James Wales was 44 years of age when the Club was founded in 1881. He stayed at Glenkeith Cottage in Currie with his wife Margaret (35) and their niece Christina (13).
They owned and managed the local butchers shop located on the south side of Lanark Road next to the Woodhall Arms public house.
Perhaps an example of the significance of James’ role in Club affairs in the first ten years of Let it Blaw is that when George Y. Robertson, in his role of Club Bard, presented a collection of rhymes at the 1891 annual Supper and mentioned many prominent members of the Club. James Wales was one of those included. The presentation was printed by Club Member A. G. Moir (at his own expense) and a copy of the printed version is included in the Club Minute Book of the period. The layout has been adapted for our website and can be viewed at Ragged Rhymes .