order of youngest to oldest, the people in this photo are:
aged 5 (b. Jan 1861)
aged 6 or 7 (b. Dec 1859)
aged 14 (b. Jul 1852)
aged 24 (b. Jun 1842)
G. Tunny, aged
46 (b. Apr 1820).
I am of the
opinion that this photo was probably taken in the summer of 1866
(judging by the summer dress that Leeba is wearing) and no later
than November 1866. James Tunny did not marry Margaret until
November 1866 when she was already pregnant. There is
nothing to indicate them being married in this photo (unlike
photos3 and 6 of Margaret)."
JG Tunny's Burns
"With regard to
Tunny’s burnt and swollen left hand, and the burns noticeable on
the knuckles of his right hand, these could not be as a result of
the fire in his Salisbury Place studio as this did not occur until
Rather it is
more likely to be as a result of putting out a fire at the school
in Burntisland. One of his best friends, Mr Davidson, to whom
Tunny had taught the techniques of photography, was headmaster
the fire (that probably occurred in the 1860s) during his 1869
lecture entitled 'Early Reminiscences of Photography' Tunny
me one morning saying “Tunny, get up! I think the schule’s on
fire!” I sprung to my feet, then into my pants. Down
the stairs I went, and, no mistake, the school really was on fire.
As the flames
met us on opening the door, the gas pipes were melting, and I was
just in time to get the gas screwed off at the meter. In a
few minutes the flames were subdued'."
Bukits, Edinburgh: November 16, 2010