Mr Graham retires after 32 years as Addiewell headmaster

Much loved teacher presented with gifts

On the occasion of his retirement, pupils past and present presented a wallet of notes to Mr Graham, who was headmaster of Addiewell School from 1929 till 1951.  

A group of past pupils, led by Mrs Elizabeth Morris of 78 Mooreland Gardens collected money and gave him   ‘a beautiful afternoon tea-cum-coffee service of insulated chromium.  Mr Graham was deeply moved by this fine gesture on the part of his pupils of long ago. It is not often that a headmaster is remembered in this way and it must be taken as a mark of the greatest respect that the Addiewell School’s former pupils should have decided to make a special presentation.

He taught my children and my grandchildren

‘Mrs Wood of Moorelands Gardens spoke for the whole of Loganlea and Addiewell when she said, “We are all very pleased to be able to do this for Mr Graham.  He taught my children and grandchildren. He is a great man.  No one ever had a complaint to make about him.  He was always a just teacher, and anyone who had been in his class will tell how happy they were to be under his care.’

Mr Graham set up the school football team, and worked in close friendship with Mr Harold Brady of West Calder, who was headmaster of the neighbouring Saint Thomas’ Roman Catholic School for thirty years of Mr Graham’s thirty-two years in Addiewell.  Before coming to Addiewell, Mr Graham served in the Army during the Great War.

His successor as headmaster at Addiewell was Mr L.P.C. Hardie, headmaster of Woodmuir School at Breich.


Extracted from the Midlothian Advertiser, 2 November 1951, page 1.

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