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January 2020

Nan Tait

Thanks to Nan Tait for her considerate donation of £30 towards my costs in leasing the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the web space from  Much appreciated.

December 2019


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful  2020. 

Nan Tait


October 2019

Nairn (Nick) Whytock

Nick died peacefully at Cornhill Macmillan Centre Perth on 3rd October 2019 aged 82.  Dearly loved husband of Pat and the late Shirley, much loved dad of Dale, Dawn, Nicola, Michelle and Jacqueline.  Much loved by Vince, Barry and Yvonne and a dearly loved father-in-law. grandad, great grandad and brother.  Funeral service at Perth Crematorium on Thursday 10th October at 9.30am to which all family and friends are respectfully invited.  Nick served in the Royal Navy as a young man and was a member of HMS Opossum Association. He had served onboard the Black Swan class sloop for the 1954-56 Commission on the Far East Station (FES).  He was a very good darts player to County standard and was also on the Committee of the Stanley 070707 reunion.  R.I.P. Nick. 

September 2019

Doctor Andrew Thomson M.B., Ch.B, R.C.O.G., M.R.C.P.

Doctor Andrew Thomson, retired local doctor from the Stanley & District practice passed away at home on 11th September 2019 after a short illness.  Much loved husband of Eilean, dear father to Margaret, Elizabeth and Andrew, grandpa to Louisa and Iain and beloved brother to Margaret.  He will be greatly missed.  Funeral service on Friday 27th September 2019 at 11am at Mac Duff Cemetery East Wemyss Fife followed by a service of thanksgiving at Bankfoot Church to which all family and friends are repectfully invited.  Doctor Thomson came to Stanley around 1971 taking over from Doctor Paddy McDonough and was very interested in learning the history of the village.  He was a mine of information when the Stanley website was first set up and provided many historical facts.  His help has been invaluable to me. 

Douglas Gourlay

Douglas Gourlay (formerly of 4 Manse Crescent) died peacefully in Whitehills Hospital Forfar on Saturday 7th September 2019.  Beloved husband of the late Elspeth and a dear brother uncle and friend.  Funeral service to which all relatives and friends are respectfully invited at Parkgrove Crematorium Friockheim on Tuesday 24th September at 10.30am.

February 2019

Malcolm J (Mac) McPherson 6th November 1940 - 16th February 2019

Malcolm (Mac) McPherson formerly of Perth Road Stanley died in Kalamunda Palliative Care Hospital in Perth WA on 16th February 2019 aged 78.  After serving his time as a Joiner with a local firm in Perth he spent around a year working all over Australia in the 1960's as a single man including the Snowy Mountain scheme.  He returned to Scotland and shortly after marriage to Liz Kettles on 1st April 1967 emigrated to Australia again but this time with his wife and young family.  Mac never lost his love for Scotland or Stanley and after the death of Liz was seriously considering returning home to Perthshire.  Our thoughts at this time are with his daughters Mairi and Nicola and his sister Nicola and their families.  His wife Liz predeceased him in 2010.

R.I.P. Mac

Sandy Wann 20th December 1940 - 21st February 2019

We have just heard that former Manse Crescent resident Sandy Wann passed away peacefully in Stockport Cheshire on Thursday 21st February 2019 at the age of 78.  Sandy was a professional football player and played for Manchester City, St Mirren, Oldham and Forfar Athletic.  He was pals with Denis Law and the photo shown above taken in 1961 shows Sandy and Denis together.   Sandy attended the 070707 reunion.  His funeral will be held on Friday 1st March at 11am at Dean Row Chapel Wilmslow.

January 2019

Happy Birthday to former Stanley man Ian Fraser who is celebrating his 70th birthday on the 4th with a family holiday in Vietnam.  Ian, formerly of Perth Road (Gladstone Terrace) spent 24 years in the Royal Navy and on leaving he qualified as a Craft Design and Technology teacher.  He now lives in Northants but Ian and his wife Gail made the journey north to attend  the 070707 reunion.

December 2018


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful Happy and Healthy 2019. 

Nan Tait

November 2018

Andy (Gus) Williamson aged 85 died peacefully at Ochil Care Home Perth surrounded by his family on 28th November 2018.  Beloved husband of Norah, much loved dad of Brian and Craig, dear father-in-law of Lynn, dearly loved grandad of Cameron and a dear brother, brother-in-law and uncle.  Funeral service will be held at Perth Crematorium on Thursday 6th December at 4pm to which all family and friends are invited.  Andy was former ex Scottish Ambulance Service and one of the famous Manse Crescent footballing Williamson brothers.  He played for Stanley City Boys,  Brechin City and Portadown.

April 2018

Juanita Dorothy Anderson (nee Cowan) died at home in Crieff on Monday 30th April 2018 after a hard battle with cancer, courageousy fought to the end.  Beloved wife of Tommy, loved and loving mum of Gavin and Arlene and cherished granny and great-granny.  Funeral service to which all friends are respectfully invited at Perth Crematorium on Wednesday May 9th at 12 noon.

February 2018

Mary Duff (nee Stewart) beloved wife of the late Abby (Albert) and formerly of Manse Crescent died peacefully in Hope Park Care Home Blairgowrie on 27th February 2018. Dearly loved mother of Louise, Gill and Lesley and a much loved granny of Robyn and Kirstyn. Her funeral service will be held in Stanley Village Hall on Monday 9th April at 11.15am followed by a service at Perth Crematorium at 12.30pm to which all family and friends are respectfully invited.

December 2017


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2018. 

Nan Tait


November 2017
Congratulations and best wishes to Calvin and Jean Strickland who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 18th November 2017. 

September 2017

Congratulations to Mrs McCrorie a long time Stanley resident who recently celebrated her 100th birthday and is shown here proudly displaying her birthday card received from the Queen.  Happy Birthday.

August 2017


Congratulations and best wishes to Ray and Sandra Northcott who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 5th August 2017.  Ray, formerly of 35 Murray Place joined the Army in 1964 and after a full  service career including many overseas postings settled in Tewkesbury Gloucestershire with Sandra who is from Glenearn Terrace Perth.  They met as young teenagers when Ray was in the Black Watch cadets and Sandra was in the Girls Nautical Training Corps.   

July 2017

Congratulations to Leigh Mitchell (formerly of King St) and Barry Grieve who were married at Oxnam Kirk Jedburgh on Saturday 22nd July 2017.  Reverend Marion Dodd officiated.  The reception was held at Runningburn Kelso.  We wish the newly married couple all the best for the future.


It’s 10 years today since 070707 and thought it was maybe time for a moment of reflection to remember the Stanley people who were on the list to attend the 070707 reunion and sadly are no longer with us today.    In no particular order:

Bob Scott the former Provost of Perth and Kinross who opened the event.  Peter Cameron Vice Chairman of the 070707 committee.  Peter was a former neighbour in Manse Cres and I knew him all of my life without one cross word. He did a great job in advertising the website to ex Stanley folk (or anyone) he came into contact with and was a mine of information on all things Stanley. Not only do I miss his friendship but all the help he gave in providing information/anecdotes/photos for the website.   On a personal note now my eldest sister Edna Gourlay (nee Donaldson) and nephew Denis Allan (Denis was on the list but work commitments prevented him attending). Bill Hancock who had travelled from Penang Malayasia to be there. Jim Whytock Snr and Jim Whytock Jnr former next door neighbours in Manse Cres for many years.  James Stewart.  Kate Gairns.  Beth Kennedy.  Mhairi Kay.  May Williamson (nee O’Brien).  Helen Smith (nee O’Brien). Rene Coghlan (nee O’Brien). Millie Stewart.  Abby Duff.  Jack & Isobel Ford.  Bob O’Brien.  Ron (Pike) Smith.

Jimmy Donaldson 7th July 2017


May 2017

Well done to Stanley man Craig Mitchell on being named Scone Thistle's FC's Player of the Year as well  as joint Players' Player of the Year.  It's been a big month for Craig as he and his wife Gillian also welcomed into the world their new son Theo Andrew Mitchell on 18th May 2017.  Congratulations on all three!

April 2017

Rene Coghlan (nee O'Brien) passed away peacefully on 22nd April 2017 in PRI.  Rene lived in Bankfoot for many years before she moved back to Stanley.  Rene was the last remaining O'Brien sister having lost Margaret (Anderson) in February and Helen (Smith) the youngest last August. Funeral service will take place at Perth Crematorium on Monday 1st May at 4pm.   R.I.P. Rene.

March 2017

Guest Book

Hopefully this is the last message about the Guest Book.  We now have one on the website and although it is not exactly what I wanted it is about the only one available.  Please feel free to post your comments and you can access it by 

January 2017

Guest Book


The Guest Book has been offline since just before Christmas and I'll try to explain why without boring you to death. You are probably not aware but when you set up a website you have to pay an annual fee for a domain name ie Stanley Perthshire as well as renting webspace on the internet (similar to Council tax - the bigger house/space you need - the higher the fee).  To have a Guest Book on your site you also have to find another provider and in my case I paid a one off fee when the website was set up in 2005 to Guestbook which was run by Leslie Wright a singer/songwriter from Arkansas.  This was about the only Guest Book available that was ad free.  Just over a year ago Leslie who is now a web designer - check her website out at  sold the rights to Guest Book World for a four figure sum and the new owner decided to start charging an annual maintenance fee - probably to recoup their costs - which I rather grudgingly paid bearing in mind the original deal ie "one off fee".   This story is getting even more boring and I apologise for this but you need to know when the website is updated a copy needs to be saved on a memory stick/USB/flash drive/disc whatever you want to call it from the last backup and I do this without fail.  However, I cannot backup the Guest Book as it is a separate entity from the website.  Unfortunately last month when the Guest Book was being transferred or updated to another server by the new Guest Book owner this process failed.   When they tried to re-install it they found the backup disc was corrupted. Whilst it may be possible to recover the Guest Book I have been told it is unlikely that the historical entries made over the last 12 years will still exist which is really disappointing to put it mildly.  The current Guest Book owner is absolutely distraught about the situation too and has had someone working on it but it has been a while now so I doubt whether the outcome is going to be good.  We have also lost the tally of the number of visitors to the website which was just short of 100000.  I have been looking at new Guest Books or perhaps a forum instead but will wait a week or two before going ahead and making the change.  If you have any suggestions/ideas on the way forward then please let me know. 

Jimmy Donaldson 18th January 2017

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Les Taylor

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rFor old school friends 

Neil Ferguson

Neil Ferguson who used to live next to the old  Surgery in Perth Road (Feus Brae)  opposite the tennis courts would like to hear from anyone who remembers him.  Neil and his family emigrated to Australia in 1965 when he was 12 years old.

Billy Morrow


Billy Morrow who now lives in Fife is trying to contact an old school friend Fifi O'Brien who he lost contact with some years ago.  

Tony Scott

Old School Friends -  1963-1972

Anyone who remembers  me and wants an excuse to escape  the wife for the evening  and  have  a small  alcoholic  beverage I would love to hear from you    Lived in Stanley from 63 till 72  and if you know me  you will remember I was football daft and still am.  Working in Perth now but live in Cowdenbeath with my wife of 25 years.   Love to get to know my old school pals again.  It's been 35 years.  Where has the time gone?    Love to talk about the best days of  my life and they were spent in Stanley as a boy.

      Tony Scott  

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