Blacksmiths and other businesses, and the town drummer, in late 19th century Peebles.
When David Lawson was young there were three blacksmiths, a cooper, a tinsmith and thirty or forty tailors in Peebles. Two well-known local characters were Coal Jean and Coal Geordie. Coal was not delivered in bags, but came in a cart and was dumped in the road outside the house. Another character was Jimmy Tip, the odd-job man. There was a town drummer, who made public announcements. The announcements were made at the top of the town and at street corners. There were few streets in the town in those days.