with acknowledgement to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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Thank you to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland for
providing the photograph above. Bryan's great grandfather
appears in the photograph.
There is no photographer's name or address on this picture
"My great grandparents lived directly across the High Street above
the fire station house for many years."
"This photograph of firemen was taken around the late-1890s
when my great grandfather, Alexander Pringle was an engineer in
the fire service.
He is the chap with the bushy beard standing on the far left
of the front row. There are some very interesting and pretty
serious faces all round - particularly the older chaps sitting in
the front row.
The picture has been in my family since then."
Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland: July 17 +
appears to have been taken in Parliament Square. The
stonework, lamps, balustrade and bases of the pillars on the
facade of Parliament House in the engraving match the background
in the photo.
The plinth of the
statue of Charles II also appears in the photo.
Edinburgh Fire Service
Thank you to Martin
Reid at the Edinburgh & Lothian Fire Brigade for the following
additional comments about this photo:
of the opinion that Alex Pringle is wearing an Engineer's uniform
.and he had gained promotion to this post in May 1897 at
Torphichen St. Station but was demoted to Fireman first-class in
September 1897 for being a spokesman to air the men's grievances.
once again attained this post in May 1899, this time at
Causewayside Station, so the photograph could have been taken
either of those years.
is an extensive stock of material in the library pertaining to
Alex Pringle e.g. every payment made to him and each fire he
attended since his first, a chimney fire on 17th Nov 1883."