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Messages that I have NOT been able
 to add to the EdinPhoto web site.

I'm still receiving a steady flow of emails and suggested contributions to add to the EdinPhoto web site. 

However, the site has become rather unwieldy. After continuing to update the site for 20 years, it now has over 25,000 photos and over 25, 000 pages, and is no longer easy to update.

I'm still using the Outlook 2003 program to make my occasional updates to the site, but this program is now 17 years old and is no longer supported by Microsoft.  It not well suited to the needs of people viewing on mobile phones or using  social media, and even including a few simple updates in the site can be quite time-consuming.

So I decided last year that:

a)  I'll continue to keep the site live, so that people can continue to search and browse its existing content  BUT

b)  I don't anticipate being able to continue to update the site to include further contributions that I receive

Peter Stubbs:  27 March 2020




Some recent messages that I have received


Unfortunately, these messages appear to a rather random collection, rather than being fitted into the appropriate sections of the EdinPhoto web site. 

However any searches put into the search field on the home page of the EdinPhoto site will search through the messages below as well as through the remainder of the web site.

However, I'm happy to let you know about some of the recent messages that I have received, but have not been able to incorporated into the site.   Please see below.  

If any of these messages  are of particular interest to you and you'd like to send an email to the person who contacted me, please email me to let me know, then I'll see if I'll try to find their email address to pass on to you.    Thank you.






Jan Dollar


St Hilda's school

"I see you have some comments about St Hilda's school.  My mother b.1911 was a pupil there in the 1920s.

I have some photographs, a list of signatures and a school hat band if you are interested."

Carol Scott



"My mother was born in Portobello 1942, her father Alexander Rae played in a band roundabout this time at hotels on the promenade also the dance hall think it was at Seafield near cat and dog home . Would love information on bands round about that time , even photographs. I worked in the arcades 1972 have lots off good memories , even an old post card open air pool "

Jody Avren


Langfier Family photographers

"I have inherited Eric Samuel Langfierís paperwork and family pictures.  He is the son of Louis Saul Langfier.  Could someone please let me know who descendents are so I can get in touch with them?" 

Frank Harkness


Douglas Fraser,
Photographer + Poet

"I have enjoyed Douglas Fraserís poems for many years. He wrote a poem called 'Whins in Kintyre' relating to the village of Carradale. I have visited Carradale with my family for nearly 50 years.

I wonder if Douglas took photographs or painted in the area. They would be of great interest not only to myself but to local people. Do you have any knowledge if anything by Douglas relating to Carradale exists or is there anyone who might know?"

Ian Murdoch


Sighthill Prefabs
- Timber Houses

"One of the emails of the history of Sighthill  was by Lilian Young who lived at what we used to call the Timber houses. In the early prefabs

I recall a pretty girl Ena Smiley who may have been in the same class with me and Lilian among others.  Ena was a policemanís daughter. I wonder if anyone might have heard from or about her."

Ruth Robertson


City Hospital photos

"My mother trained at the City Hospital in the 1920s and I have photos of this time. I now have cancer and would like to donate these photos to the Archives as it is the end of the line.

Can you please give me an address. "

Ian Murdoch


Sighthill Prefabs
- Timber Houses

"One of the emails of the history of Sighthill  was by Lilian Young who lived at what we used to call the Timber houses. In the early prefabs

I recall a pretty girl Ena Smiley who may have been in the same class with me and Lilian among others.  Ena was a policemanís daughter. I wonder if anyone might have heard from or about her."

Sara-Lois Cunningham


Gilmore Family History

"I am looking for information on the following people:

-  Pat or Pansy Wright/Smythe

-  Faith Gilmore - she was born in 1931 and lived in Ivy Terrace as a girl and went to Craiglockhart Primary School then Tynecastle Secondary School.

-  Ina Gilmore

-  Grant Gilmore (who was married to Pat and then Chrissy)

My great grandfather was Ina Gilmore's husband and he used to run a shoemakers in Leith. It would have been in the 1940s, I think. Or soon before. I need to find out his name.

I would be grateful for any pointers."

Anne Larmer


Valentine & Sons
small book

"Hi just out of curiosity, Iím emailing you. I found a wee book in my Daís belongings with the Durie Brown address.

This wee book is part of the Valentines Birthday Series, given as a gift in 1916. Its a wee bit rough on the outside but lovely in side. Something to pass down the generations to treasure. Yours sincerely Anne Larmer Bluff Nee Zealand."

Reg Thomson


Leith Links School Football Photos

"I am looking for football photos from Leith Links School.

I think it was the Mackie Shield and it would be the early 60s I was in the same team as the only 2 guys I can remember  John Woods he was the captain and Eric Sawyers and the teacher was Mr Dow."

Lisa Keith


Lutton Place

"I'm trying to find an old photo of Lutton Place for a gift for a friend who has lived there for over 35 years and is moving house..  Tthe only photos I can see are from the bottom end.  Do you have any from the top end?  Ideally of the corner of Lutton place opposite the church ?" 

Ian Whyte


Brown Brothers

"I have just found some photos I took inside Brown Brothers just before it closed. 

I was wondering if you would like to share them on your website?

Unfortunately I don't have a scanner, is there anyway to get them to you?" 

Arthur Moscrop


Colinton Road +
Craiglockhart Poorhouse

"I have been doing some family history and I found my maternal great grand parents died at 144 Colinton Road, death recorded by occupier as senility.

1n 1928, was this place a hospital?

Another great grand parent died in the poorhouse at Craiglockhart' signed by Assistant Governor."


Arthur Moscrop



Colinton Road +
Craiglockhart Poorhouse

"I have now found a site plan of the whole complex. It has a driveway leading into Comiston Road. 

There are now flats on some of the site, but when my great grandfather and his wife died (in 1918 and 1928) there was a Poorhouse on the site.

They just put the address 144 Comiston Road, on her Death Certificate, I think to make it look more respectable.

Ian Bartlett


London Street + Broughton Schools

"I also attended London Street primary from 1948 to 1955 before moving to Broughton Senior Secondary. In fact I was in the same class as contributor no 12, Ian Stobie, throughout my time there.

I still have a class photo taken in 1954.

I often wonder what became of everyone in that class and what it would be like to meet up with some of them again. I remember that we had two lads in that class with directly opposing surnames - Jackie Fowler and James Playfair." 

Hazel Kerr


Houses at Ratho

"I am keen to know if you have photos and information on some of the old estate buildings which border Ratho Golf Club along the canal edge. One in particular looks ecclesiastical and is presently having ground work done. "

Alexandrena Boreham


Broughton School

Hi Peter I would like to contact Babs McGill I knew her as Babs Husband. I lived in York Place my name was Ena Fenton and I now live in Calgary Alberta Canada. I am married to Stan Boreham who played Ice Hockey for the Murrayfield Royals.

I was at Broughton School from 1952 to 1956. Babs and I were in a swimming club which took place in the evenings at the school. We would walk to the swimming club together singing all the songs from the Pyjama Game. It would be great to have news of her as I am often in New York. Thank you Ena Boreham."



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15 Jan 2020

The future of EdinPhoto web site

Please see

Thanks for all the emails

Thank you to all who have sent over 100,000 emails to me over the past 20 years.  I have added the content from most of these to the www.edinphoto.org web site.


www.edinphoto.org.uk  -  Less frequent updates

However,  by  2017-18, emails were arriving here faster than I could cope with them, and I reluctantly came to the conclusion in mid-2018 that I would no longer be able to find the time to continue to update the site, except in exceptional circumstances.  I then had a backlog of over 1,000 emails to reply to.  I've now replied to them all, but still cannot find the time to add many updates to the web site.

www.edinphoto.org.uk  Viewing the current site

Despite being unable to add much new material to the site, I intend to ensure that it continues to be available on the Internet, so that people can continue to search and browse its existing content.


www.edinphoto.org.uk  Maybe no more updates

As for the future, updates are likely to be made even less frequently than in recent months, and perhaps not at all if I encounter problems in using my old Microsoft Front Page 2003 program (now well past its 'sell by date') with Windows 10.

I may change from Windows 7 (no longer supported by Microsoft since yesterday) to windows 10 within the next few days.  I still have to make a final decision on this.  There appear to be advantages in remaining on Windows 7 and advantages in moving to Windows 10.


Peter Stubbs:  15 January 2020                             email:   peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk



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