The Wood Family
The Wood Family Home
Reproduced with acknowledgement to June Scott, Bonaly,
No 24, Craighall Crescent
The Wood Family
Craighall Crescent lies on the high ground above Newhaven. It is
on the west side of Craighall Road, almost opposite Trinity Academy.
This was the home of the Wood Family. The people in this photo
are believed to be:
1. probably Grandparents - but who were they? *
appear in the photographs below.
2. Parents: William Burnup Leslie Wood
and his wife, Elizabeth Kutchman Stewart Wood b1879
3. Children: James 1903-1991 and his younger brother Stewart.
* The old couple on the photograph at the top of
this page could not have been William
Burnup Leslie Wood's parents, George (1842-1879)
and Ann (1845-1916), because
George died about 30 years before the photo was taken.
William Burnup Leslie Wood
and his brother, James, operated a wholesale fish merchants' business, Wood Brothers.
They delivered fish from Newhaven Harbour to Edinburgh. The business
first used horse and cart, both kept across the road from No 24 Craighall
Later, when the horse suffered
an injury with a nail through its hoof, the Wood Brothers purchased this
van. The never returned to using horses.
son of William Burnup Leslie Wood, became the owner of
Wood's Garage in Craighall Road, opposite Trinity School. He
employed his brother, Stewart (full name William John Stewart Wood).
James began by renting out space in Craighall Road for parking cars
overnight. (In the late 1920s, motorists were not permitted to leave
their cars on the street overnight in Edinburgh.)
Later James set up his garage on the site -
Wood's Garage. It was a wooden building with a corrugated iron roof,
next to the scout hut.
It opened in 1929 and remained in business until around 1964.
Here, James repaired cars, sold cars and later sold petrol and diesel
The garage has now
been demolished and flats have been built on the site.
James Wood became one of the
founding members of the Edinburgh Aero Club when it was established at
Turnhouse Aerodrome in 1928. The club purchased a surplus World War
I plane as a kit for £5, then constructed it.
James Wood's interests
included fishing in the Tyne in the Lothians near Edinburgh, and
shooting. He renting shoots at Pathhead and elsewhere around
Edinburgh, and taught shooting to the Home Guard during World War II
Thank you to June Scott, Bonally, Edinburgh for providing
the details above in October, 2006. June Scott is daughter of James
The photograph at
the top of this page is a
half-plate photo, 6.5 x 4.25 ins. It is mounted on brown card
measuring 10ins x 8 ins. There is no photographer's name on the
Speaking of his brother, Iain Grant, on the left in this photo, taken
in Leith in the 1950s, Donald Grant wrote:
"Iain later worked
for a number of years at Jimmy Wood's garage
in Craighall Road. That was a large old
wooden structure on the opposite side of the
road from the railway station and from memory
specialised in Hillman cars.
They had the contract for repairs and
service of the Sandemans Sherry lorry fleet."
Donald Grant, Penicuik, Midlothian,
Scotland: November 10, 2009