My name is David Leask (contact me at [email protected])
I was born in Viewfield Cottage Maddiston, my grandmothers (Mary McNiven) home, the youngest of three brothers. I went to Maddiston Primary School then Redding Junior Secondary School then Graham High for six months when the former school closed. I was a member of 1st Muiravonside Boys Brigade and the Life Boys before that. We all attended the Suday School at Maddiston Corp Salvation Army in the old hall that's long gone.
After leaving school I was apprenticed as a blacksmith in Grangemouth Dockyard.
I got married to a girl from Bo'ness (actually half way between Bo'ness and Linlithgow) in December 1969, we moved to Westquarter in 1970 and we have two boys who have in turn grown up, left home and got married too.
We still live in Westquarter, I have always been a keen local historian and have had one book published on the history of Westquarter (now out of print I think). I set up a group in Maddiston to look into the history of the village (and the village of Rumford) but the group came to an end after around 8 years or so and as well as gleaning a lot of information from the local people some great friendships were formed (and one marriage).
A new group has now been set up looking into the history of the whole parish of Muiravonside with particular interest in the villages of Maddiston and Rumford.
Folk Music is still very important to me as a singer of the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland (with a little English and American thrown in for luck.) I sing and play guitar/bodhran at various sessions (trouble is there's not as many as there used to be)
My wife Rona and I are both now retired and Rona is the secretary of the History group even though she's never lived in Maddiston (or Muiravonside for that matter,) Rona was born and brought up in Swordie Mains half way between Linlithgow and Bo'ness and sees herself as a Bonessian - even although we've now lived in Westquarter longer than anywhere else.