School Class Photograph

Leith Academy


A class of seven or eight year olds  -  1928-29

A Leith Academy Class  -  1928-29  -  A photograph by J R Coltart

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland


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   A Leith Academy Class  -  1928-29  -  A photograph by J R Coltart


Leith Academy


The Photograph

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay for sending me this photograph of a class of seven or eight year olds at Leith Academy in 1928-29.

Bryan's mother attended Leith Academy from 1927 until 1937.

The Photographer

This  photo was taken by J R Coltart, 8 Dalmenny Street, Leith.   The caption below the photo reads:

"Patronised by HM the Queen."

However, the last queen to have been on the throne was Queen Victoria who died in 1901, and the earliest record that I can find of J R Coltart's business in the Edinburgh & Leith Trade Directories  is 1909.



Dianne Glennon


Thank you to Dianne Glennon who wrote:

The Photograph

"My mother was Elizabeth (Betty) Leith.  She had:

 an older brother, David,

an older sister Dorothy

a younger sister Margaret 

She was born in Leith in 1921 and attended Leith Academy, leaving at the age of 13.  She was probably there the same time as Bryan Gourlay's mother.   She may be in this photo:

    A Leith Academy Class  -  1928-29  -  A photograph by J R Coltart


Does anyone know who the children are in the photo?  I would be very grateful if anyone could help with any of the names, or if anybody has any other photos of the students of Leith Academy."

Dianne Glennon, Australia:  November 2, 2010

Reply to Dianne?

I've send an email to Brian Gourlay asking him if he knows if his mother remembered Elizabeth (Betty) Leith or any of her family.

If you recognise anybody in this photo, or would like to send any other comments to Dianne, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to her.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  November 2, 2010