Celebrities at School
traditional implement used in Scottish schools was the
tawse/belt, administered to the outstretched palm of the
Here are some Scottish
celebrities who felt the belt at school.
confirmed by SF&R unless marked (RC) Reliable Contributor.
*Anne Lorne Gillies -
In her autobiography, Song of Myself, the singer tells
of two occasions when she got the belt at school - once from
a female teacher and once from a male. (RC)
Dickson - In a weekly feature in The Scotsman
newspaper called My Schooldays, 2000, the singer/actress, when
asked, did you ever get into trouble? said: "I did - like
every child - but never in serious bother. I was given the strap
Paul - In a weekly feature in The Scotsman newspaper
called My Schooldays, 25th October 2000, the comedienne, when
asked, did you ever get into trouble? said: "I got the belt
left, right, and centre. It became the norm. I got the belt at
least three times a week."
C Smith - In a debate about the belt in schools,
Daily Record, 30th October 1996, the comedienne commented:
"When I was at school, I got the belt several times, but it
had no effect on me. It didn't stop me being a gab."
*Kirsty Wark - In the
Scotland on Sunday Spectrum magazine on 2nd April 2000, it was
reported that the TV presenter was belted at school. (RC)
- During a daily "Back to School" series on GMTV, where
all the presenters visited their old schools and recalled
schooldays memories, John Stapleton told fellow presenter
Lorraine Kelly how he was frequently caned at his grammar school.
Scottish presenter Kelly said: "Was it a cane you got hit
with? it was a belt we got, the leather belt. I used to get the
belt for talking, the strap we called it, it was a leather belt
with thonges on it, it was horrible. You used to try to draw away
(hands) but that made it worse, it would go right up your wrist,
it was so sore, really painful."
- There was an article in the Sunday Post many years ago where
the singer was describing her upbringing in Glasgow. She said
that at school she was always giving cheek to the teachers, and
added: "I suppose I deserved all the beltings I got, and
believe me I got my fair share." (RC)
Beaton - In a weekly feature in The Scotsman
newspaper called My Schooldays, 2000, the journalist/writer, when
asked, did you ever get into trouble? said: "I always seemed
to be in trouble, quite rightly so. The maths teacher kept giving
me 300 lines about punctuality and procrastination being the
thief of time. Hed check them and hand them back to me, so
next time Id give him the same lot back. He must have
marked them after the third time, because he took me outside and
gave me the Lochgelly belt six times across crossed hands.
Another time, it was spring so I did a dance step in the
corridor; the headmaster saw me and said: "No dancing in the
corridor. My study." Six of the best again."
*Phyllis Logan - In an
interview about her role in Hope and Glory, the actress said:
"One teacher belted the whole class of thirty. I was about
three quarters of the way down the queue. By the time she got to
me I got a real thwack."
*Rhona Brankin - In the
Scotsman article on schooldays, 14th May 2003, the MSP (Member of
the Scottish Parliament) replied to the question did you ever get
into trouble? by saying: "I was belted once in primary
- In an article about the lead singer of successful group, Texas,
The Mirror, 15th March 2003, she recalled: "I got the belt
once in a music lesson for throwing my pen at the teacher."
- In an article in The Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2002, the
British actress recalled getting the strap on several occasions
at Marr College in Troon, Scotland. She had nothing but praise
for the teaching methods of the man who`d chastised her - Latin
teacher, Mr Gow. She said: "The classes were big and it
wasn`t wise to cross him. I had the strap three times, but I
never held it against him because I deserved it."
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