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Connery's milkman wages revealed
Document showing Connery's earnings
The document shows Connery's earnings as a milkman
Sir Sean Connery can command millions of dollars for his films but he earned about a pound a week when he began his working life as a milkman.

Employment records dating back to 1944 showed that Connery, then 14, earned 21 shillings a week as a barrow pusher.

The documents were discovered during a clearout by staff at Scotmid's headquarters in Edinburgh.

The records have been earmarked for part of an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.

Scotmid has been due to move to new premises and had asked staff to check and throw out old files at the 130-year-old headquarters in Fountainbridge.

The documents relating to Thomas S.Connery were found hidden in a safe.

They revealed the humble career beginnings of one of Scotland's most famous actors.

Junior horseman

His starting salary of 21 shillings a week, known then as a guinea, was detailed along with his official job title as Corstorphine Dairy barrow worker.

The document shows that he left the company in 1948 to join "HM Forces" - the Navy - by which time he had graduated from barrow worker to dairy transport worker and junior horseman.

The legendary actor rejoined the Co-op less than a year later as a horseman, but left again in January 1950.

He made his acting debut on screen five years later before starring in his first James Bond role in 1962, Dr No.

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