As you will have read elsewhere, I spent a lot of time in my childhood with my Great Aunt Euphemia (Mamie, later Famie, once I got over my childhood speech defect.  Me and Big Tam) and Great Uncle George. They got married in 1932, and here is a scan of their wedding banns. The banns were read on the 18th December, and they married on Christmas Eve. George was living at 1 Prospect Place, Edinburgh at the time, and Mamie was at 18 Breich Terrace, Breich.


At the time Breich Terrace was full of miners cottages, where folk who worked at the Breich shale pit lived. The pit and the cottages belonged to the Pumpherston Oil Company. It doesn’t seem to have been a safe place, judging by this extract from the Scottish Mining Website.

George was obviously a bit of a chancer claiming he lived in Newington, which is a posh bit of Embra. Prospect Place, which is no longer there, was in the Dumbiedykes (with a silent B, non Embra folk) , which were cleared in the sixties when the cooncil were knocking down slums all over the place. It was right next to Holyrood Park, which is where he got Newington from, but it wisnae posh. It’s even worse now, as they chucked up some high rise flats after the demolition.

Prospect Street is the street on the left of this picture. The hill, upper left , is at the base of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.