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Next Meeting of the F.P. Association

The next meeting of The Gordon Schools’ Former Pupils’ Association will be held at the offices of Rizza’s factory in Steven Road, Huntly, on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up.

 

Two Former Pupils Retire

Last orders were taken last week after nearly fifty years at the bar.

The Huntly Express, 21/04/17 

 

Congratulations to Rizza’s of Huntly

Congratulations to owners of Rizza’s of Huntly, Philip and Nora Morrison, on being awarded ‘The Herald’ Rural Family Business of the year. They are pictured with family members Fiona and Donald. Nora Morrison is President of the Former Pupils’ Association. Press cuttings:

Rizza’s 1 Rizza’s 2

Huntly Express

 

Guest Book Signed

For more details please click on Guest Book above.
 

Wilma Dean-Prasad - "Living in Dallas Texas now"

John A.M. Bisset - ”Attended school 9/1939 for a year ... Remember my friend John Law.”

Alan Gordon - ”I attended the Gordon Schools between 1982 and 1986. I was in Gordon House.”

Sharon Gray (nee Taylor) - ”I attended Gordon Secondary School from 1985 ...”

Darren Millar - ”Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”

Joyce McGroarty (nee Finlay) - ”Great to find Lorna Chisholm ...”

Steven Arthur (Bushy) - ”sorry I missed the school reunion ...”

Heather Small (Anton) - ”Happy memories!!”

Glynis Lorina Eastmond - ”Was at the school from 1956 to 1960. ...”

Carol McCartie - ”I was a pupil 1974 - 1979.”

Charles MacPherson - He asks:”Anne McCauley Aren’t you Charlie Smith’s sister?”

George Riddoch - better known as Ridgy - attended The Gordon Schools from 1939 to 1951.

Brian Sandison: ”I remember about half the faces in Stanley’s photo of 1A boys 1959/60 ...”

J. Brown, 2004 to 2009, presently at Abertay University.

Philip Roger, 1968 to 69, Fairhall Farm, ”looking to get in touch with the Paterson family who lived at the end of our driveway”.

Maureen Newlands, nee Richards, 1962 to 1966.

This entry in the Guest Book is from Charlie McPherson: ”Nice to see some of the old class mates in the photos!”

David Smart signed the Guest Book (09/07/15). He is hoping that someone may have photographs of 1a girls and 1c girls (1959/60).

Stanley T. Fraser signed the Guest Book (28/06/15). He offers to share a photograph of class 1a boys from 1959/60. (The photograph has now been received. Thank you, Stan Fraser. Please click to see 1a boys - 1959/60.)

The Guest Book has been signed by Willson Raeburn Morrison. In his message he mentions John Anderson, Gordon Beverley and Ann Begg.

On February 11th, 2015, the Guest Book was signed by Jimmy Mason (”... recalling fond memories”) and Robert Wilson, who now lives in London.

Fiona Morrison signed the Guest Book on May 26th, 2015. She was a pupil at The Gordon Schools from 1966 to 1969.

 Class of 1959-1960

David Smart has made available the photograph of class 1b from session 1959-1960. To view, please click on the link:

Class 1b 1959-60

David has asked if anyone can make available an equivalent photograph of class 1a or 1c from that same session for placing on the website. See Guest Book. A photograh of 1a boys has been made available by Stan Fraser. Please click to view: 1a boys - 1959/60.

He has also passed on the whole school panorama from 1955. This is on the photographic page of the website. Panoramas

Angela Shearer MBE

 

Angela Shearer received her MBE from the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood in June. 

175th Celebrations: Vintage Night

As part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of The Gordon Schools, a Vintage Night was held in June.

For further details see: Vintage Night Poster

Introduction

A welcome from the President.

 

The Association

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Next Meeting 2018

The next meeting of the Former Pupils’ Association will be held on Monday, September 24th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the offices of Rizza’s icecream factory in Steven Road, Huntly. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up. 
 
See also...

 

Magazines

The 2014 edition of 'The School Road' has been printed and is now on sale.

 

Personalities

Some background information about the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’

Local Historian, Patrick Scott, Huntly, has kindly provided some biographical details and other background information about some of the personalities mentioned in the ‘Early History of the Former Pupils’ Association’.

Miss BainMiss Bain

Miss Jeannie Bain, who retired in 1926, was born in Huntly. For forty six years she was pupil, pupil teacher and teacher in the Primary Department.

George Brander

George Brander, who died in 1935, was a younger brother of William Brander, the founder of the Brander Library. For many years he was Procurator Fiscal of Fifeshire.

Alexander Cooper

Alexander Cooper was born in 1860. He was a journalist in Scotland, England, South Africa and Jamaica, before finally settling in New York, where he was prominent in the affairs of that city. He gifted money to enable the Town Council to buy that part of Castle Park, which became known as the Cooper Park.

Joseph Dunbar

Joseph Dunbar was a younger son of Adam Dunbar, who founded the ‘Huntly Express’. He was a prominent member of the Town Council and a long-serving organist of the Parish Church. Dunbar Terrace is named after him.

Miss Jessiman

A Primary Teacher.

Miss Lobban

Miss Lina Lobban, Rowanlea, was a teacher of French and German at The Gordon Schools. Her sister was Madge.

Mr Murray

James Murray was the proprietor of the shop James Murray and Son, 9-13 Duke Street, Drapers and Outfitters.

Mrs P Milne

Jess Milne was an Art Teacher at The Gordon Schools and was prominent in amateur dramatics. Her husband was Peter Milne.

Mr Morren

David Morren was a farmer at Dunbennan. He also had a monumental mason’s business in Huntly.

Mr Alexander Paton

Alexander Paton once remarked that he had served for fifty-two years as monitor, pupil-teacher and mathematics master. He would act as deputy when the Rector, Mr James, was absent.

Sir Edward Troup

Sir Edward Troup was a member of the Troup family, which had close connections through several marriages to that of novelist George MacDonald. He was permanent secretary to the Home Office. In 1921 he unveiled the memorial window at the school.

Miss Ethel Yule

Ethel Yule was a teacher of French and German.

William Will

William Will, who was born in 1867, was a journalist. He became manager of Kemsley Newspapers Ltd of London.

 

 

 

 

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