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Blackfriars Street

Old Town, Edinburgh

Who and When?

Around 1932  -  See Reply 2 below

   The 'Blackie Boys' from Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Eric Robinson

 

Blackfriars Street

Photo

Thank you to Eric Robinson for sending me a copy of this photo.

Eric wrote

"You mentioned that Blackfriars Street was know to the locals as 'Blackie''.

Well, here are the Blackie Boys.  I'm not sure of the year but my uncle, Oliver Toomey, is marked with an X.  I wonder if your other contributors could recognise anyone else"

Eric Robinson:  December 19, 2010

Message

Thank you to Eric Robinson for sending me a copy of this message about the photo:

The message reads:

"Dear Alex

This is a photo of the Blackie boys.  Here are your brother and sister - and cousin.  X marks the spot.

From your loving brother James to my big hearty brother, Alex.

Love."

The 'Blackie Boys' from Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh  -  Message

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Eric Robinson

Eric Robinson:  December 19, 2010

Reply to Eric

If you recognise anybody on this photo, or know when the photo might have been taken, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Eric.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  December 30, 2010

Reply

1.

Carol Bell (née Welsh)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Carol Bell who wrote:

Photo

    The 'Blackie Boys' from Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh ©

"I don’t know this particular group of 'Blackie Boys', but my father Edward Welsh played football for Blackfriars Street.

I have a photo and hope to be able to send it in a few weeks.

My father married Margaret Maloney from 35 Blackfriars Street."

Carol Bell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:  February 20, 2011

 

Reply

2.

Dave Regan

Thanks you to Dave Regan for writing after seeing this picture of 'The Blackie Boys':

Photo

    The 'Blackie Boys' from Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh ©

Dave wrote:

My Dad

"I recognise my dad in this photo. He used to wax lyrical about The Blackie Boys  -  such a legendry bunch, 'Feert fi naebody'.  I got a warm feeling on first sight of 'The Blackie Boys'

I've never seen the name written before, then when I saw the photograph, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. That’s my Dad (George Regan) in the front right , he looks the smallest of the bunch."

My Dad

My dad was born in May 1923.  I He first lived at No 13, Blackfriars Street. They then moved to No 2, just above Kerr's shoe shop on the High Street side and Teddy's Dairy Blackie side.

Across the road from the stair entrance was the legendary Willie Leydons.

Some of the names mentioned in the stair at No 53 on the Blackfriars Street page also stayed at No 2 in the 1950s and 1960s.  I think they all moved as the families got larger or smaller. The O'Neils and the Gows seem to ring a bell, but all of the names sound familiar."

Memories

"Thanks for the memory, and most of all the photograph. I stumbled on this site whilst looking for something else. The Internet has its critics, but I this photo certainly brought back a memory from the past to me.

Dave Regan:  December 2, 2014

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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