John G. Manuel
12or two more about dear little Belhaven. I am enclosing a card of it, lookin' down the brae toward Westbarns. At the left, the very first house with the railings in front is Hillside Cottage. My first recollection of it was about 1870, when one Mason the baker lived there. he was followed by a Mr Macfarlane, who was once a gamekeeper somewhere. He was a man of retiring disposition, and about all he did was to fish for troots in Westbarns burn. The house is one storey in front, but three on the back, and has a dear old world quiet garden with a high dyke surrounding it. On the side of the front door casing is an old fashioned bell-pull with a wire running to an old style jingle spring bell in the kitchen. So at times, when the impish spirit held sway, on a dark winter night on9 the right side of the street, but a wee bit too far North. Then the name "Gilrye" kept sounding in my ears, and I raxed my brains in vain. So I wrote home to a friend in Leith, we were laddies thegither in Dunbar, asking about the name. And in answer came this. "Man, diu ee no mind the name "Gilrye Place" chiselled in the stane on Sanson's shop yonder at the corner o'the Bank"! And it all came over me like a flash, many a time I have seen the name, but never knew why it was called so. Hereafter I shall never forget it. Your kindly tribute to the "larkies", pleased me greatly. On Saturdays, just as you used to, we would go nesting, up past Eveford plantin, to the cross-roads where one road ran West, past Eveford cottages, 05419
1913 Apr 8
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 21, Image 0295
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