Wild life photographer and EPS Lecturer

Charles Reid

1837 - 1929


Portrait of Charles Reid with a young cuckoo

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to the Hamilton Town House Reference Library
and to the Hamilton Natural History Society


Charles Reid


Charles Reid was a keen bird and wildlife photographer.  He gave lectures to Edinburgh Photographic Society, in:

-  1882:  'Some Experiments in Animal Photography'.

-  1890:  'Animal and Bird Studies'.

-  1896:  'Animal Photograph'.

Charles Reid also had a studio in Wishaw from which he produced portraits.

It was Norman Tait who told me about this photo of Charles Reid.

Norman added:


"I have written an illustrated chapter about Scottish pioneer wildlife photographers for the forthcoming (January 2008) book entitled Birds of Scotland, published by the Scottish Ornithologists' Club.

In that chapter there is a brief biography of Charles Reid and his work.  The biography is based on an article in the Scottish Country Life magazine of 1915, pages 189-190, entitled, 'A Master of Photography : Charles Reid, Wishaw'. "

Norman Tait FRPS  November 24, 2007


The photograph above is taken from the 1914 edition of 'The Hamilton Natural History and Photographic Society's manuscript magazine.  A copy of that magazine was gifted to Hamilton Town House Reference Library by Hamilton Natural History Society.

Thank you to Hamilton Town House Reference LIbrary and to Hamilton Natural History Society for allowing me to reproduce this photo, and to Norman Tait for telling me about the photo.


Young Cuckoo

Late Summer

Thank you to Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland,  who wrote:

"For the curious, the bird that Charles Reid is holding is a young Cuckoo, so the photo will have been taken, in view of the birds size, probably round about August, and at any event in late summer)."

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland:  March 9, 2008

You're quite right, Phil.  The bird is a young cuckoo.  I included that in the title of the photo but I forgot to mention it in the caption when I added the photo to the web site yesterday.

- Peter Stubbs:  March 9, 2008



Charles Reid

EPS Lectures

Charles Reid - Background

Photo:  Cats' Corner

Slide:  Sowing Corn on Arran

Photo:  Sheep on Skye

Photo:  Highland Cattle on Skye

Portrait and  Biographies