William Gillon



Reply to the Toast  “Commercial Interests of the District”  1902



Became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’    c.1886


First mentioned in Toast List/Programme 1888

The Gillon family were well known butchers in Colinton, Juniper Green and Balerno. They operated the butcher’s shop at the top of Main Street, Balerno until the 1980s.


Perhaps an example of the significance of William’s part in Club affairs in the first few years of his membership 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, William Gillon was one of those incuded. 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 .