Nostalgia: Rothesay Academy’s 1962-3 rugby team

Rothesay Academy's 1962-63 school rugby team.
Rothesay Academy's 1962-63 school rugby team.

For this week’s amble down Bute’s memory lane, we continue our rummage through a collection of Rothesay Academy sporting pictures, as contributed by the school’s former PE teacher and depute head Jim Bicker.

Like the cricket team featured in this section last week, this group of rugby players long predates Jim’s own arrival at the Academy - and so we’re grateful to local councillor, farmer, former Academy pupil and keen sportsman Robert Macintyre for supplying the names of most of those in the school’s 1962-63 rugby team.

They are as follows. Back row L-R: Martin Thomson, unknown, Angus MacLeod, unknown, John McGroarty, unknown, David Healy, Ian Millar. Front row: Iain McCallum, Stewart Buchanan, Ian Ross, Jack Bryant, John Martin, Charles Strong and Joe Bryant.

* If you have any old Bute school pictures you think other readers might enjoy seeing, why not get in touch with us? Scanned prints can be emailed to, while you can also post prints to The Buteman, 5 Victoria Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0AJ. Alternatively, if you live on Bute, call us on (01700) 502503 to tell us about your collection. Thanks in advance!