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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

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  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

Final Call for the Annual Dinner 2012

The Keil School Old Boys Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 24th November 2012 @ 7pm in the Kibble Suite, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Grosvenor Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0TA.

The AGM will be followed by the dinner at 8pm.

The Speaker for the evening is John McKelvie former police officer & football referee. A native of the Lanarkshire mining village of Holytown John joined the Police Service in 1971. He recently retired from Strathclyde Police after 30 years service. Prior to retiral he was Superintendent at Govan – a quaint little fishing village on the banks of the Clyde! John joined Lanarkshire Referees’ Association in 1970 and has often been compared to World Cup referee Hugh Dallas – compared to Hugh Dallas he is brilliant! His refereeing career has seen him officiate at Scottish Amateur Cup Finals at youth and full amateur level.

Tickets for the dinner are still available at a cost of £25.00 per ticket.

For tickets please post your cheque to Gordon MacNeill (1978-82) and remember to include your name and address ( ).

Gordon MacNeill, 1 Ritchie Ave, Cardross, G82 5LL

To arrange electronic payment contact

The following have confirmed they are attending (this does not include all names as some have purchased groups of tickets and of course tickets for partners):

Aitken, Alasdair

Allan, Fergus (+11)

Barr, Richard (+1)

Bilsland, Susie

Bremner, Lindsay

Currie, Leslie

Finlayson, Billy

Jones ARL,

Kerr (Jr), Finlay

MacLean, James (+3)

MacNeill, Gordon (+3)

McCarthur Alan, (+2)

McCowan, John

McFarlane, Jim

Murray, Graham (+1)

Offin, Alasdair

Oliver, Michelle

Porter, Alisdair

Reid, Ewan

Rey, Julian

Shaw, Richard

Smith, Tom

Thomson, Allan

White, Dougal

Wilmot, John (+1)

Wilson, Howie  (+1)

Woodrow, James  (+1)

Annual Dinner & AGM 2011

The Annual Dinner and AGM was held on Saturday 26th November 2011 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow. Jim MacFarlane (Club President), Jim McLean (Secretary) and Gordon McNeill (Treasurer) (pictured below) provided a report on the club activities during the last year.

(L to R) Jim MacFarlane, Jim McLean and Gordon McNeill

Lively discussions were held over the future directions for the club.

Tom Smith gave an update on the MacKinnon-MacNeil Trust which continues to provide opportunities to young students from the Highlands and Islands.

A new committee was agreed for the coming year with Fergus Allan once more taking on the role of Club President and David Dailly joining the committee.

The meal and venue were excellent.  The after dinner speaker for the evening was a former pupil, Niven Rennie (pictured below) who provided us with many entertaining tales and plenty of laughs.  A great evening was had by all.

Niven Rennie


Annual Dinner & AGM

The KSOB Annual Dinner will take place on Saturday 26th November 2011 at 8pm, Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow. The after dinner speaker for the evening is Niven Rennie.
The club are subsidising the evening with tickets £20 per person. Tickets available from all the usual sources. Contact the committee for details.

Oban Lorne Rugby 7s Report


KSOB Team for the Oban Lorne 7s (May 2011)

The picture above has the Keil School Old Boys team for the Oban Lorne 7’s.  Back Row (L to R) Gordon McNeil (82), Toby Wilson, David Dailly (98), Alex Royle, Allan Thomson (95).  Front Row (L to R) Fergus MacDonald (95), Scott Thomson (97), Finlay MacCuish (98), Gareth Duguid (98).

In March the club received an email message from David Grier (95) to ask if we would be interested in fielding a team in the annual Oban Lorne RFC Seven’s tournament.  The club put out the word and within days we had replies from enough Keil Old Boys to put together a 7s team.  The team can be seen in the photo above and includes two friends of Keil, Alex Royle and Toby Wilson.  Club President Jim MacFarlane was on the original team sheet but had to drop out with a knee injury.

Leslie Currie (85) managed to dig out the old strips and found that 8 had survived the ravages of time and hungry moths.  The pink tinge around the collars is reputed to date from when the strips were first washed with a nice red tracksuit !

The Old Boys gathered at the Oban club in Glencruitten in time for the 12 O’Clock draw.  Keil were in group C and faced opposition from Panmure (from Dundee), Oban Old Boys and the Minerva Builders.  This sounded like a reasonable draw until we discovered that Minerva was actually the  Glasgow Hawks !

The first game against Panmure started badly with the Dundee mob taking two tries.  However Keil stepped up to the plate with a bruising run from Finlay McCuish resulting in a try.  Inspired run from Scott Thomson gave the second try of the day and then Gordon McNeil spotted his chance and gave Keil the third try of the game.  Gordon is the only KSOB to have played for Keil in 5 different decades and the team were delighted to see him score.


Finlay MacCuish gives Keil their first try of the day.

Having not found time to practice drop kicking Keil failed to make the most of the conversions.  The extreme heat and the age difference also took its toll and the match ended Panmure 45 v KSOB 17

Second game versus Minerva Builders (aka Glasgow Hawks !) was a bruising affair.  The Keil Boys battled hard but were unable to get the better of this semi-professional team.  The boys put in some good runs but suffered many crunching tackles.  Credit to Alex Royle and Fergus MacDonald for standing their ground in the face of adversity.  Toby Wilson also left with a nice battle scar!  Final score Minerva 66 v KSOB 0.  Minerva went on to win the competition.


Captain, Fergus MacDonald leads the charge against the Hawks

The third and our final game was against Oban Old Boys.  This game was played on Obans main pitch in front of the club house.  Oban Old Boys put up stiff resistance.  KSOB got two tries with the highlight being a great run from Scott Thomson (97) who looked set to score but had to pass back near the line.  Keil controlled it well finally getting the ball to David Dailly (98) who battled through the Oban Old Boys to score the final try of the game.  Final Score Oban Old Boys 21 v KSOB 10.


David Dailly puts it over the line in the final seconds of our last game

If you would like to see all the other pictures from the games click here.

After Keil were knocked out the competition the boys watched another old boy Euan Wilson (1999) who was playing for Oban Exiles.  Euan had a great game and a few tries.  We were also pleased to enjoy the support of our partners and we were joined by David Grier (95) and Catriona Spicer (98).

We had hoped to meet Dee Bradbury President of Oban Lorne RFC and one of  the first Keil School girl pupils but she was still on holiday.

At the post tournament drinks everyone agreed they had enjoyed the day.  There was a great deal of enthusiasm for similar rugby ventures in the future.  If anyone is interested in playing for Keil then please contact the KSOB Club via your usual channels, this website, our social networking on facebook and twitter or via the email address .

Big thank you to Oban Lorne RFC for inviting Keil to participate in this great event.

Oban Lorne Rugby 7’s

We received an email from Keil School Old Boy, David Grier (95) to ask if the Club would be interested in fielding a team at the Oban Lorne Rugby 7’s.

The event takes place on Saturday 7th May 2011 (kick off 12:00) at Glencruitten, Oban.   The following teams have already confirmed: Oban A, Oban B, Oban U-19’s, Oban Exiles, Edinburgh Accies, Cartha, Minerva Builders, Tech Tigers.

Its quite short notice and its likely we would struggle to find the required number of fit and able players….but…  if anyone is interested can you contact us (ASAP) via this website or

If we cant field a team we would of course still encourage you to go along and support the day.  You can expect the usual West Highland hospitality and a cracking day of rugby. BBQ, bar and musical entertainment.