Alison Freshwater

House and Years at Fettes:
College West 1993 – 1998

Qualifications and career:
Banking Lawyer and Notary Public
Dundas & Wilson CS LLP

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Happy times and high jinx with my housemates – they are still my best friends now.

And your least?
Probably the nerves before sitting my scholarship exams in the Old Library – although these were quickly dispersed by a group of friendly pupils who had been tasked with looking after us and delighted in showing us the newest thing: computers with colour screens (well it was the early ‘90s!).

Were you awarded a scholarship at Fettes and, if so, what did it mean to you?
I was awarded a Continuation Scholarship in 1991 towards the last two years of my preparatory school education at Crawfordton House and a Foundation Scholarship in 1993 for the duration of my time at Fettes. Since my parents had three (expensive!) children at Fettes, I suspect the scholarship programme allowed me to become a Fettesian, and I will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunities that it gave me.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
All of the staff left a lasting and very positive impression. To name but a few: the Goudes and Eva Young were hugely supportive during my time in College West, Malcolm Thyne throughout my school career, Peter Coshan in the classroom and on the challenging Duke of Edinburgh Gold expeditions, Brendan Butler for hosting the exciting Paramecium Society discussions and being an excellent housemaster to my younger brother and last but not least, Willie Ross for keeping me on the straight and narrow during my year as Captain of the Shooting VIII and the fantastic Bisley trips. Even with this long list, I am missing out so many influential people and events – I could write another page in response to this question!

Were you a conscientious student?
I hope so. There was a strong ‘work hard, play hard’ ethos, so studying was always well balanced with plenty of sport, music and drama.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
I was a chapel prefect, sung in the chapel choir and played the flute in the orchestra. I competed for the shooting, athletics, hockey, cross country, and lacrosse teams and was fortunate enough to act in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (although not in a principal role, I hasten to add!). I enjoyed getting out into the hills, be it for bracing cross country runs with Doc Hall or taking on the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Finally, I remember many a happy afternoon spent in the schoolchildren’s enclosure at Murraryfield, cheering on Scotland!