'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Oxgangs-A Pastime From Time Past #20 Rab Moir 8/5 Oxgangs Avenue

A later arrival at 8/6 Oxgangs Avenue after the Calder family left Oxgangs in 1966 were the Moir family who took up residence at the flat. 

I was the first person to meet Rab Moir. 

Rab will be remembered for his large Alsation dog and love of motorbikes - he was a a few years older than me, but he was small and squarely built - I had a friendly relationship with him and perhaps because I was the first person to befriend him felt he tended to look out for me. 

He didn't join in at football or much else, but clearly he had been a player, playing in the good St Patrick's Primary School team; the photograph is from the 1965/66 season taken at the Warriston Playing Fields - Rab is back row, extreme left.

Paul Kaszynski: Can't remember the dog's name but it used to leap into his arms, it was almost as big as him.

Dougie Begbie: Which dog - he had Beefy then Mushow.

Tam Smith: Yes Peter, Rab joined the rest of us later. He bid play some football with me, Colin Benson, Junior (David McLeod, 2 Oxgangs Street) and a few others from across the main road - Eric Carruthers; Tich, and Rab McMillan and Alex Cunninghan - Alex was a bit younger than us but he was a great player.

When Rab and I got our moter bike licenses we sat outside working under the street light; it was bloody cold at 11 o'clock at night. His big brother George helped sometimes, then we would take the bikes for a run - good times.

Lisa Sibbald: I remember Rab well. We used to often travel on the same No. 5 bus in the morning when I was going to school (Gillespie's) and he was going to Ramsay Tech. - and of course I was into motorbikes.

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