About Me

So you finally found me…

.. in that case, you’ll probably want to know a little about me now that you’re here. (Danvers, put in some stuff here about my being handsome, clever, witty, debonaire. Usual stuff, there’s a good chap.)

Who am I?

My name is Alex MacPhee.  The likeness above, I’m told, is fairly good.  (It cost about 10,000 Lira from a pavement caricaturist one warm and barefoot midnight by the shores of Lake Garda. Or about £4.50.)

Where am I?

Deep in the steamy rainforests of central Surrey.

What do I do?

Professionally, I designed and developed large scale  network, telephony and billing software systems for British Telecom.

What do I do now?

I’m now a fellow of leisure, having taken early retirement  so that I could devote all my time to my wife Frances, during her long illness. I spend a lot of my recreation time out walking, in all seasons. It’s rarely cold enough or wet enough to keep me indoors, but when it is there’s also a little time spent in researching my family history and origins, principally from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Islay in the Inner Hebrides, and the little coastal fishing towns of Aberdeenshire.

For some years now, I’ve followed the sport of ice hockey.   I have also fenced for about forty years, since being introduced to the sport  by the wonderful Christine Tolland, sometime Scottish ladies champion, in Glasgow in the late sixties.

Although not musically talented (a statement that has not yet earned any dissent), about a year ago I decided to learn to play piano, having never played one in my life. It is more challenging than I expected, but the neighbours have been kind. So far. Which is to say, they have not yet broken down the door, or let down the tyres on my car.

Is there a photograph of me?

Well, if you insist ….

How do you know me?

A little of my past might help. I was born and bred in Glasgow, growing up mostly in the south side, in Pollok. Schooldays were spent at Lourdes School there. For several years, I worked in the Royal Beatson Hospital’s Institute for Cancer Research, in Glasgow’s city centre. In 1975 I left Glasgow for Edinburgh and a career in Post Office Telecommunications, later British Telecom. I’m also a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. In 1986 I left Scotland for London and a big computing project with British Telecom. If you’re still not sure after these clues, just drop me a line anyway…

How can you contact me?

The email to use is alexmacphee AT live DOT co DOT uk. Just make the obvious substitutions, which are there to avoid being sucked in by these wicked spamsters.  If our paths have crossed at any time, please drop me a note, even if it’s just to say ‘hello’ from a distance.

Where else can you find me? 



  1. Hi Alex,
    this is Patricia, Lawrences sister, we are in Glasgow and I thought of you,hope all is well for you,
    best wishes

    • Hello Patricia, all is well down here. Hoping to be in Scotland at the end of the month to see family. Hope you have a lovely stay, wish I could have been up there to say hello. Give my regards to Leslie, and to your lovely nieces. Best wishes. Alex.

      • Hi Alex ,
        this is once again Patricia Lawrences sister, hoping this finds you well and maturing into retirement, just to keep in touch , and see hoe you are doing
        best wishes

      • Hello Patricia, nice to hear from you again. I’m enjoying retirement, and can’t imagine going back to work again. Time seems to be split between going for long walks, and grandchildren! Hope you are well. Are you visiting Glasgow again? Best wishes, Alex.

      • Hi Alex,
        we are back in Glasgow May 6th till Oct !st this year. my grandson was asking me all about Lawrence, so I had gathered some things to help him get a picture of who he was, then I remembered what you had written , so I made a copy and will send it on to him, and I just wondered how you were doing its always nice to just touch base when I think of someone,
        All the Best you you and the family

  2. I am not sure whether you are getting my text messages but it is ok to put Aileens photo on FB. You cam always contact Vincent on the above address as he knows more abt St Monicas primary & Lourdes thsn I do.


  3. I love search engines…..did not know you had a website 🙂 the caricature looks…great ;*)

  4. Hi Alex – your sister Maggie alerted me to your tree – we are definitely related – as Neil MacPhee and Ann MacAuley are my greatx3 grandparents. I’m descended from their son Angus and have quite a bit of detail on his line – feel free to email me roberta@food-wine-travel.com
    and check out my Facebook group for this family (in its earlys tages so don’t expect too much) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/446126965520586/
    Hope to hear from you soon

    Roberta Muir, MA (Gastronomy)
    Food ~ Beverage ~ Travel Writer
    Sydney Seafood School, Manager
    Member Guild of Food Writers (UK)
    Follow me on Instagram & Twitter @RobertaMuir

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