Shop with golden gun given the bul­let af­ter 211 years

The Herald - - NEWS -

A HIS­TORIC and renowned gun­maker is to close the doors of its flag­ship store for the fi­nal time af­ter more than 200 years.

John Dick­son and Son, which counted poet Lord By­ron among its cus­tomers, has sold be­spoke sport­ing “round ac­tion” guns in Ed­in­burgh for 211 years.

The busi­ness has been op­er­at­ing from a store with a big golden gun hang­ing above its sign but shares the spot with out­door fash­ion brand Bar­bour.

The sole gun­maker work­ing in the shop has been em­ployed at the same shop in Fred­er­ick Street since 1963.

As well as mak­ing the “round ac­tion” guns on com­mis­sion, the shop also car­ries out re­pairs and sells other shoot­ing equip­ment.

The com­pany said: “It is with re­gret that we an­nounce the clo­sure of John Dick­son & Son.

“The busi­ness will close at the end of Fe­bru­ary, end­ing 211 years of Dick­son gun­mak­ing in Ed­in­burgh, 80 of these years at their present lo­ca­tion.

“The firm will now op­er­ate out of its Dunkeld premises only.”

The orig­i­nal John Dick­son was an ap­pren­tice, aged 12, to gun­maker James Wal­lace, who op­er­ated from premises in High Street in 1806.

Don­ald Dal­las, who two years ago wrote a his­tory book about the busi­ness and also works in the Fred­er­ick Street store, was sad to hear it was clos­ing.

He said: “It is such a fa­mous name – peo­ple know of John Dick­son guns all over the world.

“It is very well-re­spected among gun mak­ers and ev­ery­one is very sad that it is clos­ing.”

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