Johnnie Linton – Postman

Johnie was what we called ” a canny man, “- he had a cheery word for all his customers , and frequently sat down in their houses to rest himself and retail all the news he had collected on his rounds . He was popularly kn own as “Laird Linton, ” not that he possessed a single acre of land , but from his persistent practice, when he reached a certain stage of convivial feeling, of singing his favourite song “The Laird of Cockpen,” even though the businessmen of the town were at that moment hunting for him in all directions to obtain their letters. These vocal efforts of Johnie’s were sometimes a little trying to those who were eagerly expecting his opening the door and handing in a letter- of course there were but few houses in Langholm where Johnie was expected to knock.