Canongate Boys' Club
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Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ian Wood.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
to Ian Wood for sending me the photo, above, of Canongate Kirk
Boys' Club Basketball Team. Ian is second from the left on the back
This photo was taken in the late 1950s, when the Canongate team, in
their new strip, played an exhibition game against a team from Donaldson's
Hospital in the first of the season's Corporation sponsored entertainments
in Princes Street Gardens.
BACK ROW (left to right): R Waugh, I Wood,
J Beaumont, S McFarlane,
FRONT ROW (left to right): R Long, I
McKenzie, P Fisher, I McKellar
Ian added that Pringle Fisher, in the front row of the basketball team,
went on to become Captain of the Scottish Rugby team in the 1960s.
Acknowledgement: Ian Wood, Ottawa, Canada: January 7 + 24, 2009
Ian Wood who sent the comments above tells me that he emigrated to Canada in 1961, but still
gets back to Scotland at least once per year. He organizes
golf trips for groups from Canada who wish to play golf in Scotland. This
gives him the chance to meet friends and family in Scotland.
to Michael Melrose who wrote:
"Ian Wood's comments (1
above) refer to Pringle Fisher, holding the ball in this photo,
who went on to become Captain of the Scottish Rugby team.
Also in the photo is
Dave Bathgate, on the right in the back row. He became a leading
Dave took part, and still takes part to this day, in expeditions to the
high mountains of the world.
Dave, with Graham Tiso and Hamish McInnes, were part of the successful
1975 British Everest Expedition who were the first to succeed in climbing
the North West face of Everest.
I still see Dave from time to time. He was a member of The Squirrels
Climbing Club and I was a member of The Urchins Climbing Club, both of
Edinburgh. Both clubs had ownership of a hut in Glencoe known
as 'The Drey', as in squirrels
Mike Melrose: Greenbank, Edinburgh: January 26, 2009
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
to Ian Wood who wrote to tell me news about one of the players in
this basketball team.
"I unfortunately have to inform you that
my friend Pringle Fisher has recently passed away, aged 70."
Ian Wood, Ottawa, Canada: May 5, 2009
Ian also sent me a copy of an obituary to
Pringle Fisher that appeared in 'The Scotsman' newspaper. The
obituary referred to Pringle's sporting achievements including having
- an outstanding athlete at Edinburgh Royal
- Scottish rugby captain, winning 25 caps for
- British basketball player in Rome Olympics,
Pringle studied dentistry at Edinburgh University,
then went on to join the Royal Dental Army Corps, 1964, serving in London
and Germany then Singapore.
'The Scotsman: April 27, 2009