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James CH Balmain

Recreation

Cycle Outing with visitors from USA

JCH Balmain and other cyclists

  Reproduced by courtesy of the Yerbury Family.   Click here for link to web site.

This photo has appears in the book: 'Yerbury- A Photographic Collection 1850-1993 (Malcolm Cant and Trevor ER Yerbury), Page 75.

The photo includes JCH Balmain (3rd from right) with his wife (third from left)* and an American party on a cycling trip, visiting Edinburgh around 1898.  This photograph was taken outside Balmain's studio.

James CH Balmain was Captain of Merchant Golf Club (as was Douglas May, EPS President 1996-99).  He was also a member of several other golf clubs and Mayfield Bowling Club.  He was a keen curler and a member of the Scottish Arts Club.  [SE]

* No, they are not!  Please see 'Replies 1, 2, 3 below

 

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Geoff Dawson

Geoff Dawson, great Grandson of James C H Balmain, wrote:

Mrs Balmain

"According to the family letters that we have, Kate (wife of James CH Balmain) was born on December 21, 1859 and died on May 19, 1917.  So she would have been about 38 or 39 when this photo was taken.

JCH Balmain and other cyclists

The lady mentioned above as being Mrs Balmain looks younger.

What is slightly surprising is that shes the only person in the photo not wearing a hat.  I know it sounds a small point but in those days for a photo, thats most unusual.  As James Balmain is wearing a hat, Id have thought hed have insisted his wife wore one."

Geoff Dawson:  August 24, 2011

Geoff added:

Mrs Balmain

"Could Mrs Balmain, perhaps, be the lady on his left (on the right as we look at it in this photo)?  James has linked his arm with her and they very much look like husband and wife and the lady looks about the right age.

Geoff Dawson:  August 24, 2011

 

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Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Mrs Balmain

I mentioned the points made by Geoff Dawson above to Malcolm Cant who wrote the caption for this photo in the book mentioned above.

On looking at this photo again, Malcolm told me that he was inclined to agree that Mrs Balmain was likely to be the lady standing next to JCH Balmain.

Malcolm will look at his original notes and try to discover the source that he used when he captioned this photo in his book.

Telephone call to Malcolm Cant, Greenbank, Edinburgh:  August 24, 2011

 

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3

Geoff Dawson

Thank you to Geoff Dawson for writing again.

Geoff wrote:

Collection of Balmain Photos

"I've recently been in contact with an elderly 1st cousin who lives in Edinburgh, and have discovered that she has a huge collection of James C H Balmain photographs and letters. She has offered them to me but is reluctant to post them so I hope to visit her fairly soon so as to allow me to go through her collection.

Balmain Cycling Photograph

"My cousin mentioned she has a copy of this Balmain cycling photograph, and confirmed that the couple 2nd from the right in this photo are definitely James C H Balmain and his wife, Kate Field:

JCH Balmain and other cyclists

  Reproduced by courtesy of the Yerbury Family.   Click here for link to web site.

My cousin also told me that:

-   the young boy on the far right of the photograph is one of their sons, George Balmain (1886-1958).

the young girl on the far left is the sister of George Balmain on the far right.  She is my grandmother who I remember very well.  (She lived at 6 Salisbury Road)

-  the other four people in the photo are apparently friends of James C H Balmain from the USA (where he was born) who were visiting Edinburgh."

Geoff Dawson:  May 6, 2013

 

Balmain

Background

Photographs

Balmain Family

JCH Balmain  -  recreation

JCH Balmain  -  photography

George Haliburton Balmain

Studio addresses and dates

Cramond *

Maule's Department Store *

North Berwick  seaside *

North Berwick  model yacht

North Bridge elephant parade  

Princes Street  West End  

Princes Street  East End  

St Giles Cathedral *

Portrait  Wood Family

Drawing

Pencil Portrait

 * Possibly by Balmain: found in the Yerbury Collection.  Balmain was taken over by Yerbury.

  

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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