My Great Grandfathers chapel gets plaque from the Hibees.

St PatricksHundreds of Hibs fans braved the poor weather conditions to witness Club legend Pat Stanton unveil a plaque commemorating the birthplace of Hibernian FC inside St Patrick’s Church in the Cowgate at the weekend.

The plaque was commissioned by members of the St Patrick’s Branch of the Hibernian Supporters Club and after discussions with the Archdiocese, Trustees and Parish, it was agreed that the ceremony would take place on St Patrick’s Day.

The beautiful plaque is set on Connemara Marble and reads “St Patrick’s Parish, the Historic Home of Hibernian Football Club. Hibernian FC was founded on 6th August 1875 by the then parish priest Father Edward Joseph Hannan and Michael Whelahan, member of the St Patrick’s Church CYMS. Presented by the St Patrick’s Branch of the Hibernian Supporters on 17 March 2013.”


Read the full story over here.

This was the chapel my Great Grandfather on my mothers side, William Joseph Muir was baptised in.  He was born in 1865, he son of William Muir, who was the first of the Irish Muirs to arrive in Edinburgh, he lodged with a cousin, Bridget Enright, in the Cowgate, before marrying another relative, Mary Enright.  William Muir, like all the other Muirs was a shoemaker, who also found time to serve as a private soldier in The 63rd Regiment of Foot known as “The Bloodsuckers”.

Fast forward a hundred and thirty years, and


Neptunes Royal Proclamation

My Uncle Ian (John Hamilton) was my Dads brother. He died in 2008, a week after my Mums funeral, just shy of his 90th birthday. He never married, although he lived with his partner Janet for a decade or so in his seventies and early eighties. As with many folk of his age, he’d lived a varied life, even if he was a curmudgeonly old git.

Amongst his many jobs was a lengthy stint working as a merchant seaman, doing a bang up job of ridding the Arctic seas of all those pesky whales, back in the days when it involved a single harpoon and a hell of a lot of swearing and pulling on ropes. Come the second World War he put his seafaring experience to good use, and as you will see below, even Neptune had something to say about it. As it’s too big to scan in one, the scans are in two pieces, and I’ll type in the proclamation underneath, in case it’s hard to read.

Neptunes Royal Proclamation

Neptunes Royal Proclamation

It says;

A Royal Proclamation Neptune

By the Grace of Mythology, Lord of the Oceans, Ruler of the Waves, Sovereign of the Seven Seas, Guardian of the Deep – know all men by these Precepts that A Hamilton, AB, having this day entered Our Royal Domain hath been duly received by Us, Our Court and Our Bears according to the Ancient and Requisite Form and Initiation. Wherefore it is Our Royal Will and Pleasure to number him among Our Loyal Subjects, to confer upon him the Freedom of Our Seas and to exempt him from further Homage. And we do charge and direct all Mariners, Landlubbers and Globetrotters, not so presented at Our Court, to treat him with due respect.

Given under Our Hand and Seal, at Our COurt on the Equator, this Ninth Day of July, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty Five on board His Britannic Majestys Battleship “Anson” in Longitude 87 Degrees East.

It’s signed by the ships commanding officer, A Madden and Neptune Rex, Ruler of the Raging Main

We did things properly in those day!

PS – this was a naval custom of the time, conferred upon sailors crossing the Equator for the first time. As Ian has been an Arctic whaler, this was his first time

Happy Anniversary Mum & Dad

It would have been 52 years today.

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.

Mum & Dad wedding