"This picture includes my Mum, Catherine
Robertson, who was born at No 10 Dean Path in 1921. She is the
tallest girl at the back, second from left. My Mums 4 sisters and
brother all also attended the Dean School.
I would say this photo was taken about 1930,
on the steps at the new buildings.
My brother and I also got to attend the school
in 1950, for 3 months, when my Mum gave birth to my twin brothers and we
were being looked after by her older sister who had the shop at No 35 Dean
Because we were Catholics, we got to go in
later, after the rest of the children had said their prayers!! I can
remember we got 'lacing cards' and got to paint on white paper. This
was a luxury as we didn't get anything like that in our school in Glasgow.
I have wonderful memories of the Dean.
We spent all our school holidays there and my Mums' family lived there
from about 1905 until it was finally cleared.
Most of our family emigrated to Australia at
various dates between 1962 and 1978. But, my Mum's older sister, who
had the shop at Dean Path remained in Edinburgh.
My granny had also run the shop at Dean Path.
A number of years ago one of my brothers got talking to someone who used
to live at Dean Orphanage. He remembered my granny's shop.
He said that he and other orphans from Dean
Orphanage used to be taken for a walk on a Saturday to spend their pocket
money at Dean Village. They used to go to my granny's shop and apparently
she would always give them a wee bit extra for their penny. He said
he had never forgotten the kindness she showed to the orphans.
Jean Robertson Wright, Adelaide, South Australia:
March 2, 2010