Pictured here in the 1890’s are brothers Thomas Allan Walker and Allan Walker. The boys were close and even in 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.
Their father, Gideon eventually bought the flattened cotton mills and rebuilt them for wood flour manufacture. Some people may remember the wood flour mill? Thomas moved to manage the Blantyre Mill around the time that Gideon died. As for brother Allan, he went on through promotion and contacts to become in charge at Bells Mill in Edinburgh.