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"Bro Clare"

A review of St Mungos Academy by Gerald kavanagh written on Saturday 16th of November 2019


I attended St Mungo’s from 1948 to 64 having spent a short time at St Kentigerns before going to Parson Street. The Headmaster (acting ) I took to be the elderly Brother who would appear on the balcony or first floor walkway for assembly. My recollection is of a serious, bespectacled man of relatively slight stature. I dont think I ever saw him smile or less than serious, but then about the only time I saw or took note of him was at assembly. From that time I took him to be Brother Clare, a name I must have heard associated with the Headmaster. But, from what I can gather that can’t have been the case. Brother Clare was the historian James E Handley whose book ‘The Irish in Scotland’ I read forty or so years ago. Having checked an image of him he is not the Bother who took assembly during my time although I am certain I met him once. That was on a school trip to Switzerland. Walking uphill with my pal Joe Wilson, on one of the slopes around Engelberg where we were staying, we passed a figure on a pathside bench as we rounded a curve. Looking at him as I passed I could see he was a Brother from his clothes but I didnt otherwise recognise him. Noting my look he smiled pleasantly at me before I turned my head and went on. It wsnt the sunshine playing tricks so who was the elderly brother who took assemby ?.

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