Well to be fair all the women in my Mums family were a bit mad. Proper mad that is. Not just peculiar. One of them was actually certified and carried away to the loony bin in a straight-jacket. They held grudges for decades so you very rarely saw more than 2 of them at any one tie. So here’s a rare photo from when they were too old to remember what they’d fallen out about. I think it was taken at my Auntie Margarets 80th birthday but as I’d fallen out with my Mum at the time I can’t be 100% sure. They’re aw lang deid noo anyways so it disnae really matter. From left to right, Grace Hamilton, Eva Martin and Margaret Early – three of the Robinson sisters.
The Robinsons knew how to have a good time. And here’s Evelyn (Eva) Robinson, fourth from right front row, with her brother William Robinson (my Uncle Bill), second from left, sometime in the early fifties.
My Mums sister Eva, married Jimmy Martin, and had three children, two of them died young. Valerie died from bronchitis, aged 9 months and Leonard died aged 19 after an accident on a building site. As far as I know her son Jimmy (Young Jim) is still around, although I last saw him at my Mums funeral in 2008.
Eva died in 2003, aged 84, Bill died in 2005, aged 77.
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
My Mums sister. Evelyn Elizabeth Sarah Grace Robinson – Birth 30 Dec 1918 in South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland Death 21 Nov 2003 in Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fourth from right front row, with Uncle Bill, second from left.
Auntie Eva at the bar in her cooncil hoose in Broomhouse. A young Mr H seems very much at home, something that would become increasingly obvious as time went on. 1967ish, judging by the size of me.
Here’s Auntie Eva and her husband, Uncle Jimmy Martin partying like it’s 1999, in a a night club, somewhere in Blackpool, at some point in the nineteen fifties. Eva is second from the left, Jimmy second from right with either an unconscious woman or a fabulous ventriloquists dummy on his lap.
PS – Eva’s son Jimmy called one of his sons Dean. So my cousin is Dean Martin. Fact.
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