Employees of

R&R Clark

Brandon Street, Canonmills, Edinburgh

Jim Cairns setting type by hand

Around 1963

R&R Clark, Brandon Street, Canonmills  -  Binding Department, Joyce Thomson and (perhaps) Pat

Reproduced with acknowledgement Jim Cairns, Dunfermline Fife Scotland.   Photo taken around 1963. Photographer not known


R&R Clark Workers

Jim Cairns

Thank you to Jim Cairns, who started working for R&R Clark as an apprentice compositor in 1959, for allowing me to reproduce the photograph of himself above, setting type by hand.

Another Photo

Here is another photo of Jim Cairns working at R&R Clark.  In this photo he is getting a 32 page forme of type ready to go to press:

R&R Clark, Brandon Street, Canonmills  - Jim Cairns, getting a 32 page forme of type ready to go to press

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