SR’s editor compiled many thousands of notes for his books 'The Invisible Spirit' and 'The Broken Journey' on the life of Scotland between 1945 and 1999. Many of minor interest never found their way into print. For this daily series, he has rescued some of these abandoned scraps from the dustbin of history.

January 1948
Stornoway Town Council gave a local householder 48 hours to remove a fully grown sheep which he had been keeping in his back garden. 'That sort of thing causes discontent among the other tenants', said a councillor. Fair Isle was bought by George Waterston, a businessman, who announced plans to convert the mansion-house on the island into a hostel for ornithologists. Production of telephones for 'inter-communication in factories and offices' began at a factory established by the Modern Telephone Company Ltd at Carfin, Lanarkshire. T W Torrance, a director of the company, said that although the telephones ('invented by a Scot') were being manufactured mainly for export, some would be used for home consumption. A regional planning report on Dundee criticised the city’s poor amenities, including the lack of any 'really first-class hotel', and recommended a road bridge over the Tay. Alexander Manson, headmaster of Peffermill School, Edinburgh, told a conference on citizenship in Edinburgh that street bookmakers were surrounding his school, accepting bets from the pupils and their mothers, while Miss B M McKay, headmistress of James Gillespie’s School primary department, proposed that Edinburgh Corporation should pass a by-law compelling juveniles to give up their seats on the buses 'to any standing adult'.

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The populist lie
KENNETH ROY


In opposing him, we shouldn't
let the rage boil over
ALAN MCINTYRE


Diary
WALTER HUMES


Moonstruck
ISLAY MCLEOD


The dustbin of history