Opening Ceremony for the
in Starbank Park
Group at 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,
The photo at the top of this page and the
thumbnail image above are from 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 Council.
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
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.
Who is in the photograph?
I assume there will be several Leith Town
Councillors and their partners in this group. There is certainly a
good collection of ladies hats and bowlers and top hats for the men.
If you are able to identify any of
the people in this photo, especially anybody from the Devlin family,
please email me. Then I'll pass on your message on to John
Devlin, Sun City, Florida, USA, a descendant of the family who is keen to
discover more about the family.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: January 18, 2011