Recollections - Edinburgh Old Town
George T Smith
British Columbia, Canada
Thank you to George T Smith, British Columbia, Canada, for sending me a
copy of an engraving of tenement buildings, telling me how the
picture reminded him of a tenement stair that collapsed in the
"Peter: You may recollect that I
wrote to you about the stair which collapsed leaving the
inhabitants of a tenement having to hoist their
means of a basket and clothes rope, until some repair was made.
I was about six when it happened, say around 1937.
Imagine how my memory was jolted
when I saw an engraving of
Burns' Logging, Buccleuch Pend, taken from Picturesque Old Edinburgh
by R L Stevenson. It appears that
Burns lodged there with a master
at the High School.
Other sources say he was Burns' publisher.
My recollection is that it was situated
directly across from the east end of Buccleuch Street where
my grandmother lived and I think it was in an area called Sibbald's
Entry or something similar (North side of St Patrick's Square).
I gather the property was demolished
and the site was vacant for many years but it was recently
redeveloped as a block of 21 flats."
Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Thank you to Bryan Gourlay for following up George T Smith's
comments above, and for sending me details of an Ordnance Survey map,
1876. I've passed on these details to George.
"The attached extracts from the 1876 Ordnance
Survey Map confirm George's excellent memory of where Buccleuch Pend was."
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland: August
Buccleuch Pend was in fact a continuation of Sibbald Place to the west,
under one of the buildings on the eastern side of Buccleuch Street.
Sibbald Place was the street that ran approximately to the west from the
NW corner of St Patrick's Square.
Schools and Family
"I lived at 130
Buccleuch Street and attended St Ignatius primary school, then had
half a term at St Anthony's school before our family left for Canada
I'd like to hear from
anybody who remembers me, or remembers other members of my family:
Mother: Mini Duffy (Christie from Niddrie)
- My father:
Joe Duffy (from Prestonfield, he attended Jimmy Clark's School)
Brian Duffy, Canada: February 3,
like to contact Brian, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to
Thank you. -
Peter Stubbs: February 3, 2009
Thank you to James Palmer for your message.
(I've passed on Brian Duffy's email address to James, so that James can
send his message direct to Brian.)
Peter Stubbs: April 5, 2012