Down by the Riverside, by DC Jeffrey and Robert Jeffrey

Down by the Riverside, by DC Jeffrey and Robert Jeffrey

Subtitled 'Some notes on the history of the Alloa riverfront and of the Jeffrey Shipyard'

Published by Clackmannan District Libraries in 1984, 10 pages. Slim A4 size booklet (A25BK1WSO)

From the foreword: This booklet contains two different works - a short article about the Jeffrey shipyard in Alloa by one of the Jeffrey family, Mr. D.C. Jeffrey, and a series of articles by another member of the Jeffrey family, Mr. Robert Jeffrey. Robert Jeffrey's series of articles appeared in the Alloa Journal in 1953 and was entitled "The Riverfront of Bygone Days". It appears here more or less as it did in 1953. The other short article was written specially for this publication, and we are very grateful to Mr. D.C. Jeffrey, who now lives in Canada, for giving permission to print both articles.

The point of publishing these two articles together is to show what a busy area the riverfront at Alloa was in bygone days and to give the reader some idea of the various industries that were carried on there, and to a limited extent still are. Of course, one of the main industries was ship­ building and repairing, and the Jeffrey family was at one time very involved in this. As well as giving a good account of the past, Robert Jeffrey looks forward, in the last few paragraphs of his articles, to the development of hydro-electric power and to the coming of atomic energy, "for the peaceful betterment of our own people".

The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has some minor scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact and  all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.