Thank you to Gay, Florida, USA for sending me the following message concerning
70. My mother went to Donaldson's, as a poor child whose name was
Donaldson. She was not deaf. She had to leave at 14.
would love to visit and wonder if it is still a school."
Yes the building in the engraving above is still
Donaldson's College in Edinburgh, but not for much longer.
The college describes itself on its web site as
"Scotlandís national residential
and day school providing education and care for pupils aged 3-18
who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing."
The Edinburgh building is to be converted into
and Donaldson's College is due to move to a new building at
Linlithgow West Lothian.
Building of the new college in Linlithgow
commenced in March 2006 and the school is due to move there
between October 2007 and January 2008.
- Peter Stubbs: April 17, 2007
Visit to the School
always wanted to go back for a visit and buy ice cream because
that was what visitors did, ex-students, that is. She had an
excellent education there."
recalled that kerosene was put on the students hair to prevent
mother was a servant in the house of Lord and Lady Styles when she
was 14. I gathered that he was the physician to the king when he
came to Edinburgh. Would you know where this was?"
Gay, Florida, USA:
April 14, 2007
Muskoka, Gravenhurst, Ontario,
Thank you to Jan
Birnie who wrote:
Request for photos
"My father would like a photograph of
Donaldsons Hospital for the Deaf and Dumb. How my father went
there I don't know - he has his hearing - but he thinks it my be
because his brother who also went there had a stutter.
Dad lived at this school from 1934 to
1938. He was very young when he went there, around 6 years old.
If anyone has any pictures of the school and the children during
that period my father would love to see them."
Dean Village Orphanage
and Dean Village Public School
1938, the 'hearing' children were transferred from Donaldson's
to the Dean Village Orphanage and went to the Dean Village Public
Any pictures of the Dean Village
Orphanage or the Dean Village Public
during this period would also be appreciated."
"Dad's name is John T. Birnie.
His father was John F. Birnie and his mother was Nellie McKinley.
Nellie came from 13 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh. His dad,
John F Birnie, had lived
at 57 Calton Road, Edinburgh.
Muskoka, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada:
March 8, 2008