Thank you to Bob Henderson
"I was talking with an old friend today and he
asked me if I remembered getting a canter up Holyrood Road. I said,
of course I did.
to us meant hanging on the back of a brewers, or in the case of Holyrood
Road, a chemical works drey. The drivers used to chase us, of
course, but this just made it more exciting.
Some of the drivers, in the interests of
safety, would stop and let us climb aboard if they were empty, then drop
us off at the top of the road just before the Pleasance crossing where we
would cross the road and wait for our next canter down the way.
Cantering was also done on tram cars, where we
would jump on the step as the car was leaving the stop and jump off whilst
it was still moving to escape the wrath of the conductress or conductor."
Bob Henderson: January 20, 2010
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Here is a message that James
Rafferty posted in the EdinPhoto guestbook:
Rolling the Barrels
"Can anyone out there help me with a memory
that I have from around the mid-1950s?
convinced that I used to see men rolling barrels
from one side of the road to the other. This was at the top of
Holyrood Road where Aitchisons brewery was, just down from what used to be
anyone else remember this?"
James Rafferty, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook: March 29, 2013
Moline, Illinois, USA
Thank you to Margaret
Williamson (née Hay), Moline, Illinois, USA for posting this message in
the EdinPhoto web site.
Rolling the Barrels
Leven Street and
I remember the men
rolling barrels. I lived above The Old Toll Bar in Leven Street.
The pub there had its beer delivery in barrels, and would have to roll them through their pend.
They had a small building in the back, and would
store the barrels there. I can
almost still smell the beer, hops and yeast from that pub.
also remember seeing barrels being rolled in Holyrood and other places.
I was born in Edinburgh and came to US
in 1960. I've been back to Edinburgh a few times and am due another visit
there. My heart will always be there.
At least I had my younger years
and 'teen years there, and have my
memories. Cheerio the noo! I hope you get more replies"
Margaret Williamson (née
Hay), Moline, Illinois, USA. Reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook
on March 29, 2013 in response to a message posted in the guestbook the
same day by James Rafferty
Thank you to Jim Hunter, Auckland, New
Zealand, who wrote:
"I was born in
Holyrood Square in 1938 and went to
Milton House School.
My friends then were:
My Mum's friends
then were Lizzie Christianson and Annie Walker, who
both lived in the square and the Weddles who lived in the stair
next to us.
door were the Clarks and in the next stair was old
Mr Prior. I think the shop outside the pend was Annie
I moved to
Craigmillar around 1945-56
like to hear more about my birthplace and the people
who lived in Holyrood Square, and to see more
photos of the square
James Hunter, Auckland, New
Zealand: 26 October 2015 (2 emails)
Reply to James
If you have any information about or photos
of Holyrood Square and would like to contact James Hutton, please
email me to let me know and I'll pass on James' email address to
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 27 October, 2015
Isobel Cameron (née
Thank you to Isobel Cameron, who wrote:
"I've just come across your site.
My, what memories!
I was born at and lived in 70
Holyrood Road, from 1951 until 1963. It was a five-storey
tenement standing alone, opposite St Johns Street.
We lived on the top landing. We
had an outside toilet (shared by three families). We all
lived in a room and kitchen, with a cold water tap.
We were poor but fairly happy."
"I went to Milton House school and
remember the teacher in the top class.
- She was was
Then I went to Jimmy Clark's school.
The only teachers that I remember there were:
Mr Grey, the
Harry Hampton. (Anyone
who went to jimmy's will remember him.)"
"I had two brothers and
- Andrew Wood,
- Henry (Hena Wood),
- Maureen Wood,
- Rita Wood.
My mother and dad were
Andrew and Peggy Wood "
"I went to live in England for
On my return to Edinburgh, I
went for a wander down Holyrood Road, and when I saw that our
building had been demolished, i sat on the church wall (opposite
where our building used to be) and cried like a baby. It
was so sad to find it gone."
Isobel Cameron (née
Wood), Edinburgh: 12 September 2016