Camping at Lilliesleaf - Around 1946
Reproduced with acknowledgement to
Elizabeth Fraser (née Betty Simpson), Sydney, New South
to Elizabeth Fraser (née Betty Simpson)
for sending me this photo from her husband's collection.
believes that the photo was taken during a camp of the Edinburgh Boys'
Brigade 46th Company at Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders, around 1946.
photographer is not known. Elizabeth adds:
"The photo was probably taken by somebody on
the camp, using a Box Brownie."
Elizabeth Fraser (née Betty Simpson),
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: January 14, 2010
near Hawick, Borders,
to Les Borthwick who wrote:
Camping at Lilliesleaf
"I hope you or one of your contributors can help me, I am looking for
information on the 46th Leith Coy Boys Brigade."
In my comments
above, I referred to the 46th Edinburgh Company Boys' Brigade,
but I assume that we are both talking about the same company.
Stubbs, 2 Oct 2016.
"The Boys Brigade from Leith used to come out to the village of
Lilliesleaf, in the Scottish Borders, and set up their summer camp at
Riddle Estate near the village in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with
ex-members arriving with them to help with the camp."
"They had a really good pipe band at the time, and the boys used to
march down to the village church on Sundays, behind the pipe band."
"The Boys Brigade also used to put on a concert in the village hall, a
day or two before they left. The compère
at the concerts was a chap named Gus Rankine, I’m sure he owned a taxi
company by the same name Rankine's Taxis."
"Photos or information on the 46th Leith Coy Boys Brigade and also Gus
Rankine would be very much appreciated."
Borthwick: 2 August 2016
Reply to Les
you have any photos that you think might be of interest to Les, or if
you'd like to tell him anything about Gus Rankine, please let me know,
then I'll pass on to you the email address for Les.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 2 August 2016
near Hawick, Borders,
to Les Borthwick for writing again with m
ore information about the Boys' Brigade camps at Lilliesleaf.
Incidentally, Les tells me that he was born in
Lilliesleaf in a cottage called Loan View, in 1945.
at their leaving concerts at the Currie Memorial Hall in Lilliesleaf was
Gus Rankine. I’m pretty sure he owned Rankine's Taxis in
Edinburgh. I heard that before owning the taxi company, he had
worked on whaling ships.. Whether that's true or not, I don't
Gus Rankine was probably an ex-member of the Boys Brigade. Many
ex-members gave up their own summer holidays to come out and help at the
annual camp on Riddell Estate, with their families, arriving at the camp
for a visit on the second week."
Capt. Tom Curr
"I left school in 1961 so it would have been in the 1950s that I
attended the camps. Obviously a lot of the ex members will have
passed away, but some of the boys at that time, will still be around.
It may help to
jog people's memories to know that the Boys Brigade leader at that time
was either Capt Johnstone or Capt Tom Curr, both very pleasant
gentlemen, the boys from the village, including myself were always made
welcome at the camp."
Borthwick, near Hawick, Borders, Scotland: 3 August 2016
I've already added information about Tom Curr to
several pages of the EdinPhoto web site. If you search for
Tom Curr in the search field on the
EdinPhoto home page, you should be able to find these pages.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 3 August 2016