Throughout the years there have been many pubs and hotels in Queensferry. One which no longer exists but will have been heard of by many locals is the “Hole in the Wa’”. This stood on the North side of the High Street, to the right of where was ‘Fairlies’ Butcher, now 'Maisies’.
In this late 1920’s image, the Hole in the Wall pub is the single story building on the extreme right.
Run by Miss Jemima Morrison, born in Queensferry around 1843, she took over from her parent’s, both of whom had been ill for several years, John (who died 1883 and was Publican and Baker) and Janet (who died 1882). It was known as one of the Ferry’s more unusual pubs, where you buy a carry out beer in your own ‘joug’. There was a ring on the wall for tying up a horse while the owner enjoyed a refreshment.
Position ‘R’ on this historic map, produced by Queensferry History Group in their book ‘Doon The Ferry’ still available to buy from them.
The ‘pub’ collapsed shortly after the Great War 1914-1918 and was demolished in the 1930’s. Jemima died in 1936 aged 93.