My one-legged Grandad

Posted Image

That’s my Grandad above, Edward Robinson. On the left you cheeky beggars.  He was a one-legged cobbler. That’s right, a one-legged cobbler. He was dead before I was born, so it was never a topic of conversation. However, coincidence struck when I looked him up on the 1911 census.

Because there he was, listed as being a patient in the Deaconess Hospital, on census night, 4 April, 1911. Here’s what it looked like in ye olde days.

Posted Image

I then contacted the archive service of Lothian Hospitals, and a week later, they sent through his patient record! Stars, so they are, stars.

He was admitted on the 21st March, 2011 with adhesive sears. Now, seeing as how he was an apprentice shoemaker at the time, I’m guessing there was some kind of horrible accident involving a vat of glue in the shop. On the 23rd March he had an operation, described as “removal of bone” by the surgeon Mr Stuart. So, goodbye leg. He was discharged on the 25th April. So now we know, one hundred years after the event.

His past was a bit of a mystery, as his birth certificate states that his father was John Robinson, a railwayman.  However the birth certificate also states that his father had died 4 years before he was born!  Which either makes for the longest pregnancy in history, or the possibility that Great Granny Robinson was a bit mucky after he died.

Advertisements

Cousin Edwards ration book

Here’s a couple of pages from my cousin Edwards ration book. Edward was the son of mad Auntie Bette, who arrived from America one day with a wee black baby in tow. A couple of days later she nipped oot for a paper and headed back to America sans Edward. My Mum ended up looking after him, and everyone roond Crewe Toll thought she was the one who had the wee black baby. Although he was well looked after, he was always a restless soul, wandering the world, until he ended up in Leith ten years back, dying of an alcohol related disease a few years back. If only he’d used up his egg ration!

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

Posted Image

Posted Image

The meat and eggs were from P Henderson, Butcher, 104 Easter Road (which I used got my stuffing from every Christmas till the shut down a few years back). they must have had a van as it’s a long way from Pennywell Road.
Fats, Cheese, Bacon and Sugar were from the Leith Prov Co-op Society Ltd, Crewe Road van number 3.

Edward Dudley Wiltshire

Birth 1947 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death 2007 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

 

Edward Dudley Wiltshire

Death 2007 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland