Gerry Douds, teacher who lived life fully

Gerry Douds
Gerry Douds

Gerry Douds, historian, teacher and writer died in July at Bartestree, near Hereford, aged 73.

Douds was a piper himself as well as a proud and patriotic Scot but one who loved deeply the beautiful county where he settled with his wife Betty in 1972.

He was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Bo’ness where his father ran a successful drapery business in North Street.

As a teenager Douds was drawn to Scottish nationalist politics in West Lothian and he had lively tales to tell of his work there for the cause.

All his life he treasured a copy of The Rebel Ceilidh Songbook, which originated from a Bo’ness pub and he could belt out songs from it like ‘‘The Destiny Stane’’ and many others.

He kept up his love of piping and also managed to play some rugby for the London Scottish before deciding to return home to study for his university entrance.

He achieved this without any difficulty and began a history degree at Edinburgh University in 1965.

His first love however was always for Betty, Kenneth and Alastair.