Former Pupils

LEFT SCHOOL 1960-1969
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Were you a former pupil of Ardrossan Academy? Why not submit your own details here?

Click here to view the 1962-63 Staff Photograph
Joy Kirkwood is very keen to organise a get together for former members of the orchestra, which was at its peak in the 60s and 70s.
Download details here (this is a Word document).
Joy's email address is: joylowther2000@yahoo.co.uk
Allan, Norma
dgma@mcmail.com

Left school in 1964.

Married name: Norma Campbell.

Norma qualified as a Medical Secretary at Anniesland College.
She has three wonderful children and is now a grandma with one grandaughter, Sarah. She is employed as a sheltered housing manager in Ardrossan. Her passions are fast cars and exotic holidays.
Allwell, Margaret Dunlop

Left school in 1964.

Married name: Margaret Knight

Margaret obtained a DCE at Craigie College in 1967, an ITQ at Jordanhill and a BEd (Hons) at the University of Strathclyde in 1996.
She has now retired from Primary Teaching. Her husband Bruce has also retired from the Meteorological Office. They live outside Edinburgh. They have one son, recently married and living in Bonnyrigg. Margaret remembers most of the staff in the picture on the web site and girls from school - Pat Wiseman (who left to go to Glasgow), Mary Ferguson, Isabel Dunlop, Alison Brown, Margaret Evans, Olive Carson, Pamela Barrie, June Blackwood and Irene Parker. Says Margaret - "It would be fun to hear from any of them".
Margaret now has two grandchildren, likes to crochet and makes a lot of hats.
Photo of Margaret and her husband at the Great Wall of China in August 2014
Andrews, Derek M
dma@cprops.fsnet.co.uk

Left school in 1967.

Derek, joined ATMAYS travel agents as a junior in 1967. In 1981 he formed his own travel business - Alander Travel which he sold in 1987. He is now a private landlord and Letting Agent, trading as Cunninghame Properties, in Saltcoats. He married Elizabeth in 1982. They have three children and live in West Kilbride.
Barnett, Craig
barnettgray@aol.com

Left school in 1967.

When Craig left school he joined the Inland Revenue. He now stays outside Perth. He has many memories of Tubby Anderson 'murdering' his 'attempts at essays', a nightmare at the time. A good smoke in the boiler room was the answer,aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh happy days.
Barr, Ian
ian.barr@salvationarmy.org.uk

Left school in 1967.

Ian first joined the Bank of Scotland then worked for A.T.Mays for six months prior to entering the William Booth College in 1971 and King's College (University of London). He obtained a B.D. (Hons) M.A. He was commisioned as a Salvation Army Officer in 1973. He currently has strategic responsibility for Salvation Army social, community and evangelistic programmes in the UK and Ireland. He married in 1974. He and Chris have four daughters and four grandchildren. They live in South London.
Bartleman, Angela
angelahooton@yahoo.co.uk

Left school in 1968.

Married name: Angela Hooton.

Angela obtained a diploma in Art at Glasgow School of Art. Angela studied Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art and began her teaching career at Largs High School. She married and moved south to Northamptonshire. She has two sons, and now lives in the village of Broughton, Northamptonshire. Angela teaches dyslexic students and, in her spare time, she wrestles with her garden, paints and sings in an octet called Consensus Vocalis. Angela has fond memories of Madame Smith and Geordie Buchan. She would love to hear from anyone who remembers her.
Black, James E.C. (Jim)
jim@jecblack.com

Left school in 1967.

On leaving Ardrossan Academy, Jim went to Glasgow University where he studied Maths, Physics and Computing and obtained a B.Sc (Pure Science). After graduating, he married Marion Jackson (Ardrossan Academy 1965). They moved to Gillingham in Kent where Jim worked for CAV and then Texas Instruments. He then moved to the states where he got an MBA from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He worked for several software companies, ran his own consulting business for five years and eventually managed to sell a large software company before the dot com bubble burst! He was able to retire at age 50 and pursue his interests of music composition, brass bands and flying. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and owns his own plane. Jim and Marion have two children and visit Ayrshire at least once a year. He has fond memories of the school magazine, the Rencontre Franco_Ecossaise, Ken Heatherington's music class, Andy Partridge's history class, Colin Crook's science club, and skyving off to roam the hallways "looking for Johnstone Brody". If the teachers were wise to that ploy they never let on! Jim would love to reconnect with any of the old gang, especially the prefects, and reminisce about simpler times. Jim's website: http://www.jecblack.net
Blair, Alex 'Yogi'

Left school in 1966.

Alex obtained a BSc Hons. Psychology at the Open University. He lives in Kilwinning and is married to Katrina Hamilton, also from AA. They have two daughters Gillian and Fiona and a grandson Daniel. Alex is a compulsive DIY'er and eternal student, hence the OU degree just before he reached 50. For all those teachers, eg Maggie Lyle, who always said "could do better". He is now retired after 35 years with BT and spends his time on geneology and joinery.
Boyd, Joan (Joanie)

Left school in 1966.

Married name: Joan Allen

Joan went to the old Stanley Ardrossan Academy on Stanley Road. She has been back in Ardrossan since 1995. She would love to get in touch with old pals.
Bradshaw, Anne
akeighley@camel-pond.demon.co.uk

Left school in 1964.

Married name: Anne Keighley.

Anne has happy memories of her first and only year at Ardrossan Academy before her family moved to Somerset. She wonders if any of the 10 Annes in her class remember her! She would also like to contact her best friends from West Kilbride, Fiona Bell and Jean Craig.
Anne obtained an MA at Kingston University and now lives in Surrey with her husband and two cats. She is currently an English consultant for the National Literacy Strategy. She has not forgotten how to make parkin and still puts milk in porridge. She enjoys the lakes and woods which surround her village but misses Arran in the sunset.
Brookfield, Michael
mbrookfi@hotmail.com

Left school in 1962.

Michael obtained a B.Sc and Ph.D at the University of Edinburgh.

He is now a retired professor of Geology, formerly based in Canada. For 35 years he worked (and still works) in the Himalayas in India and Pakistan, and the mountains of Central Asia to the north, where he stayed with the very hospitable, and very poor, local villagers. He now resides in Taiwan.
He remembers his teachers, fondly, as dedicated, if somewhat stodgy, folk. His only advice to current students is "Don't make the same mistake I did. F*** your brains out while you still have time and remember to think for yourselves and question authority!".
Bruce, Robert

Left school in 1964.

Robert emigrated to Canada in 1967 and now manages two large agricultural feed plants.He is married with four great kids. He loved reading about Tommy Hughes and Miss Aitken - his first form teacher. He was back in Saltcoats in November 1999 and walked past the rugby fields where he had so many memories of past games and friends.
Burden, Christine
altb@linknetmail.com

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Christine Headley

Christine attended Hamilton Teacher Training College but left when the family moved away from Fairlie.

She thoroughly enjoyed a privileged expatriate lifestyle over a period of 20 years in Zambia and Saudi Arabia with her Engineering Manager husband, whilst acquiring a number of Residential and Commercial Properties in the UK. She now loves life in the South of France, with regular trips down to the golfing Penthouse in Spain. Her favourite pastimes are Motorhoming, Horse Riding and Swimming in her own heated pool! She sends her "Kind Regards to All".
Burns, Margaret Ferguson

Left school in 1969.

Margaret studied at Dunfermline College of Physical Education and Edinburgh University.
She obtained the Diploma in Teaching Physical Education and Anatomy & Physiology. She also obtained a B.Ed Honours Degree.
She also has Governing Body Awards in various outdoor activities.
She has recently stopped teaching Physical Education, ICT (Access Methods) and Outdoor Education to multiply disabled visually impaired children and young people at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, after 31 years. She was also the Excursions and Risk Assessment Co-ordinator. She has two sons. Her main hobbies are photography, singing and performance art, and making things. She enjoys contributing to Wikipedia, Wikimedia, RCAHMS, Scran, Flickr, Memorials to Women in Scotland.... combining her interest in photography and history.
Calder, Jim

Left school in 1968.

Jim obtained an M.B., Ch.B. at the University of Edinburgh. He has been a General Practitioner in Montrose since 1978. He is married to Lorna and they have three children. Pastimes include playing the organ and computing. He is vice chairman of the Montrose branch of the RNLI and is the lifeboat doctor.
Caldwell, David H.

Left school in 1969.

David obtained an MA and PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He is Curator of Scottish Medieval Collections, National Museums of Scotland. He is also Director of the Finlaggan Archaeological Project. David is married with three children and lives in Fife.
Campbell, Andrew
a.campbell@leeds.ac.uk

Left school in 1968.

Andrew obtained the degrees of LLB and M.Phil at Aberystwyth University.
He is now Professor of International Banking and Finance Law at the University of Leeds and a Solicitor (entitled to practice in England & Wales). He is married with two grown up daughters.
Campbell, Colin
colin@colincampbell.org

Left school in 1965.

Colin escaped from the day job way back and is now taking it easy with Shanghai girl, Wang Xiudi in tropical Sarawak on the lovely green island of Borneo. Now it's all much more fun, writing poetry and cheeky wee stories and even getting them published. View a 2016 photo here. View his two websites by clicking here or here
Campbell, Eleanor
eladams@justice.com

Left school in 1968.

Married name: Eleanor Adams.

Eleanor obtained a Dip. Ed. at Craigie College of Education. She lives in Gainesville, Florida and works at the University of Florida Healthcare. She is involved in dog rescuing and fostering. She had six children and has twelve grandchildren. Her brother, Andy Campbell, was in the year below her.
Campbell, Jim
jmcam100@btinternet.com

Left school in 1963.

Jim is a Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry and spent most of his career with ICI at Ardeer and Dumfries, before becoming a self employed training consultant. He is now retired and living in Largs. His interests include church activities, curling, walking, music and reading. He looks back with fond memories of his teachers and fellow pupils at Ardrossan Academy.
Campbell, Michael
coachman_20042001@yahoo.co.uk

Left school in 1964.

After leaving school Michael worked locally until he joined the army. He served all over the world until an accident which meant that he was medically discharged. Since then he has been employed as a driver and training officer for a bus company. He lives in Kettering, Northamptonshire and would like to hear from anybody who remembers him.
Cane, Martin

Left school in 1965.

Martin obtained a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde. He would like to thank all his old school mates for giving him a great time when he was younger - he loved school !
Carmichael, Iain
neil.carmichael@eidosnet.co.uk

Left school in 1961.

Iain obtained an MB,ChB and MRCP at the University of Glasgow. He is married to Elaine Savage, a former pupil of Ardrossan Academy. He lives in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, and is working as a General Practioner. He is the father of six children . His hobbies include golf. He has a handicap of 4 and plays at the championship course, Southerness. Iain would be interested in being contacted from anyone in his year.
Chalmers, Steve
stevechalmers006@btinternet.com

Left school in 1965.

Steve left school half-way through 6th year and, soon after, "emigrated" to Edinburgh. He spent years in the police force and "retired" at 55 from the Scottish Parliament Police Unit. He is now working at the Palace of Holyroodhouse so he is a member of "The Royal Household". He is married to Marlene and has three sons, all bigger than him! His hobbies include hillwalking, stuntfighting/film extra and history research (checkout roslin-whatbattle.com and comment)
Chamberlain, Andy
andysue@mail.com

Left school in 1963.

Andy left school to join the Navy. After 6 years he left to become a musician. He was the original drummer with LT Pidgeon and also played with Highway, Stavely Makepeace, Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions, Don Fardon and many others. He spent 20 years as a teacher of the deaf (in British Sign Language) and has now retired from teaching at the 'Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education'. He is a keen allotmenteer and sings with his wife Sue in care and nursing homes around Devon. He is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He particularly remembers 'Tubby Anderson' - a Great Teacher - and still loves English.
Chambers, John 'Jake'
jakechambers@tiscali.co.uk

Left school in 1965.

Jake worked in a bank on leaving school then had a brief few years as one of the few professional scouters in Scotland before going into Educational Child Care. He lives in Dunoon where he is Officer-in-Charge of the school hostel - he tries to get the 54 residents to behave better than he did at Ardrossan Academy! A passionate fly-fisherman, Jake is married to Linda, with two children, Julie and Iain, both of whom got honours degrees. Now the doting grandfather of Eva and the proud owner of a daft-as-a-brush Springer Spaniel called Spud. He only cares to remember a few teachers - 'Joe' Parker, Geography; 'Rufus' Reid, English; both excellent; and a sadistic PE teacher called Hughes!
Christie, Jean
solcozjane@gmail.com

Left school in 1963.

Married name: Jean Cappelletti
Jean has lived in Italy since 1972 and was recently widowed. She worked in the hotel trade but has now retired and sold the business. She was Junior School Sports Champion and Hockey Captain - she still treasures her old hockey stick! Girls in her class were Linda Perry, Jennifer Gossman and Kay Campbell. She loves to travel and enjoys her four grandchildren.
Christie, Ronald C.
rcc@border.co.za

Left school in 1961.

Ronald studied at Edinburgh University, the Free Church of Scotland College Edinburgh and Westminster Theological Institute Philadelphia. He was a missionary with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Peru in Cajamarca for eight years, a Free Church minister in Wick and Keiss for eight years and in Govanhill Glasgow for ten years. He was a lecturer and then Principal of Dumisani Theological Institute in King William's Town, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa for nine and a half years. He is currently doing lay training and administrative work for the Xhosa speaking Free Church in Southern Africa. His address is : 15 Beaumont Road, King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He married Morag MacRae in 1968. They have one daughter who is currently teaching at Edinburgh University.
Cochrane, Jim
jkcnorthsea@yahoo.co.uk

Left school in 1964.

Jim obtained an HNC Chemistry at Kilmarnock Technical College while working in the ICI Nylon works labs. He married Kathleen Devaney in 1968 and they are still happy together in Stevenston. They have two daughters, born in 1970 and 1973. Now have one grandchild, Ella, born in 2004 and a second grandchild is due in November this year. Left ICI when it closed and joined Mobil in the North Sea as 'an oilman' in 1981 before accepting "an offer he couldn't refuse" to retire in 2001. He is now an active pensioner, actively NOT seeking employment! He remembers teachers - Mr (Dumpy)Dempster (Maths), Mr (Balfour) Brown (English) and Miss (Fanny) Aitken (French) and pupils - the Telfer brothers, the Owen twins, Brian Harkness, Brian Ninian, Jimmy Auld, Dave McDonald and Davie Gordon. Would love to hear from anyone from those halcyon, carefree days. 2006 photo of Jim here.
Connell, Mary
mary_lennox@btinternet.com

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Mary Lennox

Mary obtained an M.A. in History at Glasgow University.
She then trained as a librarian before changing to teaching. After a number of years in the London area she returned to Scotland to work first in Marr College, Troon and then in Perth Academy. After marrying husband Ken, she moved to Aberdeen and now lives in Banchory. She taught in a number of schools in the north east of Scotland, but has now given up work and is enjoying life travelling and participating in a variety of different pursuits from theatregoing to hill walking. She has one son.
Conway, Ronnie
RonConway@bigpond.com.au

Left school in 1969.

Ronnie studied Chemistry at the University of Paisley. He then worked for Roche Products until 1987 and then emigrated to Perth, Western Australia where he worked for Delta West, a pharmaceutical company, as a Senior Chemist in The Oncology Department until 1989. He has now swithched careers after losing his sight and is now The Major Events Organiser for The Dennis Lillee Disabled Sports Foundation. He organises Corporate Charity Golf Days and many other corporate events with his own company. He is now a blind golfer currently playing off a 15 Handicap and reached the heights of World Blind Golf Champion back in 1996 and 1998. He is currently the Australian Blind Golf Champion. He can often be found touring around the world giving exhibitions and conducting challenges against many of the top professional golfers, creating awareness on the ability of people with disabilities. He married back in 1982 to Rita Morrison, a girl from Lanarkshire, who also enjoys golf and plays her part in his corporate events company. He still visits Ardrossan often, as his folks live opposite the Academicals Rugby Fields on the High Road.
Conway, Ursula
utravel@shaw.ca

Left school in 1960.

Married name: Ursula Maxwell-Lewis

Ursula left Scotland to finish school in South Africa. She then trained as a journalist and worked in south, central and east Africa, Britain, Europe and Canada. She founded the Cloverdale Reporter News in BC in 1996 and sold it to Black Press Group Inc. in 2008. She is still on the staff as Managing Editor.
She enjoys her 3 children, 2 grandchildren, golf, travelling, hiking, photography and freelance travel writing.
Cook, Jean
jeantimeyin@onetel.com

Left school in 1967.

Married Name: Jean Timeyin

Jean obtained an RGN/SCM at the Southern General Hospital.

She married in 1975 then moved to Nigeria with her husband for twelve years. Her husband is a retired consultant surgeon. She has four grown-up children and her youngest daughter is currently studying medicine.
Jean now resides in Brighton. She is employed in the Cardiology Research Dept. She has a post graduate qualification in research and is currently studying for an M.Sc. in Cardiology. She still visits Adrossan at least once a year. Her main hobby is travelling.
Copland, Bruce
bruce@mckenziescott.com.au

Left school in 1966.

Bruce obtained a BA in Hotel Management at the Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde. He then spent years in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and finally moved to Australia in 1986. He married Frances nee Scott from Moffat - he met her at University. He is now CEO of the Toga Hospitality Group in Australia but is finally thinking of doing more sailing than hoteling. He remembers fondly Inez Andrews, Jean Jardine, Keith Beard and George Breckenridge as particular friends in fourth and fifth year. Mr McFarlane, as headmaster, impressed him but writing lines for being late for 'Tubby' Anderson was a chore! Bruce lives in Sydney, Brisbane and the Whitsunday Islands and welcomes contact from fellow FPs who remember him as one of the three redheads Willie Holland, George Breckenridge - these days the hair is definitely sandy blonde!
Craig, Jean
jean2512@hotmail.co.uk

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Jean Sivertsen Craig

Jean obtained a DipEd from Moray House.

She lived in Oxfordshire between 1980 and 1987. She now lives in East Lothian. She has 4 children and 6 grandchildren, also 1 stepson and 4 step grandchildren. She remarried in 2011 and retired from teaching in 2014. She set up a helping hands business - Jean's Genies. Her hobbies include walking, cooking, family and friends!
Crawford, Rodger
rogpat@cogeco.ca

Left school in 1969.

Rodger obtained a City and Guilds in Electrical Engineering at Kilmarnock Technical College. He worked at ICI until 1972 when he moved to Canada and spent the next 32 years working in the pulp and paper industry in Southern Ontario. He married Pierrette in 1980. He has two stepsons. He retired on 1 January 2008 and will be wintering in their other home in Florida. They have all the time now to "Golf Golf Golf !"
Cunningham, Ken
ken.cunningham@ntlworld.com

Left school in 1966.

Ken obtained a B.Ed; M.Ed at the University of Glasgow. He was appointed a CBE in 2002, and in 2015 was awarded an Honorary D.Univ from Heriot Watt and the Fellowship of SQA. He never really properly got to leave school, having taught in several schools around Glasgow and in various other education-type posts! From 1993 to 2008 he was Head Teacher and Principal of Hillhead High School Learning Community, then, until 2015, was the General Secretary of School Leaders Scotland (the rebranded Headteachers Association of Scotland). He has been married to Marion Shedden since 1972. Marion was Head of Belmont House Junior School and latterly Hamilton College Junior School until 2012. They have now retired to Nerston village in East Kilbride from Newton Mearns and have two daughters, two grand-daughters and a grandson who continue to keep them fit and active. They are still heavily involved in a wide range of national bodies and church activities so they tend 'not to weary too much'!!
Currie, Tony
tony.currie@bbc.co.uk

Left school in 1969.

Tony was the first voice 'on air' with Radio Clyde. He left after two years to be Senior Announcer at STV until 1987, simultaneously running Europe's first cable radio network (Radio Six) from his basement! (Radio Six now broadcasts on SKY and the internet, and via a network of transmitters around the world.) He spent eight years in London as Controller of Programmes at the Cable Authority/ITC then CEO of AsiaVision for two years before moving to Dublin to set up Ireland's first satellite channel, TARA TV. Tony set up a radio station in Cambridge and hosted Europe Top 40 on Ukranian State Radio for a year. He is now back in Glasgow, and having spent nine years as a BBC TV/radio announcer and Network Director he is now the producer and presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's "Nightshift" sequence every night. He also writes a lot - first book 'Concise History of British Television' is now into its second edition and a second book on the history of the Radio Times came out in 2001. A book about the early days of Radio Clyde is due at Christmas time, 2006. Tony would be happy to hear from anyone who was at school with him, as long as their hobbies did not include pushing his head down the outdoor toilet.... Photo of Tony here
Dalgleish, Ian
ianmethyl@gmail.com

Left school in 1967.

Ian graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry from Glasgow University in 1971. He returned to Ardrossan Academy as a teacher on 1 September 1972, was promoted to Assistant Principal Teacher (Science) in 1983 and to Principal Teacher of Chemistry in 1985. Ian retired in 2005 after 33 years as a teacher at Ardrossan Academy. His interests include computers, cycling, music, natural history, photography, walking and a quiet life!
Dalziel, David
dj.dl@btinternet.com

Left school in 1966.

David obtained an MA in Management at the University of Coventry. He joined the fire service in Ardrossan in 1969, served in Glasgow and Argyll, returned to Ardrossan as Deputy Commander (West Command) in 1998, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Grampian in 2001 and is currently Chief Fire Officer of Grampian. He was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service in 2004.
de Mello, Denise

Left school in 1969.

Married name: Denise Hogarth

Denise obtained a diploma in Physical Education at D.C.P.E. Edinburgh. She taught at Ravenspark Academy, Irvine with Maureen Boyd and Dusty Miller. She married Sandy Hogarth of Sorbie Farm, Ardrossan in 1976. She left teaching in 1978 to have her family and moved to a farm near Girvan in 1981 where she became a farmer's wife, full-time! They have three daughters. She returned to teaching in 2001. She keeps in touch with Mandy Barnett, Margaret Burns and Moira Kerr. Special note to Tony Currie - if she had known about the toilet incident, she would have bashed them with her hockey stick!
Dickie, Linda Scott
linda.scott6@bigpond.com

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Linda Scott Buckingham

Linda has a National Diploma in Catering & Hotelkeeping. She worked as a catering manager but is now retired and lives with her husband and dog in Queensland. She has no children but recently found a brother in Scotland that neither of them knew about as she was adopted by a family from Stevenston.
Donaldson, Nanette
npearsontalktalknet@googlemail.com

Left school in 1966.

Married name: Nanette Pearson

Nanette obtained a Diploma in Primary Education at Craigie College, a Dilpoma in Physical Education at Dunfermline College of Physical Education and a Masters degree in Education (Management) from the Open University. She taught in schools for ten years then went on to Perth College for the next 25 years and took early retirement in 2006.  She lives in Perth and spends her time gardening, golfing and as a Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer.
Duncan, Aileen

andyaileen@o2.co.uk

Left school in 1968.

Married Name: Aileen Wallace

Aileen obtained a B.Sc in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, then a Post Grad at the University of Sussex in PE and Geography. Most of her working career has been in insurance. Nearer to retirement she was Medical Secretary to two Edinburgh consultants.
She married in 1975 and has two children and four grandchildren. When not chasing after the grandchildren, she keeps busy walking and playing badminton and Zumba. From school, she has fond memories of having to get the train from Largs! She would love to hear from anyone who remembers her.
Durnan, Robert

Left school in 1964.

From 1966 to 1974, Robert worked at Glengarnock Steel Works, Prestwick Airport and The Board of Trade in Glasgow. In 1974 he went to Hong Kong on a "temporary" posting with Hong Kong Government where he stayed until June 1997 when he retired just prior to the handover of Hong Kong to China. He now resides in California with his family. He would like to hear from other former pupils of his era.
Evans, George

gjevans59@hotmail.co.uk

Left school in 1962.

George obtained an M.A.(Hons) Philosophy at Glasgow University and an LL.B at Edinburgh University.
He became an advocate in 1973 until appointed a sheriff in Glasgow in 1983 and then in Cupar in 1997. After 26 years on the bench, he retired from "the judging" in 2009. He married Lesley in 1973 and has two daughters, Imogen (now teaching art in Glenrothes) and Felicity (in Insurance in Norwich). He and his wife continue to live near Cupar in the village of Ceres in Fife, but he still misses Arran sunsets and has very happy memories of his time in amateur dramatics in West Kilbride. Teachers he most admired looking back were Dr. Nisbet (Latin) and Jack Todd (French). His best friend was Michael Brookfield. From time to time he still sees David and Pauleen Hutchison and Colin Kirkwood. He attends classes in creative writing at St.Andrews University and sings with Cupar Choral society. Lesley still teaches special needs pupils and now also runs the Lunardi Art Gallery in Ceres. George would be glad to hear from anyone who remembers him.
Findlay, Helen

Left school in 1968.

Married name: Helen White.

Helen obtained, at the University of Leicester, an NVQ4 for the Association of Accounting Technicians of which she is now a member. She has lived in Leicester for the past 30 years and is married to John. They have 2 girls called Joanne and Caroline. If anyone remembers Helen's name please get in touch.
Ferguson, Bobby

gandbferguson@adelaide.on.net

Left school in 1961.

During an apprenticeship at ICI, Bobby played for Kilmarnock FC. He was then transferred to West Ham United in 1967 and played there for 14 years. He retired from football in Britain in 1981 then went to Australia. He married an Australian girl in1968. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. His pastimes include the never ending search for a good golf swing and an even greater search for the best bottle of red ever! He would love to hear from anybody who is still alive and remembers him.
Flinn, Patsy

p.black@bathspa.ac.uk

Left school in 1966.

Married name: Patsy Black.

Patsy left school to work for ICI. After marrying Bill, they went to live in Bristol where they have lived ever since. They have two children, Jane and David, and two grandchildren, Yorgi and Kleo.
Patsy went to university as a mature student in 1990 and gained a First Class BA Honours Degree in Education. She now runs the PGCE Primary and Early Years Programme at Bath Spa University.
Fowlie, Patricia
trish.mills@btopenworld.com

Left school in 1969.

Married name: Patricia Mills.

Patricia obtained an MBChB from the University of Edinburgh. She is a Community Paediatrician in Tunbridge Wells, married with three teenage children. She is also an inveterate student, having obtained a Diploma in Philosophy from the University of Kent, a Diploma in French from the Open University and a 2.1 in French, with distinction in spoken French, from London University. Says she "so much for Geordie Buchan who told me I'd never pass O Grade and was so dizzy I should have been a blonde! No bad for a self-taught degree, with a busy job and three teenage wains." She has more 'populist' tastes as well - Star Trek and junk TV like Footballers'' Wives!
Freed, Jennifer
jshea1150@aol.com

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Jennifer Shea

Jennifer went to school in Largs and then moved to Ardrossan Academy. She attended the University of Strathclyde then left to follow other possibilities. She is now married and lives in Connecticut with three children and one grandchild. She tries to make frequent trips home to Scotland and would love to hear from old friends. Her schoolmates were Norma Galbraith, Elsa Harris, Janet Glendinning, MarionLockhart, Jan? and Margaret Reid. She remembers tipped singles and smoking in the Plantation?
Fullerton, Garry
gfck@eol.ca

Left school in 1961.

Garry has worked for the last18 years as a nightshift electrician at a Daimler/Chrysler plant. He is married with one daughter, one son and one granddaughter. He has been in every state east of the Mississippi except Florida on his Harley. He remembers French teacher "twitch" Hinshallwood who drove a huge blue American car.
Gavin, Jane
WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS SUPPLIED

Left school in 1964.

Married name: Jane McWhinnie

Jane left Ardrossan to attend Irvine Royal for the pre-Nursing course and qualified in 1972. She is still working as a neonatal sister in Ayrshire Central. She got a B.Sc in Health Studies in 1998. She is married with three children (all former pupils) and lives two minutes from the school where she also served as a board member for a few years. Her best friend (and still is) was Christine MacLean.
Geddes, Andrea
ta.amcpherson@btinternet.com

Left school in 1960.

Married name: Andrea McPherson

Andrea worked in the Labour Office in ICI for 6 years after leaving school, marrying Donald McNeil in 1964. They had one daughter, Heather, in 1966. From 1966 to 1972 she worked in Brent Manufacturing in Ardrossan. From 1972 to 1978 she worked with R L Alpine. From 1978 to 2004 she was employed with Wilson Sporting Goods in Irvine as HR Manager. She married Thomas A McPherson in 1986.   Andrea is now enjoying retirement.
Glover, John (Ian)
john@gloverart.co.uk

Left school in 1963.

John obtained a D.A. at Glasgow School of Art and a B.A. from the Open University. He worked as a freelance book/magazine illustrator for 10 years, for companies such as Hamlyns and Oxford University Press, before concentrating on portraits and landscapes. He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London ( as part of the B.P. Portrait Award) The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Society of marine Artists and The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours etc. He has painted University Dons, Captains of Industry, Council executives, Headmasters and more informal portraits of individuals and family groups. He has won numerous awards and taken part in exhibitions, both group and solo, throughout the country.
Goudie, Anne
dhanandanne@sympatico.ca

Left school in 1960.

Married name: Anne Khare

Anne now lives in Canada and attended the University of Ottawa. She went to school with Christine Hannah, Francis Maxwell, Valerie Findlay, Beverley Bruce, Rosemary Walker, WYlie Nicol, Ian Flemming, Catherine McCrae, Mary Soucen, MIchael Rose ..........43 in all! She would be pleased to receive e-mail from all or any of them.
Gray, Jennifer
Jenniebiggsie@yahoo.co.uk

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Jennifer Biggs.

Jennifer obtained an MA Hons Politics and Economics at the University of Edinburgh and has worked in the voluntary and public sector ever since now leading on alcohol policy in Aberdeen.  Three children are now in their 20's making films, working as a journalist and on smoking policy.   She remembers school friends Elizabeth Gourlay and Bethy from Fairlie, David Bass, Kathryn Fullerton, Margaret Marshall and Ian Crawford. Where are they now ? 
Gray, Margaret
m.k.gray@btinternet.com

Left school in 1967.

After leaving Ardrossan Academy, Margaret went on to Strathclyde University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in English. She then went to Jordanhill and taught English at secondary level for three years before deciding she was "not teacher material". She returned to her studies, graduating from Glasgow University with a Ph.D in Scottish literature. For a while, she worked for the Sue Ryder Foundation but then decided to become a writer - something she had always wanted to be. Mills & Boon took her on, and she is still with them, having had twenty-three medical romances accepted and published ....... which makes her bank manager very, very happy !
Haley, Robert

Left school in 1960.

Robert obtained a BSc and a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde then had a one year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Liverpool. He married Sandra (formerly Mair). They have two sons, Mark and Julian. He emigrated to Canada in 1968 and joined Uniroyal, Guelph, Ontario. He moved to Montreal in 1977 as Marketing Manager in Unroyal's Industrial Products Division. After three years in Montreal he moved back to Ontario. The business was sold in 1985 to BBA a UK based company who operated in North America under the name Scandura. Robert was General Manager of the operation 1985-1993. He then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina as President and Chief Executive Officer of Scandura's North American business. The company was sold in 1995 then again in 1997. Following a move to Lake Wylie, South Carolina in 1997, Robert went into semi-retirement in 2000 and fully retired in 2005. Robert passed away in 2006.
Hall, Jim
mgh5@btinternet.com

Left school in 1966.

Jim went to Glasgow University to study Geography and Economics with a vague view of becoming a town planner but he "saw Cumbernauld and ran off to a newspaper". Thereafter he saw many lands and "lived the life of Reilly".

He has now "hanged up his hacking jacket" and retired to a Fife fishing village, with the superb Margaret, where he and she intend to lead a life of questionable peace and quiet.
Hamilton, Joanne
jolorr2602@hotmail.com

Left school in 1969.

Married name: Joanne Lorraine

Joanne left Ardrossan Academy in third year with no formal qualifications but went to evening classes to gain university entry qualifications. Joanne married in 1974 and has two children - Ronald and Lara Andrews. She graduated in 1985 as a Registerd General Nurse at the Ayrshire and Arran School of Nusing. She specialised in Oncology and Palliative. Joanne emigrated to Western Australia in 1989 and gained Bac Social Science and the Post Grad Diploma in Human Resource Management from Curtin University. She has had a fantastic career in the Management that took her throughout Rural and Remote WA as well as Perth City and Fremantle. She left Western Australia for the cooler weather of Hobart in Tasmania where she is currenlty living.

Joanne enjoys treking, arts and crafts, travelling, singing, the "good old Aussie family BBQs". Her main passion at the moment ( apart from the grandchildren) is Aussie Rules Footy. She visits Scotland approximately every two years where she still has a brother and sister. She would love to hear from any of her class-mates from school.
Hamilton, Tom
thomashamilton1@btinternet.com

Left school in 1962.

Tom obtained a B.Sc in Pharmacy from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D in Pharmacology from the University of Strathclyde. He was employed in Pharmaceutical R&D in Hertfordshire for over 30 years. He is now retired and still living in Herts. Kathleen and Tom have two grown up daughters and 3 grandchildren. Tom's pastimes include being a football fan, golf, travel (including cruising) and research of Scottish lighthouses (due to the family tree connection). He regularly visits family in Scotland.
Harris, Elsa
elsak1949@hotmail.co.uk

Left school in 1967.

Married name: Elsa Kirk

Elsa obtained an M.A. in English and History at Glasgow University.

She taught English at Ardrossan Academy and was Principal Teacher of English at Auchenharvie Academy. She has now retired.

As a pupil, she belonged to the group transported from Largs High School in S3/S5 and treated with some suspicion as were the Stevenston evacuees. She still sees Charlie Blakely - still smoking and still reading. She still keeps up with all her hockey pals.

Elsa enjoys singing in the Govan Stand, walking the dogs, keeping in touch with pals, reading and European history. She married David Kirk in 1972 and "begat one of each". She now has one grandson and three Boxer dogs.
Harry, Wes
wesharry@gmail.com

Left school in 1963.

Wes obtained a B.Sc (Soc), MA and Ph.D at the University of Strathclyde. He left Ardrossan Academy after 2 years to move to Cyprus and has kept moving ever since. Most of his career has been in Asia and the Arab region. He held senior management positions in Asian and Arab banks, airlines and the oil sector. More recently he has been Adviser on Management and Organisation to governments in East Asia and Knowledge and Development. He is well past retirement age but keeps going somehow. Wes would like to hear from those who joined Ardrossan Academy in 1961.
Hood, Lynda
Jim@Shanks7.Freeserve.co.uk

Left school in 1968.

Married name: Lynda Shanks.

Lynda obtained a B.Sc in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. She has lived in Stirling since 1972 and married Jim Shanks in 1975. They have two great children - Andrew and Sarah. Before her children were born Lynda taught at Kilsyth Academy and Larbert High. She is currently a temporary part-time teacher of Biology at Larbert High School. She was friendly with Liz McClymont when she was at school and would like to get in touch with her again.
Horne, Stewart (Big Jack)
jstewart.horne@hotmail.com

Left school in 1967.

Stewart obtained a B.Sc Hons. at the University of Strathclyde. He married Katie Brown, another former pupil at Ardrossan Academy, and has two grown-up daughters. After working for 37 years for Michelin, he has now retired to play golf in the Dundee area.
Howat, Roy
royhowat@gmail.com

Left school in 1969.

Roy obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He is a concert pianist, musical writer, lecturer and Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, London Roy's website: www.royhowat.com
Howie, Arthur-John "Al"

Left school in 1964.

He did not continue to university, drifting instead through many jobs and several countries. In his thirties he discovered he had a gift for ultramarathoning, and got himself a couple of entries in the Guinness Book of Records. He competes on a world class level, in races of a thousand miles and more. He works in the reforestation industry in British Columbia Canada. He has good memories of his english teachers Mr. Anderson and Mr. Reid, known affectionately as "Tubby Anderson" and "Rufus Reid" amongst the students. Click here to see a photograph of Al.
Al died in June 2016. You can read his obituary here.
Howie, Keith
khowie6145@aol.com

Left school in 1963.

Keith left school to join the British Linen Bank (subsequently Bank of Scotland) with whom he remained for 36 years until granted early release in 2000. His latter roles involved regional marketing which fuelled an interest to take a postgraduate diploma and MSc courses in that subject. Since leaving banking he has entered partnership with three fellow graduates to form NextLevel Associates (www.nextlevelassociates.com), a strategic marketing consultancy. This supplements his pension and allows for the odd pint of Guinness. In 1989 he married Lindsay Brown from West Kilbride. They live in Largs and begat Kieran (1991) and Rachel (1994). His hobbies are golf, petanque and watching Kilmarnock F.C. Keith remembers teachers Bert and Madam in the Art Department, the ramblings of Andy Partridge and Jimmy "Russ Conway" Tait who now teaches Kieran music at Brisbane Primary in Largs. Best of all, was inflicting a first ever defeat on Geordie Buchan and Guy Whitefield in the annual teacher/pupils golf match. Contact from classmates is eagerly anticipated.
Hughes, Bill
WKH6071450@aol.com

Left school in 1962.

Bill studied at the University of Glasgow and the College of Nautical Studies. He obtained a 1st Class Combined (Steam & Diesel) Chief Engineer. He is now a Chartered Mechanical Engineer employed by ExxonMobil. He lives in the South of England. He is married with two sons and two grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, golf and swimming when he has time.
Hutchinson, Graham
graham_dw.hutchinson@hotmail.com

Left school in 1968.

Graham completed a Marine Engineering cadetship with BP Tankers then enjoyed a career at sea, becoming chief engineer before leaving that behind him and going to Heriot-Watt University. He graduated with a B.Sc in 1986. A post graduate Diploma in Marketing followed. He moved to Stirling in 1970 and married in 1973. His son, Ross was born in 1978 and his son, Hamish was born in 1980. Divorce followed in the mid 80s and in 1988 he came 'home' to West Kilbride. Shortly after that he met Caroline (Geldart). They married, lived in Caldwell Road and have two children, Jack (1996) and Ruth (1997). He enjoys sailing, curling and looking at the view.
Hutchison, Beth
beth_hutchison@logicneed.co.uk

Left school in 1967.

Beth obtained a BSc at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge. She then became a computer programmer. After 10 years working for small computer start-ups, she is now a Software Architect with IBM, in Winchester. She is married, with no children, which gives her lots of time for her favourite activities of golf and travel. She doesn't do so much sailing these days, but used to own a yacht and lived aboard for 2 years in the Med in the mid-80s - all thanks to her initiation at Largs Sailing Club. She's managed to keep in touch with Marna McLelland from '66, but lost touch with Helen Cunningham in '74 and Liz Gourley in '71.
Hutchison, John
johnhutchison02@yahoo.co.uk

Left school in 1964.

John left Ardrossan Academy in 1964 to start an electrical apprenticeship with ICI (Ardeer). He attended Kilmarnock Technical college on day release, and gained a C&G. After 14 years with ICI, he joined Shell in 1978 where he has worked on four oil production platforms (including the operations / electrical commissioning of the Gannet 'A'). He is currently the RPE, (Responsible Person Electrical - 'grand title' for technical and HSE authority), working on the Gannet 'A' platform, as well as being an NVQ assessor in electrical, and hydrocarbon operations. He has been married since 1970, has four children, and two grandchildren. He lives in Ellon, about 17 miles north of Aberdeen. His hobby is golf, and he managed a handicap of 9 for a very short time.
Hutchison, Sheila

Left school in 1960.

Married name: Sheila Glidewell

Sheila left Ardrossan Academy after 3rd year when the family moved south. She obtained an MA in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D at UEA (Norwich). She now lives in St. Andrews and is married with 3 grown-up children. She has recently retired from the Scottish Crop Research Institute where she worked on MRI of plants. She plays golf.
Kennedy, Graham
wgk1945@gmail.com

Left school in 1963.

Graham has been happily married to Sandra for 46 years. They have two sons (Lee and Ross) and two grand daughters (Skye and Isla). He started his career as a materials technician, through to senior engineer then moved into technical and sales management, then business development. He travelled the world, working in St Kitts, Trinidad, Grenada, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He is a fully qualified golf teacher and golf club maker and repairer. His hobbies include golf and music, playing guitar and keyboard. He retired in Egypt in 2010 but sold up after the revolution and returned to Wimborne in Dorset. He is moving to Arran in June 2015.
Kennedy, Mike
mikeandmarie39@hotmail.com

Left school in 1967.

Mike has 'good memories' of Ardrossan Academy although he was only there for two years. He obtained a B.A. Hons in Admin. & Industrial Relations at the University of Strathclyde. He then spent several months as a gravedigger at Largs cemetery before starting his career in Personnel management with Glynwed in Falkirk. After 11 years he moved to HarperCollins (Publishers) in Bishopbriggs. He took early retirement in 1994 and now lives in California, near Falkirk, with his wife Marie and their mad cocker spaniel. His interests include computers, archery, Spain (he has a flat there) and 'chilling out'.
Key, Marie
anthonys@kos.net

Left school in 1964.

Married name: Marie Schoenmakers

Marie moved with her family to Canada in 1966. After a career with the Human Resource Development Ministry of the Federal Government she is now retired. She and her husband Tony have 2 children (Cory and Kim). Marie and Tony have owned and operated their own limousine company since 1995 from their home in Sydenham, Ontario. Marie remembers a few friends from school she would love to contact, including, Isobel Cameron, Anne Burnett and Eleanor Campbell. She has not been back to Scotland since 1974 but is hoping to return soon for a visit.
King, Raymond
karen.king2@homecall.co.uk

Left school in 1960.

Raymond left Ardrossan Academy whilst in the 4th year and started an electrical apprenticeship with Shell at the Ardrossan Refinery. He left the refinery in 1965 and worked at Hunterston until 1968. He then worked in several locations in England returning to Scotland in 1973 to work at the Beechams Facility in Irvine. He worked overseas from 1978 to 1983 then moved to Aberdeen to work with Conoco until his retirement in 2002. He is now living in Aberdeenshire. He has two daughters, Karen and Lorraine, by his first marriage and is now remarried to Karen.
Kirk, David

Left school in 1965.

David obtained an RIBA certificate in Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, Dept. of Architecture.
He attended Ardrossan Academy from 1952 until 1965.
David passed away on 25 Jan 2013. " Tae a' the seas run dry."
He liked watching Rangers and Ardrossan Accies and walking three boxer dogs.
Kirkwood, Michael

Left school in 1967.

Mike obtained a BSc at the University of Glasgow. He then qualified as a teacher at Jordanhill College. He has taught Geography, first at Auchenharvie Academy and then since 1979 at Marr College. He married Anne. They have two sons, Patrick (13) and Alistair (11) and live in West Kilbride. He has many good memories of his days at Ardrossan Academy. His former Geography Teacher, Mr Penman, introduced him to his hobbyhorse in a trip to Brunnen, Switzerland, back in 1964! Since 1974 he has specialised in organising annual trips for S2 pupils from the above schools to Wilderswil in the Bernese Oberland.
Lawson, Stewart

Left school in 1962.

Stewart started his career with ICI in the Nylon Plant at Stevenston. When this was closed in 79/80 he followed the Oil Industry to Aberdeen and he now owns a Company which offers various services to the Oil Industry. He married Ruth Fyfe in 1970 and they have three sons: David, Alastair & Iain. His interests include off road driving, model aeroplanes and tinkering with mechanical things.