Employees of

R&R Clark

Brandon Street, Canonmills, Edinburgh

R&R Clark employees' Outing to Burns Supper


R&R Clark workers on their outing to the Burns Supper 1959

© Reproduced with acknowledgement Jim Cairns, Dunfermline Fife Scotland.   Photo taken around 1959. Photographer not known


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R&R Clark workers on their outing to the Burns Supper 1959 ©



Jim Cairns

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Jim Cairns, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, for writing again with more memories of working for R&R Clark..

Jim wrote:

Burns Suppers

"The Burns Supper in January was always the first big celebration of the year:

During the 1950s and early-1960s, the men gathered at the Liberton Inn, and after a pie and pint, they had their pictures taken with the barman, and set off on foot for the Harrow Inn at Dalkeith.

R&R Clark workers on their outing to the Burns Supper 1959 ©

The R&R Clark Burns Supper in 1959 was a particularly special occasion – the bi-centenary of Burns’ birth, and a banner was made for the march to Dalkeith.

The route to the Harrow Inn was almost five miles long, and the men relieved the boredom by playing football among the traffic along the Old Dalkeith Road!

This tradition lasted well into the 1960s, but complaints in the Edinburgh newspapers led to a change of route and to the final whistle for their football exploits!"

Jim Cairns, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland:  June 6, 2012
Photo added June 11, 2012


R&R Clark

Retirement Presentation

Thank you to Jim Cairns for sending me this photo taken at R&R Clark's on the occasion of George Berry's Retirement Presentation

YouTube Video

R&R Clark was founded in 1846 and remained in business in Edinburgh until 1979.

Jim Cairns has been  collecting photos of R&R Clark employees at work and at play, and photos of tickets and programmes for social functions that the company has produced over the years, the earliest dating back to 1887

Jim has now put these together to create an interesting a 21-minute film on YouTube that captures the atmosphere of the company and its workers.  The film is titled:

Printers' Pie and Pyknyks.


Photos  -  Groups of Workers

Edinburgh Recollections