Above is an interesting group photo taken outside the wall of Cardy House grounds circa 1900. This image is now part of the University of St Andrews Photographic Collection. There are four men with a boat behind them. No names are provided but I suspect one or more of them to be a member of the Gillies family. The bare-footed man second from right looks like he may have just been out in the boat or perhaps is about to go out in it.
It might be that the two men without jackets are William and Robert Gillies, joiners and yacht builders. Their brother was David Gillies - who constructed and owned Cardy House and the Net Factory. William and Robert had a boat named the Semi Quaver that caused a stir whenever it was launched each summer at Largo. More on that to come. In the meantime if you have any information - or theories - about the men in the photo above, please comment.