"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,
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
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
"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
John ( Tubby ) Miller.
- Boys from
John? ( Nobby)
Davidson's Mains Park
Davidson's Mains Park, there were 2 fitba'
was regular size and flat.
other was on a slope
- not like the old Easter Road
slope - more like the Orchard Brae."
"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