Archive for May 2020

Hugh MacKenzie: a man with big ideas

Hugh MacKenzie: a man with big ideas

Hugh MacKenzie, headteacher at Craigroyston Community High School from 1972 until 1993, died recently in Edinburgh. Hugh played a major part in making comprehensive education work. A follower of A S Neill of Summerhill and of the psychologist, Wilhelm Reich, he offered a progressive role model for […]

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Find your Family Roots 2

Here’s some advice for using ScotlandsPeople for beginners in family history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lCGo27nH1E

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Find Your Family Roots 1

I’ve produced a video to support you in starting to explore your family history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6SKFwIQEFY&t=3s

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Obituary: Hugh MacKenzie, Scottish headteacher and innovative educationalist

Obituary: Hugh MacKenzie, Scottish headteacher and innovative educationalist

Hugh MacKenzie, headteacher at Craigroyston Community High School from 1972 until 1993, died in Edinburgh on 17 March 2020.  He was an innovative, radical educationalist, a relentlessly practical and realistic visionary, who played a key role in introducing comprehensive education in a socially, and educationally, divided city […]

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WILLIAM WARDEN, R.N.

  Caroline Gerard’s excellent article on William Crokat, who for five years commanded the guard on St Helena during Napoleon Bonaparte’s imprisonment there, was a reminder of the wide Scottish contribution to British military power.  Crockat was not however the only Scottish presence on St Helena. William […]

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IAN RANKIN’S EDINBURGH

With a brief interlude in London, the adventures of Ian Rankin’s detective hero, John Rebus, are set in Edinburgh.  Rebus himself, like Rankin, is a Fifer, an exile in Scotland’s capital, an almost archetypal working class, Scottish male who has left his roots behind, but reminisces nostalgically […]

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