Recollections by Gordon Smith
Thank you to Gordon Smith,
singer, songwriter and guitarist, formerly of Edinburgh and now living in
Netherlands, who wrote:
earliest memories of the old city are of Picardy Place, number 5, my
Sadly, where once those proud dwellings stood,
only a big bronze foot remains, around which cars drive."
Horses & Carts
"Early in the the mornings, the sound of horse
shoes and iron-clad cartwheels on the cobbled streets preceded that of the
trams, and the city would awaken again."
"I clearly remember the gas lights being lit
in the stairway in the
evenings, and the colour they gave."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Before my arrival there(!), Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle resided at number 11.
I was once fascinated to see a few seconds of early film which showed him
sitting on the steps by, presumably, his front door.
The statue above is placed where the buildings on the
south side of Picardy Place would have stood. These have been
demolished, but those on the north side are still standing.
- Peter Stubbs
"Although the buildings no longer stand, I am
thrilled to see the engraving. Number 5 is on the extreme left in the
picture, and that window on the second floor is one of three in 'the big
room' of my Grandparents' house. The entire section comprised six
The engraving above was published in 1829. The
view looks to the south from the top of Broughton Street. The church
in the centre of the picture is St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral.
The buildings on the extreme left are on the south side of Picardy Place
and those on the right are on the south side of York Place.
- Peter Stubbs
"Granny and Grandad were Mr and Mrs Nicoll.
The only name of other occupants I remember is Valenti, on the third
It's slightly ironic that, although we have
photos taken from the inside of those windows, we are extremely grateful
to an artist who, many years previous to our existence, gave us a view of
Do you remember Picardy Place?
"If anyone recognises any aspect of this
message, or even simply would like to communicate,
please email me.
Thank you again. Lang may yer lum reek!"
Gordon Smith, Netherlands: Message in Guest Book,
December 18, 2007