Thank you to GM Rigg for posting this message in the EdinPhoto
"I spent about 5 years working at the
old Drambuie bond at the foot of Easter Road. It's gone now
but it was located just a little bit up hill from the Persevere
Pub on the same side of the road."
Tiles on a Buttercup Dairy Co shop
Dr Lindsay Lennie, Crieff, Perthshire,
"The manager (Mr Mees) had his office
in the old building that at the front of the bond that had been
the office for the Buttercup Dairy Company. The company name
was carved over the teller's barred cubical.
and should have been preserved. Some
of the older people who worked at the bond and had lived in the
area all their lives told me that when they were kids, the school
grounds all the way from the bond up to Hawkhill were where the
dairy cattle were grazed.
I don't know whether they were pulling
my leg about the fields or not."
GM Rigg, Edinburgh: Message posted in
EdinPhoto guest book: September 11, 2009
West Mains, Edinburgh
to Angela Downie, West Mains, Edinburgh
for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.
I attended Darroch school
from 1959 to 1963.
After leaving school, I
- as a junior
shorthand typist at Davidson's, at Frederick Street
- at a new fruit shop
owned by Charles Hay, at Mayfield Road
- at Drambuie, York
- MacNiven & Cameron,
- Malloch, Frederick
Angela Downie (née Lancashire), West
Message and email address posted in EdinPhoto guest book, August 29, 2011
to Connie Newman, West Mains, Edinburgh
for posting a reply in the EdinPhoto guestbook.
also also worked for Drambuie at York Place. That
was in the bookkeeping department, 1961-63.
It's such a shame about the
old office, now turned into apartments for letting, I think. The old
front door is still there though."
Connie Newman, East Peckham, Kent,
Message posted in
EdinPhoto guestbook Aug 30, 2011
to Danny Callaghan who wrote about some of his memories from the time when
he was in the office furniture business in Edinburgh.
"As a pupil at
St Anthony's school, I became acquainted with the foot of Easter Road as
it was just round the corner. Most of my classes where in the annex
building at the foot of Lochend Road."
"My most vivid memory of Easter Road is from
my early days in the office furniture game, about mid-1960s.
I recall going to The Drambuie Company who had
a plant near the foot of Easter Road on the east side.
There, I watched in dismay as one of the
workers was pouring Drambuie, well I assume it was and it certainly smelt
right, into casks. He was using what looked like a petrol pump nozzle
and as one barrel filled and ran over he just kept the nozzle open and
moved it over to the next barrel.
All this Drambuie just ran into a large gutter
in the floor and off down to the Forth. I was aghast! I loved
Drambuie and still do. There were nearly tears in my eyes."
"I've had quite a few encounters with Drambuie
over the years, in more ways than drinking it.
On another occasion I was in the then Drambuie
Head Office in York Place. I was shown the office of the owner, I
believe Mrs MacKinnon. It was like the cabin of an old sailing ship.
It was quite magnificent, although a bit out of place in the Georgian
I was involved in kitting out Drambuie's new
offices and plant when they moved to Kirkliston. This has now
gone. Where are they now?
I also used to take part in the Drambuie Canal
Marathons, throughout the 1980s and into 1991, between Glasgow and
Edinburgh and on the Caledonian Canal. They were organised by
Linlithgow Union Canal Society, and we used to be 'forced' to drink the
samples of Drambuie that were showered on us.
I have a photo
** is of the
prize-giving in 1981 when I had my first success and we won the Novice
Prize. It was taken in the TA hall at Lanark Road. In picture are
(left to right):
- Max Niven (Marketing Director
- Barry Stokes my partner.
- myself in my handsome years.
- Brian Davenport Chief Engineer of
British Waterways in Scotland.
I am currently gathering material on the
Drambuie Marathons and hoping to arrange a reunion. I'd like to here
from anyone who participated or was involved or has pictures or other
I'll add this photo
to the EdinPhoto web site if I can get copyright permission to add it.
- Peter Stubbs: February 18, 2012
I also once assisted the Marketing Director,
Max Niven, to take the MacKinnon's cruiser through the Crinan Canal from
their castle on Loch Fyne.
I still continue my Drambuie connection by
drinking it, although being a bit of a traditionalist preferred the old
style bulbous bottle."
Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire,
Scotland: February 12, 2012
Reply to Danny?
If you would like to
contact Danny concerning the Canal Marathons and Reunion, or on any other
topic, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: February 18, 2012
to Rob Kerr who wrote:
Mum, Catherine Kerr, worked at Drambuie, Easter Road, probably from around
late-1950s to mid-1960s. I'm looking for
anyone who worked with her there".
"I lived at 12 Manderston
Street from 1958 until 1968. I remember the chippy and the shops on
both corners. I think one sold fireplaces and the other was a
Rob Kerr: New Zealand: emails 10,11,31 July 2016
Reply to Rob Kerr?
If you remember Drambuie at
the time Rob's Mum worked there and would like to send message to
Rob about that,
me to let me know, then I'll pass on his
email address to you.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: August 15+17, 2016