Euphemia Bell and George Tod wedding banns

As you will read elsewhere, I spent a lot of time in my childhood with my Great Aunt Euphemia (Mamie) and Great Uncle George. They got married in 1932, and here is a scan of their wedding banns. The banns were read on the 18th December, and they married on Christmas Eve. George was living at 1 Prospect Place, Edinburgh at the time, and Mamie was at 18 Breich Terrace, Breich.

Famie and George wedding banns

At the time Breich Terrace was full of miners cottages, where folk who worked at the Breich shale pit lived. The pit and the cottages belonged to the Pumpherston Oil Company. It doesn’t seem to have been a safe place, judging by this extract from the Scottish Mining Website.
George was obviously a bit of a chancer claiming he lived in Newington, which is a posh bit of Embra. Prospect Place, which is no longer there, was in the Dumbiedykes, which were cleared in the sixties when the cooncil were knocking down slums all over the place. It was right next to Holyrood Park, which is where he got Newington from, but it wisnae posh. It’s even worse now, as they chucked up some high rise flats after the demolition.

Prospect Street is the street on the left of this picture. The hill, upper left , is at the base of Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.

Dumbiedykes Prospect Place

The Hamiltons

My Dads family, the Hamiltons fae Breich and Polbeth.

Back row – Mum, Auntie Molly (Keepe), my Dads sister. Middle – Great Uncle George (Tod) and Great Aunt Euphemia (Famie), my dads aunt. Front row – early hat potential, probably very early seventies.

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My Great Uncle George (Tod) who taught me to swim, took me to the pictures and, along with my Aunt Famie, looked after me as a wee boy, pictured centre, in front of the drum, playing with the Edinburgh Senior Citizens Orchestra at Dalry House on April 22nd 1974.

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A Famie and George special. George and Euphemia Tod were my Dads aunt and uncle. Euphemia (Famie) was my Grans sister. They didn’t have any children of their own, but looked after me, when I was at primary school. They lived 3 doors down from us in Temple Park, and I spent most of my early school years with them.

Picture 1 shows Famie as a young woman, with my Dad, and his sister Molly (Mary) and brother Ian (John), probably in either Breich Terrace or Addiewell, in the twenties.   Picture 2 shows Famie and George as I remember them in the seventies.

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Here’s a few photos of relatives from years gone by.

This is me and my Grandad, Alexander Walker Hamilton, in the back garden at Polbeth, probably about 1967.

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Here’s Uncle Wullie and Auntie Kate with my Great Aunt Euphemia Moore Bell in the same back garden, also in the mid-sixties. I spent a large part of my childhood in Great Aunt Euphemias flat in Edinburgh, as both my parents worked, and she and her husband George Tod were childless. They were remarkably good natured considering they were in their sixties when a three year old was thrust upon them for the next five or six years, until I qualified for my own key to the front door. I couldn’t pronounce Euphemia of Famie as everyone in the family called her. She was always Mamie to me.

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Going back in time, this is Mamie as a young woman, surrounded by assorted members of her family, the Bells, probably in the nineteen twenties, in Addiewell, West Lothian.

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Here’s Mamie, with what is probably her Auntie Kate, (Catherine Toner nee Bell 1852 – 1939) who Mamie lived with after her mother died when she was 2, leaving her miner father with 12 children, hence why they were farmed out to family members .

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Here’s another batch of Hamilton / Bell photographs which mainly came to me via my Great Aunt Euphemia (Mamie) and my Uncle Ian.

This is my Auntie Molly (left, born Mary), my Dads sister, with her mother, my Gran, Mary Hamilton, nee Bell.

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This is Mamie in the back green at 17 Temple Park Crescent, with one of her nephews (either Bill, John or Alex, with unknown dog. We lived in No 11 when I was a wee boy, but with my Mum and Dad both working, I spent most of time at Mamies or playing in this green.

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This is Mamie with A N Other and my Auntie Molly (centre).

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This is Mamie, Euphemia Tod nee Bell, with her husband George Tod, in Princes Street, Edinburgh, opposite Binns, where my Mum worked years later.

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And this is my Dad, Alexander Walker Hamilton, with his Mum, Mary Dawson Bell, in the bottom left corner.

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Here’s three more photos that came from Mamie (Auntie Euphemia) via my Uncle Ian (John Sorely Hamilton).

The two solo pictures are of the same girl, probably Mamie. No idea who the two boys are, although they’re from the same batch, so it must be two of her nephews. The one on the right looks like my Dad, Alex Hamilton, so the one on the left is likely to be Ian or Bill, the other brothers.

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Here’s another couple of Hamilton photographs;

The first is my Grandad, Alexander Hamilton, taken in Polbeth sometime in the mid-nineteen sixties. He died in 1968.

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And here’s one of my Auntie Molly (Mary Moore Hamilton, my Dads sister), daughter of Alexander Hamilton and Mary Dawson Bell , who was born 30 November 1924 in Breich, Addiewell, West Lothian. She died November 2000 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. From the uniform, I would guess this was taken in the forties.

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Here’s a wee Mr H in the back green at West Saville Terrace, Edinburgh where my Uncle Ian (John Sorely Hamilton) had a tied cottage at the industrial laundry he was boilerman at. The cottage had a steep garden which ran down to the railway line, and was perfect for growing tatties on. My Uncle Ian is seen here with his ever present pipe.

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Here’s my Dads cousin, Jean Marshall Linton getting married to Thomas Peuthere Hamilton (no relation, fingers crossed) in 1954 at West Calder. The bridesmaid on the right is another cousin – Euphemia Bell Linton – who was named after my Mamie, my Great Aunt Euphemia. We used to visit Jean and her family in Polbeth a lot. Euphemia Bell Linton was known as Fay, and I remember being taken to see her when she worked at Woolies in Lothian Road, in Edinburgh. Fair play to Fay, who married for the first time when she was 73 (in 2002)!

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Here’s a a very rare picture of me, my Dad (Alexander Walker Hamilton), and my Uncle Ian (John Sorely Hamilton), in the vegetable patch at West Saville Terrace – Ian had a tied cottage, which went with his job at the large industrial laundry he worked at. After my Grandad (Alexander Hamilton) died in 1968, my Gran, Mary Dawson Bell, moved in, staying there until she died in 1980.

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Alexander Walker Hamilton, my Dad

Alexander Walker Hamilton, my Dad, Birth 23 Aug 1922, Breich, West Lothian, Death 24 Dec 1980 in Edinburgh Morningside, City Hospital, Scotland.

Alexander Walker Hamilton (Alex), my Dad, died when I was 15.
My Dad, back row right, next to Uncle Phil, as always!

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My Dad, pictured late seventies, with family dog, Judy, in the back room in Polwarth Crescent.

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Air Force boys – My Dad, Alex Hamilton (left) with best pal and future best man, Phil McCluskey.

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Here he is on a classic early seventies night out with my Mum.

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And here is with with Auntie Famie and Uncle George.  He lodged with them when he came out of the Royal Air Force at the end of World War II, and we ended up living three doors away when I was a wean, in Temple Park Crescent.

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Here’s me and my Dad, looking absolutely delighted to be on holiday, in all our dayglo glory. Probably about 1969.

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Here’s my Dad, Alexander Walker Hamilton, in his RAF uniform, getting his picture taken at the Valette Studio, 32 Bank Street, Blackpool, on 2 May 1942.

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Here he is with a young Mr H, outside our luxury holiday accomodation at Kinghorn, around about 1971.

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And here’s my Dad as a young man, at the races, and looking very dapper, if I say so myself. Obviously my dashing good looks, and way with a hat came from his side of the family!

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