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Early Circuses

and

Entertainers

 

Recollections

Question
1.

Trisha King
West Lothian, Scotland

Entertainers

-  Alan Ritchie Davidson

-  The Gaiety

Reply

1.

Peter Stubbs
Edinburgh

Gaiety Theatres

-  Edinburgh + Leith

Reply

2.

Peter Stubbs
Edinburgh

Gaiety Theatre, Leith

-  Before 1888

-  From 1913

Reply

3.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Pinder's Circus

 

Recollections

0.

Question 1:

Trisha King
West Lothian, Scotland

Entertainers

-  Alan Ritchie Davidson

-  The Gaiety

Reply 1:

Peter Stubbs
Edinburgh

Gaiety Theatres

-  Edinburgh + Leith

Reply 2:

Peter Stubbs
Edinburgh

Gaiety Theatre, Leith

-  Before 1888

-  From 1913

Reply 3:

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Pinder's Circus

1.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

1960s

2.

Brian Gourlay
Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

1940s

3.

Jim Suddon
Morningside, Edinburgh

Pinders and Cadonas

Bertram Mills

Waverley Market

Empire Theatre

Pinders Family

4.

Jim Suddon
Morningside, Edinburgh

Gaiety Theatre, Leith

5.

Bob Henderson
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Meadowbank

6.

Liz Grieve
Bristol, Avon, England

Flying Circus

7.

Question 2:

Trisha King
West Lothian, Scotland

Entertainers

-  Alan Ritchie Davidson

-  The Gaiety

 

Question

1.

Trisha King

West Lothian, Scotland

Trisha King who wrote:

Entertainers

"Does anyone know about entertainers and circuses in the early-1900s in Edinburgh?

In particular, I'd like to know more about:

-  my great-grandfather, Allan Ritchie Davidson.  He lived in Leith Street and was a songwriter.

-  his wife Agnes Davidson.

-  his children Aggie, Mary and Lizzie.

My granny's family were clog dancers, tightrope walkers, etc.  They performed in 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' in Edinburgh."

'The Gaiety'

"I know there was somewhere in Edinburgh called 'The Gaiety'.  What is known about this theatre?"

Trisha King, West Lothian, Scotland:  August 16, 2009

If you can help to answer Trisha's questions, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to her.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  August 23, 2009

 

Reply 1. to

Question

1.

'The Gaiety'

There was a 'Gaiety Theatre' at Chamber Street, Edinburgh.  It was built as a theatre, then began showing films between 1900 and 1956.  It was demolished in 1954 to make way for the building of Adam House.
RCAHMS Canmore web site

There was also a 'Gaiety Theatre' in Kirkgate, Leith, but this burnt down in 1888.  When it re-opened the following year it was re-named Princes Theatre.  It was later reconstructed and opened as the New Gaiety in 1899.  It became a cinema about 1913.
RCAHMS Canmore web site

-  Peter Stubbs:  August 23, 2009

 

Reply 2. to

Question

1.

'The Gaiety'

Kirkgate, Leith

Brendan Thomas tells more about the Gaiety in Leith in his book 'The Last Picture Shows - Edinburgh'.  Here are a couple of brief extracts from his book:

Before 1888

"The original theatre building was converted from a church and leased to HE Moss of Moss Empires.  The company shared on costs by sharing variety acts between the Empire in Nicolson Street and the Gaiety, ferrying the artistes down Leith Walk after their appearance in the Nicolson Street theatre."

From 1913

"By 1913 the Kirkgate theatre had been renamed the Gaiety and enlarged with a gallery, pit and circle with a shop on either side at the entrance.  Films appear to have reigned supreme for about 30 years, but on July 3rd 1944 variety returned with Will Fyffe.  The last picture show is not known but the last theatre production appears to have been ... in 1956.

The Gaiety has now vanished as has the old Kirkgate itself."

'The Last Picture Shows - Edinburgh':  Moorfoot Publishing, 1984  ISBN 0 906606 09 8

 

Reply 3. to

Question

1.

Thank you to Bob Sinclair who wrote

Pinder's Circus

"Trisha King was asking, above, about the history of the circus.

I can remember Pinder's circus staying at a bit of spare ground between the railway bridge near Crewe Toll and the western end of Pilton Avenue.

There was also a large piece of ground to the west of Pennywell road where a circus and sideshows used to conduct their business, but I don't know whose show it was."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  December 19, 2009

 Recollections

1.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Bob Sinclair wrote:

1950s

"My wife, when she was young in the 1950s, used to go to the Gaiety with her parents.  She saw the likes of Jimmy Logan and Jack Milroy (1/2 of Francie and Josie) there."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  December 14, 2009

 Recollections

2.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Bryan wrote:

1940s

"I remember being taken to variety shows at the Gaiety in the Kirkgate as a youngster in the late 1940s. I can’t recall much about it, other than the star act was a comedian called Johnny Victory.  I think he was an East coast version of Glasgow’s  Lex Mclean"

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

 

Recollections

3.

Jim Suddon

Morningside, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jim Suddon who wrote: 

Pinders and Cadonas

"I recall seeing the Pinders Circus as a small child at the Hawick Common Riding, in the Scottish borders.  It seemed to me, at the time, to be huge but was probably very small. 

I recall a clown with a drum, literally drumming-up business.  The highlight of the show was a wonderful dog act.  The dogs seemed to me at that time to be amazing.   Pinder was famous for his dog acts.  His circus toured most of the Common Ridings alongside the travelling shows provided by The Cadonas and all the other show people."

Bertram Mills

"It was not until I had seen the Bertram Mills Circus at Murrayfieldhe first large circus to visit Edinburgh after the war  - that I came to realise that the Pinders Circus was indeed small by comparison, but I still remember it with great affection."

Waverley Market

"The Circus was a feature of Christmas and New Year for many years in Edinburgh, with the Circus held in the Waverley Market alongside the Carnival.

The circus featured many animal acts, such as bears with Jean Michum and lions with Tarzana."

Empire Theatre

"I also recall a full size circus show at the Empire theatre, now the Festival Theatre.  It was adjudged to be of high quality and it was enjoyable although the high wire acts were a bit scary."

Pinders Family

"I came to know one of Pinders grandsons in the early 1970s He informed me that he had never actually seen the circus as it had closed before he was born. 

His name was Peter and he was a P.T. teacher at James Gillespies High School.  He emigrated to Australia about 1975. 

Pete told me his mum and dad were two people who had opted out of 'travelling show life', although he said they frequently went back and helped out.  I think 'the' Mr Pinder was his maternal grandfather."

Jim Suddon, Morningside, Edinburgh:  February 18, 2010

 

Recollections

4.

Jim Suddon

Morningside, Edinburgh

Jim Suddon wrote again with more memories of circuses in Edinburgh. 

Jim wrote: 

Gaiety Theatre - Leith

"My parents were both theatre fans, particularly my father, so I was taken to the theatres from an early age, and especially if my father was home on leave. 

Mother enjoyed the cinema but my father said films were no comparison to the real thing.   I recall the Gaiety as a small theatre but one which people seemed to particularly enjoy attending.

I remember  one show in which there was a huge tiger.  Children were invited to come down to the stage and sit on its back.  I persuaded my dad to let me go but alas I was too late.  Five children were sat astride the tiger, then their photos were taken.

Health and Safety did not seem to exist in those days and all that held the tiger was a man with a chain attached to its collar."

Jim Suddon, Morningside, Edinburgh:  February 18, 2010

 

Recollections

5.

Bob Henderson

Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Bob Henderson wrote: 

Meadowbank

"Another venue for the circus in Edinburgh was the area in front of the the old Meadowbank Stadium.

In the mid to late-1940s, there used to be a fairground and circus, I think round about August. My most vivid memory of this was a high diver with one hand who dived into what seemed an incredibly small and not too deep tank of water onto which petrol had been poured and set alight.

As has already been said they had not even heard about  Health and Safety"

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  March 11, 2010

Recollections

6.

Liz Grieve

Bristol, Avon, England

Liz Grieve wrote

Flying Circus

"I was wondering if you have come across any photographs of the flying circuses that performed at Turnhouse Aerodrome.

My grandmother supposedly won a competition and had a ‘spin’ in a flying machine around Edinburgh.

Any information would be greatly appreciated."

Liz Grieve, Bristol, Avon, England:  January 21, 2011

Reply to Liz?

If you know of any photos of the flying circuses, please email me, then I'll pass on the news to Liz.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  January 30, 2011

 

Question

2.

Pat McHardy

Edinburgh

Trisha King who wrote:

Peter Hughes

"I wonder if you can help me. I am trying to discover more about the performances of my wife's grandfather, Peter Hughes.

He wrote songs and performed as a Song & Dance Man, both alone and as part of 'Hughes & Boyle' between about 1900 and 1940.

Any suggestions would be welcome"

Pat McHardy, Edinburgh:  May1, 2012

I asked Pat where Peter Hughes performed.  He replied:

Gaiety Theatre

"Peter Hughes was born in 1870.  He performed in:

Gaiety Theatre at Leith

-  Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

-  Theatre Royal, Edinburgh

Peter Hughes:  May, 2012

Reply to Pat?

If you know anything about Peter Hughes, and would like to send a message about him to Pat, please email me, then I'll give you his email address.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 27, 2012

 

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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