Nicholas Hugh Ferguson

House and Years at Fettes:
College West 1959 to 1964

Qualifications and career:
Royal Navy (1964-1980) and Business (1980-Present)

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
The discipline inspired by the Calvinistic regime and Presbyterian qualities of the Headmaster, Ian McIntosh, the Chaplain, George Buchanan-Smith and the School Chapel.

And your least?
Having my Mother and Father living in Asia and then Africa and the lack of joy brought about by being farmed-out for school holidays.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
Sunday Evening Chapel and the great Scottish Preachers of the day that we were privileged to hear.

Were you a conscientious student?
Yes, until I started coasting in the First Year Sixth; the absence of any meaningful external examinations – and the ease with which I was able to read James Bond novels in Chemistry lectures – marked an unfortunate change in my academic performance. Having gone straight in to Upper Fourth upon arrival at Fettes, this change was subsequently much regretted by me, and only salvaged by the fact that I was young enough to have a third year in the Sixth for a further crack at A Levels.

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Mostly playing sport - either routine or recreational - and listening to records/radios in our study.