"The elderly gentleman sitting in the corner,
wearing the scarf, in
this photo is Jimmy Gordon.
I was really surprised to see him in the
picture although I suppose I shouldn't have been as he was a regular in
the pubs of Leith."
"Jimmy was the cousin of my granny, Mary
Geddes née Deas.
He was born in 1899 and died in 1986. The
family came from the Borders."
"My granny married William Geddes from Fordyce
who was a Pipe Major in the Gordon Highlanders. He enlisted after the
with the Gordon Highlanders (1917-1919) during the First World War, mostly
in Belgium, as far as I can see. He brought back lots of postcards
from there. He was stationed at a concentration camp in Mons,
Here are two photos of
Jimmy, the first in Gordon Highlanders' uniform, the second in civvies:
"Jimmy lived in the
old Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway station at 5 Constitution Street, Leith.
Here is a photo of a bell that used to hang in the
station and is now in my house.
Jimmy worked for the
North British Railway. He retired as Yard
Foreman, Leith Central Station in 1965."
was an excellent artist but, in keeping with the
times, his parents didn't encourage him and
insisted that he got a 'real' job.
His paintings are scattered far and wide
but fortunately one hangs on the wall of my house."
"Jimmy is buried in
Caddonfoot Graveyard, Clovenfords, Selkirkshire in the
Scottish Borders, along with his parents."
Kenneth Williamson, Silverknowes,
Edinburgh: October 7, 2013