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11.11.14 - VCs come to Glenalmond

Glenalmond's theatre hosted two packed audiences on Tuesday 11th November as staff and pupils gathered to hear about three OGs who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

The speakers were Mr Michael Naxton, Curator of the Lord Ashcroft Victoria Cross Collection at the Imperial War Museum in London and Lt Col (Retd) Derek Napier, a Trustee of the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen. To read the full story, please follow this link VC_Lecture_Notes.

Alexander (Alec) Rochford  - Patchell's 1944 - 1946
Alec sadly died in October of this year in Trinidad.  He was the third of 3 brothers to attend Coll.

Alan Kerr - Patchell's 1958 - 1963
We were saddened to recently hear of the news of Alan's death on 3rd July 2014. 

William 'Pat' Laird - Skrine's 1951 - 1955
We were saddened to learn of the death of Pat Laird who died on 22 October 2014.  The memorial service will be held of Friday 7 November, 2pm, in Cupar Old and St Michael of Tarvit Parish Church, Kirkgate, Cupar. 
W P Laird

John Anthony Hinchcliffe - Matheson's 1954-1959
We were saddened to hear of the death of John who died on Saturday 18 October 2014 after a lengthy illness.

Alaster Scott Templeton - Skrine's 1946 - 1951
We were saddened to hear of the death of Alaster who died peacefully at home on 8 October 2014 aged 81. 

Ian James Cowan - Hon OG
Ian sadly died on 21 September this year.  He was a great friend to Coll. 
I J Cowan Obituary

James Douglas Neil Ford - Matheson's 1950 - 1954
We have just learned the sad news of James' death of 11 April 2014. 
James D N Ford Obituary

Patrick A M Cox - Skrine's 1939 - 1942
We were saddened to hear of the death of Patrick on 5 April 2014.

Alan D V Elliott - Member of Staff 1954 - 1976, Matheson's Housemaster 1962 - 1976, Honorary OG.
We were saddened to learn of the death of Alan Elliott who died peacefully in hospital on Friday 17th October 2014, following a short period of illness. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at Kirkcaldy Crematorium then Dunnikier Park, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3PL.

Ruth Shackleton - Lothian 1991-1993
Ruth, one of the first female members of the CCF at Glenalmond will be leaving her role as Team Manager of the Red Arrows later this year.  We are grateful to Ruth for arranging the fly-past at the end of Commem this year.  Please follow this link for a full feature on Ruth.

Tristan Doumen - Skrine's 2008 - 2010 & Emma Snowball - Lothian - 2006 - 2010
In September 2014, Tristan & Emma will be driving from Cairo to Cape Town over four months to raise awareness and funds for Tusk, a charity concerned about conservation, and Educateurs Sans Frontieres, a division of the Association Montessori International, in particular its Corner of Hope project.  The overriding theme of this journey is education and conservation and their interconnectedness.  We wish Tristan and Emma a safe journey.  If you wish to follow their blog  you can find it on www.lindikhaya.com.

Archived OG News

Fin MacLeod - Patchell's 2007 - 2012
Fin heads to Samoa for two months as a volunteer rugby coach for the Pacific in Union Programme, an Australian Government initiative which uses sport as a vehicle to achieve social development outcomes in Pacific Island countries.  Coll have donated old rugby kits to give to the children in Samoa.

Fin MacLeod

Richard Mill - update 5 June 2014
Richard has just found out he has been selected to play for the full Scotland 7s side at the European Championships this weekend in Lyon, France.  He will gain a full cap for his country.  Congratulations and good luck!

Richard Mill - Goodacre's 2000 - 2005
Congratulations to Richard who has been selected to play for the Scottish Thistles Rugby 7's team to play on the GB7s tour.  Richard has had one of his most successful rugby seasons yet, playing fly-half for Melrose Rugby Club where they won the RBS Premiership (fifteens) and the Kings of the Sevens this year.  Richard was also capped for playing in the Scotland Club International side against Ireland and France this year. 

Jon Logan - Goodacre's 1977 - 1981
Congratulations to Jon for winning the MV50 age group in the Hardmoors marathon in the North Yorkshire Moors in February 2014. 

Jon Logan
Jon en route to the winning post.

Richard Mill - Goodacre's 2000 - 2005 & Russell Nimmo - Patchell's 2006 - 2008
Congratulations to both Richard and Russell who have been selected for the squad for the Scotland Club International side playing Ireland and France in February and March 2014.  Second row Nimmo and half-back Mill will be part of the 41 man squad who will train together weekly with their first trial game on 6 January.

Gemma Sole - Lothian 2003 - 2008

Many congratulations to Gemma Sole (Captain of Coll 2007 - 2008, Captain of Lacrosse and Vice-Captain of Netball 2008) on her performance for the Scottish Thistles against New Zealand Silver Ferns at the Emirates Stadium, Glasgow.  Eleven members of the Glenalmond community went along to support the Scottish side in this warm-up match prior to the Commonwealth Games this summer.  An amazing experience for the pupils to see this level of play so close up and all enjoyed the evening.  Good luck to the Scottish Thistles this summer!

Gareth Walker - Reid's 2006 - 2008

Congratulations to Gareth Walker who has won the David Rose award in Rugby League.  This accolade is awarded to the Scotland A Team's player of the year and is an excellent achievement for Gareth who is only in his second season of league rugby.  Gareth plays for the Edinburgh Eagles and became their starting hooker in 2012.  He was selected for Scotland later that year.

Alexander Chapman Campbell - Reid's 2001-2006

10 sketches of light

It's just been announced that his recordings 'Ten Sketches of Light' are going to be album of the week on Classic FM's John Brunning's Drive programme.


OG & Hon OG Munro Baggers

Douglas Allan (Goodacre's 1953-58)
Hugo Allan (Patchell's 1982-87)
Andy Brydie (Skrine's 1985-90)
Jeremy Fenton (Cairnies 1962-66)
Simon Fraser (Skrine's 1966-71)
Rory Gibson (Goodacre's 1974-79)
Graham Guthrie (Patchell's 1949-1953)
Andrew Johnston (Patchell's 1974-79)
Fred Lawson (Goodacre's 1955-59)
Alastair Montgomery (Matheson's 1967-72)
Arthur Muirhead (Patchell's 1946-52)
Andrew Simpson (Patchell's 1985-89)
Des Bassett (Hon OG)
Joe Stewart (Hon OG)

If you qualify for membership of this exclusive club of those who have climbed all 284 of the Munros and would like your name added to the list please email Louise Davidson


Alumni Montium - Sixty years of Glenalmond and its peopleAMCover

Alumni Montium ('children of the mountains) takes its title from the opening
lines of the Glenalmond Carmen: Adeste, quotquot estis,/Alumni Montium.                        
The sixty years from 1948 to 2008 have witnessed great changes in the College,
from quasi-monastic seclusion to full co-education. It is the story of a community
adapting to developments in the outside world, yet preserving its essential character.

To order your copy, please contact the Development Office 01738 842046.

Price £30 plus p&p


The History of the Old Glenalmond Golfing SocietyOGGS Cover
1933 - 2008, written by Andrew Primrose OG.

Copies available from the Development Office. Price £10, plus £1 postage.



Michael Walker & Sandy Dudgeon

Michael Walker and Sandy Dudgeon, both past OG Club Chairman, 
resplendent in their OG Blazers. Blazer material available through the
Development Office, priced at £35 a metre.  

Development & Alumni Relations Administrator:
01738 842 046
Email: Louise Davidson