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Academic Background


My career in education began in 1973 and spanned almost 40 full-time years. I retired in 2011 from my post as Head Teacher at Wester Hailes Education Centre but remain involved in the world of schools and learning.

I teach adult classes in the city of Edinburgh and at Strathclyde University in Glasgow but my main professional activity is now genealogical research.


I have been an active genealogical researcher for thirty years. Since 2000 I have had the pleasure of teaching genealogy and family history to a series of highly successful adult classes at Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. I hold the University of Strathclyde’s MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies and am a full member of the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.  I continue to teach both day and evening genealogy classes at beginner and intermediate level at Wester Hailes. If you would like more info on courses or are interested in my carrying out research on your behalf, please visit my genealogy page or get in touch

Personal and Family Life

Linlithgow, has been my family home for many years. As well as genealogy, education, Scottish culture, and politics, I am an active runner, secretary of my local athletic club and a JogScotland leader, and I retain a partisan interest in Brechin City FC.