Thank you to Darney Devlin, grandson of Thomas Leishman Devlin, founder
of TL Devlin, trawler owners, Granton, for sending me these recollections
of Lomond Park.
Lomond Park is a private area of ground at Trinity, between Lenox Row,
Zetland Place, Stirling Road and Lomond Road. All these streets were
built around the 1870s and 1880s and named after Leith ships.
Membership of the park, including keys for access to the park gates, is by
At the northern end of Lomond Park there are tennis courts and a
bowling club. When I knew the park, from around 1970 onwards, the
remaining 80% of the park was open grass used for informal games of
football. Now trees have been planted and local residents are more
likely to be seen there walking dogs than playing football.
Darney, recalling earlier times in the park, wrote:
"There used to be a Police Box at the corner of the park. The
gates of the park were kept locked during the mornings, except during
school holidays. The gates were opened by a park keeper who kept
There were informal games of rounders, where
any number of people could join in, and in the middle of the park there
was a grass court where tennis was taught."
Darney Devlin, Inverleith, Edinburgh, December 15, 2006
Lomond Park can be seen on the aerial views below:
Dunedin, Otago, New
Thank you to Brian Swanney, who wrote:
"My dad worked as a blacksmith in his family
firm and I remember him carrying out a contract job to make good the
railings around Lomond Park which had rusted away in lots of places,
mainly at the ground rail.
The method involved iron straps on either side of the railing clamped
together with bolts and nuts and straddling over rusted ones from one
sound upright to the next sound upright.
As a schoolboy, probably
mid/late 1960ís, I recall being drafted
in to help drill thousands of holes on a drill press in hundreds of straps
of varying lengths. We then spent days on site working our way around the
park fitting them into place. It was a crude and fairly ugly repair method
(not one that a talented decorative scroll-worker like my dad would have
taken much joy from!) but I guess it must have been what was called for in
wonder how well the repair lasted, or if the
railings have now been replaced or removed completely *
Anyway, I earned myself a wee bit of pocket
money during the holidays, and have some
memories of working for my dad.
are still railings around Lomond Park, but they do not appear to be the
same ones as Brian refers to above. I see no evidence of the repairs
that Brian speaks of. I believe that the new railings may have been
erected, possibly around 1990, though I may be well out in this date.
years, new trees have been planted in Lomond Park. The park seems to
be in good condition now, and well maintained. The bowling green and
tennis court at the northern end of the park are still in use.
November 14, 2008