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childhood days
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betty rae(mcmillan) from ayr. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
i was born in 1937 in the southern general govan, went to harmony row school and then on to govan high. married duncan rae from drumoyne had two girls karen &glenda both grown up have family of their own. the girls were born in s africa karen in johannesburg and glenda in durban the we moved to botswana. came back to u.k. in 1981 bought a house in ayr went to botswana until 1985, retired to u.k. sadly duncan passed away in july 24th this year. we met in the pearce institute where we had some great times. we always told the girls about playing peever, and cawing the ropes while our friends jumped . many a school holiday just for fun we went on the wee govan ferry back and forth to partick, whe we grew up we went to the f.f. to the dancing those days there was no drink or drugs around in the halls, at least we had A CHILDHOOD THE KIDS NOWADAYS HAVE NOTHING . ANYONE FROM GOVAN GIVE ME A CALL cheers betty.

 
family history
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Steve Pratt. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Trying to trace the early years of Mary Sinclair Macdonald born in Aberdeen 1n 1921. lived in Thurso with a family Munro who may have owned a family butchers shop. For some reason her birth certificate records only her name. Any information would be of immense value to her family. She moved to Hampshire as a young woman with a Scottish family who took over The Mill House North warnborough hampshire

 
scraps
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kate devlin from edinburgh. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
i really loved when we used to be in school and the bell would go at play time and we used to sit behind the venchy playground and play scraps with each other but some of the girls nickabood you and that meant stealing i still have my scraps and im 40 years of age and i want to buy more i dont know what to go under on the internet to buy them if anybody could help me please call 0131 620 1356 as im desperste to see some of the old fashioned ones again and sweedies

 
school days
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morag campaigne from Blantyre. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
I Remember Startng St Josephs School Blantyre in 1958 I remember a girl sitting at the in the desk in front of me and having a pull at her pigtail that was the start beleive it or not of a great friendship Eliz McQuade and I have been through Primary Secondary together Worked in Stevensons Carpet Factory together I was her bridesmaid when she got married we had both our children 4 wks apart our children grew up together and we still remain great friends after 48 yrs so long live the days gone by they were the best as the song goes by Queen those were the days of our Life never forgotten

 
St Mary's RC Primary.
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Edith Caulfield Cavanagh from Toronto Canada. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
There must be some people somewhere who attended St Mary's Primary when it was at York Lane, I Went there from
1949>1956 please respond if you recognize my name or if you attendedthe school during that time.
Some of the teachers were
Mr Molvey
Mr Clark
Miss White
Miss Loftus

 
KNOCKBURN PRIMARY
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David Bird from cumbernauld. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Anyone out there have memories of Knockburn?

 
schooldays
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Robert Burrell from Torrance. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
I missed the first month or so at Whiteinch school as I was in Knightswood Hospital with diphtheria in September 1939. I grew up in Medwyn St and during air raids we sat in what had been the playground shelter. In 1945 we moved to Knightswood and I went to Victoria Drive school which is no longer.

 
school
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Irene robertson from Bridgeton. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
helo went to John st. school in tullis st. in the early 60s in class 3F anyone know of a Margaret Brown from Poplin st, or Elaine McLevie from Main st. brigton, also Nan Brown, Dot Kin. rita Docherty, Carole wiley, if anyone knows of them please let me know

 
School
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Albert Kelly from Ayrshire. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Hi
Can remember clearly starting school for the first time. The year - 1945; the school - St Theresa's Killearn Street. Possilpark. I just did not like that era. The teachers were so strict. Just couldn't wait for the day i left.
Albert Kelly

 
Firhill Road
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Katie Tanner from Buffalo, Wyoming, U.S.A.. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
We lived at 50 Firhill and attended St Charles. 1958 we moved to Bisland Drive and went to St Augustine's secondary school. I left scotland in 1967 and came to the U.S.. My folks and sisters still live in Scotland. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who lived in the areas or attended these schools, cheers Katie.

 
Edinburgh Childhood Memories
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Mrs Isa McLaren from Edinburgh. Posted 12 Jul 2006.
I was born on 3rd August 1930 which was also my maternal Grandfather’s birthday. I was the apple of my Granda Millar’s eye until my little sister was born on 17th March 1934. My granddad was a devout Catholic so May was now the apple of his eye. I had one older brother and 1 younger brother and 3 younger sisters. We all stayed in my Dad’s mother’s house in Ferrier Street, Leith in one room. We all moved into a council house in Granton in 1939 and it was great to have electric light and a bathroom as we only had a wee lavatory in Gran’s house. Although I had to share a room with 2 of my sisters it was heaven to have a bedroom of our own.

 
Island Childhood?
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Morag Stephenson from Isle of Harris. Posted 26 Apr 2006.
Does anyone recall schooldays on the Isle of Harris in the 1950s?

 
School Poems
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Mrs Margaret Hay from Bucksburn, Aberdeen. Posted 26 Apr 2006.
I was a pupil at Monymusk Secondary School, Aberdeenshire. During my timethere was an audition for Childrens Hour on the radio with Elizabeth Adair. Our class had to say their piece about their favourite theme. I spoke about Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger. Our headmaster was Mr AWM Whiteley. His son Jon recited the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. It was from that audition that Jon was chose for the film ‘Hunted’.

 
School days
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Elspeth Sinclair Nee McKail from Spain. Posted 10 Feb 2006.
At the end of the war my family who had spent nearly three years in Millport returned to Bridgeton, Glasgow and I went to John Street primary which was in Hozier Street off Dalmarnock Road. On Saturday mornings , wearing my best clothes, I went to Miss Paterson's elocution classes held in Cuthbertson's Studios in Sauciehall Street. We had public performances every year in The Lyric Theatre and hired our costumes from Bambers Theatrical Outfitters. Later, when the Glasgow Academy of Dramatic Art opened in the old Atheneum buildings, I went there after school on Thursdays. I used to broadcast on Children's Hour with Auntie Kathleen and once played a little Highland boy with Stanley Baxter as my father. In those days you only had to write to the BBC for an audition if you were twelve years old. At school in Bridgeton I was teased for talking posh and nicknamed "Jolly Hockeysticks" after a character in ITMA, the famous radio show. At the secondary School I used to win The Burns Competition every year run by the Bridgeton Burns Club and had to recite at the winner's concert in the Bridgeton Public Halls.

 
Old TImes in the Gorbals
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Gerry Kane from Glasgow. Posted 10 Feb 2006.
I like to think that the time I had in the Gorbals was the best I had. I stayed in Hallside street untill 1956. We then had to move out to Drumchapel - all that open space and all that green stuff on the ground! A good time was had by all.

 
Childhood days in St Monans in the 20s and 30s
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John Cunningham from Fairlie, Ayrshire. Posted 9 Jan 2006.
In the 20s and 30s there was neither television nor computers, and radio (the wireless) was in its infancy. As a result children had little incentive to remain indoors and, weather permitting, most of the activities were of the outdoor variety, summer and winter. Indoor pastimes were limited, depending on the family resources and, in a small fishing village at that time; many were on the bread line. Maybe I was a bit luckier than most as I had a Meccano set, a Hornby train set and other toys, to help me while away the long dark winter evenings. Card games, Snap, Sevens, and Old Maids etc. were played, as was the occasional game of dominoes.

 
the strap
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David MacMillan from Vietnam. Posted 11 Nov 2005.
I went to school at Elgin Street, Clydebank in the late forties and very early fifties, and I was a regular recipient of the strap. The hard part was pretending it didnae hurt in front of the class. Sid Gallegher, Harry McKinley,Ian McGregor are some of the names I remember.

 
Youngs, Townhead, Taylor Street
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Peter Young from Denmark. Posted 9 Nov 2005.
Was reading about Taylor Street here and was wondering if any one had recollections of Margaret-Ann Young who gave birth to my father Harry Young at 138 Taylor Street, Townhead in 1913. I believe Harry's father was a James Mathieson who worked as a compositor and who also lived on Taylor Street. We've just been trying to trace my father's roots and Young's of Townhead. Margaret had a sister, Mary, and the whole family was orginally from Montrose. We discovered the family grave in Riddrie Cemetery when my father died in 1996.

 
The "Coocaddens*
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Paul McClintock from Ayrshire.... Posted 1 Aug 2005.
Hi....
Happy memories of growing up in Grove Street in the Coocaddens and going to Grove Street School, (1964-1969) then onto Woodside Secondary. The numpties went to St Georges Road (joking) My brothers John and Allan still stay quite close. Great community, great neighbours. M8 motorway has a lot to answer for.....

 
Springburn, Glasgow memories
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Agnes Gilbert from British Columbia, Canada. Posted 3 Jun 2005.
I was born and raised in Millarbank St Springburn through 1946-1964. I lived right across the street from the Police Station and the Public Hall. Have wonderful memories of growing up in Springburn. My name then was Agnes Smith and my Dad worked for the Railways.
Still see him coming "up the dunny" from Cowlairs Road at night when I'd go and meet him. I went to Colston and then at 15 to work at the Glasgow Herald and Evening Times. Great pals, great neighbours and a great place to grow up. My best friends then were Ellen Shaw and Jean Campbell.

 
Play and games
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Angela from Glasgow . Posted 10 May 2005.
I have fond memories of playing kick the can or going to the local woods to play paper chases. We would split into 2 groups. One would leave the message clues and the other team would try to hunt us down after 10 minutes or so by using our trail of paper clues.

 
William Steele
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Joel King from United States. Posted 5 May 2005.
I am seeking information about William Steele, a primary school teacher in Dundee, Scotland during the 1950's who came to the United States as an exchange teacher in about 1954. Would greatly appreciate receiving any available information.

 
My Mother From Bute
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ANNE-LOUISE from Greece. Posted 31 Jan 2005.
My mum Betty Gordon Miller was born in bute on 18th March 1939, but she has not been back for over 40 years. However, we have planed a trip to take her back in June of this year. So far my research has gone very well in finding her family.
As she has no photos of her life on Bute or her childhood it would mean the world to her and to me if I could somehow find a school photo. I am puting together a scrap book of every thing I find as a surprise for her. I have even found a photo of her father William Stark Miller, beter known as Willie the sweep. She went to Rothesay Infants and Rothesay Academy.
If anyone can help i would be so so grateful. Thank you.

 
School: Exchange visit
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Liz Willis from London. Posted 8 Oct 2004.
The head of the French Department in Dingwall Academy in the early 1960s used to organise exchange visits to Belgium in the summer holidays, for (I think) all the secondary schools in Easter Ross. The scheme was that Belgian pupils stayed with Scottish pupils’ families for 3 weeks, then the Scottish pupils’ went back with them to stay with their families for 3 weeks. The idea was to improve our French, but this was a very economical means of going abroad at a time when foreign holidays were still not on the cards for most people. To keep travel costs down to the absolute minimum – I believe we had to pay a total of £5 return in 1962 - we did the epic journey from Dingwall to Dover, and back, by coach. Many of us had never been south of the border before, never mind further afield, and we were amazed at the sight of city gents pouring out of their offices en masse as we made our way through London in the rush hour. There was a form to fill in with various details to try to ensure a degree of compatibility between the matched pairs of pupils and their families, and we were briefed, via a booklet, on the other country’s history, culture and customs. In many ways the experience was an eye-opener as to how other folk lived, and widened our horizons memorably.

 
The Coronation in Greenock
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Georgina Baxter from Largs. Posted 28 Sep 2004.
I lived in a small cul-de-sac street in Greenock at the time of the Coronation in 1953. I was ten years old, nearly eleven, and it was a time of great excitement in our street. The adults, well actually, the mammies decided to have a street party. This caused great excitement. Unknown to us weans it was a lot of hard work and preparation for the parents. The street consisted of six closes on one side and three closes on the other side along with two pre-fabs. The top of the street was blocked off by a tall fence with what looked like railway sleepers. it might have been because the railway line backed on to our street and it was supposed to keep us weans from wandering on to the line.

 
Auchtercairn School
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Colin Mellor from Edinburgh. Posted 9 Sep 2004.
I enjoyed watching the video clip of the School I was a pupil there at that time

 
St. John's Grammar School
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William Coulter from Chattanooga Tennessee. Posted 4 Aug 2004.
I was not a very good student in school.I was always at the bottom of the class Trouble seemed to find me wherever I went. I left St. John's and immigrated to the United States in 1952. My French teacher told me that it was Scotland's gain and America's loss. I just retired after 38 years of teaching. St. John's is closed not, but the memories remain.

 
Happy Days at Ancrum Rd. School, Lochee, Dundee in the 50's
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M. Gordon from Canada. Posted 26 Jul 2004.
I loved going to school at Ancrum Rd. Most of the teachers were great.....even Mrs Crab the music teacher and Mr Clark who could nick the side of you your head with a piece if chalk from 50 yds. My fav. teacher was Miss Alfred who later became Mrs. McGowan. There was a great wee hill in the back of the playground where we made slides when the weather got frosty. Happy Happy days.......

 
Stobswell School Dundee
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Helen Clark Black Foster from Florida. USA. Posted 1 Jul 2004.
I would like to hear from anyone who attended this secondary school before and during WWII. Anyone remember the "Spy on Potters" roof? That was me playing with the lights while supposedly firewatching the store!

 
school days Colston
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Elaine Orr from Glasgow. Posted 11 May 2004.
I went to Colston Secondary school and although I'm 49 now a lot of the wee films I've just watched bring back such fond memories of exactly how it used to be. We were so primed to become housewives and baby carriers even in the early 70s. All that domestic science and housewifery...
My God it was so funny. Washing one week and ironing the next with what would be considered today as wireless irons Ha ha ha! Those were the days, the Electric Gardens, the Jamaica Inn when we left. Spending those big wages. I had 3 jobs right enough. 1 full time and 2 part time. Great Times (we think).

 
Rothesay Academy
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Butenet from Rothesay, Bute. Posted 19 Apr 2004.
Hi, I'm interested to know if theres anyone reading this that use to go to Rothesay academy on the isle of bute?

 
Country Dancing
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Andrew Thomson from Washington DC. Posted 5 Apr 2004.
I went to School in Bishopbriggs. I remember the normal PE schedule getting dropped around the end of November in favour of learning Scottish Country Dancing. This was done for the big School dances coming up at Xmas.

 
school and the strap
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Henry King from U,S.A.. Posted 1 Apr 2004.
In the eary forties when I went to Albert secondary school in Springburn, Glasgow, I plunked school once only, during the time I was there. When I returned to school the next day I handed my teacher a note that I had written in my own handwriting a "Please excuse Henry note, "it would not be believed,so I was sent to the office of "Wee Dick" the head master.
Im sure his name must have been Richard {forgot}, my punishment was three belts with my hands crossed, he then took a big leather strap and beat my palms three times, I remember him holding his school gown to the side for a clear swing, and with a lot of power, he hit me so hard I still remember the pain to this day.
what I think he taught me, there was some men who got pleasure from beating kids.
He certainly did not teach me I should not dodge school. could not get out of that place fast enough. H.K.

 
childhood
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Frank Ford from Australia. Posted 27 Nov 2003.
being brought up in the Gorbals,plenty to do, good clean fun, bit of mischief, getting the barra from Hislops up the penne in Gorbals St. With my Brother our dad would load it up and then off to the Barra's, fond memories. Good people

 
Class IVe Trinity Academy 1945
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edward thomson from glamis. Posted 27 Nov 2003.
Teachers were retirees in thier 70s. However, two incidents come to mind which may amuse. Miss Clare Caldwell the Music teacher was acquainted with Dr Herbert Wiseman who did the BBC schools broadcasts and he visited our music class one day. I sat next to a Peter Harkess (now in Oz) and Peter was asked to sing Horo My Nut Brown Maiden For the visitor this was typical of the awful music we 15 year olds had to listen too. Peter refused and was invited to stand outside the room. Wisemans gaze fell on me - sing Wee Cooper o' Fife he demanded. In solidarity with Peter I refused, adding it was a load of gibberish. At this Miss Caldwell intervened and sent us both down to Rector Weir's office with the reccomndation we received six of the belt each for insulting the VIP. Subdued, we returned to Class but when the teacher's back was turned I took my maths compass and inscribed a swastika on the piano!! It must have been overlooked for when my son was at Trinity it was still on the piano in 1967!!

 
Childhood and Schooldays
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Betty(Kelly)Howard from Canada. Posted 18 Nov 2003.
Broomloan Rd. School Govan,remember the great lunches, milk at your desk, great custards. We were poor, but no-one went hungry at school... changed days.
We amused ourselves on the streets at the tenements, kick the can, peevers, ropes and chasing after the rag man. Then onto Govan High. We wore uniforms, boys and girls were in separate classes.The strap (soaked in vinegar) was the thing to avoid. There was plenty of discipline in class. But we still managed to take a rise or two out of the teachers, n a fun way.

 
School discipline
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Shiela J Smith from Twickenham. Posted 31 Oct 2003.
the first primary school that I went to was very painful for me.
I was a bit slower than other children , as i had an under-active thyroid since birth.
One teacher I had in primary 5-6 Miss G hit me on the face because i couldn't do the sums.
I couldnt understand them. Also a teacher we had in the infant dept used to bring sweets for the whole class, to be shared. But the other teacher Miss G gave them all to the brainier kids, it wasnt fair. That teacher would have been sacked nowadays, and they didn't seem to care for children with special needs then im glad they do now.

 
Memories of school in Ayr
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Shiela J Smith from Twickenham. Posted 31 Oct 2003.
I loved school at Braehead Primary, Ayr, in the 60s when I was 9.
The teachers were fair. We had to learn poetry and the Ten commandments off by heart - a good beginning. The Headmaster Mr John Nimmo was very proud of his pupils.
The Primary 7 teacher Miss Hart was great and kind and gave us confidence although we missed her terribly when we left. We had to leave early for transition before the secondary school.

 
school days
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Jean Chalmers from Penilee School. Posted 13 Oct 2003.
I just wish the schools today were more like the ones of yesteryear. I had great times at school. The teachers were quite strict but that never stopped us we still got into trouble. The thing I remember most was when one of the boys got the top of his finger chopped off in a door we never realy heard the real story of how it happened.
But I must say my schooldays in Glasgow were great. I am sure I had a better time at school than my boys did over here. We are in Australia. My school days began in 1949 and ended in 1959 - the best days of my life but I didnt know it then...

 
1950's kids
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Kathleen from Glasgow. Posted 22 Sep 2003.
the fifties were the best.

 
Growing up in Townhead
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Cathy Duffy from Glasgow. Posted 12 Sep 2003.
Hi There
I just came across your site (still browsing). There was a posting from Ann about growing up in Taylor St. in Townhead. I was also brought up in the area in the fifties, and would like to hear from her.
I was born in 1950, and lived at 83 Taylor Street from 1954 until 1965, until I moved to the West End when redevelopment took place.
My name is Cathy Duffy, and my maiden name was McGuinness.

 
Schooldays with Straps
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Marie (Docherty) Bacher from Germany. Posted 7 Jul 2003.
I read all the messages with great interest. Kathleen (Hoverter)! I think I went to school with you at Elmwood. Mother Gabriel was a Saint! Her replacement was sent to try us. Sister Mary Benedicta!! remember now? She was the one that, when she caught you dogging school (not that I ever did such a thing) she immediately thought you were away doing things with boys. We had a lot of rules at Elmwood, one of which was the length of our skirts. When we knelt on the floor the skirt had to be 2 inches above the floor. One day when I was going up the stairs S. Mary B. hung on to the back of my skirt and tried to pull it down. She pulled me out of line and proceeded to scream and shout that my skirt was too short. The honest truth was that I had grown 2 inches in the summer and my mum had bought the skirt at a sale in C & A's. Anyway, I got away with it because I laid it on thick about my mum being a widow with six kid's, etc. Kathleen if you read this send me a mail!!

 
Spray Baths
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John Hogan from Liverpool. Posted 16 May 2003.
I remember going to Gorbals Primary School in the early 60s. Every Thus, they brought a mobile shower unit to the school. we all had to have a compulsory shower, two to a cubicle, one to apply the carbolic soap and the other to apply the scrubbing brush.
I always remember really hating the experience, it was always freezing.

 
1950s childhood discipline
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Sarah Forsyth from Edinburgh. Posted 20 Feb 2003.
My father was quite a disciplinarian, and, as the head of the household, his word was law. Not that he ever hit us; one look was usually quite sufficient!. He expected good behaviour at all times, table manners and politeness, no arguing or answering back.

 
Saint Saviour's School
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Helena (Adams) Laius from Ontario, Canada. Posted 20 Feb 2003.
I attended Saint Saviour's School around 1950-1954. It was run by a wonderful woman Named Miss Herman. If anyone has any info'about the school I would love to hear it. I recently went back to Edinburgh and found the school had been turned into condo's. It was a wonderful school and I have loving memories of Miss Herman.

 
Childhood Games
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Benny Kane from Glasgow. Posted 15 Feb 2003.
We used to play kick the can, where everyone had to hide and one person would guard the can in the middle of the road, but would also be on the lookout for the people hiding. You waited for your opportunity, then made a mad run and tried to kick the can. There was codey, where you would each get a letter that made a word, then there was a chase by the other, who had to batter you, until you gave up your word, so they could then win the game by working out the word (OW!) Kerby was a good game, where you threw a baw off each kerb in the street...there's too many games to mention, Aye they were the days in the 70s and 80s.

 
Childhood Games in Edinburgh
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Elizabeth Bell from Adelaide, South Australia. Posted 11 Feb 2003.
My favourite games were peevers, skipping with lots of other 'lassies' especially when big enough and skilled enough to do 'one no miss'! Hide and seek in the tenement buildings was also good fun although some of the tenants were not amused at the sometimes racket. A-leave-oi (spelling?) was also good especially as we had to run down a hill to the main road to find the set object to be found and rush back up before the others disappeared into said tenement buildings. This was way back in 1939 to 1948. There seems to be so much traffic through my old street now, according to photos, that such games could be a bit dangerous. Also played kingy-ball.

 
playtime games
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Mary Farnsworth from Emmett, Idaho USA. Posted 27 Jan 2003.
I remember the games we played at playtime. During the season when we played "balls" - it was a mad dash outside to get the best wall to "stoat" our balls off. We were quite proficient at bouncing two balls off the wall and performing lots of nifty acrobatic tricks into the bargain. First leg, second leg, both legs together ball bouncing through from behind, gibralter (ball going behind your back) and then the last one was "big birly". We went from ball season to skipping ropes to scraps. What wonderful fun we all had. I also remember getting the strap a time or two. I was a bit of a talker - but it definitely was a drastic form of punishment. However, I feel the worst form of punishment was the humiliation that the "not so bright" children had to suffer. Being called a dunce and humiliated when they struggled to learn. I teach struggling readers in an elementary school and believe me they suffer enough without public humiliation. That really was inhumane. I consider the education I received to be good - Mr. Tragheim, my qualifying teacher at Sandwood Primary school was excellent. I have many pleasant memories of my Glasgow childhood. I now live in Emmett, Idaho USA -

 
Education in rural Scotland
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Quoich. Posted 19 Dec 2002.
Neither boys nor girls were encouraged to continue at school after 14. Girls
were actively discouraged. I am talking of prewar and wartime, and also of
the children of farm workers. Discrimination was worse in some areas eg
Roxburghshire was particularly bad. Berwickshire was much more enlightened.
It would be interesting to read of the experience of others. For myself had
my mother not come from a mining community in the west and was having none of
it, I might never have had a university education. To my mother I owe an
enormous debt.

 
Glasgow Schooldays
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Ann O'Donnell. Posted 28 Nov 2002.
I went to school in Springburn, Glasgow in the 1950s. I have good memories of childhood and the days seemed to be very carefree, excellent schools and teachers or do we only remember the good parts? Primary school was Wellfield and senior secondary was Albert it was be interesting to find out if they still exist.

 
Growing up in wartime
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Alfie Smith. Posted 22 Nov 2002.
Being born in 1939 the 'BLACKOUT' meant nothing to my pals or me, it was a way of life and we knew nothing else. I remember in the winter time when it was overcast with no moon or stars to give any light, not even a glimmer from house windows because of the blackout blinds on them, we would find our way home by feel, counting windows and doors in the street until we came to our own house.

 
Growing up in Carnwadric
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Harry Greenwood. Posted 20 Nov 2002.
I attended the "widden school" on Hopeman Street and at ten years of age I was in love with my teacher Miss Phillips, but then so were all the other boys. Murray Graham, David Torrance, Cecil Shave, James Paxton, John Halbert and Eddie Blair to name just a few..and the girls we had them too, Beatrice Duncan, Mamie Webster, Nan Douglas, Isa McAuslin, Jean Barr to name a few. My own sisters are Minnie, Anna and Netta.
I left for the navy in 1942 and returned in 1947. When I left I worked in the Drawing Office of the "Monel" Henry Wiggin in Thornliebank and returned there when I was demobbed butat the end of 1950 I left for Canada and I am presently living in West Vancouver, British Columbia. If any of my generation read this drop me a note. Just to keep it clear I am seventy seven years old.

 
The Belt
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Alfie Smith. Posted 18 Nov 2002.
I went to Fredrick Street school in Aberdeen for a year in 1951. The English teacher was a Mr. Mowat who used the belt as his daily workout, as he lined the class up for our daily belting we would heat our hands on a handy radiator and barely felt a thing as he broke into a sweat belting 30 odd of us. He was just a wimp of a man.

 
Paisley childhood in the 1950s
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David. Posted 6 Jul 2002.
Winter came along with the usual smog, we all wore a hankie over our mouths then! The pain of our wellies rubbing into the back of our legs (ouch!). Dad permanently waving the TV aerial about to get some sort of picture on the telly. Yes, I have fond memories of that time.

 
Moving to a New School
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Miller H Caldwell. Posted 20 Jun 2002.
I left Primary two at Kirriemuir Primary School in May 1958. Well that is not really exact. The school was built on Reform Street. Therefore I came from Reform St Primary School and that took some explanation to my new class, who knew what a Reform school was in Glasgow.

 
Educated in Kirkcaldy
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Wilma Anderson. Posted 20 Jun 2002.
Educated in Kirkcaldy, 1952-1966. Just really horrid memories, what a cruel place school was. Discipline? It was cruel child abuse. I can't imagine allowing anyone to 'belt' my child, or my grandchildren.

 
Backcourt Buskers
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John CK Mathieson from Glasgow. Posted 14 May 2002.
Your stories surprise in that there is never any mention of the ‘buskers’ who very often came round the backcourts and also entertained in the streets. During my childhood it was not unusual to have men coming round the ‘backs’ and singing. Women would throw a copper or two wrapped in paper from the window to them, quite often a jeely piece would also be sailing down.

 
Glasgow Childhood of the 1940s
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Agnes Nancy O' Connor from Thornliebank, Glasgow. Posted 4 May 2002.
I was born in Blackburn Street, Kinning park, Glasgow on 10th September 1941. I can remember the pound of the sirens going off when the Germans bombed the docks at the bottom of Blackburn street. They also bombed the little local church. In 1943 we moved to the next street, because we had to get a bigger house, as there was 2 girls and 2 boys, plus mum and dad. I can remember we all slept in the one double bed, 2 girls at top and 2 boys at the bottom. Mum and dad in the double bed recess in the living room.

 
Edinburgh Childhood in the 1950s
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Liz Butchart from Edinburgh. Posted 30 Apr 2002.
I was born in 1953 in Simpson's Memorial, Edinburgh. Because I was born the week before the Queen was crowned (26th May) I and all the other babies born then were given a 'Coronation' Baby Book and card with their names etched out in gold.

 
School Memories from the 1930/40s
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Betty McNulty from Glasgow. Posted 27 Mar 2002.
I have always been gifted with being able to make people laugh; many a time it got me into trouble. At school one day I was put outside the classroom, and I started to do some handstands to pass the time.

 
Childhood in the 1930s
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Margaret Strachan from Aberdeen. Posted 25 Mar 2002.
We were never bored, we played all the time: games like rounders and jumping from one air-raid shelter to another. When I look back, it was obviously dangerous, but I don’t believe I ever had an accident. When the weather was bad we played cards inside or sat around a candle and told stories. We would walk round to the railway station and go up to the signal box to meet the signalman and chat to him for hours while he was working. We’d wait for trains to pass and then wave at them. In the Winter, I can remember sledging on roads. We’d get old syrup tins and tie string into them, holding the top of the string we’d walk for hours on them as home-made stilts.

 
Educational Achievements
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Myra Denton from Glasgow . Posted 23 Mar 2002.
I was the Girl Dux at Lambill Street School, Kinning Park, Glasgow in 1958. I remember being very proud of the book I received and being told my name would be engraved on a trophy.

 
Fun and Games After School
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Norna Clarke from Thurso, Caithness. Posted 12 Mar 2002.
I remember spending lots of times having fun. After school we would first do our homework. There was never a lot of homework from school, just token amounts. Then we’d go out to play in the street, streets were more interesting than gardens because all the kids were out and there was a good sense of community. There was true friendship amongst children. I remember that boys and girls tended to play all together. At play we’d have ball games, skipping and team games . I particularly remember ‘hares and hounds‘ - the person being the ‘hare’ was blindfolded and closed their eyes for five minutes. Everyone else were the hounds and we’d set off as a team, chalking arrows on the floor to leave clues. The object was for the hounds to get back to the den. It could last for a long time and go on for miles. Another thing I’d do with my friends and family would be cycling. I got a second hand bike and we used to cycle as a team. We’d go on mystery tours for hours, just cycling through the streets. It was always very safe, because there was really no traffic then. When we weren’t playing in the street or pedalling for hours, I’d be climbing tress - I was a tomboy and loved it. I’d climb apple trees to pinch the fruit. But you’d have to be careful because there was always a bobby on beat - you always knew that, they were an important part of the community.

 
Schooldays with the Strap
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Jimmy McGregor from Perth. Posted 7 Mar 2002.
Primary 4 meant a move into the headmaster’s room, in size much akin to the infant room. For heating there was a large stove. It was coke burning and the older pupils took it in turn to stoke up at the 11 o’clock interval. I was now on to vulgar and decimal fractions, English Grammar, parsing, mental arithmetic, reciting poetry etc. I cannot remember the "strap" being used in the infant room but it was certainly used in the headmaster’s room.
Sometimes it would be merely for sheer inability on the part of the pupil. This happened to one girl so often that she decided to play truant. It was found out and her mother returned her to school and pleaded with the headmaster not to "belt" her. This was agreed and the mother departed from the classroom. There elapsed only minutes and the belt was produced. Two whacks and the door burst open; mother rushed in, wheeled the headmaster round and kicked him in the backside with her wellington boot. The class was in an uproar and one girl fainted.



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