Year Six at Torphichen Street
School, Edinburgh - 1906
© Reproduced with
acknowledgement to Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland
Thank you to Ed Thomson for sending the
Torpichen Street School
"Here is the photo of year
six at Torpichen Street School in 1906.
The male teacher is Mr. Downie who was my late Father's
teacher. My Father is standing next
to him in the second back row.
At that time my Father
lived at 4 Rosebery Crescent (basement!) and was 12 years old. He
joined the North British Railway as a Toll Keeper
in 1909 at Port Hamilton on the Union Canal. Apart
from Military Service in the Royal Artillery during WWI. he was a
railwayman for over 50 years.
"Mr Downie was the first
Wardie School and it was a great surprise to my
father and myself when I was enrolled
at Wardie Primary in 1934!
Headmaster at Wardie
Mr Downie's last appointment.
He retired before
World War II broke out and he was succeeded by Mr Vickers.
Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus,
Scotland: November 20, 2006
I did not
expect to receive a reply to a 1906 photo, but M Young wrote:
researching the family of my mother,
Catherine Grace Ketchin, born 1899.
The family moved from Fala village to Edinburgh
in 1904, where my mother attended Torphichen Street
School and won a prize there in 1906.
She would have been
7 years old then. The infant mistress at
that time was a M.E. Alexander
this photo of Year 6 at Torphichen Street
Primary school on the EdinPhoto web site and would like
to find more photos of the school classes and a photo of the school
later attended Boroughmuir School and then Edinburgh University,
graduating MB CHb in 1922/23, after which she
did two tours at the Scottish Mission Hospital
in Tiberias, Palestine.
Margaret Young, Biggar,
Lanarkshire, Scotland: March 27, 2012