Notice Board Archive


December 2021


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Merry Christmas and a very Healthy, Happy and Peaceful 2022. 

Nan Tait

Nan Tait

Thanks once again 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.

John & Valerie Kennedy (nee Wells)

Congratulations to John and Valerie Kennedy (nee Wells) who celebrated their Diamond (60th) Wedding anniversary on 16th December 2021.  They were married at Stanley Tower Church.  They celebrated the occasion with friends and family in The Royal Scots Club Edinburgh.

October 2021

Margaret Reiche

Belated birthday greetings to Margaret Reiche  who celebrated her 99th birthday on 20th October 2021.  Happy Birthday Margaret.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith was born in Airntully on the 22nd October 1931 and now celebrating his 90th birthday.  Andy was involved in Church and Hall Committees and enjoyed playing golf and badminton.  Andy lived in Mill Street until he moved to Ayr but still regularly visits family and friends. Many congratulations on your 90th birthday.

Footnote:  Sadly Andy passed away on 15th October 2023 a week before his 92nd birthday.

April 2021

Fred McKerchar

On April 8 2021 Fred McKerchar aged 70 a much loved father to Kirsten and Julie, brother to Anne and father-in-law to Tommy, passed away peacefully at his home.  Fred was predeceased by his dear wife Liz, much cherished grandparents to Lucy, Mary, Amy, Jack and Naomi.  Fred will be deeply missed by both his family and many friends.  Due to the current situation a private funeral and burial will take place on April 26 2021 with limited attendance which is with much regret to all who knew and loved Fred.  Donations if desired to Neuroendocrine Cancer UK.

Eddie O'Brien

Peacefully on Thursday April 8 2021 at Ashdene Court Crieff, Eddie O'Brien (retired joiner) formerly of Stanley and Glencarse beloved husband of the late Jessie, loving dad to Dennis and Susan, Gary and Shirley, a dear grandad, great-grandad, uncle and brother.  Funeral private due to current restrictions.

March 2021

Hamish Haggart

The death of Hamish on 11th March 2021 has been reported in the Aviva Quarterly Pensioners Magazine.  Hamish, formerly of Russell Street was living in Aviemore.  Apart from National Service in the Royal Army Pay Corps he spent all of his working life with General Accident in Perth.  

Ruby Mills

Suddenly but peacefully at Beech Manor Care Home Blairgowrie on Friday 26th March Robina (Ruby) Mills formerly of County Place Stanley, loving daughter of the late Margaret, devoted friend of Allan and the late Helen, cherished aunt to Anne, Lorna, Sandra and Allison.  Funeral private due to current restrictions.

Robert (Rab) Welsh

Robert (Rab) Welsh passed away peacefully on Friday 12th March.  He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Morag and was a loving brother to Margaret; Willie; Tom and the late May.  Rab lived in Bridge of Earn but grew up in Stanley living in Store Street and worked at Stanley Mills and Caithness Glass.  Rab often reminisced abut his time in Stanley with some of his mates "Buff" Harrington; Eck O'Brien; Norman (Barney) Barron; Big Bob Robertson; Joe Smith and his brother in law Arthur Duncan.  Daft but great times was often a comment used.  Funeral private due to current restrictions.

Ivan Haggart

Thanks once again to Ivan Haggart for his very generous donation of £250.00 towards my costs in leasing the Stanley website domain name and webspace from IONIS.  This wonderful contribution should cover the above costs until 2023.  Your generosity is much appreciated Ivan.

February 2021

Harry Lennon

It is with great sadness that the family of Harry Lennon announces his sudden passing on 25th Fenruary 2021 at the age of 70.  Harry passed away peacefully at his home in Perth.  Pappa to daughters Johanna and Julie,  Brother to Kate, Margaret, Steven, Lydia, Richard, David, Peter and Richard.  Uncle to William, Michael, Michelle, Trevor, Louise, Andrew, Micaela, Matthew, Scott, Ross, Neil, Jeanette and Dwayne. Grandpa to Holly-Rose, William and Darcey.  Harry grew up in Athole Drive, Stanley and lived most of his life in Scone.  He was a firefighter at Perth Fire Station for 30 years, a keen gardener and a talented artist.  Due to current restrictions the funeral is private. Harry was known and loved by many.


December 2020


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful 2021. 

Nan Tait


Ruby Anderson

Suddenly at Rivendell Care Home Birnam on Tuesday 2nd December 2020, Ruby aged 86 (formerly of Manse Cres and County Place Stanley), beloved wife of the late Ernie, loving mum to Erna, Avril, Ruth and the late John, a dear granny, great-granny, sister aunt and friend.  Funeral private due to current restrictions.

November 2020


Ray Northcott

Ray, formerly of Murray Place Stanley passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in Gloucester Royal Hospital at the age of 73 on Saturday 7th November 2020.  He leaves behind his wife of 53 years Sandra, son Roy and daughter Karen as well as three lovely grandchilden. He will be sorely missed.

Frederick William (Fred) Pirie

Peacefully in the loving care of the Woodlands on 24th November 2020, Fred aged 86 years.  The devoted husband of the late Joan, much loved dad of Steven, Ian and the late Philip and cherished grandad of Dawn and Simon. The former Accrington Stanley player made the move to Accrington in 1954 when he was scouted from Stanley Perthshire.  Fred was born in Coupar Angus on 19th January 1934 and was a trialist with Forfar Athletic before moving South.  In his spare time Fred enjoyed fishing and walking and he enjoyed a trip to the bookies to have a flutter on the horses.

October 2020

David (Terry) Clark

Peacefully at Ninewells Hospital after a short illness David (Terry) aged 73 years (former Royal Marine and Publican of Stanley) son of the late David and Edna, brother of Euan and brother in law of Vivienne and uncle of Euan and Kirsty. Funeral private due to current restrictions.

September 2020

Maureen Helen Scott nee West

Peacefully after a short, but bravely fought illness at Perth Royal Infirmary on Monday 28th September 2020, Maureen Helen aged 76, beloved wife of Campbell, much loved mother of Philip and Erin, beloved mother-in-law of Fleur and devoted granny of Logan and Callan, a loved sister of Lorna, Sandra, Avril and Pam.  Funeral private due to current restrictions.

Gilbert (Gib) Petrie

Peacefully at Perth Royal Infirmary on Tuesday 15th September 2020, Gilbert (Gib) aged 91 years (Shielhill Farm Stanley).  A dear brother of Margaret and the late David and Elma, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and a treasured family friend of Steven.  Funeral private due to the current restrictions.

July 2020

Ivan and Mary Haggart

Congratulations to Ivan and Mary Haggart who celebrated their Diamond (60th) Wedding anniversary on 4th July 2020 with a small party at their daughter Gillian's house owing to Covid 19 restrictions. They both now live in Toronto, Canada having emigrated there in 1966.

June 2020

Arthur Williamson

Arthur Williamson the last of the Williamson football brothers formerly of Manse Crescent passed away at Craigie Knowes Nursing Home on 26th June 2020 one month short of his 90th birthday. He played 287 games for Southend United between 1955 to 1961.  He holds the record for the most consecutive games at Southend (over 200) and it is doubtful if this record will ever be beaten.  He also played for Clyde.  Apart from football he was an excellent golfer playing off scratch and plus handicaps.  He was the Club Championship match play champion at Craigie Hill Golf Club on five occasions and also won the foursomes trophy twice as well as being a three time winner of the Hill Thomas Trophy.  If that wasn't enough he won the badminton doubles on the opening of the Bell's Sport Centre in 1968 at the age of 38.  His partner was 18 years old Alan Pirie also from Stanley and they repeated the win the next year too.  A true sportsman.  His wife May (nee O'Brien) also from Manse Crescent predeceased him on 20th April 2011.  Arthur is survived by his two daughters Rhona and Corinne. 

Congratulations to Stanley couple Dod and Jo-Anne Jolly (nee Lennon) who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 6th June.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 6th June 1970.  Best man was Gordon Jolly and Bridesmaid was Eileen Brunton.  Dod and Jo-Anne now live in Luncarty.

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


December 2016

Seasons Greetings


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy 2017.

Nan Tait

Sandie Wells 31st August 1945 - 10th December 2016

Sandie a village man born and bred died peacefully after a short illness at the Cornhill Macmillan Centre in Perth aged 71.  Beloved husband of Pat and dearly loved dad to Paul and Gregor, a dear father-in-law of Alison and Samantha, loving Papa to Sophie and Ellie and a dear brother to Alan and Ian.  Sandie will be missed by all who knew him and his funeral will take place on Tuesday 20th December at 4pm in Perth Crematorium where all who knew him are invited.  R.I.P. Sandie.

Nan Tait

Again many thanks to Nan Tait for her considerate donation of £25 towards my costs in leasing the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the web space from 1 & 1 Internet Ltd. 

Guest Book

Apologies that the Guest Book is temporarily offline.  I've contacted the people who I pay to maintain it and they hope to have it back up and running again in a few days. 

October 2016

Happy Birthday to Kenny Gourlay, Gordon Howie, Lorna West, Nan Tait and Donella (Dawn Harbison) Firth who will all reach the age of 70 in October.  Gordon & Kenny on the 2nd, Lorna 20th, Nan 27th and Donella 28th.  Best wishes to you all.  Health and happiness always.


September 2016

Denis James Allan 19th September 1967 - 30th September 2016

Denis, eldest son of Les and Alma (nee Donaldson) of Russell Street Stanley died very suddenly and unexpectedly in his home in Aberdeen a few days after his 49th birthday.  Loving brother of David and Fiona, beloved partner of Yvonne and a devoted Dad of Haileigh.  Denis joined the Army in 1983 at the age of 16 and served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Falkland Islands and Cyprus  as well as other bases in the UK.   Funeral service at Perth Crematorium on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 2pm to which all family and friends are respectfully invited. Black clothing optional.  R.I.P. Denis.  

Stanley Post Office

For reasons I am not qualified to comment upon or offer an opinion the Post Office functions of Stanley Post Office has been transferred to the Spar shop further along Percy Street (formerly the old Co-op).   This is almost exactly opposite where the Post Office used to be situated up until the 1950's at 35 Percy Street now home to Lodge Stanley 1262.  George Cramb was the first Postmaster in the current or should I say ex Post Office.  Stanley Post Office is not closing and I understand it will now be a general store.  I have heard nothing but praise for the staff there and wish them all the best for the future.  Pictured below are the owners Stanley and Morag Middleton and their assistant Gillian Davie. (Thanks to Leslie Fraser who took the photo for the West Stormont Historical Society.)

Robert (Robbie) Buchan - 1947 - 1969

Commemorative Service Birkhill Cemetery Dundee 5th August 2016

Following previous items on the Notice Board I was privileged to attend this service for Robbie, a former classmate at Stanley School 1962-63.  Through Jimmy Donaldson I was approached by the Tay Valley Family History Society who had been asked to research Robbie's background on behalf of Colonel Fred Fairhead (pictured below), his Commanding Officer, who in writing his memoirs wanted information on Jock (Robbie) who had come from Scotland and had given his life on a tour of duty serving in Vietnam.  Talking to the Colonel at the ceremony it would appear that Robbie's actions that day probably saved the lives of 14 of his platoon comrades and the fact that he journeyed across to Scotland to organise the Service and pay his respects meant so much to him.


At the ceremony I met a lovely couple who had been good friends and farming neighbours of his Mum and Dad at Craigdallie near Inchture where the family finally settled in the Carse and also his first employer at the Dairy Farm near Errol whose family still have "The Horn" roadside eatery after he finished his studies at Lawers Agricultural College where he attended after leaving Stanley School. 


Robbie was a cousin to Rena Lambert who now resides in Australia and I think his grandfather was Tam Davidson also from the village.  I was not aware of the Dundee connection until the articles appeared in the local press.  Those of you who knew Robbie will remember him as an outgoing and likeable guy who was good fun and loved his sport expecially cricket.


Ian Wells - 15th September 2016


August 2016

Helen Morrison Smith (nee O'Brien)

Helen died peacefully with her family at her side in Crieff Hospital on Friday 26th August 2016.  A much loved Mum of Heather and Steven and loving sister of Rene, Ed, Margaret and Dave.  Devoted Granny, Great Granny and Auntie.  The funeral service will be in Crieff Parish Church on Tuesday 6th September at 11am.  Interment thereafter at Caputh Cemetery.  

July 2016

The late Robert Buchan

A wee update on the article posted in June 2014 regarding Robert Buchan who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1969 aged 22.     Rena Lambert now resident in Australia and formerly of Athole Drive Stanley believes she is the only living relative of Robert (or Robbie as he was known).  Although there is no mention of Stanley in the newspaper article Robbie attended Stanley School and is in a 1962 school photo on the website.  Also for a short video of The Last Post Ceremony taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra commemorating the service of (55613) Private Robert Buchan 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Vietnam War.


Strictly speaking this photo has nothing to do with Stanley but Nan Tait who recently took it thought it would be of interest to the Stanley expats.  It shows the poppies "Weeping Window" at the Black Watch Castle and Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War.  The display is on until 25th September 2016 and she says it is well worth a visit.

June 2016

If you're feeling a bit fed up of  the European referendum or Euro 2016 here's a few topical cartoons by Raymond Sime to cheer you up.

May 2016

Alexander (Big Eck) O'Brien


Eck O'Brien quietly passed away with his beloved daughter by his side on Monday 23rd May 2016 at Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) aged 75 years.  The funeral will be held on Wednesday 1st June at Perth Crematorium at 2pm and if desired, there will be a retiring collection taken for Dementia UK and the Stroke Unit at PRI.

Congratulations to Craig Mitchell and Gillian Stevenson who were married at Dunkeld House Hilton on Sunday 1st May 2016.  Reverend David Barrie, Pastor of Pitlochry Baptist Church and Saint Johnstone FC officiated.  We wish the newly married couple all the best for the future.

April 2016

Stanley Parish Church

Local people will have read in the press the bad news about Stanley Parish Church which was severely damaged during Storm Frank but I am including this note for the benefit of those who do not live locally.  Officials at the Church of Scotland say that £1.5 million would be needed to safeguard the building for the next 20 years.  Simply to make the church safe for temporary use would require more than half a million pounds.  Because of the huge costs it is unlikely the church will ever re-open.   

January 2016

Thanks to Ivan Haggart for his very generous donation of £500.00 towards my costs in leasing the Stanley website domain name and webspace from 1 & 1 Internet Ltd and the new Guest Book fees.  This magnificient contribution should cover the above costs until 2020.  Thanks again Ivan - your generosity is much appreciated.

Stanley Parish Church

Stanley people everywhere will be disappointed to learn that our church is closed due to structural damage and will shortly be cordoned off owing to its unsafe condition. In 1828 the Proprietors of the Mill petitioned for a Church built for more than £3000. Formerly called the Tower Church it was raised to quoad sacra status in 1877. Further information will be given when it is available but in the meantime normal  Sunday Services are being held in the Village Hall which co-incidentally used to be St James' Church.

Guest Book 

Apologies that the Guest Book was temporarily unavailable for a few days earlier this month.  The Company  I purchased the Guest Book from 10 years ago (Leslie Wright of - Leslie is an American singer/songwriter) charged a one off setting up fee.  The Company has recently changed hands and the new owners who are UK based are now demanding an annual rental fee.  Now that I'm aware of this the fee has been paid for 2016 so hopefully it won't go offline again this year.  There are numerous free Guest Books available but they are littered with pop up ads and I wanted to avoid this on the Stanley website.  This is the reason I chose Guest Book World in 2005.  



December 2015

David Berwick

Congratulations to Stanley man David Berwick who was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (RVM Gold) in the New Year Honours List for his services as Valet to the Duke of Edinburgh.  For further details of the medal

Seasons Greetings


Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy 2016.

Nan Tait

Mrs Elsie Donaldson


Mrs Elsie Donaldson died peacefully at Ochil Care Home, Perth on Friday 11th December 2015 aged 97.  Beloved wife of the late John and much loved Mum of Neil and Lesley and a dearly loved grandma, great-grandma and mother-in-law.   Mrs Donaldson was Stanley School Secretary in the 1950's and 60's and previously lived in Manse Crescent and Mill Street Stanley although she has not lived in the village for a number of years.

Mrs Peggy Jolly 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mrs Peggy Jolly who celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday 5th December 2015.  To mark the occasion a celebratory lunch for family and friends was held in the Tayside Hotel.

October 2015

Elizabeth (Beth) Kennedy


Beth died peacefully in PRI on Friday 31st October 2015 aged 84 years.  She worked for many years in the Stanley Post Office and older residents will remember Beth as a Sunday School teacher. In 1945 she was the senior girl dux in Stanley School.  Her funeral service will be held in Stanley Parish Church at 2pm on Wednesday 18th November 2015.  R.I.P. Beth.

September 2015

Alastair (Buff) Harrington

We have just heard from Buff's daughter Kirsty that her father passed away from lung cancer on Wednesday 16th September 2015. Kirsty also said that Buff enjoyed browsing the Stanley website and through it he had managed to catch up with old pals from his Stanley days.   There are photos of Buff on the website taken on holiday at Butlins with other Stanley personalities.   R.I.P. Buff.


Ian Culbert

We have also learnt of the death of Ian Culbert in Burlington Ontario on Tuesday 8th September 2015 at the age of 72 years.  Ian has contributed photos to the website and his late mother Phyllis has also assisted in providing names and details for other photos when the website first started 10 years ago.   R.I.P. Ian.

July 2015

Barry McHardy


Congratulations and Best Wishes to Arthur Barry McHardy (known as Barry) who will celebrate his 80th birthday on 18 July 2015.  Barry was  born in Stanley in 1935 and now lives in Winchburgh, West Lothian with his wife Freda who he has been married to for 57 years.  Barry worked for the civil service and retired at the age of 60 but then took part time work until the age of 75.  He played many sports; tennis, badminton, rugby and golf and features in some of the badminton photos on the Stanley website.    Happy Birthday Barry.  


Edna Gourlay nee Donaldson 22nd March 1939 - 2nd July 2015


Edna died very suddenly at home in Stanley on Thursday 2nd July 2015.  Beloved wife of Ron, much loved mum of Carol and dearly loved gran of Leigh, Ross and Craig.  Edna spent all of her life in Stanley.  She was born in King Street then moved to 10 Manse Crescent in June 1947.  Following marriage to Ron in 1962 who lived just a few doors away at 4 Manse Crescent, they started off married life in the cottages in Mill Street.  During their 53 years of marriage they have lived in King Street, Charlotte Street and Shielhill Place. Her funeral was held in a packed Perth Crematorium on Friday 10th July 2015.  R.I.P. Edna.  You are remembered with much love and respect by all who knew you.


Edna our sister but also wife mother and granny

With love we remember you good natured and canny

No airs and graces and with a genuine smile

For those you cared for you went the extra mile

Your life cut short that awful Thursday morning

Suddenly, unexpectedly without any warning

You were a good person whose worth we can’t measure

Thanks for the memories Edna all of which we now treasure.

Jimmy Donaldson 20th July 2015


Gordon Howie


Wishing Gordon Howie a speedy recovery following his recent health scare and subsequent surgery.  For those who don't know, Gordon is the author of most of the poems on the website writing under the pen name of Exile.  In fact it was his "Stanley Poem" that was one of the reasons for building the Stanley website.  

May 2015

Norman Barron (Barney)


Norman Barron (Barney) died very suddenly in his garden at home in Linn Road on Friday 29th May 2015 at the age of 70.  The funeral was held at Perth Crematorium on Monday 8th June 2015.   R.I.P. Barney.  

George (Geordie) O'Brien

Will Stevenson and Heather Campbell have informed us of the death of Geordie (George) O'Brien in Perth Western Australia on Saturday 16th May 2015 after a short illness.  George was in his 82nd year and died peacefully in hospital.  A former resident of Caputh and Stanley, Geordie was a nurse at Murthly Hospital and emigrated to Australia some years ago.  He was a much loved brother, brother-in-law and uncle and much loved partner to Cindy. The funeral will be held in Perth WA on Friday 22nd May.

Margaret Miller

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Margaret Millar, Mill Street, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday 14th May 2015.  Margaret marked the occasion with a celebratory lunch for family and friends in the Tayside Hotel on Sunday 17th May.

Neil Rodger

We've just heard very belatedly of the death of Neil Rodger from cancer on 3rd July 2010 aged 62 at his home in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.  Neil lived at 13 Russell Street Stanley and attended Stanley School from 1952 to 1962. His mother Margaret was a nurse at Murthly Hospital and his father Willie was a painter and decorator.  The family moved to Kings Lynn when Neil was 17 years old.  Although he never managed to return to the village since moving south you will see from his blog that he had fond memories of Stanley and his upbringing there.

April 2015

Over the weekend of 25th and 26th April artists from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) will hold an exhibition in Stanley Mills.  Complimentary entry to the exhibition is available for Stanley residents, school pupils -  and accompanying parents - and teachers before 2pm on Saturday 25th April.  Full details will be available in the local newspapers.

January 2015

Will & Rhona Stevenson 

Congratulations to Will and Rhona Stevenson (nee Williamson) who celebrated their 34th Wedding Anniversary this month.  They live in Perth Western Australia.


December 2014

Again many thanks to Nan Tait for her considerate donation towards my costs in leasing the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the web space from 1 & 1 Internet Ltd.  Thanks also for your unselfish efforts in supporting the Stanley website in general Nan.  It is much appreciated.  Sadly, Peter Cameron who has also been a great help in promoting the website as well as providing photos/information etc is no longer with us.  His input has been invaluable and his help will be greatly missed. 

Jimmy Donaldson 21st December 2014

Peter McFarlane Cameron   27th July 1943 - 14th December 2014


Peter Cameron passed away in Perth Royal Infirmary (Cornhill Macmillan Centre) on 14th December 2014 at the age of 71.  He was a very likeable personality who was well known both in Dunkeld where he lived and Stanley where he was brought up.  Peter never lost his love for the village of his birth and demonstrated this in many ways.  He was a member of the United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14 but was also the Secretary of Lodge Stanley 1262.  Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Joan, Anne, Ian and his grandchildren.  R.I.P.  Peter.  You will be sorely missed by all who knew you.

June 2014

The late Robert Buchan



Military historians are desperate to trace relatives of a Scottish soldier who died in the Vietnam War to get their permission for his name to be added to a new memorial.  Lance Corporal Robert Buchan fought with Australian forces and died, aged 22, in a hail of AK47 bullets after ordering his men to take cover as he scouted an enemy position.


Now officials in the U.S. want to recognise his sacrifice in a new 'Wall Of Faces' memorial to be erected next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC.  But his name can only be added with the permission of his relatives, none of whom have so far been traced.


L/Cpl Buchan first emigrated with his family to Australia in 1951, when he was 3. His family returned to Scotland nine years later, but he decided to return to Australia alone in 1966.  Two years later, he signed up for the army and was assigned to the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. The machine gunner from Dundee was a piper but refused to join the army’s band, preferring to serve in a combat unit, where he was known to comrades as 'Jock'.


The regiment began its tour of duty in Vietnam in May 1969. In December of the same year the battalion located and destroyed a large cache of Viet Cong explosives at Phuoc Tuy.  It was there that L/Cpl Buchan died.


'Robert was commanding his section along a well-used track when his forward scout signalled the location of a bunker 15 metres in front,' said Richard Cousins, an Australian military historian.  'He went forward to investigate and directed a second forward scout into position on either side of the track.'The enemy opened fire from a distance of 10 metres, hitting Robert with small arms fire.'


Historians believe that had it not been for L/Cpl Buchan’s decision to stop his platoon, many of his men would have been killed.


His father, also Robert, told a reporter after learning of his son's death: 'He sent home "signing on" papers two years ago and little did I think I would be signing his life away.'


Mr Cousins said: 'In November 2012 the US defence secretary Leon Panetta made special mention of the contribution made by Australia to the Vietnam war.


'In recognition, a centre is being constructed adjacent to the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance in Washington DC. This memorial will be opened in 2015. 'The central feature of this will be a Wall of Faces, a digital display of the images of those who died, including the images of the 521 Australians.


'Following a request from the the Office of Australian War Graves, Barney and I have researched and made contact with Robert’s infantry platoon, providing us with photos and details on this highly regarded and brave soldier.'


In 1987 - 12 years after the conflict ended - a 'Welcome Home' Parade was held in Sydney, with flags presented to the families of the 521 Australian soldiers who died during the conflict. L/Cpl Buchan’s flag was never presented to his family, and Mr Cousins would like to see his family receive this poignant token.


Mr Cousins believes L/Cpl Buchan’s family lived in Perth, central Scotland, and efforts to track relatives are concentrated on that area.


The Vietnam War was one of Australia’s longest and most controversial conflicts. The country sent 30 military advisors in 1962 but more than 7,600 troops were eventually committed.

Five hundred Australian soldiers never returned, while more than 3,000 were wounded. The Vietnamese government has estimated that the war's total death toll - including civilians and soldiers on both sides - amounted to as many as 3.1million.


Do you know any of L/Cpl Buchan's living relatives? Send an email to reporter Damien Gayle at


The above article appeared in the Daily Mail on 27th June 2014.  You can view this online  on the Daily Mail website.  This includes photos which I am unable to display on this website.  Thanks to Alex Duncanson (Australia) for bringing this to my attention.




Finally, Ian Wells and me remember Robert from Class IIIA in 1962 and this school photo can be seen by clicking this link:




Since posting the above, Rena Lambert, who believes she is Robert's only surviving  relative has contacted the Daily Mail so hopefully he will be included in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, DC.


April 2014

Millie Stewart

Millie Stewart died suddenly but peacefully at home in Mill Street, Stanley on Monday 21st April 2014 aged 83 years.  Our thoughts are with Archie and sons, Gordon, Dougie and Raymond as well as their families.  The funeral service will be held at Perth Crematorium on Tuesday 29th April 2014.

March 2014 

Lodge Stanley 1262

Lodge Stanley 1262 are holding their annual Burns Supper on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 6.30pm for 7pm in the Lodge in Percy Street.  It is again being compered by Eddie Rose of Radio Heartland with two Guest Speakers from Glasgow.  For information on how to obtain tickets please contact Peter Cameron on 01350 727220.

February 2014

James (Jimmy) Burns 

James Ralston Burns (Jim), the last of the family of Davie Burns, Newbigging Farm Stanley died peacefully at Beech Manor Care Home Blairgowrie on Saturday 15th February 2014 at the age of 87 years.  Jim was a popular figure with all the Stanley kids who picked tatties at Newbigging Farm in the 1950/60's.  His funeral was held at a packed Perth Crematorium on Friday 21st February 2014.

January 2014

Rose Petrie

Rose Petrie (nee McDonald) died peacefully in Glen-Helenbank Residential Home in Luncarty on Thursday 16th January 2014 aged 83 years.  Wife of Smiler late of Shielhill Farm then Mill Street, Stanley.  Her funeral was held at a packed Perth Crematorium on Thursday 23rd January 2014.

Isa Graham

Isa Graham died in the tender care of Beechgrove House, Perth on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at the age of 102.

Further to Peter Cameron's note in December 2013 sadly Alan passed away in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 3rd January 2014.  His funeral will be held at Perth Crematorium on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 12.30pm.


December 2013

Alan Reid


From Peter Cameron (70) Stanley born and bred but now living in Dunkeld.

My 16 year old grandson's girlfriend, Christy, lives in Scone.  Her grandad is one Alan Reid, (ex St Johnstone & Arbroath footballer in the late 1950's), who was a PT teacher at Stanley School in the early 1960's.  My grandson (Cameron Robinson) was going to a family dinner at Scone one day and I printed off this photo of Stanley Secondary's football team and gave it to my grandson to show to Alan.

Cameron was astounded when Alan rattled off NEARLY ALL their names.   Incredible!!! On the down side however.  Several weeks ago, Alan now in his 80's, had a fall in his house and punctured a lung, broke his collar bone, etc.  He has been in hospital ever since and recently came out of Intensive Care.  He is still in hospital and making a slow recovery.  Best wishes to him from all the ex-Stanley Secondary footballers, and indeed all the ex-pupils.

Footnote:  Sadly Alan passed away on 3 January 2014- see January 2014 intimation.

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful 2014.

Nan Tait

Ray Sime

Thanks to Ray Sime for the above two seasonal cartoons.  Ray left Stanley in the mid 1970's to further his education and has worked in Birmingham, Liverpool and North Wales.  He has also had a successful career within the Foreign Office travelling worldwide.   However, when work colleagues asked him where he was from the answer was always "Stanley".  He is now retired and lives in The Wirral but still retains strong links with his birthplace and is a regular contributor to the Stanley website.

October 2013

Bob Scott OStJ, JP

Former Provost of Perth and Kinross

It was with great sadness the people of Stanley and Luncarty as well as the wider community of Perth and Kinross learned of the death of Bob Scott at Cornhill Macmillan Centre, Perth on Thursday 17th October 2013.  Although he lived in Luncarty, Bob and his sister Anne attended Stanley Junior Secondary School, the third generation of "Bob Scott" to have done so.  Bob lived a busy and fulfilling life.  He was a local Councillor, serving on a number of committees and ultimately held the Civic position of Provost of Perth and Kinross.  He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of the County.  As an Elder of Redgorton and Stanley Parish Church he was involved in many groups and committees within the Church, and also served as a Presbytery Elder.  Bob had many interests, one of which was lighthouses and he travelled the length and breadth of the country to visit them.  He was a rare individual, a man who made time for whoever spoke to him.  As has been pointed out by many people, "Bob was a good man".  The world will be poorer for his passing, but richer for his time with us.  Following a private cremation a Thanksgiving Service is to be held in St John's Kirk, Perth on Friday 25th October.  Thoughts and prayers are with Anne, Colin and their family at this sad time.

July 2013

Nicola Dair (nee McPherson)

Nicola Dair (nee McPherson), now resident in Western Australia, who used to live in Perth Road Stanley with her Mother the late Amy McPherson is visiting Perthshire next month together with her niece Denise McPherson (daughter of the late Dave McPherson).  If you want to say hi or arrange to meet up Nicola's mobile phone number is 07596463281.

Peter Cameron

Happy Birthday to Peter Cameron who celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday 27th July 2013.  All the best Peter.  Sorry to hear your recent health scare has resulted in a postponement of your planned party for a few weeks.

June 2013

Les and Alma Allan

Congratulations to Les and Alma Allan (nee Donaldson) who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 22nd June 2013 with family and friends in the Strathord Inn Stanley on the same night at a surprise party organised by their daughter Fiona.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 22nd June 1963 and the reception was held in the Angus Hotel Blairgowrie.  Best man was Fred Rennie and Bridesmaid Fiona Milne. 

May 2013

Thank You - Bob Scott

May I, through the Stanley Website, pass on my grateful thanks to everyone who visited or sent cards and letters during my extended stay in hospital. 

These were greatly appreciated and boosted my morale while I waited for surgery.  

I am now out of hospital and recovering well.   

Warmest regards, 
Bob Scott

April 2013

Best wishes to Former Provost of Perth & Kinross Council- Bob Scott OStJ, JP following his recent operation and hospitalisation.  Speedy recovery Bob.

January 2013

Jim Whytock


On Sunday 10 January 2013, Jim Whytock, in his 100th year, died peacefully in Moncrieffe Care Home. Jim was born at Craigend of Gourdie, Caputh and was formerly a Manse Crescent resident having lived there since the houses were completed in June 1947.  Prior to that when WWII broke out he enlisted in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) as a driver and was captured at St Valery in France in 1940 and taken to Poland as a Prisoner of War (POW).  During his incarceration he was loading coal when he went to the aid of a prisoner who had collapsed.  A guard bayoneted Jim in the backside and in retaliation Jim grabbed the guard's gun and threw it to the ground.  The guard was later transferred to the Russian Front - not for the cruel bayoneting incident but for allowing his gun to be taken away.  After a period in solitary confinement Jim recovered when in the winter of 1944/45 he was forced to take part in what became known as the Long March.  With the Russians approaching, the Germans decided to abandon their camps and head west.  Forced to march around 1000 miles in the coming weeks, hundreds of prisoners succumbed to the cold and the gruelling march, perishing along the way.  Jim had made a deal with an Australian POW for a pair of boots and believed this is why he did not suffer from frostbite.   He eventually was freed by some Americans and returned home to become a Railway Signalman, a job that he loved.  He kept himself busy in retirement  and was a member of Lodge Stanley 1262.  In 2012 he was presented with his Jubilee Certificate from the Lodge (50 years loyal service).  R.I.P. 


December 2012

Ray Sime

Thanks to Ray Sime for the above two seasonal cartoons.  Ray left Stanley in the mid 1970's to further his education and has worked in Birmingham, Liverpool and North Wales.  He has also had a successful career within the Foreign Office travelling worldwide.   However, when work colleagues asked him where he was from the answer was always "Stanley".  He is now retired and lives in The Wirral but still retains strong links with his birthplace and is a regular contributor to the Stanley website.

Happy Christmas and Warm Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2013 to family and friends at home and overseas.

Nan Tait

Beth Kennedy

Wishing Miss Beth Kennedy a quick recovery to good health following her recent stay in hospital.  Beth worked in Stanley Post Office for many years and was Stanley School Senior Girl Dux in 1945.

Nan Tait

Thanks again to Nan Tait for her considerate donation towards my expense in leasing the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the web space from 1 & 1 Internet Ltd.  Thanks also for your unselfish efforts in supporting the website in general Nan.   It is much appreciated.

Jimmy Donaldson 14th December 2012

October 2012

Margaret Reiche

Belated birthday greetings to Margaret Reiche  who celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday 20th October.  A family dinner was held in the Royal Hotel in Dunkeld on Friday 26th October to mark the occasion.

Peggy Jolly

Wishing Mrs Peggy Jolly a speedy recovery following her recent hip operation.

August 2012

Congratulations to Fiona Allan and Danny Small who were married in Huntingtower House Hotel on Thursday 30 August 2012.  Best wishes for the future.

Johnny & Frances Fordyce

Congratulations to Johnny and Frances Fordyce (nee Donaldson) who celebrated their Golden Wedding recently with a family holiday in Majorca.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 18th August 1962 and the reception was held in the Angus Hotel Blairgowrie.  Best man was Andy (Gus) Williamson and Bridesmaids Alma Allan (nee Donaldson) and Anne McIntosh (nee Fordyce).  They moved from Stanley in 1967 to Livingston, West Lothian and now live in Mid Calder, West Lothian.

Gordon Jolly

Gordon Jolly passed away in Perth Royal Infirmary (Cornhill Macmillan Centre) on 12 August 2012 at the age of 66.  Gordon, who was a fine athlete lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for around 40 years.  He was a regular contributor to the Stanley website and our thoughts are with his wife Linda and family as well as his Mum, Mrs Peggy Jolly at this sad time.  R.I.P. Gordon.

July 2012

Bill Hancock

At this time, Bill Hancock’s friends and family are mourning his passing away from lung cancer in New Zealand on 18 July 2012 at the age of 78 years.  Bill left Stanley in 1951 at the age of 17 years and joined the Royal Navy as a junior stoker.  He spent most of his Service career in submarines and his talents were recognised by being selected for a two year engineering course which saw him advanced to Petty Officer. In 1973 he left the Royal Navy as an Engineer Lieutenant - a magnificent achievement in those days to have progressed to that rank.  He then transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy and ended his Service career there as a Lieutenant Commander.  Bill was well travelled and had latterly been living in Penang, Malaysia but he still retained a keen interest in Stanley and attended the 2007 reunion.  R.I.P. Bill.

They've wandered monie a weary road

They've sailed ower monie a sea

An' followed round the rowin' earth

The footsteps o' the free.

They've crossed the wide Atlantic's wave

An' the Pacific's swell

Wha' hae played as bairnies

Roond the Auld Brae Well.

Archie Stewart

Congratulations to Archie Stewart on attaining 60 years loyal membership of Lodge Stanley 1262.  He was presented with his certificate from Grand Lodge of Scotland by the RWM, Ralph Smart, at a Social Evening in the Lodge on Saturday, 7 July, 2012.  The occasion was well attended with live music, stovies, etc, and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.    Millie, his wife, was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Ralph, and all of their three sons were in attendance, with the eldest, Gordon, coming from Gosport, in the south of England, to be there.   Well done Archie.  To see the photos

March 2012

Jimmy Whytock

Congratulations to Jimmy Whytock aged 99 years of Manse Crescent on gaining his Jubilee Certificate from Grand Lodge of Scotland for 50 years loyal membership of Lodge Stanley 1262.  Jimmy was presented his certificate by the RWM of Lodge Stanley Bro Ralph Smart on 22nd March 2012.  to see photos.

Ron and Edna Gourlay

Congratulations to Ron and Edna Gourlay (nee Donaldson) who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 24th March 2012 with family and friends in the Tayside Hotel Stanley on the same night.  They were married in Stanley Parish Church on 24th March 1962 and the reception was held in the County Hotel Perth.  Best man was Douglas Gourlay and Bridesmaid Alma Allan (nee Donaldson).

Cammie Hughes

Happy Birthday to Cammie Hughes on his 65th birthday 20th March 2012.

January 2012

Miss Isa Graham

Miss Isa Graham shows off her 100th birthday card received from the Queen.

Footnote: Sadly Isa died on 29 January 2014 at the age of 102.


December 2011

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012.

Nan Tait

Thanks to Ray Sime for the seasonal cartoon.

November 2011

Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert)

Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert) has changed her email address and you can get in touch with Rena by clicking the link below:

October 2011

Happy Birthday to Gordon Howie, Lorna West, Nan Tait and Donella (Dawn Harbison) Firth who will all reach the age of 65 in October.  Gordon 2nd, Lorna 20th, Nan 27th and Donella 28th.  Best wishes to you all.  

May 2011

Beth Kennedy

Best wishes to Beth Kennedy who celebrated her 80th birthday on 22 May 2011.  Beth was Stanley School Senior Girl Dux in 1945.

Harvey Nathan Stanley Matulewicz

Welcome to baby Harvey Nathan Stanley Matulewicz born on 27 May 2011. Harvey weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds 9 and a half ounces and is the first Great Grandchild of Alma and Les Allan.  Mother Nadine and baby doing well. 

April 2011

May Williamson (nee' O'Brien)

On Wednesday 20 April 2011, after a long illness bravely fought, May Williamson (nee' O'Brien) dearly beloved wife of Arthur and mother to Rhona, Corinne and the late Pamela.  A very much loved and respected mum, gran, mother-in-law and sister and friend to everybody.  Both May and Arthur and their families contribution to the folklore of the village is immense. The thoughts of the villagers, contributors to the website and all who knew her, are with her family at this sad time.  Her husband Arthur is a Stanley footballing legend and our sincere condolences go out to him and all friends and relatives.  

March 2011

Pate Cameron

To Jimmy Donaldson (Hartlepool) & Ian Wells (Aberdeen).  A very big thank you for your visit to my home in Dunkeld about mid-day on Sunday 20/03/11. (I should really have been at church but had a very sore knee)  I felt very humble that two lads, younger than myself, and coming back to Stanley, before heading off to The Emirates Stadium  in London to support Scotland against Brazil, would fit in the time to give me a visit.   I thoroughly enjoyed their visit, to the extent that I was asked to join them on a walk down the back of the Mill on the Sunday.  Funnily enough, my knee never bothered me till the return journey and we decided to go from the road between Scottie's auld hoose (at the Mill gates) just a couple of hundred yards along to  Jock Taylors auld hoose at the orchard, then the Red Lodge we decided to take a return trip , via the Curling Pond, before we reached Scottie's hoose.   The Curley was a big disappointment. Nae water and everything overgrown.   However.  On Stanley On.  Thanks for the visit.  Funny how all the true Stanleyites, Gordon Howie, Billy Hancock, Sandy Wann, Dave Berwick, & Jimmy & Ian. who have been all over the world, always like to start their homecoming with a trip down the 'back o' the mill".       

Pate Cameron

Alan West

A sad week for the older Stanley residents with the passing of Alan West (ex Airntully) in Winnipeg, Canada on 4 March 2011.  He was aged 89 and emigrated to Canada in the 1950's.  He was a blacksmith to trade and worked in Canada as a machine engineer.  He was one of a family of twelve of whom six survive.  (Jessie, Bert, Dot, Isobel, Norman & Aileen).  He is survived by his wife, Peggy (nee MacLean) - sister of Jack MacLean, Murray Place and also by his son Alan, Jnr.  His late brother Jim, captained Stanley Juniors for many years and there is a photograph of Jim on the website under "Your Page" then Fitba' photos - 6 (4).

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Jimmy Pirie

Jimmy Pirie the butcher passed away on 9 March 2011.  He was aged 91 and until a few years ago was Britain's oldest working butcher.  Jimmy was born in Stanley in June 1919 and started work as a butcher, aged 14 in 1933. During his working life he won no fewer than 131 UK and international awards, the highlight being the Sausage Scottish Championship and  Scottish Haggis Championship in 2005. He is survived by his son Alan who carries on the business.

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Alec Kennedy

Alec Kennedy retired postman from Athole Drive passed away on 9 March 2011.  His wife, Marion (nee Panton) passed on several years ago.  He is survived by his son, Roy.   Alec was a very popular postie in Stanley for a long number of years and his photo is on Stanley Photos No 4 (2).

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Sincere condolences to all friends and relatives of the aforementioned Stanley personalities.

Rene Coghlan (nee O'Brien)

Happy Birthday to Rene Coghlan (nee O'Brien) who celebrated her 80th birthday on 3 March 2011.  Hope you had a really special day!

Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert)
Congratulations to Rena Buchanan (nee Lambert) formerly of Stanley but now living in Australia on her 65th birthday on 9 March 2011.

February 2011

Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson was buried in Inverness-shire on 24 February 2011.  He was Stanley School sports champion in 1941 and along with his Uncle, Allan Donaldson, who was about the same age as him, were known as "The Powderhall Pair" for their sprinting prowess.

January 2011

Calvin Strickland

Many Happy Returns to Calvin Strickland on his 65th birthday on 7 January 2011.


December 2010

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a Very Happy Christmas and Health and Happiness in 2011.

Nan Tait

Robyn Hughes

Rangers V Celtic 2 January 2011 - Ne'erday match

Leading out the Rangers team for this match will be Robyn Hughes from King Street Stanley (thanks to Peter Cameron for this info).


Nan Tait

Thanks again to Nan Tait for her considerate donation towards the upkeep of leasing the Stanley website domain name and web space. Much appreciated.  

Jimmy Donaldson 9th December 2010

November 2010

Jimmy Davidson and Chic Kipppen

Jimmy Davidson and Chic Kipppen, both high profile Stanley residents, recently celebrated their 50th birthdays.  Congratulations to both.

September 2010

Janet Murray

Belated congratulations and best wishes to Janet Murray who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. 

July 2010

Ivan and Mary Haggart

Congratulations to Ivan and Mary Haggart who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 4 July 2010. They both now live in Toronto, Canada having emigrated there in 1966.

June 2010

Archie and Millie Stewart

Congratulations to Archie and Millie Stewart who celebrated their Diamond Wedding (60th) anniversary on 24 June 2010.  A very successful party was held in the Tayside Hotel on Saturday 26 June 2010 organised by Dougie and Alice.

The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, President , The Prince's Regeneration Trust visited Stanley Mills on 1 June 2010.  He was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross (Brigadier Melville Jameson).

February 2010

Lodge Stanley 1262

The Lodge Stanley 1262 annual Burns Supper took place as scheduled and was a complete sell-out.  The evening was a resounding success both socially and financially and the RWM of the Lodge, Jimmy Davidson, would like to thank all who attended, also the lady helpers & committee members who contributed to the success of the evening.  Jimmy pointed out that it was a very pleasant feature to see so many younger people attending and showing such interest in the poems and songs of our National Bard.

January 2010

Lodge Stanley 1262 will hold their annual Burns Supper in the Lodge Rooms in Percy Street at 6.30pm on Saturday 6th February 2010.  There is a distinguished list of artistes lined up and it is a mixed evening, with most of the tickets sold.  A few seats are still available and admission is £7.50 which can be paid at the door.  

Peter Cameron - Lodge Secretary



December 2009

Nan Tait



Wishing family and friends at home and overseas a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010.      Nan Tait


November 2009

Stewart Buchan - The Garage

It was with very deep regret that the villagers learned of the death of Stewart Buchan, in his 93rd year, of the garage fame on Perth Road, where he carried on the garage business with his cousin, Willie, after Harry Blair and his family emigrated to Canada, in the 1950's. The garage, still carried on to this day, by his nephews, Ally & Graeme Buchan, who run an excellent mini-bus service, and still, despite other shops & businesses in the village closing, remain in recent years, one of the few places where the old Stanleyites can meet & reminisce.  He was a tremendously popular lad Stewart. You always got him the same, cheery & smiling, and he will be sadly missed by his close family & all who knew him.     Peter Cameron        


There's a Bingo Tea on in the Village Hall on Wednesday 18th November 2009.  Doors open at 7pm.

Beryl Snowden SWRI

Claire Betts (Gordon & Linda Jolly's daughter) along with a group  from Ireland, New Zealand and England climbed Mont Blanc reaching the summit on 17th September 2009.  Claire said it was a hard climb but well worth it.  Mont Blanc, at 4810 metres is the highest mountain in Western Europe and is on the three way border of France, Italy and Switzerland. A leading topographer, Bernard Dupont, recently reported that the mountain is 45cm (18 inches) shorter than two years ago and the volume of snow and ice coating on the summit has also fallen by a tenth. He  said that the shrinkage could not be linked directly to climate change.  The highest point of Mont Blanc has also moved 85 feet closer to Italy although it remains in France.    Last year Clair and  her husband Robert climbed Kilimanjaro.


August 2009

Neil Rodger

Neil Rodger wrote that his son is treating him to the Runrig concert at Scone Palace on 29th August 2009.  If you remember him from Russell Street and see him at the concert please say hello.  He says that after all this time he doubts if his memory will work to spot old friends as the years will have changed a lot of us.  Here's a photo of him: 

Further to the above Neil has contacted me again to say he will be unable to attend the concert because he has not recovered rapidly enough from a laryngectomy (removal of the vocal chords) after a cancer operation. If anyone is interested in two tickets to the concert at face value please contact him on 01553 675676 and ask for his son Andrew as Neil cannot speak yet.  (Footnote:  Neil passed away on 3rd July 2010 aged 62 years)

June 2009

Kate Gairns

Kate Gairns died in Perth Royal Infirmary on 8th June 2009 aged 87 years.  Kate was a well known and respected member of the village and very much involved in village life with interest in The Guild, SWRI, Community Council, Village Hall Committee, and the Historical Society.  Her experience of working life in Stanley Mills (she started work at 14 and worked there for 41 years) was invaluable in the setting up of the Historic Scotland Museum at Stanley Mills.  She was also a very enthusiastic contributor of photos to this website. Although Kate had undergone a partial leg amputation in 2008, she maintained her indomitable spirit and sense of fun.  A mark of esteem held by Kate in the village was witnessed by the capacity attendance at her funeral in Stanley Parish Church on Monday 15th June 2009.

Helen (Nel) (McGregor) (Dow)

We've just  belatedly heard from Glen Dow of the death of his Mother in Canada Helen (Nel) (McGregor) (Dow) Pearson in 2009.  She was born in Stanley on 22 November 1911 to Duncan and Margaret McGregor.  Her Father Duncan was killed in action in France on 13th November 1916 aged 30 years.  Details of this are shown on the Stanley War Memorial page   Nel married Jim Dow of Kinnoull Hill Perth and they had 4 children;  Stewart, Duncan, Frank (died at birth) and Margaret and lived in Store Street Stanley.  The family emigrated to Toronto in 1946 and a fifth child, Glen was born in 1948.  Her husband James died in Toronto in April 1958 and she remarried Eric Pearson of Toronto in 1961.  Eric passed away in 1994. Nel spent her golden years in retirement in her "little cottage" in Severn Bridge Ontario until her death on 8th June 2009.

February 2009

Ron (Tot Smith)

Sorry to hear of a schoolmate passing away. I have good memories of good times we had at school playing together in many school teams.  I am sure Tot will be missed one way or another.  Our condolences and best regards to the family.

Brian Blair

January 2009

Tam Moran


Wishing Tam Moran a speedy recovery following his hip  replacement operation.  


December 2008

We would like to wish the people of Stanley a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and especially to our Mums, Mum Jolly and Mum McWalter.  

Gordon and Linda Jolly, South Africa


Thanks to Nan Tait for the thoughtful personal donation she has recently made which will help towards my costs in renting the Stanley website domain name from Nominet UK and the webspace from 1 and 1 Internet Limited.  I would also like to wish regular browsers to the website a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and ask if you can make it one of your New Year resolutions to look out any Stanley photos  or amusing anecdotes.  Best wishes.   Jimmy Donaldson - Stanley Webmaster.  


Wishing family and friends at home and abroad a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2009 from Nan Tait

Brian Blair


To all our friends in Stanley.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.      Brian Blair

Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett


Wishing family and friends a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2009 from Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett. 

October 2008

Kate Gairns

Best wishes to Kate Gairns following her recent operation. 

August 2008

George & Jean McCabe (nee Carmichael)

Congratulations to George & Jean McCabe (nee Carmichael) now residing in Blairgowrie on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding.  Home for the celebrations was Jean's sister Wilma who married Dave Armstrong from Spittalfield and who now reside in Canada. Jean and Wilma are the daughters of Arthur & Phemie Carmichael who lived in Stores Street in the 1940's/50's.

July 2008

Peter Cameron

Many Happy Returns to Peter Cameron on his 65th birthday on the 27th July 2008.  All the best Peter. Enjoy your retirement.

May  2008

Donna & Paul Nisbett

Congratulations to you both on your Wedding Day on the 21st May 2008.  I'm sure you have had a wonderful time.  Also many Happy Returns on your 60th birthday Donna.  

Kindest Regards - Janet Fergus  

Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Donna (nee Farquharson) and Paul Nisbett on their  marriage at The Mill Forge, Gretna Green, on Wednesday 21st May 2008.  This will be a double celebration as Donna celebrates her 60th birthday on the same day. 

April  2008

Pamela Robson (nee Blair)

On Thursday 24th April 2008, Pamela Robson, (Blair) daughter of Harry and Agnes Blair passed away in Pennsylvania, USA.  Many people will not remember her but she is in school pictures 6, photo 1, 2nd from the left.  She leaves behind her husband, two children and four grandchildren.  Sister to Harry, Brian, Raymond and Jean (deceased).

January  2008

Maisie Robertson (nee McKinlay)

On the 30th January 2008  after a short illness, unexpectedly in the PRI, Maisie Robertson (nee McKinlay).  Daughter of the late Daisy and Bob McKinlay and sister of Gloria, George and Robert.  She will be sadly missed by her family. 


December  2007

Mrs Jean Davidson (nee Cameron)

Mrs Jean Davidson (nee Cameron) died in Chequers Eventide Home, Pitlochry, on Christmas Day, 2007.  She was 93 years old and was the last surviving member of John Cameron, snr, the baker's family, who had the bakehouse in Perth Road, Stanley, next door to Angelo Cura's, before the 2nd World War. (A sister of the late Jock, Wull, Cis & Teen).

   She is survived by two sons, Cameron Murray, who lives in the outskirts of Pitlochry, and Frazer Murray, who lives in Australia. Jean's first husband, Nelson Murray, was killed in a road accident at Gannochy in Perth, and several years later she married Willie Davidson, who was then curator at Perth Art Gallery.  Willie died a few years ago after he retired to Birnam.

  Jean's grand-daughter, Pollyanna Murray, (Cameron's daughter) hit the headlines several years ago when she became the first Scottish woman to climb Mount Everest.  

Nan Tait

Wishing family and friends at home and abroad a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2008. 

Nan Tait

Happy Birthday to our Dad and Grandad 

Alex Pratt 

who will be 80 on the 21st December 2007. 

Congratulations Dad.  

Love from Malcolm, Eileen, Graeme & Michelle, 

Vicky & Neil 


November  2007

07.07.07 Reunion Committee

Several members of the 07.07.07 Reunion Committee met up again on Saturday 24th November at Dawn (Donella Firth) Harbison's home in Kirkcaldy.  Many thanks to Dawn for her hospitality and excellent meal, ably assisted by her sous chef, Margaret Kay.  A super night was had by all. 

Entertainment was provided by Jimmy D with a wealth of hilarious jokes and stories.

Grateful thanks to Calvin Strickland for acting as chauffeur for the evening. 

for photos taken on the night.


Calvin and Jean Strickland

Congratulations and best wishes to Calvin and Jean Strickland who recently celebrated their Ruby Wedding. 

October  2007

Gordon Jolly

Best wishes to Gordon Jolly who is in hospital in South Africa recovering from an operation.  Speedy recovery Gordon.

September  2007

Jimmy Donaldson

Congratulations to Jimmy Donaldson on his 60th Birthday on the 21st September 2007 from the Stanley 07/07/07 Re-Union Committee. The ship shown is the Minelayer HMS Abdiel, (Jim served in her 1971-73) entering her base port - Port Edgar, South Queensferry with the Forth Bridges in the background. The cake was baked by his sister-in-law - Hilda Hart of Hartlepool. 

May  2007

Don Farquharson

Don Farquharson aged 88 died on the 31st May 2007 in St Johns Hospital Livingston.  Don's wife Beth died in February 2006.  He will be sadly missed by his daughters  Maureen and Donna and their families. 

Drew Ross

Congratulations to Drew Ross who celebrated his 80th Birthday with a party at Luncarty Bowling Club.  Well done Drew!

Footnote: Sadly Drew passed away just over a year later in June 2008

HELLO  To all my classmates at Stanley school.  My question is, where have all the lassies gone?  Are they still around or have they passed on.  I am coming back for the reunion and would like to meet with anyone who is still around.

  Yours sincerely Brian Blair




December  2006

To all our relations and friends wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

        Cheers from the Blairs in Canada.



Dave and Kath Culbert, Would like to wish all the Culbert 'Clan' a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a safe journey to everyone travelling home for 07.07.07

Nan Tait

Wishing all our friends and relatives a Very Merry Christmas and Happy, healthy 2007!

Linda and Gordon Jolly


November  2006

Helen (Nel) McGregor of Store St. married to Jim Dow and emigrated to Canada will turn 95 years young on Nov.22/06 and an afternoon tea was held on Nov.18 to celebrate with many family and friends. Scottish songs were sung to the bagpipes played by Brian Blair. Contact to Helen's family can be made through the e-mail address  

Footnote:  Nel died on 8th June 2009.


October  2006

Happy Birthday to Gordon Howie, Lorna West, Nan Tait and Donella (Dawn Harbison) Firth who will all reach the age of 60 in October.  Gordon 2nd, Lorna 20th, Nan 27th and Donella 28th.  Best wishes to you all.  Health and happiness always.


September  2006

Daisy McKinlay- 1910 - 2006

Family and many Friends filled the Episcopal Church on the Perth Road in Stanley to standing room only on Wed 20th September.  Bishop Michael Hare-Duke led the service to celebrate and remember her 96 years. She died in her 97th year. Born in London in 1910 she lived the great part of her life in Stanley. 

She is dearly missed by Maisie, Robert, George, Gloria and their families.

"If I should go before the rest of you,

Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone.

Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice,

But be the usual selves that I have known.

Weep if you must,

Parting is hell,

But life goes on,

So sing as well"

Paddy Ferry - 76th birthday 15th September 2006.

Happy birthday Dad.  Lots of love from Ann, John, Kate, Miggy, Berny and Teresa.  See you in the Tayside.  You're on the first round.  OK!  The Boss.


August  2006

Congratulations to Wendy and Jimmy Davidson on their Silver Wedding anniversary on 22nd August 2006.  Hope you have a great day and enjoy a few drams.  All the very best, with love from Rhoda, David and boys.

All the very best to Wendy and Jimmy on their special day. Love from Auntie Ella.


July  2006

Alex Duncanson 56th birthday on 16th July 2006.  Happy Birthday Alex all the way over there in Queensland.  Best wishes.  Ann Ferry. 


June  2006

Congratulations to Margaret and Stewart Buchan who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 21st June 2006.

To Shiel from Deal, wife of Keel 



April  2006


Congratulations and Birthday wishes from neighbours and friends to Mrs Jean McWalter who celebrates her 90th birthday on Friday 28th April.

Elizabeth Petra Menzies, born May 28th, 1942. Lived in Stanley with her two sisters, Ellen and Evelyn, until 1960 when she trained to become a registered Nurse at the Royal Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children. Emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in May, 1964 where she met and married William [Bill] Cooke of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England on December 4th, 1965. Together they raised four children, Suzanne, Leanne, Gregor and Rebecca. There are nine grandchildren.

Petra, as she liked to be known, had practiced her nursing career in Hamilton for 38 years and was elected President of the province's regulatory body, the College of Nurses of Ontario. At the age of 58 she went back to school and received her B.Sc.N. degree from McMaster University in 2003. After taking early retirement she went on to teach the next generation entering the nursing profession.

After a lengthy fight with breast cancer Petra passed away on Sunday, April 9th, 2006 just weeks before her 64th birthday.


March 2006

Congratulations to Pete and Joan on their RUBY WEDDING on Sunday 26th March.

Gordon and Linda.

Congratulations to Peter and Joan Cameron who will celebrate their Ruby Wedding on 26th March 2006.

Congratulations to Gordon and Linda Jolly, who celebrate their Ruby Wedding on 26th March and we would like to send them best wishes and many congratulations from
Dod, Jo-Anne, Louise and Scott, Chris and Susan


January 2006

Congratulations To my Mum and Dad Mairi and John Kay who will celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on the 17th.Jan.2006.  They were married at York House, Perth  in 1946. Will look forward to seeing you both on your big day.

Lots of love

Janet xx

I would like to send lots of love and Happy Birthday greetings to my Mum Mairi Kay who will be 80 years young on 6th.January. She was born in Kiltarlity Inverness-shire and married John Kay who is a Stanley man.

Lots of love

Janet xxxx



December 2005

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2006

Nan Tait

Have A HAPPY NEW YEAR                Brian Blair

Many happy returns to Gordon Jolly Port Elizabeth, South Africa who is 60 on Thursday 29th December 2005.   From Pete Keel and Nan

Have a great day.


who celebrated her 80th Birthday on the 5th December 2005

Congratulations from Dod, Jo-Anne, Louise & Scott, Chris & Susan.



Roger, Janet, Hazel, Kenny......


October 2005

Happy birthday  Bill Hancock 

72 on Monday 3rd October

All the best

(Footnote:  Sadly Bill passed away in New Zealand on 17 July 2012) 


September 2005

Happy Birthday to my Dear Dad John Kay

I would like to send All my Love and Best Wishes to my Dad John Kay who was 80 years old on the 12th September.  He was born in Percy St. and later went to school at Queen Victoria School for boys in Dunblane and went on to join the Royal Scots Regiment stationed in Edinburgh. He came back to Stanley to stay about 1952 with my Mum, sister Elizabeth myself Janet and my brother  John who was born in 1955. Dad became a postman in Stanley like his father Willie Kay who was well known in Stanley.  I've just had a lovely musical nostalgic trip round Stanley on the computer.


Kindest Regards

Janet Fergus nee Kay

Daisy McKinlay

Birthday congratulations to Daisy McKinlay of Mill Street (ex Murray Place) who was 95 years young on the 3rd September 2005.  Surely one of the village's oldest residents. Happy Birthday to you Daisy.

I would like to add my congratulations and best wishes to Mrs Daisy McKinlay on her birthday just past. She was a good friend of my mother 'way back. Her daughter Maisie was a classmate of mine circa'38/'46. Good on you Mrs Mac.         

Billy Hancock (Dolly's son)

(Footnote:  Sadly Daisy passed away peacefully in PRI on 14th September 2006 - 11 days after her 96th birthday. 


August 2005

Jack and Isobel Ford

Congratulations to Jack and Isobel  Ford who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 27th August 2005.

Footnote:  Jack passed away in September 2011 and Isobel on 30th December 2015.