Keil school painting sale for the Sunshine Room

Mike Healey's painting of Keil School.

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A painting of a former Scottish independent school by a nationally acclaimed Southend artist is to be sold.

Annie Thomson, wife of the late Professor Joseph McGeachy Thomson, Regus Professor of Law, has given Professor Michael Healey’s Keil School to be sold or auctioned to raise funds for Campbeltown Hospital’s Macmillan Palliative Care Unit, known as the Sunshine Room.

Mrs Thomson has offered the work, painted two decades ago, to show her gratitude and respect for Sunshine Room staff who looked after her husband.

Both professors are ex-pupils of the school which opened as a technical college at Keil House, Southend, in November 1915.

In the winter of 1924, a fire destroyed the building and the following year it re-opened at Helenslee House, Dumbarton. It closed in July 2000.

Professor Healey said: ‘Professor Thomson was one of the most prominent alumnus of the school. He was Regus Professor of Law in Scotland which is a Royal appointment.

‘In the instance of a stalemate after hearings in the High Court and House of Lords, Professor Thomson would have final say in law and his pronouncement would carry.

‘There can be one such Regus of Law in each of the four countries. There is no country appointment if none is considered suitable.

‘Professor Thomson created new law in the Scottish Office and was an international expert on family law.’

See pages 18 and 19 for a full feature on Professor Healey.

Mike Healey’s painting of Keil School. NO-c08painting01_Keil_School_by_Mike_Healey