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The for­mer deputy head of one of Glas­gow’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent schools is ‘fas­ci­nated’ by the per­fect at­ten­dance of Camp­bel­town pupils more than a cen­tury ago. Ian Lind­say, 69, of Cam­bus­lang, was a maths teacher and for­mer deputy head ‘for many years’ of Glas­gow’s Kelvin­side Academy. He is the grand­son of Cap­tain Wil­liam McKil­lop, skip­per of the SS Dal­ri­ada, and Flora McCal­lum McKil­lop, née Cameron. Cap­tain McKil­lop, born in 1895, and his wife Flora, born in 1896, lived at 26 Barochan Place, Camp­bel­town. They had four chil­dren: Mr Lind­say’s mother Cather­ine, born in 1922; Mar­garet, who be­came Ma­son, born in 1925; Fiona, who be­came Maclean, born in 1928; and Bill, born in 1932. Mr Lind­say told the Courier: ‘My great grand­fa­ther was Don­ald Cameron, who was church of­fi­cer at the High­land Parish Church and lived in the apart­ment at­tached to Kirk Street Hall. ‘My mother was Cather­ine McKil­lop and she mar­ried Dr David Cameron Lind­say OBE in the High­land Parish Church on Fe­bru­ary 12, 1943. ‘I was born in Dunoon, in 1949. My fa­ther was a civil en­gi­neer and, when he came out of univer­sity, he was sent down to Machri­han­ish to work on the run­way and also on the gun­ning place­ments that you can still see to this day. ‘My mum had just started work­ing for the admiralty out at the aero­drome. ‘Ap­par­ently my fa­ther came into Camp­bel­town for one of those old-fash­ioned dances, where the ladies were on one side of the hall and the men on the other, and that’s how they came to meet each other.’ As well as Mr Lind­say, the cou­ple had a son, Cameron, born in 1945, and a daugh­ter, Moira, born in 1954. They trav­elled to Dunoon and In­ver­garry for Dr Lind­say’s work be­fore set­tling in Glas­gow, where Mr Lind­say still lives in the fam­ily home. ‘Glas­gow is my home, but Camp­bel­town is where my heart is,’ said Mr Lind­say. ‘Both my par­ents are laid to rest in Kilk­er­ran Ceme­tery along­side my grand­par­ents, which is very com­fort­ing.’ Mr Lind­say in­her­ited some old pho­to­graphs from his mother’s side of the fam­ily, all of which show pupils, of ei­ther Dal­in­to­ber Pri­mary School or Camp­bel­town Gram­mar School, with per­fect at­ten­dance. Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Camp­bel­town, Mr Lind­say popped into the Courier of­fice with the im­ages which were taken by G. F. Roger Photography, be­tween 1907 and 1915. ‘I’m fas­ci­nated by these pho­to­graphs, in those days when chil­dren could so eas­ily suf­fer ill­nesses, all these chil­dren had per­fect at­ten­dances. ‘It was such a dif­fer­ent time and yet these chil­dren sur­vived and were at school ev­ery day, it’s fan­tas­tic. ‘As for the Gram­mar School pho­to­graph, they don’t look like young peo­ple at all - the chap with the watch and chain, he could def­i­nitely be mis­taken as a mem­ber of staff.’

Pupils of Camp­bel­town Gram­mar School, who made per­fect at­ten­dances be­tween 1914 and 1915.

One of the old­est pho­to­graphs in Mr Lind­say’s col­lec­tion shows pupils from Dal­in­to­ber’s ju­nior sec­tion who made per­fect at­ten­dances be­tween 1907 and 1908.

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