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Death of Ena Menzies

The Keil School Old Boys committee have been informed of the sad news of the death of Ena Menzies wife of Bill Menzies.  Details from the Herald newspaper:

“MENZIES – ENA Suddenly on Tuesday 13th August 2013 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.  Ena beloved wife of Bill and sister of David Roberts.  Funeral service at Clydebank Crematorium, North Dalnottar, on Wednesday 21st August at 2pm.  No flowers please.  Donations, if desired to MacMillan Cancer Support” [Herald Newspaper]



James Mason’s glass slide collection (Russia 1903)

An update on the collection of glass slides by James Mason:

Club Secretary Jim MacLean has been in touch with Christopher Baker, the Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery regarding the collection of glass slides created by James Mason during a trip to Northern Russia in 1903.  Mr Baker has written to Jim to say that the slides were considered at the last Committee Meeting of the Gallery. They have come to the conclusion that the slides would indeed by a very interesting and most welcome addition to their collection.  Before the gallery formal accept the gift of the slides a conservator will visit Jim to assess them as per their conventional practice.

I know many of the old boys were keen to see these valuable and really quite unique slides passed on to a good home and we will update again in due course if we have further news.

Maggie’s Monster Bike ‘n’ Hike – training complete… nearly!

Celebrating 25 years since their release from Keil, Jim MacFarlane, Finlay Kerr (Jr) and Ewan Reid will be raising money for Maggies’s Cancer Care centres through the trial by endurance that is the Monster Bike ‘n’ Hike. A 31 mile bike ride from Fort William to Fort Augustus followed by a 41 mile Hike to breakfast in Inverness.

4 seasons in one afternoon

Finlay & Ewan test their wet weather gear

This weekend the boys confirmed the difficulty of the task in hand with a 8am brick session (the triathletes out there will know that is a session which combines more than one discipline) that started with a 16 mile bike ride out and back from Callander, then incorporated a funny exchange with an Eastern European waitress who translated Roll & Sausage into Sausage Roll, a 34 mile hike following the Rob Roy way out to Balquidder, up and over the hills to Glen Finglas Reservoir then down to a quick soup stop at the Byre Inn, Brig o Turk, before finally stumbling through the darkness around the south side of Loch Venacher arriving back Callander just after midnight. Special thanks to Michael Fish for ensuring that all the equipment was thoroughly stress tested against Wind, Rain, more rain, sleet (just a wee bit!) and strong (honestly!) sunshine (no, honestly!).

You can contribute to the fundraising efforts on the Just Giving fund raising site.




The Keil School Song (Rev James Currie)

At the recent AGM Alistair Aitken spoke to the assembled old boys regarding “The Keil School Song” by the late Rev James Currie.  The hand written manuscript was  found in the papers of Jimmy Currie after he had passed away and was given to the old boys club.


In youthful endeavour we’re happy today;
We find full expression in study and play;
With loyal devotion and truth we can say,
We’ll ever be mindful of Keil.
Keil, Keil, our hearts will ever be in Keil;
Though far we may wander,
Remember shall we,
The days of our boyhood in Keil.
With hearts that are grateful the past years we see;
We think of our founders, our Old Boys and we
Would be worthy to carry the torch of the free;
Who have passed through the portals of Keil.
For masters who taught us we must all give praise
Their courage should be an example always.
May we never forget till the end of our days
Their loyal devotion to Keil.
Though far we may sail o’er the rough sea of life,
Though we may grow tired in the struggle and strife,
Though malice and evil and hate may be rife,
With love we shall aye think of Keil.
With hope we shall look to the future ahead,
Though humble our hearts we are strangers to dread,
We pray that of us it may ever be said
That we are aye worthy of Keil.

Jimmy Currie (1933 – 38)


The committee are not aware of the tune for this song but have emailed Ken Thomson the choirmaster of Govan Gaelic to ask for a recommendation.  We would be very glad to hear from any other old boys who have ideas for the tune or indeed from anyone who happened to know what tune James Currie had originally intended for this work.

Isla Duncan World Cup sweep

Isla Duncan is the daughter of Kerr Duncan (1983-89) and nearly 3 years old. Isla was diagnosed with Embryonic Rhabdomayo Sarcoma, cancer of the tongue, 7 months ago. This is very rare in a child of this age and surgery is not an option due to the location. She has already gone through 8 high strengh chemotherapy treatments and is now needing proton therapy treatment. This is specialist treatment and she needs to go to America for it.

Susie Fitzgerald is organising a Rugby World Cup sweep to raise funds to help pay for Isla receive this important treatment

Any money left over will be gifted to the CLIC Sergeant charity.

Please give what you can. The Sweep forms are attached (click on the link below, then you will have a link to the sweep form – not sure why it works like this…)


Make your cheques payable to Isla Duncan and send them to Susie FitzGerald, c/o The Glasgow Academy, Colebrooke Street, Glasgow, G12 8HE.

Oban Lorne Rugby 7’s – update

The club have confirmed attendance for this weekends Oban Lorne Rugby 7s competition.  This is the 37th Oban Lorne 7’s and will be well attended with 16 teams having confirmed for the tournament to be held at Glencruitten, Oban on the 7 May 2011.

Edinburgh Accies ( 2010 Oban Lorne 7’s Winners)
Glasgow Accies
Keil Old Boys
Lochaber A
Lochaber B
Minerva Builders Select ( Sponsored by Minerva Builders)
Oban Lorne ( Sponsored by David Sturrock Yachting)
Oban Lorne Exiles ( Sponsored by Galloway Cheddar)
Oban Lorne U-18
Stirling County Select
Strathclyde Tech Tigers

There are trophies for the Cup, Plate and Bottle tournaments.

The Keil Old Boys squad will include Old Boys Fergus MacDonald (Captain), David Dailly, Scott Thomson, Gordon MacNeill, Allan Thomson and Finlay MacCuish.  Jim MacFarlane (KSOB President) might yet be encouraged to make an appearance.  We are also still waiting to hear back from a few more players who may attend on the day  however the team has been strengthened by a few friends who will add some extra fitness and speed to the squad; Alex Royle and Toby Wilson.

Any other Keil Old Boys reading this post and keen for a game this weekend can still contact us via this website, facebook, twitter or email

Ayr Vs Currie – 30th April 2011

With apologies for the late notice of this event (as if any of you ever commit to anything in advance!) the Old Boy’s club are subsidising a table for members going along to the Ayr Vs Currie game at Millbrae on 30th April 2011.

If all goes to plan for Kenny Murray’s men, this could be the title decider.

The proposed deal at Millbrae is £30 per head for pre-match meal and match ticket, but the club will subsidise members going to our table £10.

For full details and to book your place contact Sandy Crawford directly by email on .