Malcolm often hired the grey mare “Gracie” and a gig (a 2-wheeled sprung carriage pulled by a single horse) from Daniel, the blacksmith’s apprentice. In 1705, a gig was the latest in fashionable transportation. It was Malcolm’s BMW that he shared with Elspeth to make his rounds.
“The carriage Daniel rented me was a two-wheeled gig with padded seating for two and a place for my bag on the floor, all in the open air. It was light and easy to pull and he’d harnessed Gracie to it.”
The photo was taken in Torrport in front of the stables and blacksmith shop. That also is where the stagecoach from Edinburgh stops, and is close to Malcolm’s office.