Thank you to Brian Gourlay,
Biggar, Lanarkshire, who wrote:
"Your recent pictures of the Royal High, particularly the library, brought
back many memories.
During the sixth year we spent our so-called free periods in the library
allegedly studying or revising. This was supposed to be undertaken in near
to total silence, speaking only in whispers.
Occasionally, we'd get carried away, all too loudly discussing the hot
topics of the moment. If this went on too long, the Rector would
sometimes burst angrily from his room next door, robe flowing, hands
waving, to to read the lesson to the offenders.
all knew that pushing it too far risked a visit next door for an encounter
with the tawse."
Brian Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire: January 15, 2007