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Recollections

Edinburgh

Davidson's Mains

 

Recollections

1.

Tom Mortimer

London

Thank you to Tom Mortimer who wrote:

Keenan's Fruit Shop

"I fondly remember Davidson's Mains in the 1960s.   I cycled from my home in Cramond and played with my pal, Francis, whose dad had a Keenan's fruit shop in Quality Street, Davidson's Mains. The family also had fruit shops in Blackhall and Barnton.

Francis is still around and is well known around the district.  I speak with him often."

Cafe

"We would have great ice creams in the cafe next door.  It was run by two sisters, Isobel and Margaret Gibson.  Sadly, Isobel passed away a few years ago but Margaret is still well and long retired."

Fish & Chips

"I remember all the local shops, including Ramsey's fishmonger in Quality Street and Mr & Mrs Evaristi's* fish & chip shop at the top of the main street.  Mr & Mrs Evaristi* retired many years ago.  The shop has recently changed hands again.

I remember that Mr Evaristi* was always a bit mean with the portions, but they were ever so good.  A fish supper cost 2/3d, around  1967.

The Gala Day at Davidson's Mains was (and still is) held in June each year.  We would always go to the Gala then walk back home eating our fish & chips."

Correction

* Tom Mortimer wrote 'Mr & Mrs Everest', but I've now changed the names, after receiving the message from Simon Capaldi in Recollections 2 below.

Happy Days

"Happy days, long gone by!  I wonder if anyone remembers us."

Tom Mortimer, London:  September 23 + October 8+12, 2013

Reply to Tom Mortimer?

Do you remember Tom Mortimer or Francis Keenan?

If you'd like to send a message to either of them, please email me, then I'll pass on Tom's email address to you.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 12, 2013

 

Recollections

2.

Simon Capaldi

Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to Simon Capaldi for responding to Tom Mortimer's comments in Recollections 1 above.

Simon wrote:

Fish & Chips

"The owner of the chip chop and cafe was really called Mr Evaristi' and the cafe was called 'The Corbie Cafe' after the old name 'Corbiehill', meaning hill of the crows.

I'm pretty sure the cafe is now run or owned by someone outside of the family.**

Agreed

** Yes.  This agrees with Tom Mortimer's recollections. 
(When Simon wrote Recollections 2, Tom had not yet updated 'Recollections' to say that
Mr & Mrs Evaristi retired many years ago.)

The cafe was very good.  Luckily, being friend of the owner, our portions were fine!"

Simon Capaldi,  Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland:  October 12, 2013

 

Recollections

3.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Fish & Chips

"I also used to enjoy fish and chips from 'The Corbie Cafe'.  That was in 1965-69, soon after I moved to Edinburgh.

I never knew the cafe owners, but 'The Corbie Cafe' made a very welcome stop in my Austin Hereford, on the way home to Inverleith after an evening's dinghy sailing in the fresh air at Cramond."

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 12, 2013

 

Recollections

4.

Jim (Jimmy) Little

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thank you to Jim Little who wrote:

Our Homes

"I remember Davidson's Mains very well.

We moved from Leith to the asbestos prefabs at Muirhouse in 1946-47.  I lived at 33 Pennywell drive, Muirhouse.

There were no houses then between Pennywell Medway and Silverknowes Road, and from the golf course to Ferry Road, there were just farmers' fields.

 In 1957, we moved to Muirhouse Gardens.  By the early-1960s all of these fields became a housing estate. I was married in Davidson's Mains in 1959. I remember the Corbie cafe and the chippie very well."

The Route to Davidson's Mains

"In those days, there was a wee dirt road opposite what was then Pennywell path which took you to the bottom of Silverknowes Road.  We went up the hill and over the wee bridge into Davidson's Mains."

Boys' Brigade

"A bunch of us went to Boys' Brigade in Davidson's Mains Church every Friday night.    They were  56ths or 59ths.

I learned to play side drum and made it into the pipe band.  I am still playing in a pipe band but the parades seem to be getting longer now.

These are some of the names that I recall from the BB:

-  Boys from Muirhouse:

John Pugh

Trevor Thomas

Brian Kellett

Tam Scoon

Eddie Caroline

John ( Tubby ) Miller.

-  Boys from Davidson's Mains:

Alan Neilson

Guy Southwell

Alistair (Jock) Newlands

Dave Moffatt

Melville Craigie

John? ( Nobby) Notman."

Davidson's Mains Park

"In Davidson's Mains Park, there were 2 fitba' pitches:

-  one was regular size and flat.

-  the other was on a slope  -  not like the old Easter Road slope  - more like the Orchard Brae."

Memories

"I had good times and many fond memories of D/Mains.It's strange how, when someone mentions a name or a place, so many memories come back."

Jim (Jimmy) Little, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:  November 30, 2013

 

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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