Tug of War

Who?  When?  Where?

Answer:    Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Craiglockhart

Now part of the school sports grounds for George Watson's College

Tug of War  -  Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Myreside

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  November 6, 2009                            Photographer not known


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   Tug of War  -  Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Myreside


Tug of War

Old Photo

Thank you to John Stirling for allowing me to reproduce this photo.  The photo is taken from a collection of glass plates that John rescued from being destroyed in 1974.  The photographer is not known.

Some of the other photos from this series are known to have been taken between about 1910 and 1920.


This photo was taken at Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Myreside (but see 'Answer 1' below).  The tennis courts are in the background, and the steps to the pavilion can be seen on the left.

Here is another photo, possibly taken on the same occasion.  This one shows more of the pavilion in the background:

Ladies Racing  -  Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Myreside

... and this photo shows the whole of the pavilion in the background.

High Jumper  -  Who?  When?  Where?

Peter Stubbs:  November 24, 2009




Jonathan Sheach


Thank you to Jonathan Sheach, a pupil at George Watson's College for shedding more light onto this photo, and other photos from the same series.

Jonathan wrote:

 Craiglockhart and Myreside Playing Fields

Myreside Playing Field and Pavilion, 2009

"The playing fields in this photo are at Myreside, but they should be referred to as 'Craiglockhart Playing Fields', so as not to be confused with the 'real' Myreside fields that are  right next door and are also part of George Watson's College.

 There was a change of ownership* of the Craiglockhart fields at in 1961.  The education board of George Watson's College  had requested the re-zoning of the fields, shortly before the amalgamation of GWC and George Watson's Ladies College."

* George Watson's College: An Illustrated History

Jonathan Sheach, George Watson's College, Edinburgh:  May 20, 2010


Where is it?


Around Edinburgh