A Robinson montage

Some snapshots from the Robinson family album.  The captions are in my Mums handwriting.  So there is Grace Muir Robinson (Mum), Edward Dudley Wiltshire (cousin), Elizabeth Robinson (aunt), Eva Robinson (aunt), Mary Agnes Evelyn Muir (grandmother) and  Edward Robinson (grandfather).

Robinson family montage

Robinson family montage




My one-legged Grandad

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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.

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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.

Mr H Goes To Dalmeny – the story of Edward Robinson Jnr.

Mr H Goes To Dalmeny – the story of Edward Robinson Jnr.

At some point after my Grandparents, Edward Robinson and Elizabeth Muir got married in November 1916, they moved to Queensferry. It’s 40 years too late for asking the wheres and the whyfors now, although as my Mum always said that her mothers family had reckoned she married beneath her, and that there was little contact thereafter. With my Grandad being a cobbler, and his new father-in-law running a very successful cobblers business, it may have seemed wise to leave Edinburgh. There is also the strong possibilty that their first child was born out of wedlock.

So by 1917, they were in Queensferry, where my Gran gave birth to their second child.

Edward William Robert Robinson Birth 30 AUG 1917 in Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland

Sadly, his was not to be a long and healthy life, as he died of rickets aged 5 months.

Death 20 FEB 1918 in Bellstane, Queenferry, West Lothian

For some reason, he wasn’t buried in Queensferry, but up the road in Dalmeny. Odder still, as my Gran was a Catholic and all her subsequent children were baptised. Even odder as there is a Catholic church in South Queensferry – St Margarets. Their records show that in 1912 Father Farquhar was made a Canon and that in 1918 Father Patrick J Rice took over as Parish Priest.

Here is the death certificate;
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And here is the deed for the lair in Dalmeny Cemetery. Lair number 14, purchased for the sum of One Pound on the 20th February 1918, the date of young Edwards death;
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They stayed a wee while longer, as their next child – Evelyn Elizabeth Sarah Grace Robinson was born on 30 Dec 1918 in Queensferry, but by the time child #4 arrived in 1920, they were in East Arthur Street in Dumbiedykes, before they ended up in Leith.

In Queensferry they lived at 15 Bell Stane, which is the lane pictured below, betwen the chippy and the Indian.
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Dalmeny Parish Church, where my Uncle Edward was laid to rest is pictured below;
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And if you want to see all the photos from my trip then just click on the link below;

Dalmeny and Bell Stane, Queesnferry slideshow

Or just go here for all the photos. If anyone wants to use them, please ask first.

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


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


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


Edward and Evelyn Robinson


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


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.


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


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.


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.