Where is it?
On Gullane Hill, or is it somewhere else? -
Old glass negative
Reproduced by courtesy of
This is the shelter on Gullane Hill -
Photos from Old
This image is one from a
collection of glass negatives that were found recently. Some
of the negatives show groups of girls around Randolph Square and
Randolph Gardens, Edinburgh.
Many thanks to William Crossan
for your email message of 12 October 2003, in which you wrote:
"I believe photos 1 & 2 are at
the top of Gullane Hill, Whim Road Gullane East Lothian. I
believe the first photo is a picture of 'The Whim' at the top of
the hill overlooking the Firth of Forth.
second photo is of a
house right at the top of the hill in the same location. I
estimate the photos were taken around 1910 to 1925.
that is helpful."
Thank you also to Colin Sinclair
for your email message of 20 November 2003, in which you wrote:
Not Gullane Hill?
"Unfortunately, I don't believe
the Gullane Photo 1 is of the old shelter at the top of Gullane
Colin then photographed the shelter on Gullane Hill
and sent me a copy. This is the 2003 photograph above. The setting is similar,
but it appears to be a different building.
Possibly the same shelter?
Is it possible that this
shelter has had a storey removed and the extension built beside it, some
time between the early 1900s and early 2000s?
Might the early photograph above
have been printed wrong way round? i.e. reversed left to
Stubbs December 8, 2006
Many thanks to Helen Szafer who wrote:
"I believe these two photos are
of the same tower, but taken from different vantage points. A
fence runs from the tower to a house with gable ends and pointed
roof which are visible in both photos.
The appearance of different height of
tower is because of the different vantage points."
Helen Szafer, Canada: July 12, 2011
Thank you to Neil Lawrence who added:
"The round building that you have
questions about seems to be called 'The Whim' and is located just
off Whim Road at Gullane.
that the main house is called the Roundel. It could have
been named after the older round building..
I agree with Helen Szafer, that both
photos above may be of the same building, but taken from a
Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:
July 13, 2011
Thank you to Michael Thomson, Chairman of Gullane and Direlton
History Society who wrote:
"I've come late to this discussion,
but the tower in the glass plate is
not Whim tower. I suspect this
is The Watchtower
which stood close to the Whim tower but was demolished many years
On the OS 25 inch map of 1892 only the
Whim is marked, but on the OS 25 inch map of 1906 the Watchtower
is marked a short distance to the north north east.
I suspect that the Whim tower is just
off the right hand edge of your picture which has been taken
looking due south."
Michael Thomson, Edinburgh: March 31, 2014
Thank you to Michael Thomson, Chairman of Gullane and
Dirleton History Society, for enclosing the photo below.
This photo shows the subjects of these two 'Where is it?'
photos on the EdinPhoto web site:.
- 'Where is it?'
The Watchtower on Gullane Hill
- 'Where is it?'
The large house on Gullane Hill
Two Towers and a Large House
"Here is a section of a postcard that we have in our
Society’s archive. It shows the Whim tower and Watchtower
close to each other on the brow of the hill.
The original image was taken from
Gullane No 1 golf course, 1st fairway looking north-west.
You will note also that the Watchtower
was in the grounds of the square house on the hill which was the
subject in your
Probably the images would have
been taken on the same day."
Michael Thomson, Edinburgh: April 1 + 2, 2014