Shared here with permission by James Graham who wrote, “Primary 7 High Blantyre Primary School c1949
The teacher on the left is Mr Ferrier (Big Tam). He had an artificial arm which he used to push us into line or give us a judicious clout on the back of the head if we misbehaved. I am the tallest boy near the middle of the back row.”
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Heather Mcwilliam Dad, Jack McWilliam, use to tell me stories about Big Tam and his wooden arm. He use to walk up and down the rows of desks and every now and again he’d bang his arm on a desk making everyone jump out of their seats. It looks like dad second from the left, bottom row, but the date is not quite right. I wonder if any of the other children can be identified.
Emma Trevethan I remember Big Tam I was scared stiff of him and he always walked up and down the rows of desks and you never new when he would bang on your desk and scare the life out of you , he didn’t need a belt. …