Thank you to Ron Leckie for
sending me this photograph of a class of barefoot children in Edinburgh.
"This photograph is of the old Milton Street
School, circa 1895. My grandfather, Hugh Leckie, is front row, third
in from right."
Ron explained how Hugh Leckie went on to start the family's coal delivery
business, based at St Leonard's Edinburgh.
"The family business delivering coal in
Edinburgh, Scotland started in 1907, when Hugh Leckie, Sr. wrote his first
one-year contract of employment with J. Alexander Halkett.
This was extended for two more years, then in
1910 and 1913 there followed two three-year contracts. After
working for someone else for 9 years, the young Hugh decided to branch out
on his own, forming the business that was to become one of Edinburgh's
larger coal merchants, "Hugh Leckie & Sons.
The family business was based in St. Leonard's
Coal Station. It grew, as first two of the four sons and then
all four were taken on as partners."
Ron Leckie, California, USA: November 2, 2007