News from Former Pupils

Some Former Pupils will have spent ten years at Cargilfield, which may well be the most time they will spend at one school! Hopefully, you will be keen to keep in touch with us long after you have left.

We are keen to reconnect with as many former pupils and parents as possible, keeping you up to date with what is going on here at Cargilfield, and also to publish news of what some of you have been up to.

Please do send us your news, and also register your details on the Former Pupil contact page, which will mean you will receive an electronic newsletter from time to time, as well as invitations to other events as we build towards the school’s 150th anniversay in 2023.

Find out what some of our FPs have been getting up to!

Former Pupil on the Front Line of Coronavirus

Former Pupil, Zinnie Hall, in her PPE at an intensive care unit at St Peters hospital in Chertsey, Surrey. After Cargilfield she was at Kilgraston and qualifies as a doctor from Aberdeen University.

We are extremely grateful to all those in the NHS who are working so hard on the Front Line at this time, along with other key workers.

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Visit from 86 year old Old Boy Lawers Evacuee

It was a real pleasure to welcome old boy, Mr John A.L. Gunn, to Cargilfield today. He enjoyed looking round the school and he spent time answering lots of questions from the children about his time at Cargilfield and what life was like up at Lawers House. Now aged 86, he was a boy here when the school was evacuated from Barnton in Edinburgh up to Lawers House near Comrie in Perthshire during World War 2. He was the top academic scholar to Fettes_College in 1947!‬

Thank you so much for coming to see us!

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Leo in Pipe Band success!

Congratulations to old boy, Leonardo, and the Fettes College Pipe Band who won the Junior A section at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships in Kilmarnock last weekend.


Jess in Lacrosse success!

Many congratulations to Jessica who has been selected for the U19 Scotland Lacrosee U19A team for Home Internationals in April. A fantastic achievement!


Charlie selected Edinburgh U17 Rugby squad

Congratulations to Charlie P (r) who has been selected for the Edinburgh U17 rugby squad to play in the Fosroc Super4s this weekend.

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Dr Barr meets former parents in Sri Lanka!

Dr Barr is out in Sri Lanka for two weeks and he met some former Cargilfield parents! He sent a photo with Saliya and Shalini Wickramasuriya whose children attended Cargilfield 20 years ago. They are members of the Scots Kirk in Colombo where Russell was the guest preacher this morning and send greetings to the school.

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Jamie Sole picked for Scotland Club XV

We were delighted to see that Jamie Sole, a former pupil of Cargilfield, has been selected to play for the Scotland Club XV against Ireland this Friday as a precursor to the start of this year’s Six Nations. He is the fourth of the Sole children, who are all Cargilfield FPs, to represent Scotland with Gemma (Netball) and Chris and Tom (Cricket) having already represented their country. We wish him the best of luck, and of course to the full Scotland team as they start their 6 Nations campaign against Ireland at the weekend.

Jamie is also the 1stXV Captain of Edinburgh Accies.


Old boy Ronnie Guild dies aged 98

TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran campaigner and “Mr Edinburgh” Ronnie Guild who has died, aged 98.

Born and bred in the Capital, he taught at Fettes College for 30 years and counted former Prime Minister Tony Blair among his ex-pupils.

He stood unsuccessfully for election the council or parliament as a Liberal many times, but was never deterred from fighting for the causes he believed were important.

He campaigned on a huge range of issues, from the need to promote the historic heritage of Cramond to calling for the conversion of a former signal box in Princes Street Gardens into a tearoom with model railway outside and stopping soldiers defacing stones at the entrance to the Castle with graffiti.

Daughter Shena said: “He never gave up and he devoted his life to Edinburgh. He was ahead of his time on conservation. He did a lot to prevent the destruction of Edinburgh as a historic city. He was key to stopping them building a motorway through the centre of it.”

The son of a prominent Edinburgh lawyer, Mr Guild went to Cargilfield School and then to Glenalmond. He joined the Black Watch and ended up in the Indian Army and served in Burma.

After a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford he taught for a short time in St Andrews and then got his job at Fettes.

Mr Guild joked that as housemaster he had given Tony Blair his first promotion. “I made him head of the dormitory. I think there were eight people in a dormitory and someone had to be head. Obviously, that put him halfway to Downing Street.”

Son Alistair said: “At Fettes he started what was called the Outside Service Group, which was an alternative to the CCF. He took the boys to housing estates and got them to help with gardening and painting. He believed very much in doing rather than talking.”

Alistair also remembered his father’s involvement in a wide variety of community issues.

“He often got calls of an evening from people in the area who thought he was the MP or councillor because he was so active. But he didn’t mind because that was his interest - helping people who needed it.”

Mr Guild was one of the first people to submit a petition to the Scottish Parliament after it was created in 1999, urging an investigation into Cramond’s history. He took several more petitions to Holyrood on various issues in the following years.

Robert Philp, a former colleague at Fettes, said Mr Guild’s “sheer persistence” had to be admired.

“He went round Edinburgh with his file and he was always noticing things he thought were affecting the lives of ordinary people. If you were on the council you probably thought ‘This chap is a nuisance’ but his persistence was amazing.”

Mr Philp also recalled how a large company wanted to build its headquarters on part of the Fettes land. “It was going to pay the school a vast sum of money for it, which would have helped the school, but Ronald, because he thought it was bad thing on planning grounds, campaigned to have it rejected even though he was on the staff.”

Mr Guild had to ease off on the campaigning in his last few years, but he continued living in his own home and enjoyed reading. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer, although he never smoked, and it spread to his throat. He died while visiting his daughter near Oxford for Christmas.

His funeral will be at Whitekirk Parish Church in East Lothian on Friday February 7 at 2.30pm.


News from James Younger

I am James Younger - JEG Younger (Viscount Younger of Leckie) and son of the late George Younger, sometime on the Governing Body). My role now is under-secretary-of-state at the Dept of Housing, Communities and Local Govt. I am a member of the House of Lords having won a by-election in 2010 as a hereditary peer. Since leaving Cargilfield in 1969, I went to Winchester College, then St Andrews University gaining an MA Hons in Mediaeval History. I worked for Coats Patons for 5 years before settling in the City (1984 - 2010)working in Human Resources (10 years UBS) and executive search. I am married to Jennie with three “young” now in their mid-late 20’s, and 2 working cocker spaniels. I am a member of the Royal Company of Archers and the Highland Society of London. I enjoy highland dancing, sailing and skiing.


Henry selected for Edinburgh U16a

Congratulations to Henry for being selected to the Scotland U16 Reds Rugby Squad. He will be involved with training days and camps over the next few months culminating in a International Tournament in South Wales.


Former Pupil on Antiques Roadshow!

Alastair ‘Sandy’ Gunn, an old boy of Cargilfield, took part in The Great Escape when 76 officers escaped from Stalag Luft III having been shot down over Surnada Norway; his amazing story featured on the Antiques Roadshow over Christmas. Sandy is one of 190 Cargilfield old boys who died in World Wars 1 and 2 and whose names appear on our War Memorial in Chapel.

The Great Escape remembered 75 years on. Read more here.

Watch the full video here.

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Former Pupils' Hockey Match

We are hoping to see lots of former pupils on Friday 13th December for our FP hockey match starting at 2pm. Last year, we welcomed lots of old faces, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back again this year!

Do get in touch if you are keen to play!

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Scarlett on the stage!

Many thanks to Glenalmond College for a fantastic evening watching ‘Anything Goes!’ last night. What a fabulous evening’s entertainment, and we loved seeing Scarlett, a former pupil of Cargilfield, on stage and in the spotlight! Thank you for inviting us! #cargilfield

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Eton reunion!

St Andrews Day at Eton College. Nico and Johnnie in very different attires! #eton #cargilfield

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Tom Sole in World T20 Qualifiers

Tom Sole is currently out in Dubai playing for Scotland as they bid to qualify for next year’s World T20 Finals out in Australia! He has performed well with both the bat and ball so far, and we wish him well in the remaining games.


Francis Salvesen in BBC Magazine

Francis Salvesen, a former pupil of Cargilfield and now an artist, has been interviewed in the latest BBC Countryfile magazine about his love of art and how he became inspired to become an artist! Spending lots of time in the art room here at Cargilfield, so it seems!

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Joss in Japan supporting Scotland

Kilted up at the World Cup! Joss (Winchester College) is out in Japan on his Gap Year. He manged to avoid the typhoon and was cheering on Scotland in their final group game against Japan. Och well. In four years’ time we have another chance!

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Old boys reunited at Sedbergh!

Henry and Edward were reunited at Sedbergh School this afternoon. Henry, now at Fettes, was playing for Edinburgh rugby U16s v Sedbergh and although Edward was not playing for the team in Brown (he was unfortunately injured), he popped along to watch!

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FPs win Hockey Tournament


Great to see Chidaro, Jessica and Isabella in the winning Fettes 1stXI Girls’ Hockey team who won the Independent Scottish Boarding Schools’ tournament at the weekend. Very well done indeed!

Two old boys reunited at Cambridge!

It was lovely to be sent this photograph of James, formerly of Fettes, and Alexander, formerly of Glenalmond, together as they start new adventures at Cambridge University this week! We wish them both every success.

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Archie and Will in Oundle 1stXV

Great to see Archie and Will playing for the Oundle 1stXV on Saturday in their match against Bromsgrove. We wish them well for the rest of the season!

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Jocey heads to Tokyo!

Having finished his A Levels, Jocey (Winchester College) is heading off to Tokyo where he has a position as a gappy until Christmas then heading round the World before coming home to take up a place at Exeter University to read Natural Sciences.

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Former Pupil Newsletter published

The first Newsletter for former pupils has just been published and can be downloaded below.

If you would like to receive this on a regular basis via email, you need to register your details on the FP page on the website which can be accessed here

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Mountbatten biography serialised in The Times

A fascinating and revealing biography about the Mountbattens by Andrew Lownie, an old boy of Cargilfield, is published on August 22nd. Lord Mountbatten was formerly Chief of the Defence Staff, the last Viceroy of India and Great Uncle and Mentor to Prince Charles before being assassinated by the IRA in 1979.

Extracts have been published in The Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph this weekend and make for very interesting reading.

Andrew is a literary agent and author and after Cargilfield he went on to Westminster School then Cambridge University.

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James gets in to Cambridge!

We were delighted to hear that James gor in to Cambridge with A*s in both Latin and Greek. James js an old boy of Cargilfield before going on to Fettes after winning the too academic scholarship! We know that Mrs Wilson will be thrilled to see this fantastic performance in the Classics!

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Alexander hits the high notes!

Former pupil, Alexander Wallace, achieved A* grade in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Music and has secured a place as an organ scholar at Cambridge University to study Maths. While at Cambridge Alexander will continue to pursue his passion for music, including playing the organ as he has loved doing in Glenalmond’s Chapel. An outstanding set of A level results and we wish him every success down at Cambridge.

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Gordon gains a First!

Delighted to hear that Gordon Porter gained a first class honours degree in Business Management from Manchester Met! Many congratulations!

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A wonderful Fringe production!

William Leckie, an old boy who has just finished his A Levels at Eton, wrote a play about the life and loves of artist Francis Bacon which enjoyed a hugely successful run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. It played out to packed houses and received lots of critical acclaim too. We wish William luck on ‘Results Day’ as he hopes to go to Cambridge!

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Marcus leaves Oundle on a high!

Many congratulations to Marcus, an old boy of Cargilfield, who left Oundle in July amd was made Dux of the School for all that he achieved there. He now moves on to Oxford to read Chemistry.

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Abigail and Emily play in U19 Lacrosse World Cup!

Well done to former pupils Abigail, now at Westminster, and Emily, now at Wycombe Abbey, on beong selected for the U19 Scotland Lacrosse team that played in the World Cup in Ontario, Canada, at the beginningnof August! A wonderful achievememt and aome lofelong memories made!

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James passes out of Sandhurst

Wonderful to hear that James has recently passed out of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned in to the Scots Guards. An old boy of Cargilfield before moving on to Harrow, he was supported by family and friends, including lots of other old boys and girls from Cargilfield.

Cargilfield is a place where life long friends are made!

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Sophie in National 3 Peaks Challenge!

Former pupil, Soohie who is now at UCL, did the National Three Peaks with other members of the Ladies’ Hockey team last week. They attempted to climb BEN nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours…..and their attempt was reported in detail in the Daily Mail!

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Great to see Freddie, an old boy of Cargilfield, playing cricket for Eton against Harrow at Lord’s on Bank Holiday Monday today. He is the last century maker at Cargilfield, reaching a 100 for the 1stXI back in June 2014!

I believe he is the first Cargilfield old boy to play for Eton in this fixture. Stan Shillington played for Harrow in this fixture a few years ago.

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Tom Sole Cricket

Tom Sole, currently with a contract at Northants CC, played against Pakistan in a One Day match at the end of April as part of the tourists’ build up towards this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England. Tom is a current Scotland International too and we look forward to watching his cricketing career develop!

Hockey International

Many congratulations to Max, and old boy of Cargilfield now at Merchiston, on being selected to play for the Scotland U16 Hockey side who played a series on international matches against Wales over the Easter weekend. A terrific achievement indeed!

Old girls in Scotland U18 Hockey side!

Former pupils Ellie, now at Mary Erskine’s and Emma, now at St George’s played for the Scotland U18 Ladies’ Hockey team at the age group festival down in Wales held over the Easter weekend. A fantastic achievement!

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Former Pupils remember WW1 Old Boys at Glenalmond

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Trees planted to remember 157 Old Glenalmonds who died during World War I

Last week, we planted a total of 157 oak trees in the School grounds to represent the Old Glenalmonds who lost their lives during the First World War.

The idea was proposed by Upper Sixth pupil Rory S-N, (Skrine’s) as a way of marking the centenary of the global conflict and breathe new life into the unused patch of land near Skrine’s Boarding House. The trees were donated by Rory’s father Jamie and uncle Hamish who are part of a well known family of Fife farmers and landowners. It is hoped the oaks will still be growing strong when the bi-centenary comes around.

The school plans to install signs to tell visitors the story behind the oaks, and explain how they symbolise the Old Glenalmond boys – also known as OGs – who died for their country.

Jamie said: “The seed for this idea was planted when my brother went to pick up Rory at the school on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday. Rory had told Hamish that the school had been reading out the names of the 157 old boys who had died in the war. And the idea grew from there.”

Jamie and Hamish are both OGs, as is Jamie’s oldest son Alistair. With the four of them having been through the school, theu thought this was a nice way to give something back. Something that will be there for many years to come.

During our Battlefields trip, our pupils and staff commemorate the youngest OG who died on the Western Front, Francis Faithfull, by making a pilgrimage to his grave. We also run two scholarships named after two pupils who died in the First World War: Alfred Raeburn and Arthur Gowan.

Warden Hugh Ouston said: “This will be both an environmental enhancement, as well as an explicit memorial. These oaks are all about the future, and it’s the future that these men laid down their lives for.”

Max selected for U16 Scotland Hockey team

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Many congratulations to Max on being selected for the U16 Scotland hockey team to play in home international matches over Easter. Good luck!

75th Anniversary of The Great Escape!

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75 years ago today Alastair ‘Sandy’ Gunn, old boy of Cargilfield, took part in The Great Escape when 76 officers escaped from Stalag Luft III having been shot down over Surnada Norway.

The Great Escape remembered 75 years on

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Hector finishes 11th in The Wilson Run

Many congratulations to Hector who finished 11th in the 136th running of the famous 10 mile Wilson Run at Sedbergh School, widely seen to be the toughest schoolboy event in the UK. A fantastic achievement indeed!

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U11s catch up with Charlie and Eliza at Rugby

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The U11 boys caught up with former pupils Charlie and Eliza down at Rugby School today. They were there to play in the IAPS National Hockey Finals where they ended up 14th out of 24 teams. Charlie and ELiza are thriving and doing very well, with Charlie about to move in to the Upper 6th in September!

Scarlett piping in the USA

Scarlett, now at Glenalmond College, is currently on exchange at Brooks School in Masachusetts and she played the bagpipes as the school’s ice hockey side took the ice! It sounded very good - see our Facebook page to hear her!

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The Calcutta Cup visits Cargilfield in 2006!

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A trip down memory lane at the start of Calcutta Cup Week!

The Calcutta Cup visited Cargilfield back in 2006, as we welcomed parent and Scotland team manager, Guy Richardson, to tell us all about the famous old trophy after Scotland had famously just beaten England at Murrayfield. We wish Scotland the best of luck down at Twickenham this Saturday as they look to hold on to the Calcutta Cup which they famously won last year.

Steven in Basketball Success!

Steven (2016-2018) joined us for one year from the USA, but enjoyed his time at Cargilfield so much that he stayed for a second year and so finished in Form 8 along with the rest of his cohort who made him feel very welcome indeed and played a large part in ensuring that Steven left Cargilfield with some very special memories. Now back in the USA, he has got in to his college Basketball team and they won this season’s conference! Very well done!

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Amazing rescue in the Himalayas!

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What an amazing rescue of four sherpas by Alastair Hopper, an old boy Cargilfield and now a helicopter pilot in the Himalayas!

Click on the link below to find out more!

New astroturf pitches named after former pupils

The opening of the new astroturf pitches at Cargilfield took place on Tuesday 5th February 2019.

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The Gillespie Pitch was completed in November 2018. It is named in memory of two brothers, Alexander Douglas Gillespie (Cargilfield 1900-1903) and Thomas Cunningham Gillespie (Cargilfield 1900-1905), who both went on to Winchester College and New College, Oxford. They were killed in Northern France during the First World War and their names can be found on our war memorial in Chapel alongside the other 123 old boys and masters who fell in the Great War.

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Alexander was Head Boy at Cargilfield in 1903 and won a scholarship to Winchester before completing a first class degree in Classics at Oxford University. He served in the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was killed on 25th September 1915 at the Battle of Loos while leading a charge against an enemy position. According to observers, he was the only officer to reach their objective. A collection of his letters home were published in 1916 and, in one to the Headmaster of Winchester College, he described his wish to see a memorial walk along the line of the Western Front. He wrote that he dreamed of a “long avenue between the lines from the Vosges to the sea… I would make a fine broad road in the ‘No Mans Land’ between the lines, with paths for pilgrims on foot and plant trees for shade.” He wrote that he wanted it to be “the most beautiful road in all the world”.

The first 100km of this walkway The Western Front Way from Arras to Ypres was completed in early 2019.

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Thomas competed in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, winning a silver medal for rowing in the British VIII and was commissioned into the 2nd Batalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers at the outbreak of the War. He was killed on 18th October 1914 while leading his men to advance over the La Bassee Canal.

The Gillespies fell within a few miles of each other near to La Bassee although neither body was found. Thomas is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and Alexander on the Loos Memorial: both sites were visited by the Headmaster of Cargilfield in Autumn 2018.

The Gillespie Pitch was opened by their great nephew, the BBC Rural Affairs presenter, Tom Heap, on 5th February 2019.

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The Harper Gow Pitch was resurfaced in 2018 on the site of tennis courts that were built in memory of Leonard Harper Gow. He was a boy at Cargilfield from 1900 and Head Boy in 1905; he then returned as a Governor of the school from 1927 to 1958. The new playing surface was opened by his grandson and Head Boy of Cargilfield in 1968, also Leonard Harper Gow, on 5th February 2019.

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Cargilfield Connected

We can’t welcome you to our grounds right now, but we hope that this video, presented by our Headmaster, Mr Rob Taylor, will give you a flavour of what life is like here at Cargilfield.

We have places available for 2020 entry in most year groups.

Our website and social media channels are being kept up to date and hold a wealth of information about our school. We hope these give you a flavour of what life is like here at Cargilfield.

Our Registrar, Fiona Craig is available to contact via email: and she will be happy to help.

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