Robert Armstrong

Photographic Societies

Robert Armstrong was born in Edinburgh in 1818 or 1819.

He became a PSS Member from 1857.

9th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1864

He exhibited 3 frames, each with 12 cartes de visite, in the 1864 PSS Exhibition.

Professional Photographer

Robert Armstrong was a professional photographer at 63 Princes Street for ten years from 1855 to 1865, then at 75 Princes Street for a further two years.

He is recorded in the 1861 census as living at 63 Princes Street with Jane Ferguson, his domestic servant, then aged 80.  [Census: 1861]

Advertisement  -  1855

Photographic Portraits

One Shilling Each and Upwards

Robert Armstrong

63 Princes Street

[Daily Express:  21 August 1855]

Below are two photos by Robert Armstrong from his studio at 63 Princes Street.


Robert Armstrong

Carte de Visite

Carte de Visite  -  Photographer: Armstrong

  Reproduced by courtesy of Zella Ashford


Robert Armstrong



Ambrotype by Robert Armstrong - Front of photo

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Here is a small ambrotype, measuring about 2 ins. x 2.5 ins.  

In many cases the photographer cannot be identified,, but here the name and address appears on the back of the photo when it is removed from the mount.  This also reveals the method of mounting the photo into its pinchbeck metal mount.


Ambrotypre by Robert Armstrong  -  back of photo

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Robert Armstrong



Photograph and Frame

Thank you to Michael McRitchie for sending me this scan of an Ambrotype taken by Robert Armstrong, together with the components that he found when he dismantled the frame.  Please click on the image below to enlarge it.

Robert Armstrong - Ambrotype and frame

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Michael McRitchie, Comber, Northern Ireland

Michael wrote:

The Frame

"I was able to dismantle this frame, without  damage.  In the picture above, you can see the frame structure.  As you see the oval metal surround has marked the photo but it cleans up well in Photoshop."

The McRitchie Family

"The subject is my great-grandmother, Ann Elizabeth Gawn of Granton (1842-1907).  She married John McRitchie in 1862.  The McRitchies were ferrymen and innkeepers in North Queensferry for centuries.

Michael McRitchie:  Comber, Northern Ireland:  October 20, 2009

Please click here to read more about the McRitchie family.


Armstrong  -  studio addresses and dates

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