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TRA15 - teachers photograph
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TRA15 - teachers photograph

Tain Royal Academy teachers c. 1964
Back Row(standing) 1.Elizabeth Campbell(cardigan),2(man wearing glasses),3. Jack Paterson, 4. Neil MacArthur, 5. Mr Taylor, 6. John MacLeod, 7, 8. Bill Beaton, 9. Mr Mackay, 10. Sandy Leitch, 11. Andrew Melvin, 12, 13. Eric McDermid, 14,
Front Row(sitting):15, 16. Mrs Davis, 17. Connie ?, 18. Rector Robert Hay, 19. Miss MacLeod, 20. Miss Sheila Watson, 21. Mrs Crowther.
Picture added on 07 August 2013
No. 17 is school secretary Connie MacKay.
Added by William McRae on 11 August 2013
Yes had a few of these teachers; fond memories. Sandy Leitch was avery good teacher; Miss Watson a very cool teacher; the very best was Neil Macarthur. Now there was a pupils teacher.
Added by RODDY MATHESON on 20 August 2013
Connie was a really nice person. Many a time I forgot my dinner ticket and she helped me out. What a really kind person she was.
Added by RODDY MATHESON on 21 August 2013
Also included in this picture is Mr Mackenzie( not John Macleod)(6), Miss Henrietta Young, (15), Mr Grant(7), Mr Macdonald(14).
Added by Stephan Pater on 26 August 2013
No 15 is Miss Henrietta Young (English ) . Is the teacher with the glasses beside Neil MacArthur not Mr Mackenzie ( Maths) and between him and Mr Beaton the geography teacher ( Mr Grant ?). No 14 was the science teacher but we called him "Noddy" and I don't remember his real name ....
Added by Anne on 02 September 2013
Jack Paterson was my dad - he died in 1996. My mother, Betty Paterson, later taught in the old Academy as well. She is now in Duthac House care home, which is the same building, of course.
Added by Donald Paterson on 26 April 2014
Noddy McDonald was a brilliant teacher! Got me through my Higher maths fuelled by his refreshing approach. Bumped into him, as a teacher myself, at Keith Grammar School declaring out loud, "Noddy McDonald! what are you doing here?" to the embarrassment of the headmaster - apparently Noddy had done well for himself and was very high up the Educational ladder! Oh, well - he'll always be just Noddy McDonald to me
Added by Jean Cooper (Duncan) on 29 June 2014
Correction: Higher Science!
Added by Jean Cooper (Duncan) on 04 July 2014
This photograph brings back memories. 15 is Miss Young, English teacher. 17 is Connie MacKay, school secretary. Mr Melville tried to teach me French and German. My attempts at German translation would usually get responses from him such as 'you wouldn't notice a baby elephant if it was tied to a chain round your neck' or 'you remind me of my pet snail Brian'. Happy days.
Added by George MacKenzie on 15 December 2014
I should have written Mr Melvin. I went on to study Art in Aberdeen. Miss MacLeod was a big influence.
Added by George MacKenzie on 15 January 2015
Mr MacKenzie (Scoopie, something to do with golf and bunkers, I believe), Maths teacher. What an inspirational teacher. Was with me all through my academic years, 1959-1965 and was my guide to becoming a Maths teacher myself. Lovely memories!!
Added by Jean (Duncan) Paton on 15 March 2017
Noddy Macdonald came to view our house in Newburgh when we were moving to Alness. 'Loved the house, but said our dining room wasn't big enough to take his grand piano. Amazingly, he said he was surprised that I recognised him!
Added by Alex Graham on 18 March 2021
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