Shop with golden gun given the bullet after 211 years
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.”