John G. Manuel
6to spell and I picked up spelling very readily. And like yourself I was between 3 and 4 years old. That was in 1866-7. Then I have a hazy recollection of a school at the North end of Castle St close by the Wesleyan Chapel. I think it was known as the infant school, and was presided over by a Miss Suales. But I am not clear on that front. I dont think I ever knew where Mr Siddon's school was. I imagine the school you went to after that, Mr Lyon, was hent in my day as "Dick's schule". You speak of your visit to it in later years, and meeting I presume Mr Dick. He has passed on, also Mr Buchanan the good parish minister who was likely your guide. The school buildings were all enlarged years ago. But I recall the little low square building. Among my late Father's effects, I found a photo of the little building and part of the play-grund7and Keir's boat building yard, which I have safely laid by. Personally I never attended Dicks school, but was one year at a school in St Catherines Hall near Keir's house, or at the Woodbush to be more correct. The balance of my education, not much to be sure, but thorough was gotten under George Welster at the Westbarns. I recognize the well on the kirk brae "under" the dyke at the end where the road to the "cottages", Church St, and the Woodbush Brae intersect. All gone for many a year, but I mind fine some o' the round wells that used to be on the High Street. "Soohin-in-goats." oh how it all comes back. Havent heard the word for years. There used tae be an awfu' yin at the Horseshoe. My first experience too of bathing was being dragged screaming into the sea at Belhaven sands close by the burn
1913 Apr 8
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 21, Image 0293
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