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School Class at

Longstone
Primary School

1956  -  Final Year

Longstone Primary School Class - 1956  -  Final Year

© Mr Gibson.   Reproduced with acknowledgement to Margaret Leslie, London, England

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   Longstone Primary School Class - 1956  - Final Year ©

 

Longstone Primary School

Names:  left to right in each row

 

Back Row

2nd Row

Front Row

1

Mr Munro

John Taylor

Frances Bold

2

Mr Gibson

Stuart Douglas  ***

Mae Young

3

Alex Polson

Kenneth ?

Olive Cupido

4

Robert Montgomery

Maureen Gold
Maureen Goldie 
***

Margaret Ellis

5

Robert Robertson

Carole Bruce

Eileen Daly

6


ohnny Holt? 
***
John Holt

Anne Ewan

Helen Borthwick

7

Alan Forbes

Norma Deacon

Margaret Lawson

8

James Green

Irene Bowie

Irene Telford

9

Gordon Black

Carol Herschell

Margaret Gilchrist

10

G Gray

Flora ?

Ann Ford

11

Nicholas ?
Nichol Hay 
***

Robert McMillan

 

12

Robert Fraser

George Forrest

 

13

Alan Sinden

Ian Faith

 

14

?

Ally Hope?
Alastair Hope  
***

 

15

Norman Collie

Mrs Boyd school cleaner

 

16

The School Janitor

 

 

Acknowledgements

Thank you to:

-   Margaret Leslie, London, England, for providing the photo and names in black above
on July 17, 2008, and more names, July 24, 2008.

 Stuart Douglas, Hillsboro, Oregon, USA for providing the name in red above:  May 6, 2011.

 Nichol Hay for providing the names in green above:  April 22 + May 20, 2012

 Margaret Leslie (née Ellis), London, England, 25 May, 2012, for confirming the name that was supplied by Nichol Hay on May 20, 2012

-   Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor), Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, for providing the name in orange above. June 26, 2014.

-   Caroline Baptie, Edinburgh, who wrote on 8 December 2016: "I can confirm that no 6 in the back row is John Holt (my Dad).  He still lives in Longstone and this picture hangs on the wall of the local barber shop!"

***   Margaret Leslie added on 15 May 2012:

"Thank you to Nichol Hay for adding in his own name and correcting that of Maureen Goldie.
I remember that Ally Hope was called Alastair.  The names Johnny Holt and Stuart Douglas do not ring a bell."

Anybody Else?

If you recognise anybody else on this photograph, please e-mail me.

Thank you.    - Peter Stubbs:  April 27, 2008

 

Longstone Primary School

Here is a photograph of Longstone Primary School, taken around 1960:

Longstone Primary School  -  photographed around 1960 ©

School Class and Names

Thank you to Margaret Leslie for providing the photograph of the school class above, and for remembering all the names.  Margaret is in the front row, fourth from the left.

July 18, 2008

Longstone School

1949-1955

"The photo at the top of this page was taken at the end of the summer term in 1956.  It is of the same class as was photographed in their first year at Longstone Primary school in 1949-50:

1949-50

  Longstone Primary School Class - 1949-50  -  First Year ©

Here they are in their final year at the primary school.  The photo was taken by the class teacher, Mr Gibson, using a delayed action camera.  (Mr Gibson, by the way, was a man who made liberal use of the tawse.)

Union Canal Viaduct

In the background is the viaduct carrying the Union Canal across the Water of Leith with a glimpse of  the 'waterfall' from the canal that used to freeze into icicles during harsh winters.

The 'waterfall' was created when surplus water was released from the Union Canal, into the Water of Leith  at the point where the canal passed over the river.   - Peter Stubbs:  July 20, 2008

Three Schools

The Longstone school building was too small to cope with all the children coming from the newly built estates of prefabs and later of permanent housing around the village.

Classes were therefore spread between Longstone, Slateford and Juniper Green village schools.   We were bussed to Juniper Green.  One day the driver, who did not know the way, relied on some of the boys to direct him.  They mischievously misdirected him so that we didn't get to Juniper Green till near dinner time.  The driver was not pleased.

The head of Longstone School was a Mr Munro.

 Margaret Leslie, London, England, for providing the photo and names above:  July 17, 2008

Recollection

1.

Stuart Douglas

Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

Thank you to Stuart Douglas who wrote:

1956

    Longstone Primary School Class - 1956  - Final Year ©

"The second person in the 2nd row in this photo is me!

This is really strange because I was aged 9 and was younger than all the other kids.  This could have been the last bunch of kids at the school before we all moved to the new Longstone school building."

Stuart Douglas, Hillsboro, Oregon, USA:  May 6, 2011

Recollection

2.

Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor)

Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales

Thank you to Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor) who wrote:

1956

    Longstone Primary School Class - 1956  - Final Year ©

"I thought I'd let you know that my Dad, John Taylor,  is the first boy on the far left in the middle row in this photo, wearing boots."

Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor):, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.  June 26, 2014.
Ruth tells me that her Dad is now aged 70 and that he  has lived in Swansea since he was 15 years old.

Recollection

3.

Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor)

Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales

Thank you to Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor) for sending me the photo below of her Dad, the boy on the far left of the middle row of this Longstone Primary School class photo, wearing the boots.

    Longstone Primary School Class - 1956  - Final Year ©

This photo, taken at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row, was published in the Edinburgh newspaper 'The Evening Dispatch'

Ruth wrote:

1956

"Here is the photo of my Dad, standing beside the Greyfriars Bobby statue.

My Dad tells me that it was taken possibly in 1948 or 1949 when he was 5 or 6 years old.  He seemed to think it was taken near Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as he lived nearby. ***

*** Please also see 'Location' below

1948-49?

John Taylor, aged about 5 or 6, standing beside the statue of Greyfriar's Bobby - possibly around 1948-49

©  Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details.
and with acknowledgement to Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor)
for sending me a copy of this photo.

Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor):, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.  June 26, 2014.

Location

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was in Lauriston Place, about half 1/4 mile SW of the present location of the Greyfriar's Bobby statue, at the corner of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row, close to Greyfriar's Kirk graveyard where Bobby is buried beside his master.

Maybe the 1948-49 photo was taken at the corner of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

The Plinth

However, I'm puzzled by the position of th dog in the 1948-49 photo, on the pavement..  Whenever I've seen it (even in postcards from the early 1900s) Bobby has been on top of a granite  plinth, taking him about 5 or 6 ft above pavement level.

There was:

-  a tap (probably now disconnected for 'health and safety' reasons) and basin surrounding the plinth, about 3 ft above the pavement

-  another basin, this one  with water for dogs, surrounding th eplinth at pavement level. 

Here is a photo that I took in 2007, showing Greyfriar's Bobby and the top of his plinth.

Greyfriar's Bobby - Statue at The Bridges and Pub at Candelmaker Row ©

Here is a postcard published in the early 1900s by Reginald P Phillimore showing the whole plinth:

Posecard by Reginald P Phillimore  -  Greyfriar's Bobby ©

Questions

Do you know where the 1948-49 photo was taken and where the plinth might have been when it was taken?  If so, please email me

Maybe there will be a caption or article beside the photo in the 1948-49 edition of The Evening Dispatch, but I've not had chance to search for that.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 9, 2014

Recollection

3.

Reply

1.

Reg Taylor

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to Reg Taylor for commenting on the photo of the boy standing beside the Greyfriars' Bobby statue in Recollections 3 above.

Reg wrote:

Beside the Greyfriars' Bobby Statue

John Taylor, aged about 5 or 6, standing beside the statue of Greyfriar's Bobby - possibly around 1948-49

©  Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details.
and with acknowledgement to Ruth Humphreys (née Taylor)
for sending me a copy of this photo.

"This boy in this photo with his hand on the statue of Greyfriars' Bobby is of one of my older brothers.  I think it was of Billy, not John, but they did look a bit alike at that age.

I seem to remember our Dad, Jim Taylor, saying that the statue was taken down for cleaning and he happened to be walking by with Billy.  We lived in Lauriston Place at the time, which was fairly close.

Billy immigrated to Perth, Australia in 1966 and sadly passed away in 1986 at age 40.

My parents and I moved to Perth the following year and I am still here, although thinking of returning as the temperature yesterday was 44.6C."

Reg Taylor, Perth, Western Australia, Australia:  January 6, 2015

 

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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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