Throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s Mary Dunlop was a
well-known West End character, along with her white pony ‘Smoky’ pulling her barrel organ on a small cart.
She brought music to the doorstep of many residents in the West End streets, and was especially loved by local children who nicknamed her ‘Monkey Mary’.
In 1958 a major overhaul of the barrel organ was needed, and a group of West Enders clubbed together to fund its repair.
When Mary died in 1966 Smokey went into retirement in an SSPCA centre in Balerno. Mary’s barrel organ can still be seen today in the Museum of Childhood.