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Barron's

Rag Merchants

Southside

 

Recollections

1.

Rod Barron

Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Thank you to Rod Barron who wrote:

Asa Wass'

"I was very interested to read Ken Miller's information on Asa Wass and the other messages and recollections regarding "rag and bone" men of the Dumbiedykes area of Edinburgh."

John Barron

"My great-great grandfather was called John Barron and, like Asa Wass, also came to Edinburgh from Yorkshire in about 1859/1860 and set up business in Edinburgh as a rag merchant.

I am told the business involved collecting "shoddy" which was then cleaned, sorted and packed up to be sent down by rail to mills in Morley, West Yorkshire, where it was recycled into new cheap-quality cloth, a lot of it for export."

1860s Onwards

"The family rag business in Edinburgh thrived under John, who died in the 1880's, his son Samuel Barron (b.1848), John's son-in-law Edwin Lawton, and for another couple of generations through to the period between the wars I believe.

In the 1861 the family are at 31 Blair Street. In 1871 John and family are at 6 Montague Street, where John (b.1824) is described as "Rag Merchant employing 18 men". The family business began to decline after WW1 I think primarily because one of the brothers was killed in the Somme and the other brothers took up business in other trades and professions."

Rod Barron, Sevenoaks, Kent:  March 1, 2007

Question

Barron's Rag Merchants

Dumbiedykes Depot

"I am told that the business had a depot in the Dumbiedykes area of Edinburgh and wondered if anyone had any recollections of this.

I have not done much research on the location of the depot as yet, but it would be interesting to know if anyone has any recollections or memories of the Barron's depot.  Any assistance or feedback would be greatly appreciated"

Rod Barron, Sevenoaks, Kent:  March 1, 2007

If you can help to answer Rod's question, please e-mail me and I'll pass on your comments to Rod.

 Thank you.    - Peter Stubbs

 

Reply 1. to

Recollections 1.

Bob Sharp

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada:

Thank you to Bob Sharp for sending his recollections.  Bob was in the Edinburgh Police from 1955 to 1967.  His beat included Dumbiedykes.

Bob wrote:

Barron's Rag Merchants

Dumbiedykes Depot

"I've just been passed this site today and was reading about the rag site.

I'm sure the property you are referring to was in (I believe it was called) Dumbiedykes Lane. When walking on Dumbiedykes Road towards Holyrood Road you turned right into the lane.  I remember it as really old property and a wee bit scary.

We used to work a beat on night shift from a police box on Dumbiedykes Road, across from Arthur Street, I think it was. The box was into the wall, right at a foot gate to the park.  This of course was all before any of the reconstruction.

The beat in question was '14 beat'.  It was strictly a night-shift beat and was part of the old '9 beat' which worked out of the police box at Simon Square on day shift."

Bob Sharp, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada:  February 19, 2008

Dumbiedykes Lane

I've checked the old maps.  Dumbiedykes Lane does not appear to be shown on the large-scale maps of Dumbiedykes on the EdinPhoto web site - 1915, 1925, 1940.

However, it can be found on the A1 'Geographia' Atlas and Guide to Edinburgh, published probably around 1950s.  The lane is where Bob Sharp describes it. to the east of Dumbiedykes Road, close to Holyrood Road.  It's to the north of the bowling greens in Dumbiedykes Road and SW of the two gas holders in Holyrood Road.

Peter Stubbs:  February 24, 2008

Reply 2. to

Recollections 1.

Joe Jordan

Edinburgh

Thank you to Joe Jordan for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Joe wrote:

Barron's Rag Merchants

Dumbiedykes Depot

"Whilst doing some research of the Old Southside in the RCAHMS in Bernard Terrace, I came across the old 'Post Office Edinburgh & Leith Directories'

I found Barron's Rag Store listed in the 1906, 1914 and 1927 directories at 23 and 25 Dumbiedykes Road.  I assume that's where Waughs scrap merchant was in the 1940s and 1950s.

John Barron & Sons are listed as being at Holyrood Road in the 1934,  1938 and 1944 directories, but not listed in the 1945 directory."

Joe Jordan, Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, August 26, 2010

Reply 3. to

Recollections 1.

Davy Turner

Thank you to Davy Turner for posting a reply to Joe Jordan's message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Davy wrote:

Barron's Rag Store

"I don't know if this is the same person, but when I was a boy in the mid 1960s, we used to collect old rags from neighbours and take them to sell at Barry's rag store.

If i remember right it was a shop in the Cowgate.  Just a thought."

Davy Turner:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, August 26, 2010

Reply 4. to

Recollections 1.

Joe Jordan

Edinburgh

Joe Jordan replied:

Barron's Rag Store

"Hi Dave. My answer was in response to a Bob Sharp from Canada (Reply 1 above).  His great, great grandfather had a rag store in the lower Dumbiedykes area and I thought it may have been Strachan's, along the lane at the end of Lower Viewcraig Row.

The business was a large concern employing about eighteen people.  Bob also knew that the business disappeared some time in the 1930s or 1940s.

I can faintly remember the name Barry.  Was this old Nathan's, just past Waverly Buildings or a shop in the Cowgate opposite the Chapel?"

Joe Jordan, Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, August 27, 2010

 

Recollections

2.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)

Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Thank you to Lorraine Bruce who wrote:

John Dutton

"My father, William Dutton, now aged 80, thinks that his brother, John Dutton, used to work for Barron's Rag Merchants."

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland:  September 23, 2010

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks