Fleshmarket Close - a Memory of Edinburgh.

When I was 8 or 9 years old our family moved from Clyde Street, Edinburgh to the High Street or, as we called our immediate area, 'The Tron', in view of living in the shadow of the old Tron Kirk. Our address was 'Fleshmarket Close' of Ian Rankin fame ref the book of that title. The number of the Tennement was 199 High Street.
The area now of course bears hardly any recognition to what it was like when I was a youngster of 11 years in 1953. Thinking back it seemed almost Dickensian then. Mind you, we like most of our neighbours and friends had very little, times were hard but, it was the common denominator and, as a result neighbours were the salt of the earth. I have only the fondest of memories of my childhood 'street urchin' days and, lived there until jioning the Army in 1976 at age 24.
Probably a square mile with The Tron as the hub would be my playground then. There were happy, happy days and what memories I have, I'm sure like many other people with similar memories and experiences, I think that I could write a book about the 'Royal Mile' that would be quite appropriate to that era.
As a matter of referance to the picture 'Fleshmarket Close' is situated between the confectioners shop and the 'Black Swan Pub' of 'Deacon Brodie' fame. Although the proprietors of the 'Sweetie' shop were called Reynolds, we as kids always thought and indeed called them, Mr & Mrs Duncan, this was because most of the chocolate that they sold was made by local manufacturer Duncans Chocolate.
Princes Street may be the focal point nowadays on 'old year's night' but in the 1953 era, the 'Tron' was where the crowds gathered and brought in the New Year.
Ah! The 'good' old days.

A memory shared by James Kerray on Nov 21st, 2010. Send James Kerray a message.

 Comments & Feedback

Fri Feb 5th 2016, at 6:44 pm
john.maloney commented:
How far back does your family go, living on Clyde Street?

My great grandfather was born and raised at #12 Clyde Street in 1853. Robert Simpson. His father was Peter Simpson. Looking at street maps from the early 1800's and comparing to today's, I see there is still a portion of Clyde Street. Based on the look of the building, it's probably the same one.
He left Scotland around 1870 and came to Canada.

Fri Feb 5th 2016, at 8:02 pm
jimmykerray62 commented:
Ahoy John.
As much as I can recollect we lived at No30 Clyde street.
My father and mother moved in there as a couple in, I imagine 1940.
There were no previous relatives living in or from Clyde street.

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