Pictured here in 1890 are Thomas Allan and Allan Walker. The boys were friends and even at their young years in this photo were employed in Bells Mill in Edinburgh. Thomas on the left however, was destined to leave very soon after to go to Blantyre living at the Blantyre Works and along with a handful of families tried to carve out a career at the rapidly failing mills at Blantyre.
Success was on the side of his friend Allan, who went on through promotion and contacts to become in charge at Bells Mill in Edinburgh.
Graeme Walker on social media told me, “That would be Thomas Allan Walker and Allan Walker…sons of Gideon Walker. The photo is around 1890’s. Gideon bought the flattened cotton mills and rebuilt them for wood flour manufacture. Thomas moved to manage the Blantyre Mill around the time that Gideon died in“