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Recollections

Blackfriars Street

Edinburgh Old Town

    

Recollections

1.

Matilda Martin (née Tillie Kelly)

Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Thank you to Matilda who wrote:

Home

"I was born in 1934 at number 53 Blackfriars Street.  This is the number of the stair that the Crawfords lived at.  My brother remembers them well as he is slightly older than me.

They modernised the buildings into swanky flats, In that tenement, the front and back flats were on two different levels, so it was completely demolished and rebuilt, I think in the 1960s.  The new building fitted in very nicely to fit in with the old."

School

"My family name is Kelly.  My two brothers, Francis and Hughie attended St. Ann's School and then St. Patrick's, then Hughie went on to St. Anthony's. My sister Nan and I attended St. Ann's and then St.Thomas Aquina's."

Games

"The children of the two stairs, Nos 53 and 59 always played together and didn't need anyone else.  There were so many of us, we could always make up two teams for a game of rounders or kick the can.

I well remember the rivalry with the opposition from the Waverley Buildings for bonfire night.  This was definitely held on Victoria Monday - much more sensible as the weather was better at that time of  year."

Neighbours

"The families who lived in the two stairs at that time were:

The Ogilvies

-  The Crawfords

-  The Gows

-  The Farrels

-  The Murrays

-  The O'Neils

-  The Fyfes

-  The Carrachers

The Tanseys

-  The Coles

-  The other Kelly family - Pat, Michael and Tommy."

Bob Henderson

"With regards to Bob Henderson, I feel sure he must know my brother Hughie who was born in 1930 and attended the same schools as Bob and also went ballroom dancing in the venues that Bob mentioned ."

Leaving Blackfriars Street

"We moved to Craigmillar in 1948.  I was married there, as was Hughie.  The whole family moved to Coventry in 1964 where we still live."

Matilda Martin (née Tillie Kelly), Coventry, Warwickshire, England:  2 emails, March 7, 2011

Recollections

2.

Val Brown (née Kane)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Val Brown who wrote:

Family

"My family lived at 45 Blackfriars Street.  My mother, Emily Kane, was born in 1927 and lived in Blackie, as she called it, for generations with her grandfather Henry Duke living there and two of her three sisters living in the same stair, No 45."

Stories

"My mother was a great story-teller.  She regaled me with hilarious stories of the day-to-day life in Blackie.  I'd love to share some of the stories she told me, and see if there is anyone who remembers her.  I beleive the Kane family from Blackie were quite a bunch!"

Val Brown, née Kane, Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook: June 19, 2011

 

Recollections

2.

Reply

1.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Hi Val.  Thanks for your message.  If you'd like to send me an email, telling me some of your mother's stories of life at 'Blackie', I could add them to this page on the web site.

Hi Val: 

Thank you for sending me the email letting me know that:

-  you've been away in Ireland for the past year.

-  you are now back in Edinburgh continuing your family history research.

I now know your email address, and have sent you a reply to you, giving you Ewan Irvine's email address.

 

Recollections

2.

Reply

2.

Ewan Irvine

Hello again Val.  I received a message from Ewan Irvine today. 

He has been researching Blackfriars Street and would like to contact you.  If you read this, please email me, then I'll pass on your email address to Ewan.

Thank you.

Ewan added:

My Great Grandparents

"My great grandparents, Thomas and Margaret McCorkindale  stayed at 45 Blackfriars Street.

-  They had two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth.

-  I think there was also a son who died at the age of 9 months.

 Thomas then died and within a few months and his wife Margaret remarried (new surname, McEwan). They had a son, Bernard, then Margaret died a year or two later."

Ewan Irvine

 

Recollections

2.

Reply

3.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Hi Val: 

Thank you for sending me the email letting me know that:

-  you've been away in Ireland for the past year.

-  you are now back in Edinburgh continuing your family history research.

I now know your email address, and have sent you a reply to you, giving you Ewan Irvine's email address.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 2, 2012:  updated March 4, 2012

Recollections

3.

Noreen McNeil (née McKinley)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Noreen McNeill (née McKinley) for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Noreen wrote

The McKinley Family

"Can anyone remember my family, the McKinleys, from Blackfriars Street?

My Grandfather, Billy McKinley and his many brothers and sister grew up there.  He and my Grandmother, Norah (née Davidson) moved to Tron Square where my mum, Kitty, Uncle Terry and Auntie Pat grew up.

I think they moved to Lauriston Place after that.

Any memories would be welcome."

Noreen McNeill (née McKinley, Edinburgh.  Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, August 16, 2011.

 

Recollections

4.

Catherine Nicol (née Brooke)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Catherine Nicol (née Brooke)) for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guest book, and for following up with an email to me.

Catherine wrote

The Brooke Family

"My father, Charles Arthur Brooke, was born in Blackfriars Street on 21 April 1926.   I believe that he was one of nine children born to Charles Arthur and Catherine Brown, including two who died as infants.  Three are still living.

 Does anybody remember my father or any other member of his family?

 I know that my Great Grandmother also lived in the street.

Catherine added

My Father

"My father died in his 60s after many years of ill health.  Being the second eldest of a large family he often went without and did not even have a bed until he went into the army in April 1944.

It was a hard life.  He and my aunt documented several of their experiences in a book which I treasure.

Catherine Nicol (née Brooke), Edinburgh.
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, August 15, 2012 + email August 16, 2012.

Reply to Catherine

If you remember anything about Blackfriars Street, or the Brooke family that lived there and would like to send a message to Catherine, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Catherine.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 16, 2012

 

 Recollections

5.

Val Brown

Thank you to Val Brown for sending me the photograph above.

Val wrote:

Photo

    Blackfriars Street Residents  -  Photo probably taken in the early-1940s ©

"Here is a photo taken in Blackfriars Street by my uncle William Kane.

I'm fairly sure it was taken in the early 1940s, judging  by the age of my mother who was born in 1927 and her nephew who was born in the mid-1930s."

Family

"This photo includes my mother Emily Kane 4th standing from left to right next to her brother Henry Kane.

Another sister Elizabeth Kane is sitting centre 3rd from left, and lastly my mothers nephew, James Lee (drinking from a cup)."

Neighbours

"I believe the rest of the people in the photo are from Blackfriars Street but I cannot remember their names.  I'd be interested to know if anyone recognizes their family members in the photo."

Val Brown:  February 24, 2013

 

 Recollections

6.

Ellen Thomson (née Cole)

Edinburgh

Thank you to Ellen Thomson for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Ellen wrote:

James Cole

"My dad, James Cole, lived in Blackfriars Street.  He had a sister, Anne, and a brother,  Freddy.  They all went to St Pat's school.

My dad, sadly, passed away in 2002, but told us stories of 'Blackie'.  It's nice to see people remembering the past.  I'd love to hear from anybody who knew my dad."

Ellen Thomson (née Cole):  Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  April 28, 2013

 

 Recollections

7.

Matilda Martin

Thank you to Matilda Martin who read Ellen Thomson's comments in Recollections 6 above and wrote:

The Cole Family

"Ellen Thomson above enquires about her late father, James Cole, who lived in Blackfriars Street.

My brother and I remember the family well. We all played to-gether in the street. I have a photograph of Ellen's Grandmother and Auntie Annie taken in front of the stair they lived in.

I would be happy to let her have the photo if you you could put her in touch with me."

Ellen Thomson (née Cole):  April 28, 2013

I've now passed on Ellen Thomson's email address to Matilda Martin.  I hope she will be able to get in touch with Ellen to let her know about the photo.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 9, 2013

 

 Recollections

8.

James Rafferty

I've now received two messages about Blackfriars Street in one day!  Here is the second.  It comes from James Rafferty who posted this question in the EdinPhoto guest book:

Margaret Sinclair

"Can anyone from Blackfriars Street tell me the number of the stair that Margaret Sinclair stayed at, while living in Blackfriars Street?"

James Rafferty, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  August 9, 2013

Reply to James?

If you'd like to send a reply to James, please click on the Guestbook link at the top of any page on this site, then go to the message that he posted today, and you should find an 'email link' at the bottom of his message that you can click on to send an email to him.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 9, 2013

 

 Recollections

9.

Ronnie Murphy

West Yorkshire, England

Ronnie Murphy wrote:

Murphy Family

"I'm looking for info on my parents:

 My dad was Edward William Murphy,.  He was born at No. 5, Blackfriars Street.

-   His mother was Agnes Knox Murphy

Siddons Family

"When he married my mother in 1927:

My dad lived at No.13 Blackfriars Street

My mother, Annie, lived at No.53, Blackfriars Street.

Her parents were John and Annie Siddons

I can find no trace of the Siddons on any genealogy sites. i would really appreciate any help

Ronnie Murphy, West Yorkshire, England:  March 4, 2014

Reply to Ronnie?

If you'd like to send a reply to Ronnie, please email me, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 9, 2013

 

 Recollections

10.

Matilda Martin

Coventry, West Midlands, England

Matilda Martin wrote:

Dickson's Close

"When my brother and I were children in the 1930s, we lived in Blackfriars Street, and used to play in Dickson's Close."

Playground

"At the top end of the Dickson's Close, there was what looked like a playground which overlooked the bottom half of the close.  We learned to ride our bikes there.

We were told by the older generation that the playground  belonged to a school which was there at one time.  We can't find any reference anywhere to substantiate this, and wonder if you have any information regarding this.  If so, what was the name of the school?"

Matilda Martin, Coventry, West Midlands, England:  May 6, 2014

Reply to Matilda?

If you can help to answer the question that Matilda asks above, please email me, then I'll pass on her email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 9, 2013

 

Recollections

11.

Matilda Martin (née Tillie Kelly)

Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Thank you to Matilda (Tilly) Martin for writing again.

Tilly wrote:

Mackay's Bowl Makers

was

Morgan's Public House

"Whilst browsing the EdinPhoto web site, I've found that the, the bowl makers in Blackfriars Street often comes up. I wonder if you realised that in my childhood in the early-1940s, in wartime, that this was Morgan's Public House.

Our Saturday night entertainment, was watching our neighbours rolling out at closing time. Some staggered out, some fell out and some came out, fighting fit.  We were watching in our nightclothes from our window.  Our mother made sure that we were out of the way of the drunks.

Before television, we had to make our own entertainment!"

Matilda Martin (née Tillie Kelly), Coventry, Warwickshire, England:  2 emails, August 29, 2015

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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