Archie’s story – Lochgilphead schoolboy to Glasgow lawyer
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.