Thank you to Ed Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for his
memories of work in Edinburgh between leaving school in 1945 and pursuing
a Military Career in 1952.
Here, Ed describes his first employment.
"Living in Wardie, I
attended Trinity Academy. I left the school around 23rd May
1945, before the end of term, to start work, entering the
I was apprenticed to my uncle,
Peter Greenhill, who was a Master Painter with a workshop at
Inverleith Terrace Lane just off Tanfield.
was a former livery stable owned, in the 30's, by a Mr Dunbar who
exercised his horses in Inverleith Park and hired them out to the
"gentry" of Inverleith area. Peter Greenhill took over the
premises when Dunbar failed back in 1938.
Being of family, I was
encouraged to learn a trade as so many servicemen were being
de-mobbed. Even before the War ended jobs were becoming hard
So I worked away as a
prospective "painter" until I had, under the terms of my Indenture,
to sit an Industry Exam by the Scottish Painters Federation, when it
was discovered I was red/green color blind. Exit Ed from the
decorating trade at the end of September 45!"
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland: April 25, 2006