Recollections  -  Edinburgh Old Town

Buccleuch Street




George T Smith

British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George T Smith, British Columbia, Canada, for sending me a copy of an engraving  of tenement buildings,  telling me how the picture reminded him of a tenement stair that collapsed  in the 1930s.

George wrote:

Collapsed Stair

"Peter:  You may recollect that I wrote to you about the stair which  collapsed leaving the inhabitants of a tenement  having to hoist  their 'messages' by means of a basket and clothes rope, until some repair was made.  I was about six when it happened, say around 1937.

  Imagine how my memory was jolted when I saw an  engraving of Burns' Logging, Buccleuch Pend, taken from Picturesque Old Edinburgh by R L Stevenson.  It appears  that Burns lodged there with a master at the High School. Other sources  say he was Burns' publisher. 

My recollection is that it was situated  directly across from the east end of Buccleuch Street where my grandmother lived and I think it was in an area called Sibbald's Entry  or something similar (North side of St Patrick's Square).

I gather the  property was demolished and the site was vacant for many years but it  was recently redeveloped as a block of 21 flats."




Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay for following up  George T Smith's comments above, and for sending me details of an Ordnance Survey map, 1876.  I've passed on these details to George.

Bryan wrote:

"The attached extracts from the 1876 Ordnance Survey Map confirm George's excellent memory of where Buccleuch Pend was."

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  August 22, 2006

Buccleuch Pend

Buccleuch Pend was in fact a continuation of Sibbald Place to the west, under one of the buildings on the eastern side of Buccleuch Street.  Sibbald Place was the street that ran approximately to the west from the NW corner of St Patrick's Square.




Brian Duffy


Brian Duffy wrote:

Schools and Family

"I lived at 130 Buccleuch Street and attended St Ignatius primary school, then had half a term at St Anthony's school before our family left for Canada in 1966.

I'd like to hear from anybody who remembers me, or remembers other members of my family:

-   My Mother:  Mini Duffy (Christie from Niddrie)

-  My father:   Joe Duffy (from Prestonfield, he attended Jimmy Clark's School)

Brian Duffy, Canada:  February 3, 2009

Contacting Brian

If you'd like to contact Brian, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.

Thank you.    -   Peter Stubbs:  February 3, 2009


Thank you to James Palmer for your message.   (I've passed on Brian Duffy's email address to James, so that James can send his message direct to Brian.)

Peter Stubbs:  April 5, 2012


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