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Faithful & Brave
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ISBN:
9781780273822
Categories
History, Local History
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
10 November 2016
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
320
Illustrations
Colour throughout

Faithful & Brave

A Celebration of James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh
by John MacLeod - Find out more about the author

Established by the bequest of a tobacco merchant over two centuries ago, James Gillespie’s was the very first free school in Scotland. Always of bold, liberal outlook, Gillespie’s has been variously a boys’ boarding-school, a posh Edinburgh Merchant Company concern, a sought-after girls-only ‘Corporation Grammar’ and, since 1973, a co-educational area comprehensive, regularly turning in some of the best exam results in Scotland.

Former pupil and award-winning journalist John MacLeod reveals all in a book which tells not just the historical facts, but which is liberally peppered with anecdote, including details about the clock that never worked, the ghost of the ‘Green Lady’ and the day they nearly drowned the Queen Mother…

John MacLeod was a pupil at Gillespie’s and a student at Edinburgh University. He was Scottish Journalist of the Year in 1991, and has contributed to numerous publications including the Scotsman and the Herald. He currently writes a column for the Scottish Daily Mail and is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books.