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> St. Augustine's 1961-68, 256 Liddesdale Rd Milton
post 28th Aug 2012, 09:36pm
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Posted an earlier copy of this on 'Friends Reunited' but have had little feedback so here goes...

I was an inmate there from 1962 to 1969.
Even although I did 6 months of 'Prep', I didn't achieve any remission.
Always in the top echelon of classes by year, as in 1aBoys, 2a, 3a etc.

A line or two to jog some dormant synaptic connections......

House Name: Ogilvie
House Master: James (Jimmy) Gordon

Form Master: James (Jimmy) Doherty, then McLaren.
Latin: forgotten McFarlane? Mr Patterson
French: ‘Wee Nora’ Fallon (nyuch nyuch), Desmond (Des) Duffy, Mme Rousselle (double Mmmmmmmm). Mr ‘Wee Wully Face’ aka ‘Pierre’ Blair.
English: ‘Doc’ Durkan, Jimmy Gordon, ? Murray
Geography: Miss Morrison (ooooh-mmmmmmmmm), Arthur Houston
History: "Spud" Murphy, Miss McCue
Music: (Wee Fat) Bob Devlin, Miss Kelly (be-atch)
Physics: Mr Harvey, Jimmy McCourt
Drama: Mr Roccicolli
Chemistry: Mrs McBride, Mr McKeon
Mathematics: James Gilhooly, Girls – Miss Gilligan (superbe-atch), Braidwood
Arithmetic: Mr Johnson (Ex RAF AG)
Art: McGoldrick, Joe Crawford
PT: ‘Fat Jack’ Monaghan & (Tin Man) McClaren, Girls – Miss Ord
Headmaster: Mr Murray ‘till 64 then Poli.

Remember that lumbering Alp known as "Big John" Forrester. Once got six of the best from him.
Sad to relate I found that they had levelled the Senior School, Gymnasia and 'Canny' due to
falling birthrates some time ago.

Other Teacher Nicknames who remain unknown:
Chemistry: "Charlie Chin"

I learned two things from Form Master Jimmy Doherty:

1. Tageld means "Shut your animals' throats" in some lost Celtic/European Language.
2. "You'll always be in trouble throughout your life young Trotsky (his nickname for me) because you'll never be able to suffer fools gladly.".

Very very true and as Doc Durkan would have insited me quoting from Hamlet, "Oh my prophetic soul.....".

Held prisoner in Scotland from 1953. Escaped to England in 1970 then to Homeland Canada in 1980.
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