History Of Keil – 2nd Edition


The second edition of “Keil School A History” is now available on Amazon for £19.99 per copy plus postage & packing.   Please click on this email link to order a History of Keil (still £19.99 per copy plus P&P).

The new edition extends the history from publication of the first edition to the closure of the school in the year 2000. It retains the content of the first edition and a final chapter has been added by Tommy Cotter, an Old Boy of the school which he attended from 1956 to 1960.

In addition to filling the historical gap, this chapter contains an analysis of why the school closed and the subsequent loss to Scottish education. It addresses the current role of the Mackinnon – MacNeill Trust. Andrew Mackinnon, the current Trust chairman, provides a foreword to the second edition.

The dust cover has been redesigned, there is some new photographic material, an index has been added and tabular data brought up to date. The second edition provides a significant enhancement and compliments the literary elegance of the first edition.

Copies of the book will be available at the book launch at the Old Boys Dinner on 25th November at Hillhead Rugby Club.


Keil School front



Keil School back


AGM & Dinner 2016

Old Boys Annual Dinner and AGM will be held on Friday the 25th November at Hillhead Sports Club, Hughenden.  It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible.  Please order you tickets with the eventrbrite link below.


Sinclair Cup – 2015

Report by Dougal M White
KOSB were again represented at the above annual event held on the 1st September 2015 at the Lake of Menteith.
The KSOB team was made up of:
Lawrie Renfrew, Colin Clerk, Donald Wilson, Julian Rey and Dougal White
A maximum of two boats (and 6 anglers if you wish) are allowed so Julian and Colin took one and Lawrie, Donald and I the other.
The Lake of Mentieth was calm on arrival in a sunny day. However conditions did improve with some breeze giving reasonable cover on the water. It did not cloud over till after 1 pm and the sunn reappeared for short spells.
Generally it was not a highly productive day for any team but a few folk were “luckier” than others!
Heriots FP knocked Glasgow HS FP off the top spot this year to third place behind Kelvinside Academicals. Keil followed that before Glasgow Academicals trailed with only two participants this time. Hillhead did not field a team.
So compared with last year we neither dropped a place nor progressed but we did get more fish.
Name No. Fish Weight
Julian Rey 5 16 lb 4 oz
Lawrie Renfrew 1 3 lb 10 oz
Colin Clerk 1 3 lb 8 oz
Donald Wilson 1 2 lb 6 oz
Dougal White 1 3 lb 6 oz
TOTAL 9 29 lb 2 oz
As you may see, the fish were all a reasonable size/weight.
Julian Rey retained the Keil Angling Quaich for its second year. It having been donated last year by Lawrie.
The team then went to the Lion and Unicorn Hotel in Thornhill with all other participants for a splendid dinner and the presentation of the Sinclair Cup for the winning team, an individual trophy, High School v Glasgow Accies Cup and the Keil Quaich.
As an aside, it could be beneficial for us to have an outing as a club ealier in the season and that from it we might select the most successful four anglers to compete on our behalf.
It would be interesting to see what others thinks of this.

AGM & Dinner 2015

The Annual dinner this year is being held at

Hillhead Sports Club
32 Hughenden Road
G12 9XP Glasgow
United Kingdom

on Saturday, 28 November 2015 from 19:00 to 23:00 (GMT)

Speaker for the 2015 Annual Dinner is the hugely entertaining Old Boy Joe Thomson 60-66. Many may remember Joe as the Speaker at the School’s closing Speech day in 2000 so we thought it fitting that he return in this our Centenary Year. Joe has had a notable career in the legal and educational professions, notably Professor of Law at Strathclyde then onto the University of Glasgow in 1991 where he was appointed Regius Chair. Joe has several publications to his name and is the current editor of the Juridical Review.

Please make cheques or payments for the reasonable sum of £30.00 per head payable to ‘Keil School Old Boys Club’ and return to:

– Lesley Currie, 16, Sunningdale Place, Helensburgh, G84 7JB

or purchase online with this link KSOB Annual Dinner tickets


Keil School Centenary Celebrations at Campbeltown,  Machrihanish and Southend, Kintyre

                                               September 4th to 6th 2015

To Old Boys, Parents, former Staff and Friends of Keil School

We have arranged a programme of events to celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the foundation of Keil School at Southend in November 1915. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us in making this a memorable gathering.

The weekend will start with the unveiling of a bronze plaque attached to the base of Sir William Mackinnon’s statue which is situated on the waterfront at Campbeltown. The plaque will outline the Keil founding role played by Sir William and his nephew Mr Duncan Macneill. It will be unveiled by Mr Andrew Mackinnon the great – great – nephew of Sir William at 4 pm on Friday September the 4th 2015. We hope that this will be followed by a civic reception in Campbeltown.

To provide more detail of the history of the school an expanded version of the plaque will be prepared as a glass etching which will be sited in the Campbeltown Library. We also intend to attach a weatherproof version of this plaque to the ruin of the original school building at Southend.

We have arranged that the main centre for accommodation and social activities will be the Ugadale Hotel at Machrihanish. (Please mention Keil Centenary Celebrations when booking  01586 810019 www.machrihanishdunes.com)

There will be opportunities for golf, walking, cycling and sightseeing and a visit to the ruins of the original school building.

A buffet dinner and ceilidh will be held on the evening of Saturday 5th September 2015 at a cost of £35 per head. Please purchase tickets online at www.ksob.eventbrite.co.uk  where you can also book other events over the weekend.

Associated with the centenary celebrations we are arranging to have the final chapter of  “ A History of Keil School” compiled by Tommy Cotter, a distinguished Old Boy of the late fifties era.

In order to fund the construction and fixing of the plaques, along with publication of the final chapter of “A History of Keil School” we are seeking donations. Any donor, prepared to donate £200 or more, will receive recognition and thanks in an addendum to the History. Of course donations of any value will be greatly appreciated.

Further details on the weekend, events, tickets and ways to donate are listed in the attached file. KS100email

AGM & Annual Dinner 2014

This year is the 75th AGM of the Old Boys’ Club and it would be fabulous if you could join us and meet up with old friends. Our speaker for 2014 is Adrian Bell who was Senior Chief 1983-84 and now a partner at the legal firm of Morton Fraser not to mention the eldest of the four Bell brothers who all attended Keil. It is 30 years since the class of 84 left school so a special invite goes out to that era.

Saturday 29th November 2014 @ 8pm, preceded by the AGM @ 7pm at
The Kibble Suite, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0TA.
Tickets £30.00 per person

For full details, please see the attached Dinner Flyer 2014