A lifelong Kinnoir resident, Willie McWilliam played a huge part in the community. He was always on hand for school functions and played the fiddle at these functions on many an occasion. He had also been one of the earliest pupils at Kinnoir School..
This from the Press and Journal in 1982:-
One of the earliest pupils at Kinnoir School was Willie McWilliam who entered the school as an awestruck youngster at the age of five in 1909. On Willie's own admission, he did not stay awestruck for long and became a bit of a rascal at school. "I remember I buried the tawse in a corner of the schoolyard" he said. "I could take you to the spot right now and dig it up if the playground wasn't tarred." "Come to think of it, I think we cut it up as well. I suppose we'd been going to get the belt for something. But I sneaked into the teacher's desk just in time and snaffled the belt." Willie also remembers the building being too cold for his liking. "There were coal fires" he said "but the teachers always stood in front of them and, for some reason, I always seemed to be sitting at the farthest back corner. I was always freezing"
Bill and his mates also used to bend saplings in the nearby wood, twist the tops together and make huts, much to the displeasure of the teachers.. "They didn't like it" he said "but you had to get your fun some way."
Willie made up for those years, though, and was an enthusiastic supporter of the school throughout his adult life. He was always on hand to help with the maintenance of the school and used to drive pupils to the school as well as ferrying the school meals from Huntly Gordon Schools where they were prepared for the pupils of Kinnoir.
Willie’s daughter Margaret Grant has published a series of Humorous Doric Poems which now runs to three volumes. In the first volume (entitled “Just for a Laugh”) she published a poem dedicated to Willie for his 90th Birthday Read the full poem here