William Hain Lawrie

Hello there. Believe it or not I was a bonnie bairn. I was born on the 1st February, 1943 in Perth, Scotland where I have lived ever since. I was christened William Hain Lawrie but answer to the name 'Willie'. As evidence that I was a beautiful child I offer the following three photographs taken in 1944/45.

Unfortunately like most people, I grew older. Evidence - next two photos.

The photo of me as a young man was a passport photo taken in 1965 just before I went on holiday to Spain.
Below is my recollection of that holiday taken from a book I wrote in 1995.

In 1961 I joined British Railways (now ScotRail) as a Fireman on steam then diesel trains until I was made redundant in 1970. I then worked for three years installing Cable TV, then owned a Fish and Chip Shop, then worked on the British Gas Pipeline as a Storeman until in October 1978 I rejoined British Railways as a Shunter in Perth. I worked for a year as a Shunter then another year as a Freight Guard then from 1981 until 1998 I was a Passenger Guard at Perth General Station. In January 1998 I failed a Medical examination where it was found that my hearing was not of an acceptable standard and I was suspended from my job and subsequently paid off in September 1998. I was nine months unemployed until I became a nightshift Filling Station assistant. In October 2004 I gave up that job.
Since November 2004 I have worked as a nightshift taxi driver with McNeill's Taxis in Perth and I am thoroughly enjoying my job.


I enjoyed working for ScotRail. Between 1989-95 I did three correspondence courses on Railway Workings and received two Seconds and one First certificates.
In 1997 I took part in a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) and achieved the Award for Rail Transport: Passenger Services (Level II). I also received a letter saying that I was the first Conductor in ScotRail to gain that certificate.


A very rare photo of me (nearest the camera) as a Fireman with Driver Willie Dickson on the Gleneagles to Crieff Branch Line. Taken at Crieff Station 16th May, 1964. Two months later the Branch Line was closed.

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I first became interested in Computers in 1984 when I bought an Amstrad CPC 464. I learned the programming language and soon was selling programs to the various computer magazines. (Click on the 'Amstrad' button on my Home page and you will see several examples of my programs). In the early 1990's I bought an Amstrad PcW10 computer. I also bought a hand held scanner and Canon B/W Bubblejet Printer. Using the word processor Locoscript and the page layout program Micro Design I soon turned to writing various leaflets, flyers etc.

In 1995 I wrote a book My Mum Wasn't Pleased which was a humorous look at the funny things which happened to me throughout my railway career. (Click on the 'Books' button on my Home page to see some of my work).

While working as a Guard/Conductor on the tourist trains especially between Perth and Inverness many tourists used to ask me the names of various ruined castles, lochs etc., which we passed. I subsequently wrote several information leaflets on the different routes that I worked. I sent them to ScotRail and was given an Award but they were never used. I printed some myself and used to leave them on the trains for the benefit of the passengers.

I have always been interested in Scottish history and with the mass of information I had collected I then wrote three Guide Books covering the different routes that I worked. I sent these to the Managing Director of ScotRail but although he expressed interest and was arranging a meeting, the interest soon vanished when I lost my job.

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In 1998 I bought a second hand PC and I won a scanner in a computer magazine competition and this opened up the world of digital photography for me. At Christmas 1998 Santa gave me a Kodak DC 210 zoom digital camera and a copy of Photoshop 5. I have since upgraded to Photoshop 6, then Photoshop 7. (All the graphics in this Website were done with Photoshop 6 and ImageReady 3, and all the rest is hand-coded HTML).

In April 2002 I bought an up-to-date computer with a 19" monitor and had broadband installed in my house.

I think digital photography is my forte. (Click on the 'Digital Photos' button on my Home page to see some of my photographs). To print out my photos I used an Epson Stylus 600 printer although I now have an Epson 1290 A3+ printer.


Possibly my favourite photograph is the one below.

I took this photograph in Perth of a Georgian Terrace built in 1807...
...I then zoomed in on the doorway, cropped it, moved the street light and erased any modern artifacts...
...I cut out this photograph of a friend's mother taken in 1903, just before her marriage...
...and this is the result.

Good enough for a Christmas Card or an illustration on a box of chocolates, I hope you'll agree.


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I have a beautiful Boxer dog called Duffy. He was born on the 26th June, 1993.
(Click on the 'Duffy' button on my Home page to see more of him).


Finally, before April, 2002 I didn't access the Internet from my home. I used an Internet Access Point called Gig@Bytes in Perth to do my surfing.
(Click on the 'Gig@Bytes' button on my Home page to see more).


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