Wilkie Place





Peter Westwater

Birkenhead, Merseyside

Peter Westwater wrote:

Searching for a Picture of Wilkie Place

"I live in Birkenhead, opposite Liverpool on the River Mersey in England. I'm looking for a picture of Wilkie Place, Leith, about 1928

My father was born in Dundee Street, Edinburgh, but moved with his mother and family to Wilkie Place, Leith.  From there, as an 18 year old in 1928, he walked to London and back looking unsuccessfully for work.

Shortly after this he, walked to Birkenhead found work, met my mother, and here we are!

He would have been a hundred years old in a month's time. I'm putting together a some information with photographs about him."

Peter Westwater, Birkenhead, Merseyside:  July 31, 2010

Any Pictures Found?

I'd like to find a picture of Wilkie Place to pass on to Peter Westwater.  If you know of any, please email me.   Thank you

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 31, 2010



Ben Paton

Peter Westwater wrote:

Searching for a Picture of Wilkie Place

"After a brief search of the internet for any photographs of Wilkie Place, Leith, circa 1920-30s, I came across your similar request from July of this year  (i.e. Request 1 above).

I wondered if youd had any response to your request as Id also be interested to see any photos that were taken of the area at that time. ***

My grandmother (Charlotte McGill) was born in Wilkie Place on December 4, 1925.  It would mean so much to her if I could source such a photograph.

I've tried locating photos in The Scotsman and the Evening News (with no success) and aim to visit the National Library and the National Archives in the near future.

Needless to say if Im successful in finding any photos of Wilkie Place, Id be only too happy to forward them to you if youre still on the look-out."

Ben Paton:  October 29, 2010

Reply to Ben  ***

Hi Ben:

Sorry, no replies received yet, but I'll let you know if I do hear of any photos.  Thanks for offering to send me photos if you come across any.  I hope you will be able to find some.

Here are two other places you could consider contacting, to see if they have any photos of Wilkie Place in their collections, here in Edinburgh:

-  The Edinburgh Room at Edinburgh Central Library.

-  RCAHMS (Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments in Scotland).

I'll send you an email today to let you know the email addresses to write to for these collections.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  November 1, 2010.)






Maureen wrote:

Searching for a Picture of Wilkie Place

"I'm also looking for photos of Wilkie Place, Leith

My grandfather, Matthew Mcgill, and grandmother, Sarah Anne Harvey,  lived at 14 Wilkie Place in 1926.  They had children, Elizabeth, Matilda, John and James.

I'd love to hear from anyone who may have known them, or may have photos."

Maureen, Australia:  May 19, 2011

Any Pictures Found?

If anybody sends me an email with a picture of Wilkie Place, I'll send a message to Maureen to let her know.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 31, 2011


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