Thursday, 17 July 2008


What better way to get the ball rolling than to take a trip back to Primary School.
I went to Balerno in the 60's, located on the fringe of Craigie & Douglas. Not exactly a cutting edge design architecturally speaking. Corrugated iron structures cobbled together like large air raid shelters, but despite it's basic construction, it was quite quaint and lots of fun was had.
The above shot shows the school's position on the corner area between Crathie Place and Balerno Street - with the picture taken around 1974.


  1. I went to balerno from 1980 to 1983 the year it was closed. I can still remember getting the belt from the headmaster Mr Marnie

  2. i remember being decanted to balerno when kirkton took over douglas after they set their school on fire!! I remember miss budge (?) the blind music teacher who was great.

  3. 2 of the headmasters in the 60's and 70's were Mr Spence and Mr Elrick.

  4. Miss Budge was the name of the blind music teacher. Great?, hmmmm not so sure after she slapped me in the face for chewing gum in class!