"There has not yet been much mention of
Springwell Place on the EdinPhoto web site, so I'm sending this photo of
my Gran, Christina Stewart standing outside her home at No. 12, around
My Stewart family were resident at 12
Springwell Place from around 1900 to around 1960. We were quite
poor, so there are not many photos around.
No. 12 was a one-bed flat which, even in the
1950s, held three generations of our family for a while:
- my grandparents
- their daughter Jessie and her
husband Frank, a Canadian sailor who was on leave from the WW2 Russian
convoys when they met.
- their two children.
eventually got a flat in Ardmillan Terrace,
then moved out to Clermiston.
My earliest recollections are of sitting on my
dad's knee in the 1950s, hearing him call an old fellow sitting opposite
him 'dad', and saying to him: 'He cant be dad. You are dad'.
He was, in fact, my grandfathers
brother, who had married the
wife of his late brother Hendry
(my grandfather) after Hendry had been killed in the Somme in 1916.
He was a bookie's runner amongst other things. He spent most of the
time sitting in his chair, smoking a pipe; at least he did when he
Alan Stewart, Dumfries, Dumfries &
Galloway, Scotland: October 28, 2010