In 1922 my father and mother – Donald and Grace Sinclair – came to Bonnyrigg and took over the Post Office.
My father came originally from Furnace near Inverary and was a stone mason to trade but my mother came from a post office family in Lochearnhead.
My mother had a cousin in the Post Office head office and he was aware that there was a Post Office vacant in Bonnyrigg with a house above. My father was keen for a change of job so he and my mother applied and landed the Bonnyrigg position.
The Post Office was then situated next to the Masonic Hall in the High Street and above it was our house. At that time the first mail arrived by van at 6am and the second mail came in by train at approximately 11am to Broomieknowe or Bonnyrigg stations and barrows were wheeled to the stations to transport the mail to the Post Office. If any letters came from London by the TPO – The Travelling Post Office – they were sorted on the train and arrived with the second mail delivery. The Post Office also sent and received telegrams between 9am and 7pm. My mother had had experience of telegrams at Lochearnhead which were done in Morse Code.
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