Opening Ceremony for the

Devlin Fountain

in Starbank Park

1910

 

Ceremony for the opening of the "Devllin" fountain at Starbank Park  -  23 May 1910

  Reproduced by courtesy of Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

 

Opening Ceremony for the Devlin Fountain

1910

Starbank Park

Starbank Park lies on high ground, sloping down towards the Firth of Forth, a short distance to the west of Newhaven Harbour.

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:

Ceremony for the opening of the "Devllin" fountain at Starbank Park  -  23 May 1910

1910

The Scotsman newspaper reported the following morning:

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., merchant, Newhaven.

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

 

2006

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 Annfield.

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.

T L Devlin

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.

 

Devlin Fountain

Who is in the photograph?

Thank you to John Devlin, USA, grandson of Thomas Leishman Devlin (1)'s brother, John Devlin who speculated about the people in is photo.

John wrote:

"My guess is that the lady in the very handsome light colored dress, holding the flowers, is probably Grace Devlin  and that the distinguished gent to her right is probably Thomas Leishman Devlin (1).

Among the other gentlemen, I would also guess that one of them is my grandfather John.

Ceremony for the opening of the "Devllin" fountain at Starbank Park  -  23 May 1910

Among the group of children to the far right in this picture is probably my father, he would have been 9 years old.

Ceremony for the opening of the "Devllin" fountain at Starbank Park  -  23 May 1910

This is only speculation."

John Devlin, Sun City, Florida, USA:  January 13, 2007

 

Devlin Fountain

Devlin Family

Newhaven

 

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