Braidwood Family Notes
We don't know if any of the Braidwoods mentioned here are related to us, but the history is interesting, anyway. (All subject to being properly researched but if you are interested there are enough clues here to find the information through a search engine).
Almost exactly 200 years ago John Braidwood was a famous fireman, I think he worked in Glasgow and he pioneered the modern techniques for getting the water directly to the seat of the fire to extinguish the flames.
At 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, 6th July 2000, HRH The Queen
attended a reception for representatives of the Fire Service in Scotland to mark
the bicentenary of the birth of their founder, James Braidwood, at Bute House,
Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.1
Schools for the deaf
Thomas Braidwood set up a school for deaf children in Edinburgh in 1760. The school was known as Braidwood's Academy and one of its famous pupils was John Goodricke (1764-1786) who was profoundly deaf but who later became a famous astronomer and a Fellow of the Royal Society.2,3 Another famous pupil was Walter Geikie (1795-1837), an artist, who later set up the deaf church with Matthew Burns.
A school for deaf children exists in Birmingham and is called the Braidwood School.
James Braidwood was a new and second-hand bookseller in Edinburgh4. In 1834 he is recorded at 5 Hanover Square; from 1836-1878 he is recorded at 26 George Street. There are Braidwood Catalogues for 1838 and 1852-59 in the National Library of Scotland, and Part 1 of J. Braidwood’s Cheap-Book Catalogue for January 1843, and Part 2 for December 1843 in the Chambers Papers in the National Library of Scotland.
4 Edin Dir; Pigot 1837; National Library of Scotland MS Dep 341/637; http://www.nls.uk/catalogues/resources/sbti/braidwood_browning.html