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Res.5.6 Married couple, c.40 yrs, corporation tenants, female interviewer, 6 November 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/5/6

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Family history; housing; employment; neighbours; education of children; child discipline.

Family history: Wife was brought up in the Boswalls, husband was brought up in Leith, his mother was a widow and as soon as he was old enough he left school and worked in a butcher's shop, he has lots of relatives in Leith but wife says they don't have anyhing to do with them, only immediate relatives. Married during the war and lived with the wife's mother.

Housing: Allocated a pre-fab in Gilmerton which they for managed to exchange for their present four-apartment house. Each of the children have a room of their own [son and daughter] and the husband and wife sleep on a bed-settee in the living room. Hoover keymatic washing machine in the kitchen.

Employment: When he was called up the husband was sent to the mines as a Bevan Boy, now worked at Bruce Peebles, had also worked at the Doo'cot, thought the area there rough, trouble mostly related to football or gangs. He thought people in Drylaw not as tough as those in Pilton. Wife works as a cleaner in private employment three mornings a week. Teenage daughter works as a clerkess and attends evening class three nights a week.

Neighbours: They know most of the neighbours but count only one as a friend, wife does not think it's right or rewarding to know much about your neighbours, only results in quarrels.

Education: Son goes to Trinity Academy, they couldn't afford fees to Heriot's or the Royal High but Trinity is only nine pounds a year. He also goes to Boys Brigade two evenings a week and a PT club. Ainslie Park - rough school, disappointing for parents who have paid for their children to go to Wardie only to find out they do not have the marks to go to a fee-paying senior school and have to go to Ainslie Park.

Child discipline: Should be mother's responsibility as not fair to store up offence until father came in.


  • Other: 6 November 1961

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Related Materials

Res 1.3; Res 1.5; Res 6.11; Res 6.14


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