Hello America – colonial relations

My Auntie Terry, Mary Teresa ROBINSON, daughter of Edward Albert ROBINSON and Mary Agnes Evelyn MUIR , was born at ten past nine in the morning on 07 October 1925 iat 122 Bonnington Road, Leith (now Edinburgh). She died 11 November 2009 in Sonoma, California.

Mary Robinson, known as Terry, who moved to Canada, then America, marrying Ernie Smith fae Gorgie / Sighthill, pictured here keeping the forces happy.

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And here are my American cousins, Karin and Valera, probably in the nineteen sixties if the hair is anything to go by!

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And here are my Aunt and Uncle, Terry and Ernie, pictured at Niagara Falls in 1951.

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My Mum and Terry.

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Here’s a picture taken at my cousin Vals first birthday party, somewhere in California, in 1956. Valera June Smith is the daughter of Ernie Smith and Terry (nee Robinson).

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Look! I wisnae making it up. An actual American relative in Embra. Auntie Terrys grand-daughter Simone turned up in 2011, boyfriend in tow. Pictured in the Vennel, with Edinburgh Castle in the background and doon the seaside at Port Seton.

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The Robinson grandparents

My mammys mam and dad.  The one legged, shoemaker Grandad and his wife.

Edward Robinson Birth 1892 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire Death 01 Apr 1962 in Edinburgh St Andrew, Midlothian, Scotland and Mary Agnes Evelyn Muir Birth 31 Jan 1894 in 16 East Preston Street, Edinburgh Death 02 Jun 1959 in Ayr

L to R, cousin Edward (Bettes boy), my Mum, Gran and Granddad, Edward and Evelyn Robinson

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Gran – Evelyn Robinson, with one of Evas children in Pennywell Road

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L to R, my Mum, Gran and Granddad, Evelyn and Edward Robinson

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Edward and Evelyn Robinson

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My Mum, Gran and Edward, along with Grace, from Sri Lanka, one of many students who lodged with my Gran in Pennywell.

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Not grandparents at all, these are my great grandparents, on my mother’s mother’s side, the Muirs. Another family mystery to be solved there, what with my Gran being the black sheep of the family, and what happened to the considerable wealth her mother acquired in property and cobblers shops. As well as Evelyn, my Gran, there were two sons, Andrew and George. George died before my time, but I remember visiting my Uncle Andrew at Greenleas old peoples home, as a boy. My Mum and I were the only people at his funeral in the early eighties.

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Here’s one of my Gran, Evelyn Robinson, in her nursing class. She trained as a nurse during WWII.

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On the back of this picture it says “Granny” and “Mum” in my Mums handwriting. So I’m assuming it is my Great-Grandmother on the Robinson side. Which would make it;

Catherine HEALY (RIN: -12813098), daughter of James HEALY and Catherine MADDEN , was born 12 October 1869 in Glasgow. She died 31 October 1946 in 29 Panmure Place, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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This formidable woman is a bit of a mystery, as only the words “Daddys Sister”. However, age, and circumstance would seem to indicate that it’s one of my Great Grandfathers sisters, as yet unidentified.

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Cathy Robinson

My Auntie Cathy, Catherine Healy Robinson Birth 1922 in Edinburgh, Death 10 Jan 1949 in Edinburgh, Haymarket

Here’s a picture of Cathy Robinson, with her husband Richard (known as Monty), taken in 1944.

The bare details are;

Richard Brown MONTGOMERY (RIN: -12813046). He married Catherine Healy ROBINSON 1941 in Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland. Catherine Healy ROBINSON (RIN: -12812979), daughter of Edward Albert ROBINSON and Mary Agnes Evelyn MUIR , was born 1922. She died 10 January 1949 in Edinburgh, Haymarket. 

Cathy died of TB in 1949, so they weren’t married long. Her husband had fought in the Second World War, and was given a prefab at Muirhouse when he returned.  Unlike her parents who are buried (with my Mum) in Piershill Cemetery, she was buried in Seafield Cemetery.

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Alice Robinson

My Auntie Alice, Alice Dorothy Robinson Birth 12 Dec 1927, Leith, Scotland.  Death 08 Nov 1970 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

My Auntie Alice married and emigrated to Canada*, where she died young. She had a few children but the family lost touch after Alice passed.  She married James Farrell, and had three children that I know of, Gordon, Patrick and Katherine.

*the one address I know is 1048 Enola, Port Credit, Ontario, Canada

Here’s a picture of my Auntie Alice (Robinson) along with her husband Jim Farrell dated June 1949. They’ve just been shopping at Alexanders Groceteria!

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Another couple of Canadian photos.

The first is of my uncle, Jim Farrell, Alice Robinsons husband with one of their kids. On the back it says “This was taken the Sun he was a month old. Did you ever see such a sour look on a baby’s face.” Doesn’t say which one, though.

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This one says “this was taken in Sept. It’s not too good but school photo’s rarely are. His hair is just growing back in after his summer-crew-cut. Pat age six.

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Here’s Alice, with her sister Terry (right) posing for the camera, on the same trip as the first picture of Alice and Jim, shortly after Terry moved over.

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And, finally, one of Alice as a young woman.

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Alex and Grace Hamilton, my Mum and Dad

Alex and Grace Hamilton, my Mum & Dad, in their prime, sometime before they got married, which makes it 1959 / 1960.

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Grace and Alex Hamilton in their prime. The first picture is my Mum (pictured left), in the mid-fifties with folks unknown. 

The second picture shows my Dad pictured second from left collecting a dreadful prize as Captain of the winning darts team in the Edinburgh Dispatch tournament, in the late fifties. His best man, Phil McLuskey (Uncle Phil) is pictured on the right. I’ve no idea how one of the Marx Brothers sneaked into the picture.

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My Mum and Dad on their wedding day, 3rd March 1961 at the Ettrick Lodge Hotel in Edinburgh. A bit of a family mystery, but none of my Mums family were there, and some didn’t find out till well after the event. Relatives may enquire as to my theory. Pictured, left to right are Aunt Cath (not a real aunt), her husband, Molly (my Dads sister), Dad, Mum, Betty somebody who was matron of honour, and my Uncle Phil (not a real uncle) McCluskey, the best man.

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Fauldhouse

Fauldhouse

My Great Auntie Jessie Hamilton married Andrew Johnstone fae Fauldhouse, and had at least 7 bairns there. Her husband, my Great Uncle Andrew was born in Fauldhouse in 1882, and this picture would have been taken when he was a wean. The postcard is franked 1910.

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George Robinson

George Edward Muir Robinson, my Mums brother, was born 02 September 1920 in 15 East Arthur Place, Edinburgh. He married Mary [somebody], had one daughter Avril in 1951, and he died about 1966 in Yorkshire, after living in a Seaman’s Hostel in Doncaster.

He was on a convoy ship during the war, working as a stoker, which was struck by a torpedo. He survived and underwent extensive, experimental plastic surgery, and never really recovered from his injuries. From his letters to my Mum, he seems to have led an unhappy life, separated from his wife, spending a lot of time in hospital, before dying young.

For obvious reasons, there aren’t any photos of him, but here’s the only photo of his daughter (my cousin), Avril Robinson, who lived in Scarborough. She had some contact with my Mum when she was young, as my Mum was executor of Georges estate, but after she married Patrick John Byrne in Scarborough in 1972, there was nothing.

George Robinson

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Eva Robinson

Eva Robinson

Auntie Eva and Uncle Jimmy, centre, with their two boys Leonard (Len) and Young Jim.
Evelyn (Auntie Eva) Robinson, Mums sister, married Jimmy Martin, and had three children, two of them tragically passed away. Valerie died as a baby and Leonard died in a building site accident when he was about 18. Her son Jimmy (Young Jim) is still around at time of writing.
Evelyn Elizabeth Sarah Grace Robinson – Birth 30 Dec 1918 in Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland Death 21 Nov 2003 in Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Margaret Robinson

Margaret Robinson

My Auntie Margaret, Margaret Robinson (Birth 25 Apr 1916, Death 04 Feb 2003) was the eldest of the Robinson sisters. She married Sonny (Francis Early) and had a daughter also called Margaret (who married Peter and who is still in Edinburgh). She didn’t have much to do with us, and I don’t really recall ever meeting her. I’m pretty sure I was in her house once, but I must have been very young. Here she is pictured with Uncle Bill.