Thank you to Ian Mackenzie who replied:
seemed to me that if we are even in the right City, the event must have
been the opening of the tramways in 1871, at which date it is recorded
that 10 trams were available, not 8. Soon afterwards, of course, the
number of trams rose steadily and there would be no urge to name them all
after Bailies or Councillors.
I therefore visited the Edinburgh Room
unproductively, then then emailed them to see if they had a record
relevant to Mr Summers/ Sommers. This is their reply
have checked our list of Bailies for Edinburgh Town Council for 1871.
At that time there was a Lord Provost, the Right Hon. William Law, and 6
Bailies: William Skinner, Peter Miller, David Lewis, George Cousin, James
Marshall and Peter Howden.
There were 31 councillors, none of whom was
called Summers or Sommers, although there was a Robert Somerville
Checking the Edinburgh and Leith Post Office
directories for 1871 and 1872 there was an Adam Summers who lived at 11
Melbourne Place, and whose business was Summers & McIntyre, corset and
bandage makers, at 6 and 7 North Bank Street.
There was also a John Summers, baker and
confectioner, at 133 Princes Street. However, neither of these
individuals was a councillor.
There are three Robert Somerville's listed in
the 1871 Post Office directory:
- Robert Somerville, stationer and
librarian, 10 Spring Gardens, house 1 Claremont Place
- Robert Somerville, 27 Montague Street
- Robert Somerville, market officer,
I'm not sure which of these was the
It seems to me that it was unlikely that Mr
Summers / Sommers had a tram named after him if he was not a Councillor
or Bailie. I think we need more information."
Neil Mackenzie, Edinburgh May 12, 2010
Neil Mackenzie was formerly an executive with Lothian Region Transport