A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Bobby Rab

A Memory of Ayr.

I remember Bobby Rab and his roan & white Clydesdale horse that pulled the big cart with Bobby Rab sitting on it. They worked for Murray Forrest the coal merchant in Beresford terrace and delivered coal. They could be seen in Burns Statue Square with the horse drinking out of the fountain situated opposite the Ayrshire & Galloway Hotel, which is now switched off. Bobby Rab was invariably a bit under the weather and terrified us wee kids by shouting at us - I was petrified!! Not helped by my mother who told me that if I were bad Bobby Rab would come and take me away. I DID like his horse though, who was a big kind soul that was clever enough to take an inebriated Bobby Rab back to Beresford Terrace coal yard when the work was finished.

A memory of Ayr
Morna Wilson

With thanks to Mrs Morna Wilson for this memory of Ayr

Added 23 October 2016

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I also knew bobby,I used to help fill his cart with sand which was then delivered to Mcmillan plumbers in Cathcart St.i would then shovel it into the shop cellar.
I think that Bobby Rab worked for Peter Duncan. The police used to give him a wide berth. He had a habit of tapping you on the shoulder with his whip as you were walking by and if you didn't reply to his conversation, you were in trouble. I also remember the horse trough opposite the Ayrshire and Galloway Hotel
Lived next to Bobby Rab and went his messages, His second name was McClyment as he gave me a 1 shilling cheque for going to George St, for his fish supper. Even after starting work in Beggs Factory he would wait for me to walk home, He also used to wait for me coming from the girl guides in the winter, as I was scared in the dark.. Lovely old man.

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