who was born in Leith, part of a good sized family was taken under
the wing along with one of his brothers by a gent who I believe was
named Robertson, who had a drayage business with 150 draft horses.
I think I recall him pointing out the location on Salamander Street,
outside one of the dock gates.
sold coal there on Saturdays at age 8. He mentioned a bull that
was in the yard ?
within Robertson's employ, and ran a two-horse team, hauling
sand, and seaweed off the beach.
He drove for BRS, and ran fish for
Thomas Devlin, Walter Payton, Joe Croan, Carnie and Gibb.
He also worked for David Dow, Charles Alexander, and on the
'Liverpool Trunk' for Saddlers Transport. He stopped
driving when we emigrated to Canada in 1965."
"Robertson may have had a breeding
farm located in the borders. Funny thing, though - my dad
worked with horses for many years.
He told me he had to file their
teeth, if they weren't feeding right, as indicated by their
dung. In his later years he was very leery of them. He
told me they could be vicious animals at times."
George Renton, Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada: 22 May 2018