Fort Augustus Abbey School
Old Boys Association
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Fort Augustus Old Boys Association

The Old Boys Association serves to keep the spirit alive of The Fort Augustus Old Boys; the former pupils -  boys and girls - who served at the Abbey School in Fort Augustus.  Since the School closed in the 90s (and subsequently the Abbey itself), the Old Boys Association has maintained to provide a network amongst Old Boys and to organise an annual dinner for Old Boys and their partners. This website assists to maintain this contact and support. Please bear in mind that this website is run by Old Boys from the school who have nothing to do with the monastery, school nor Benedictine Order.

There have been allegations of abuse taking place at the school which have deeply saddened Old Boys who attended the school and it is very sad to hear about former pupils' experiences at the school at the hands of monks whom we trusted and a particular member of staff. Further information for our fellow OBs regarding this matter can now be found here. A statement from the English Benedictine congregation can be found at http://www.benedictines.org.uk/link/fort

More information about the Old Boys Association and how to join and support us can be found here.

Obituary

It is with sadness that we are informed of the passing of some of our colleagues as follows;

Dr Calum Bartlett (Abbey School 1930s)
Hamish MacPherson from Fort William (attended Abbey School 1960s)
Billy Sinclair (attended the school in the 1950s)

Requiescant in Pace

 

Old Boys Dinner - 18 October 2014

The Fort Augustus Old Boys Association Annual General Meeting is usually held on the first Saturday in October. For 2014, the AGM will be held on Saturday 18 October 2014 at the Holiday Inn, West Nile Street, Glasgow. The dinner will cost £35 a head (the same as the last 2 years), the accommodation with our usual OB discount is still, Double/ Twin £89 and Single £79 including full Scottish Breakfast: reservation number 0141 352 8305. To book your place, please contact Ralph Giulianotti on 01738 624674.

The minutes of the 2013 AGM and the 2014 OB's newsletter can be found on the Newsletter page.

New Photos

Peter Barry, one of our more senior Old Boys has kindly provided some of his photos which have been scanned and passed to the webmaster. A selection of the photos (sports events and personalities from the 1930s) can be seen in the photo gallery (pictures on the menu).

Carlekemp during the First World War

Carlekemp was bought in 1945 by Fort Augustus Abbey School as a prep school. Prior to 1945, it had been a family home. The Benedctine Abbess of Holme Eden, formerly the Abbess of the Old Convent at Fort Augustus and the sister of Old Boy Lord Carmont, told her brother to ask St Benedict to find a buyer for Long Bellenden, a handsome property he owned in North Berwick in East Lothian.So it was that on 9 October 1945, after a considerable amount of searching for a suitable site, the boys finally came to the mansion house of Long Bellenden (now reverting to its former name of Carlekemp). The building had been designed in 1898 by John Ross for the papermaker James Craig. Taken from Abbey Boys by Mike Turnbull (p261)

By 1918, the house was owned by a Mrs Addie. During the First World War and shortly afterwards, Carlekemp was used as a place for soldiers to convalescence there in 1918-19, recovering from serious wounds received from the battlefields in France. Huntly Gordon, a field gunner, was one such recipient of the care received and his son Gordon is about to republish his father's memoirs called  'The Unreturning Army' which also includes an account of his time convalescing at Long Bellenden (aka Carlekemp). 3 photos of Huntly Gordon in 1918 can be found in the photo gallery in the Carlekemp album.

A Rare Find - 1930s notebook from Abbey schoolboy

A notebook containing photos, fixture lists, many newspaper cuttings, a ticket for the Scotland v England rugby match in 1939 and many precious cuttings and notes was recently discovered. The content of the notebook has been scanned and the whole notebook can be found on the website.

The notebook belonged to a Freddie Macqueen and his daughter has kindly given permission for the notebook to be made available on this website. Click on the notebook picture to go to the dedicate page.

 

Abbots of Fort Augustus

A list of the abbots of Fort Augustus Abbey can be found on a new page (click here)

 

Mike Drummond RIP

This website is a tribute to Mike Drummond - one of our Old Boys (Carlekemp 1951-1956, Abbey 1956 to 1961). Mike set up the website and maintained it until his sad passing in April. Without his initiative and perseverance, many Old Boys would not be in touch today. As a man of vision, it is only right that we keep the website going. Without the right skills, this may be a challenge but we'll try. Thanks Mike for everything you did for us.

More news can be found on our Archive page here

Books

Some of our Old Boys have written books which can be seen below.

You can access purchase details and descriptions of all books on the site by using the links below:

Abbey Boys

Rosslyn Chapel Revealed

The First and Lost Iona

Grass Seed in June But does it scan Can I Scan
by John Martin Robinson by Colin McAllister by Colin McAllister
   
Paradise Road    
by Stephen O'Donnell    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corbie website contact:  cbryce@gmail.com (Colin Bryce)