Opening Ceremony for the
in Starbank Park
Reproduced by courtesy of Archie Foley,
Opening Ceremony for the Devlin Fountain
Starbank Park lies on high ground, sloping
down towards the Firth of Forth, a short distance to the west of Newhaven
The ceremony for the opening of the Devlin
Fountain in Starbank Park was held on 23 May 1910.
Here is another photograph of the opening
ceremony in 1910:
Acknowledgement: Archie Foley, Joppa,
This is one of a series of photos posted
onto boards in an old album that Archie Foley acquired a few years ago.
Archie believes that these are likely to be official photos that probably once belonged to Leith City
The Scotsman newspaper reported the
Fountains Presented to Leith
"Provost Malcolm Smith, yesterday, on behalf of Leith Town Council,
formally received the custody of a fountain at Starbank Park and a
drinking fountain at Annfield, the gifts of Mr Thomas Devlin, J.P.,
The fountains are of neat design. The drinking fountain is placed on
ground recently acquired by the Council from the Caledonian Railway
Company on lease as a pleasure ground.
Mr Devlin was thanked for his gifts.
The Scotsman: May 24, 1910, p.6
Today, in 2006, the base of the Devlin
fountain can still be seen at the northern end of Starbank Park. Its
1910 plaque to TL Devlin is still in place. There are low railings
around the fountain.
I don't think that any trace is left today
of the of the fountain at Annfield. John Stevenson (who used to live
nearby) tells me that the drinking fountain used to be at the foot
of the steps that led down to the Firth of Forth from Hawthorn Vale at
The creation of Leith Western Harbour in
the mid-20th century took away the shoreline at this point.
Chancelot Flour Mill was built within the new Western Harbour, a short
distance to the north of where the drinking fountain used to stand.
Thomas Leishman Devlin has played a prominent part in the life of
Newhaven and Granton. In the 1880s, he sold fish. From the
early 1890s, until his death in 1919, he built up his wealth through
establishing a fleet of trawlers that sailed out of Granton.