‘bi-lingual’ reverting to broad Fife when in Markinch.  The bus journey to school was on the service bus which took almost twice as long as the journey home by the school bus.  This meant we had plenty of time to finish off our home work on the way to school. There was a strict pecking order on the double-decker in that the most senior pupils sat at the front and younger pupils at the back.

1950 was the year the school badge was redesigned and a new tie and scarf introduced. As far as I know the colours have remained the same ever since. That year negotiations were completed for the purchase of the disused St Michael’s church adjacent to the school. This became the assembly hall and a welcome additional gym. Previously when the original gym was being used, PE classes were held in the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry hall further down the Bonnygate. King George VI died in the spring of 1952 and all pupils of the school were marched down to the Cross to hear the proclamation of the new Queen.

Junior school was most enjoyable. Thanks to teachers like Mr Adamson (geography) (qv), Mr Seath (science) (qv), Mr Muir (French), Miss Wood (Latin), Mr Nicol and Dr Inglis (maths) (qv) I was able to cope reasonably well. Rugby matches to me became an important part of school life. Looking back it seems amazing that school budgets could run to providing lunch for visiting teams.

For those who didn’t care for school dinners pupils could go to the Temperance Hotel – soup and pudding for 10 old pence - or Mason’s Cafe in the Bonnygate. The Temperance is now the acclaimed Ostler’s Close restaurant. Doubtless the prices have gone up.

Subjects got a bit more difficult in fourth year, but of course it was then possible to specialise in your favourites. Classes were that bit smaller and teaching was more intensive meaning we had to study harder. In no time we were in fifth year and the highers were upon us. The prelims were held in January and the main exams in March. The results were out in June which meant that pupils had that bit longer to organise what they intended to do on leaving school. The fifth and sixth forms gathered in the assembly hall and Dr Dunlop read out the passes (but not the fails) and some who passed in several subjects were applauded by their fellow pupils!   Goodness knows why the system has changed and pupils now have to wait until the middle of the summer holidays.

Socially the senior school was most enjoyable. Pupils started going out together and the two cinemas were popular venues for dates. As well as Christmas, summer dances were held and there was a lively debating society. Two of the stalwarts were Jack Paton and Ritchie Myles. The Burns Supper was a popular event as were the school concerts, staff v pupils hockey and cricket matches and gym displays.

Nowadays it is quite common to have a year out between school and university. I did something similar but I didn’t leave Bell Baxter. Having managed to get sufficient highers for university entrance I did very little work in sixth year. So it was no surprise I wasn’t one of the bursary winners in the St Andrews University entrance exams who regularly earned a day’s holiday for the school in celebration. I had a great time with many of my classmates in the same boat. Unfortunately this became obvious in my Christmas exam results. My parents were none too pleased and I was summoned to see the rector. When I entered his room he said ‘Sit down Hutton.’ Being deputy head boy and captain of the first fifteen I would have thought he knew my name! Two quotes of Dr Dunlop I’ve always remembered are ‘There can be no such thing as honour among thieves’ and ‘When introduced to anybody, offer a firm handshake and not something that feels like a wet fish.’

It has often been said that school days are the best years of one’s life. This is a sentiment I’d find it hard to disagree with. University life in St Andrews was entirely different. I had this permanent dread of failing exams and finding myself at the age of 22 with no qualifications in the job market. I also found it difficult to develop any degree of rapport with the ‘yahs’ who were, probably unfairly, called Oxbridge rejects by some of the hoi polloi. Maybe I should have tried harder but none of the ‘yahs’ seemed to try particularly hard with me and my friends from the same social background.

On graduating from St Andrews in 1960 I took a job in the research lab of a company in Bury Lancashire. About this time John Braine had just written a novel, Room at the Top about life in a North of England town, subsequently made into a film starring Lawrence Harvey as the hero, Joe Lampton.  Joe worked in the local council offices and felt strongly disadvantaged compared to the families of rich industrialists. I could relate to Joe and decided to get into sales. Ironically the novel would have no relevance fifty years later unless the roles were reversed! Anyway I did two years’ training in the labs of a company in Surrey with a view to selling their products to the paint, carpet and paper industries in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This turned out to be a great job and I returned to Scotland in 1964, based in Glasgow. I particularly enjoyed the freedom of being my own boss and although my company said I didn’t have to go, I had no qualms about visiting Ulster even during the height of the troubles. All good things must come to an end though, and I could see our customer base shrinking. A move back to Northern England loomed so I suggested the company, now owned by Unilever, made me redundant and with the money I moved back to Fife to start my own business in 1979. Now, thirty years later, there are no firms producing carpets, whereas there used to be over a dozen, and of twice that number of papermakers, only two2 survive.

I wanted to live in either the Waid, Madras or Bell Baxter catchment area and my wife and I found the house which suited our family best in Pittenweem. I manufactured cleaning chemicals in Glenrothes for 5 years and then moved the business to Anstruther. Within another 10 years by which time I was producing almost exclusively for a sales organisation it was decided to transfer production to their headquarters in Blackburn Lancashire.

As technical director I could write information sheets and deal with customer enquiries from home and after setting up the plant I only had to go to Blackburn for a few days every month. Since 1993 I’ve enjoyed an active retirement in Pittenweem. I haven’t shaken off Lancashire entirely as one of our daughters teaches PE at a school in Blackpool.


J C Smith


J C Smith entered BBS in 1935. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War then spent three years in the coal mines. He then trained in architecture at Dundee Art School and retired in 1979. He lived in St Andrews.

James Smith


James Smith entered BBS in 1935. He lived in Dundee and worked in Horticulture.

Marie Smith


Mrs Marie Suttie (née Smith) (1941) died very suddenly in July 2005y. When she left school, Marie worked in Cupar as a secretary, starting with Walton's Garage. When she married Jim Suttie (Auchtermuchty), they moved to Wales where she helped Jim to run a caravan business. They returned later to Wormit to run a shop but went back to Wales when they retired. Marie was predeceased by her husband and her daughter and is survived by one son.

Norah Martin Smith


Mrs Norah Robertson started at BBS in 1916. After leaving School she took a Domestic Science Diploma. She did Voluntary Service during the Second World War working in canteens, organizing Red Cross parcels, library services, dealing with evacuees and assisting Polish officers. She lived in Bridge of Earn.

Ron Smith


BBHS 1955-61

Ron Smith of the well known local firm J B W Smith, has served since 1993 as Chairman of the Elmwood College Board of Management and previously as a member of the College Council. He has been succeeded (in 2001) in the role of Chairman by Lord Lindsay, who was a Scottish Office Minister in the last Conservative Government. Ron is an erstwhile committee member of the FPA.

Sandy Smith


LADYBANK Golf Club professional Sandy Smith has been honoured by the Professional Golfers Association. He has been accorded PGA Fellow status in the recent (early 2012) round of PGA awards.

Sandy said: ‘To receive recognition from the PGA on the work I have done to date is a great feeling. We all come out of the training process and hope to make it to the top in our respective fields. Whilst there is a long way to go on that front, I will continue to develop myself and learn as much as possible to get there.

Sandy has developed into a top coach and club pro and has a stable of players that includes Jamie McLeary, and Wallace and Carly Booth among others. The newly crowned Scottish PGA champion Alan Lockhart is also one who seeks advice when not competing or helping out with the junior coaching at Ladybank.

Ladybank Golf Club captain, Bill Pettigrew, said: ‘We are really pleased that Sandy has gained this recognition from the P.G.A. It is just reward for all the enthusiasm and commitment he brings to his rôle.’

Sandy’s father, Ali, is also an FP.

Stewart B Smith


BBHS 1956-62

Stewart Smith was a member of the 1st XV Rugby team in 1961-2.

The following list shows the career path he followed after leaving Bell Baxter:

1962 – 66 University of Salford, Lancs. [BSc Hons Mech Eng]

1966 – 70 Associated Electrical Industries, Manchester, Lancs

1970 - 77  Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines, Kitwe, Zambia

1977 – 85 Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company, Globe, Arizona, USA

1985 – 90 Kennecott Utah Copper Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

1990 – 93 Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada

1993 – 96 St Lawrence Cement Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1996 – 97 Philip Environmental, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, USA

1997 – 2005 Hanson plc, San Jose, California, USA

05 – 06 Mining Management International, Elko, Nevada, USA

06 – Present – Retired – Westfield, Indiana, USA

Stuart G Smith


The Balgonie Dux Medal for Session 1998-99 was awarded to Stuart G Smith, who comes from Balmullo.

Margaret Speirs


Mrs Margaret Milne (née Speirs) (1938) died on 23rd February 2002 at a nursing home in Leslie, after a long illness. On leaving School, Margaret attended Dundee Teacher Training College. She then spent a year at Glasgow Art College before beginning her career in Crossgates Secondary School. Thereafter her career was spent in primary schools in Kennoway, Luthrie, Collessie and Auchtermuchty. In 1981 she suffered a severe stroke and was forced to give up teaching. Margaret was a former secretary of Ladybank WRI and enjoyed gardening. She and her husband enjoyed the theatre. She is survived by her husband, Alistair, and three daughters and a son.

Mandy Spiers


Mandy Spiers of Cupar (1987) is a Guider who was going to Uganda in July 1998 as part of her Queen's Guide Award. There, she was to be working with others helping Ugandan Guiders. The venture is part of the Guide Association Gold Project aimed at providing opportunities for personal development through community work overseas. Mandy is an educational assistant working with children with special needs.

Mandy Speirs has achieved the highest possible distinction in guiding. She was awarded the Queen's Guide Award and was invited to travel to Kensington Palace to receive it from Princess Margaret. Only 3 people in Scotland have so far received the award this year. Mandy is a social care worker in a residential unit for children with special needs. She has been Brown Owl of the 3rd Cupar Brownies since 1993.

Jonathan Spittle


Jonathan Spittle (early 1980s), of the firm Related Fluid Power which has its premises at Cupar Muir, has won an award for an innovative project in the ‘Smart:Scotland 2000’ competition, which encourages entrepreneurs. His award was for research on an electro-hydraulic control valve for clutch control of gearboxes and transmission units in off-road machines.

Sam Spittle


Sam Spittle was a member of the School’s under-15 Boys’ Relay Team that won the Scottish Title in the 4x100m in 2003.

Bertie Munro Staig


(1892-1952)

Bertie Staig, who hailed from Auchtermuchty, attended Bell Baxter during the first decade of the twentieth century and was Dux of School in 1909. After a distinguished university career, he joined the Indian Civil service, apparently gaining first place in the entrance examination. He was the last officer to hold the post of Auditor General prior to Indian Independence on 14th August 1947. Sir Bertie Munro Staig, as he was by then, continued in office after taking an oath of allegiance to the Indian Dominion. He retired a year later.

We have located three extracts from the London Gazette and also found an obituary in The history of British India: a chronology by John F Riddick.

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD,

St. James's Palace, S.W.I, 23rd June, 1936.

The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India:

To be Companion of the said Most Exalted Order:

Bertie Munro Staig, Esq., Indian Civil Service, Financial Adviser, Military Finance, Government of India.


India Office, 6th November, 1944.

The KING has been pleased to appoint Sir Bertie Munro Staig, C.S.I., Indian Civil Service, to be Auditor-General of India upon the retirement of Sir Alexander Cameron Badenoch, C.S.I., C.I.E.

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD,

St. James's Palace, S.W.I, 1st January, 1947.

The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire: —

To be Knight Commander of the saidMost Eminent Order:

Sir Bertie STAIG, C.S.I., Indian Civil Service, Auditor General of India.


STAIG, Sir Bertie Munro (b. 14 Aug. 1892; d. Wuppertal. Germany. 30 Apr. 1952).

Civil Administrator.

Educ: University of St Andrews; Trinity College, Oxford.

Staig entered the Indian Civil Service (1916) and was posted as Assistant Magistrate and Collector in Bengal (1917). In the 1914-19 War he served as an Indian Reserve Officer (1918-19). In the Government of Bengal he was placed as Under-Secretary in the Political and Appointments Department and then briefly In the Finance Department (1921). In 1922 Staig transferred to the Indian Audit and Accounts List. He became the Deputy Accounting-General, Punjab and then Acting Accounting-General Bihar and Orissa. After briefly holding the post of Deputy Accounting General, Bengal, he became Financial Adviser and Joint Secretary in the Finance Department, Punjab (1925). In 1935 he was named Financial Adviser in Military Finance to the Government of India. For a time he took the post of Financial Commissioner of Railways. In the 1939-45 War he was attached as Adviser to the Commanding Officer 101b Army in Iraq (1941-42) and then became Additional Secretary in the Finance Department. Government of India (1942-45). In his last assignment he received appointment as Auditor-General. India (1945-48). Following his retirement in 1948 he was employed by the High Commission in Germany until his death.

John H Staines


The Dux Medallist for Session 1997-8 was John Staines of Balmullo.

Ewan Stark


The Lomond Ceilidh Band are a full time broadcasting ceilidh band consisting of Alan Small, Auchtermuchty – accordion & midi bass, Ewan Stark, Falkland – fiddle & vocals and Callum Wallace, Perth – drums & vocals. They have not just performed up and down the British Isles but also in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Oman and India. The band has been together now for near on 15 years and still enjoy playing for all types of functions, festivals and concerts. They are regular visitors in Shetland where they play for the Up Helly Aa and Shetland accordion and fiddle festivals. The band’s latest CD Dusk ‘til Dawn adds to a collection of albums they have recorded over the years. They have assisted in raising thousands of pounds for charities locally and internationally. If you are looking for a gaed goin’ ceilidh nicht, then don’t miss out on an evening with the Lomond Ceilidh Band.

Sarah Stedman


Sarah Stedman (1983) served with the forces in Kosovo in 2000-2001 and has been awarded a commendation from the Commander of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines for her charity work when she was there. She is a signaller in the Territorial Army and was acting as the driver to the senior padre of the Multinational Brigade. She put much of her own time into raising over £1000 to help rebuild a school extension in Vragolia. She also gave support in getting the Woman and Child Rehabilitation Centre in Pristina up and running.

Bessie Steel


Bessie Steel (1st year around 1920) died on 11th September 1996 after several years of declining health. She had lived all her life in Cupar, and her career was spent in the County Treasurer's Department. She was a life-long member of St. James's Episcopal Church, and a leading light in the Trefoil Guild. Up until 5 years before her death she continued with her many hobbies, which included floral art and painting.

Georgina Steel


Georgina (Ina) Steel (late 1920s) died on 16th February 2005 in Lunardi Court Nursing Home, Cupar. Most of her career was spent with the firm of J & G Innes. Ina was predeceased by her sister Bessie and is survived by her sister Frances.

Isobel F Stenhouse


Mrs Isobel Roger entered BBS in 1933. She became a member of the Clerical Staff of the Public Health Department in Cupar. She lived in St Andrews.

David Stephen


David Stephen entered BBS in 1907. He served in the Royal Engineers during the First World War, being for a time in the Special Section experimenting with Wireless Telegraph. He was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre Première Classe. From 1918-39 he was in the Civil Service (Post Office). Throughout the Second World War he was seconded for service with the Air Ministry. He returned to the Civil Service in 1945. When he retired in 1957, he became secretary of the Veterans’ Association.


Graeme Stephens


Graeme Stephens entered BBS in 1938. He lived in Lower Largo and was a teacher of Physical Education, Mathematics and Primary Subjects.


Henry Wilson Steven


Henry Wilson Steven, Wester Dura and formerly of Cast Farm, Leuchars died on 12th October 1991.

Adam Stevenson


Adam Stevenson (1992) died on 22nd April 2001 as the result of a road accident. He was in the final year of a Town and Regional Planning degree at Dundee University. On the basis of academic performance, Adam had been selected during his 2nd year to do a one-term placement in Nijmegen, in Holland, and he was expected to do well in his final Honours exam. He has a younger brother.

Murray Stevenson


Murray Stevenson from Freuchie has acquired such a reputation for his Burns presentations and recitals that he has been invited to perform in California. It all started when he was 11, when he learned several poems by heart and was asked to recite them at Freuchie Cricket Club. This led to an invitation to perform in front of 100 pensioners at their Burns Supper and at other charity events. His father recorded one of the performances and sent it to the Burns Club of San Diego, to which city he has been invited for their 2001 Burns Supper.

James Alexander Stewart Stevenson


(1946-

In June 2000 Stewart Stevenson (late 1950s) appeared on TV and Radio in interviews concerning the demutualisation of Standard Life, which he opposed, and was one of the leaders of the group which fought against it, successfully as it turned out, for the time being at least. He became the Scottish Nationalist MSP for Banff and Buchan. Stewart, who is married, graduated MA in Mathematics from Aberdeen University and was a lecturer in the Department of Business Studies, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has also been Director of Technology Innovation with the Bank of Scotland and a trainee computer programmer.

Stewart was appointed Transport Minister in the new Scottish Executive in 2007. He was interviewed several times during the first few months of the new administration, particularly in connection with the questions relating to the proposed new tramway and the railway network in and around Edinburgh - and, of course, the possible ‘dualling’ of the entire A9 from Perth to Inverness.

But Stewart’s tenure came to an abrupt end when he resigned his portfolio on 11 December 2010. Scotland on Sunday put it like this:

Stewart Stevenson quits over snow chaos
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