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Leith Docks

Tug-of-War Team

Brown's Company Porters

Leith Docks  -  Tug-of-War Team  -  around 1900

Edinburgh Entertainment  -  Sport  -  Sparta Amateur Boxing Club

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to David J Scott, Haddington, East Lothian, grandson of Dave Scott, top-left in the picture.

 

 

Leith Docks

Tug-of-War Team

Thank you to David J Scott for providing the photograph above.

David wrote:

The Team

"Here is an Old Photograph of a Tug of War team in Leith Docks around 1900.

The team is called BROWN'S COMPANY PORTERS, the names of the men in the photograph are D. Scott, R. Frater, J. Bridges, J. Hermiston (capt) J. Johnston and D. Davie.

My Grandfather is the David ('Dave') Scott  in the photo.  He worked in Leith Docks for 12 years between 1897 and 1909."

 

David also provided an article giving further details of his grandfather.  Here are some extracts from his article:

Grandfather

Dave Scott:  1875-1958

"Dave was born at Samuelston South Mains on 6th April 1875, the son of a ploughman on the farm there and Isabella Cowan.  He died in 1958."

At School

"An Act was passed in 1872 that made attendance at school compulsory between the ages of 5 and 13.  Dave attended Saltoun Public School. 

His parents had to contribute towards the cost of their children's education at the rate of 1d per child per day and this, Dave told me, was taken to school every day."

In the Fields

"The ploughmen in those days had to go up to the stable at five o'clock in the morning to muck out and feed their horses ready to start work at six o' clock. 

Before going to school in the morning, Dave took his father's breakfast out to the field.  If his father was ploughing, Dave took he horses and the plough and did a round during the time that his father ate his breakfast.  This was how he learnt to plough

Meals

"The working folk must have been well enough fed i those days.  Dave often told me that he weighed twelve stone when he was twelve years old.

I can remember him when he was an old man. He was well built but not far, a little above average height with good strong arms that he would have needed in some of his occupations.

Move to Greenhead Farm

"The family moved to Greenhead, probably in 1892 or 1893.  At Greenhead, Dave drove a pair of horses and ploughed.  There, he earned 2 shillings and 8 pence per day,  23% more than he was earning at Samuelston. 

His father was employed as a horseman and later as grieve.

Move to Leith Docks

"Dave gave up working on farms in 1897 and took up work in the docks at Leith.  I know that at one time, while he was in the docks, he employed his own squad of men to unload ships.

Milk was available near or in the docks and he said that he drank a lot of it.  Carrying heavy bags of wheat, that weighed 18 stones, across a gangway from the ship to the shore was o easy task.

A keen sportsman, he was a m ember of the tug-of-war team and also took part in athletics at Hawkhill."

 

David J Scott, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  July 1 + 3 + 7, 2006

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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