David Elliot

House and Years at Fettes:
Glencorse 1965 -1970

Qualifications and career:
1993 to date: Diamond Industry Advisor
Advisor to Govt of Northwest Territories of Canada, Tiffany's, ABN Amro
1977-93: Sales & valuation of rough and polished diamonds De Beers
1977: Qualified as CA Deloittes London

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Not one but several: Sport (cricket in particular).
Having George Buchanan-Smith as housemaster, an excellent, inspiring and highly revered example for those under his wing.
Chas Whittle's class was another outstanding memory. He was a very fine teacher from the very old school and such a memorable Dickensian character. His classes and the classroom were a piece of theatre from the Victorian era.

And your least?
Steeplechases & cold showers.

If relevant, what did being a scholar at Fettes mean to you?
At the time, not much. Since then I have come to appreciate greatly the opportunity I was given by being sent there. Great training for survival, getting on in all circumstances even the most challenging. Lifelong friendships.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
There were really many personalities. As above, GAB-S & CJRW stand out. There were of course others - Dave Pighills, D M Lester Cribb, C Niven. Remember 'battleaxe' at the San and plenty of others when one starts to recall.

Events - there were so many but being in cup-winning house sports teams in cricket, hockey, rugby, the last in a highly unfancied team as well as representing Fettes at cricket. Expeditions for Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Were you a conscientious student?
No. Not nearly conscientious enough.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Sport - football on the puntabout, practising in the cricket nets, hanging out with others in house, listening to music. Also rugby, hockey, whatever was going on.