House and Years at Fettes:
School House, 1974-77
Qualifications and career:
BA (Hons), PhD.
Professor at Durham University
What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
So many happy memories… My House friends and the collegiate nature of the school. My first House Master, my Physics teacher, my English Literature teacher. Our house matron (‘battle axe’). Wednesday afternoons! The walk towards a hot bowl of porridge on winter mornings! Our golf course! Fives courts and other sports facilities.
My most cherished memory must be the look on my parents’ face when I was introduced to them as a House Prefect and also when I won my Colours for playing in the school Basketball team.
And your least?
Windy stormy nights in cold dormitories!
If relevant, what did being a scholar at Fettes mean to you?
To understand ‘education’ in its fullest sense. It gave me the confidence not to shy away from any challenge and also taught me how to be a good citizen.
What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
My House Master. In terms of a key event, this must be my first Founders Day.
Were you a conscientious student?
Yes, I would like to think so.
Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Playing games, catching up with mates and spending time in other Houses, visiting the Tuck Shop.