"Attached is a photo I took about three years ago of Gilmour
Street looking to the west to Gibbs Entry. It's difficult to
get a long shot nowadays without cars or wheelie bins.
However, you can see the lamplight
that looks remarkably like the original.
Itís interesting, that while they replaced the buildings, the
original two hundred year-old road surface of granite causeys (or
sets) is still there.
What never ceases to amaze me is that 276 people lived in the
short distance of Gibb's Entry in the 1881 census Ė 92 of them in
No 8 where my great grandfather grew up. I canít imagine
what type of building it was.
560 people lived in South Richmond Street Ė a little bit less
cramped Ė but 76 were in No 26, the tenement where my great
While the buildings in Simon Square were knocked down in the
late-1920s, the ones at the west end of Gibbs Entry that face on
to Nicolson Street werenít. I can remember them being totally
refurbished some time in the mid- to late-1960s.
1961-63 shows the original Nicolson Street buildings including the
other side of Gibbs Entry. Gibbs Entry is up past where the white
I donít know the name of the other entry in the middle of the
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland