A Tribute to Edinburgh
“Aye the Castle and Auld reekie”

A couple o minutes in a bus or tram there you’ll see it no too far
Standing proud upon its rock a monument not there to mock

Not too many battles has it seen unapproachable as it’s been
But inside it’s seen it’s share of murders, scheming and despair

Mary was held there, not too long before the English took her throne
Then they took her south to die. Greed has its ways, and not to shy

When we were wee and Sundays came It was our want tae play the game
O sodjers by that great big gun that glinted proudly in the sun

The binocular, well if you had money look over “Auld reekie” my but she’s bonnie
Fae Portibelly tae the forth road brig aye she’s bonnie and she’s big

Then there’s the tattoo on the esplanade
There “Auld reekie’s got it made
People come from all over the world
Tae hear the music and the bagpipes skirl

Exiles and immigrants always seem te’ want
Tae save their cash fer wan last jaunt
Tae come back and see it standing there
A monument with style and flair
 
The castle and the city fine
In all there glory they still shine
Defying the world hand in hand
In times tae come they’ll always stand

Billy Taylor

Hello John,
       I used to look at your page quite often and although I myself am not a Leither my mother was. She was one of Danny Rowan`s (Broad pavement)'s daughter. There were a lot of them Johnny, Susie, Stevie,  Nina, Helen, Mary ,Kate and Nora. Kate ended up with the wee newsagents at Leith bus depot and Stevie used to sell the papers down at Leith station. My Mother (and brothers and sisters used to tell us stories about things there. I was telling a friend of mine about when my oldest brother came home from Italy in 1946. Cigarettes were scarce and my father (who worked in the G.P.O. battery room) was smoking anything he could lay his hands on (hempt, Pasha and just anything going). Tommy went looking for cigarettes and tramped the whole of Edinburgh. Eventually he gave up and came home via Trinity. He went into "The old chain pier" (Betty Mosse's. Tommy was only 17 and I believe he had cheated on his age to go into the army. But anyway he was telling Betty Moss about the situation of the cigarrettes. Betty Moss gave him 2 packets of 20 cigarettes and charged him nothing for them. (at that time I believe you could charge what you wanted). But just a wee story of bygone Leith/Trinity and how people were
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                                                                                   Billy Taylor