Archie’s story – Lochgilp­head school­boy to Glas­gow lawyer

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Colin Cameron ed­i­[email protected]­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

In Novem­ber we pub­lished an old pho­to­graph be­long­ing to reader Heather Wil­liams from Car­saig and asked if any of the pupils are still with us to­day?

The pho­to­graph, dat­ing from 1937, was taken at Lochgilp­head Ju­nior School.

Lochgilp­head woman Mary Camp­bell got in touch and put names to ev­ery­one in the pho­to­graph.

The ar­ti­cle was passed around peo­ple with con­nec­tions to the pupils in the pho­to­graph be­fore Anne Lind­say from Prest­wick con­tacted the pa­per in De­cem­ber to say that her fa­ther, back row, sec­ond right, is still with us.

Anne said: ‘My fa­ther, Archie Fin­layson, is liv­ing in­de­pen­dently at the age of 89. He en­joyed a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in law and lives in Thorn­ton­hall, near Glas­gow.’

Archie ar­rived in Lochgilp­head when he was three months old. He be­came the se­nior ath­letic cham­pion at Lochgilp­head High School, which helped him se­cure a place at Keil School be­fore study­ing law at Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity. Archie started his own suc­cess­ful law busi­ness in 1957.

Anne con­tin­ued: ‘He met his wife Jean, a nurse, whilst study­ing and was mar­ried for more than 62 years. Sadly Jean passed away in May.’

He has two chil­dren, Anne and Billy, and four grand­chil­dren – Scott, Jenny, Karen and Me­lanie. Archie, said Anne, has never for­got­ten his roots and has paid many vis­its ‘back home’ over the years.

So, are there any oth­ers from the pho­to­graph still around?

If you have any old pho­tos you would like to see pub­lished in the Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser, hand them into our of­fice or post to The Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser, 44 Ar­gyll Street, Lochgilp­head, Ar­gyll, PA31 8NB, with a stamped ad­dressed en­ve­lope for re­turn. Re­mem­ber to in­clude in­for­ma­tion about when and where the pho­to­graph was taken.

Back row, left to right: Neil Mac­Don­ald, Bobby Sin­clair, Billy Rankin, Alas­tair Grey, Malky MacCal­lum, John Adair, Archie Fin­layson and Tommy Welch. Next row: Colin Mont­gomery, John Gil­lies, Mary Carmichael, Jean MacVicar, Jane Gil­lies, Alice Har­vey, Mar­jie MacLauch­lin, Jessie Craw­ford, Min­nie Thomp­son, James Carmichael, Jim Miller, Kenny Mac­Don­ald, Alas­tair Gra­ham and Alas­tair Cowan. Next row: Ed­die Cal­laghan, Ann O’Neil, Gra­cie White­ford, May Camp­bell, Mar­garet Kin­sella, Isa Brodie, Mary Wishart, Robin Craw­ford, Ge­orge Fisher and Hughie O’Neil. Front row: Alas­tair Mac­Don­ald, John Mitchell, Ge­orge MacAl­lis­ter, Ge­orge Camp­bell, John Fisher, Dick Kin­sella, Don­nie Mac­Don­ald, Ian Ma­cLen­nan, Teddy McG­lynn, Neil MacLel­lan and Jock O’Neil.

A hale and hearty Archie Fin­layson.

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