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Comiston

About a mile to the south of Morningside, South Edinburgh

and

Fairmilehead

About 1.5 miles to the south of Morningside, South Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1.

Edmund Raphael
Minehead, Somerset, England

Comiston House

2.

Rachel Canham
Colchester, Essex

Nursery

3.

Bill Paterson
Kingsknowe, Edinburgh

Home

-  My Mother's Family

Schools

-  The Cuddy School

-  South Morningside School

4.

Alan Dunnett
Minehead, Somerset, England

Comiston House

5.

Kate Tubb
near Newhaven /  Bonnington, Edinburgh

Leith Walk: Crighton Place

Comiston House: Pentland Hills Hotel

 

Recollections

1.

Edmund Raphael

Minehead, Somerset, England

Thank you to Edmund Raphael who wrote:

Comiston House

The Pentland Hills Hotel

"Comiston House was, for a good number of years, the Pentland Hills Hotel, which was found at the end of Camus Avenue, Fairmilehead.

House

   Comiston House - The Pentland Hills Hotel - 1951

We used to holiday there from about 1950 and, indeed, I spent my college days there, 1959-1960.  I was one of the few male students who attended an hotel course at 17, Atholl Crescent, part of the Edinburgh College of Domestic Science."

The Garden

"Here are two photos that I took with the 'Box Brownie' which I borrowed from an aunt, when my mother and I began to holiday at the Pentland Hills Hotel. The photographs probably date from 1951, I'd guess with confidence."

Garden

   Comiston House - The Pentland Hills Hotel - Garden  -  1951

"The garden view was what one saw from the house, over the natural surface of the driveway.  There was a large lawn, then the rose garden beyond, which was carefully tended by one of the hotel residents, Mrs. Dobbin, who had been a professional botanist."

The Residents

"The hotel was mainly for residents, spinsters and widows, although there was one very smart old chap, Bill Cadman, who was from Manchester and had begun life as a cleaner in theatres.

He took an interest in dancing and eventually owned a number of Locarno ballrooms. His daughter married and moved to Edinburgh, so it was natural for him to follow, when his wife died.

Mr. and Mrs Lyon were resident for a number of years, he being Principal of Edinburgh College of Art for some considerable time.

Another resident was a hugely eccentric Lady Moir.  She had a suite where her meals were served.  She only left her room when residents were in the dining room.

She must have been rather conscious of her entire look; a face caked with white powder, bright red lips and dyed red hair with red turban surmount. She had a most peculiar walk, which I'd have difficulty to describe.

The hotel had one room for non-residents (Room 6) which was oftentimes occupied by Dame Flora McLeod of Dunvegan Castle"

The House and Staff

"The beauty of the house was, that old Mrs. Gray had bought it fully furnished and had not considered it necessary to redecorate.

Granny Gray, her daughter, Mrs. Leask and her son, Sinclair, lived at garden level, whilst Mr. Leask had an attic room, alongside the three maids (nasty Rose, lovely, fat Janet and hugely timid Elspeth) who were from an orphanage.

Granny Gray must have done rather well, as she bought Cissy Leask an Armstrong Sidley Sapphire, with LFS 1 as the number.  Cissy was disabled, so the car had been especially adapted.  Sinclair was an only child, a couple of years my senior and rather something of a snob, as he was at George Watson's.  I was quite friendly with him.

The toothless Head of Staff was Mrs. Brown, who lived at the coach house, with her son and daughter, and Mrs. Gray's son.""

Edmund Raphael, Minehead, Somerset, England:  March 4+5. 2012

 

Recollections

2.

Rachel Canham

Colchester, Essex

Rachel Canham tells me that she is trying to piece together some of her family history and wonders if anybody can help.

Rachel wrote:

My Grandfather

"My Grandfather lived in Polwarth crescent from about 1935-1939 and worked for what was the equivalent of the Country Landowners' Association -  possibly Scottish Landowners Federation.  But I've not been able to find much on the internet about either CLA or SLA.

Nursery

"I believe my Grandfather had a small nursery at Fairmilehead, which I was told, stood opposite Princes Margaret Rose Hospital. Perhaps it was near Morton House on the Frogston Road?  I wonder if any of your readers could recall a nursery anywhere near the hospital or nearby?"

Princes Margaret Rose Hospital

"I'd also like to learn more about the hospital.  I know that there was a programme, years back, showing pictures of the hospital but I didn't think anything about it then."

Rachel Canham, Colchester, Essex:  May 10, 2012

Reply to Rachel

If you have any information about:

-  the Country Landowners' Association

-  a nursery near Princes Margaret Rose Hospital or

-  Princes Margaret Rose Hospital

that you think might be of interest to Rachel, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Rachel.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 10, 2012

 

Recollections

3.

Bill Paterson

Kingsknowe, Edinburgh

Thank you to Bill Paterson who wrote:

Homes

My Mother's Family

"My Mother's family is from Morningside/Comiston.

My Great grandfather John Waldie was a dairy farmer at Comiston Farm.  He also had Comiston farm dairy shop in Morningside Drive circa 1860.

John Waldie Jun. and his horse and milk cart at Comiston Dairy

My mother and her 3 sisters were born in Comiston Road opposite Morningside Drive, where they worked in the dairy and delivered milk etc. on their way to and from South Morningside School

My mother and father married in 1935 and moved into Woodburn House, Canaan Lane, Morningside, where my older brother and I were born.

Mother died in the Astley Ainsley hospital in 1997, having spent 90 years in Morningside.  So ended around 150 years of  continuous connection to the area.

Schools

The Cuddy School

"My grandfather, John Waldie jnr, and his two brothers and  sister were born there, the last born around 1879.  They all attended the 'cuddy school' in Morningside.

They would ride a horse down in the morning and stable it in what is now Springvalley the ride it home after school."

South Morningside School

"They were among the first pupils to attend South Morningside school, and were introduced to Andrew Carnegie at the opening, (Carnegie paid for the building of the school and Morningside public library.)

Grandfather was given the honour of ringing the bell for the first lesson, and as an epitaph to that, in the early 1950s Forbes Macgregor the then headmaster called me to his office on the last day of term before the summer recess.

He  told me to pull the rope to ring the bell for the final time as a new electric bell was being installed during the summer hols.  He knew that grandfather rung the first bell and i was to ring the last."

Bill Paterson, Kingsknowe, Edinburgh:  2 September 2013

Schools

After reading Bill's comments above, I looked on the Internet to see what I could discover about the schools that Bill referred to.  Here's what I found:

1.

The Cuddy School

"The name, Cuddy Lane, was thought to have come from when horses were tethered here, either prior to a trip to the blacksmiths or to wait until school kids were ready to go home via horseback."

"... the old school house ... was active,1823 to 1892.  It was then referred to as 'Cuddy School' as many of the young scholars arrived and left on horseback."

Source  The Cape Society web site

2.

The Wee School

I believe that 'The Wee School, Morningside' was 'The Cuddy School'.  It was at 140 Morningside Road, close to Cuddy Lane.

The building has now become The Old Schoolhouse Christian Fellowship.  A brief history of this building can be found on this web site:

Old Schoolhouse Christian Fellowship web site

3.

South Morningside School

South Morningside Primary School is still open, at 116 Comiston Road, a short distance up the hill to the south of Morningside, leading to Fairmilehead.  It has a school roll of about 600 pupils.  More details can be found on this web site:

South Morningside Primary School web site

 

Recollections

4.

Allan Dunnett

Berwick, Berwickshire,  England

Thank you to Alan Dunnett for replying to Edmund Raphael's message about about Comiston House above, and for sending me two photos of Coat House Square at Comiston Castle.

Alan wrote:

Comiston House

The Pentland Hills Hotel

    Comiston House - The Pentland Hills Hotel - 1951

"I was interested in the entry by Edmund Raphael concerning the Pentland Hills Hotel in Recollections 1 above.

In 1963, my mother was cook in the hotel, and we lived across the courtyard from the mentioned Mrs Brown.

Staff and Residents

"I too knew Sinclair Leask (mentioned by Edmund Raphael in his Recollections 1 above).  Sinclair used to run around in sports cars which I used to repair on occasions.

One of the resident guests in the hotel was a Mr Mcdowell.  He was an American lawyer, one of the few who was allowed to practice both in the U.K. and the United States."

The Hotel - Bricked-up

"Here is a photo of the hotel, all bricked up in 1990.  I've not been back there since then."

Pentland Hills Hotel - bricked-up

Pentland Hills Hotel, Comiston, Edinburgh, bricked-up, 1990

  Alan Dunnett, Berwick, Berwickshire, England

Coach House Square

Comiston Castle

"The buildings at Coach House Square had originally been part of Comiston Castle, a listed building with turret.  The castle was some distance away from Pentland Hills Hotel.

Ford Van at Coach House Square, Pentland Hills Hotel  -  around 1965

Coach House Square at Comiston Castle and Ford Van

  Alan Dunnett, Berwick, Berwickshire, England

Home Guard Club

The door behind the van was the entry to a Home Guard Club, with a lounge bar and two full-sized billiard tables upstairs.

Coach House Square - Buildings Bricked-up

This is how the square looked, with the buildings around it bricked-up in 1990:

Coach House Square, with surrounding buildings bricked up  -  1990

Coach House Square at Comiston Castle with buildings  bricked up, 1990 and Ford Van

  Alan Dunnett, Berwick, Berwickshire, England

 

Alan Dunnett, Berwick, Berwickshire, England:  November 1+2, 2013

 

Recollections

5.

Kate Tubb

near Newhaven / Bonnington, Edinburgh

Thank you to Kate Tubb who wrote about Pentland Hills Hotel.  That was  Comiston House, at the western end of Camus Avenue, SW of Fairmilehead Park, Comiston.

Kate wrote:

Leith Walk

Crighton Place

"My Dad, Michael Deignan, lived as a lodger with Mrs Gray, at Crighton Place, Leith Walk."

Comiston House

The Pentland Hills Hotel

    Comiston House - The Pentland Hills Hotel - 1951

"When she moved to the Pentland Hills Hotel, my Dad moved with her. She treated him like a son and he lived with her until July 1937, leaving the day he married my mum.

I remember visiting Mrs Gray.  She told me to pick some daffodils for my Mum.  I picked about 6 and she told me to take plenty.

A good few years ago I asked my husband to take me to the hotel to see what had become of it,. I felt very sad to see it blocked up."

Pentland Hills Hotel, Comiston, Edinburgh, bricked-up, 1990

Kate Tubb, near Newhaven / Bonnington, Edinburgh:  November 7, 2014

Please see Recollections 4 above for more photos of Pentland Hills Hotel.

 

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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