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Someone had told my father that Boroughmuir was the school so that’s where I went, rather than St Thomas’s. And I loved it. I was 10 or 11 when I went there. My favourite teacher was Miss Haig. She was very strict but never used any punishment apart from an exercise. Maths and science were my favourite subjects. There were 22 boys and 4 girls in my class. One of the girls left and the other two were off for weeks with diphtheria and jaundice and for a period I was the only girl in the class.

I had to go one night a week for religious instruction to a Miss O’Riordan because I went to Boroughmuir and not the Catholic school. Children would put balls of paper at the end of a string and on St Patrick’s Day they would ask if you were protestant or catholic. If you were different form them you got hit with the paper ball. It didn’t hurt.

Vi, Rose, Tufy, Marie Anderson and another friend at Gullane

Betty and Vi at Boroughmuir Sports Day