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Photographer, Engraver, Painter

John Horsburgh

1835 - 1924

John Horsburgh

    A Painting of John Horsburgh, probably a self-portrait

Family

On 6 February 1835, John Horsburgh was born at Eddleston, Peeblesshire.  He had three older sisters, three younger sisters and one younger brother who was born in 1841 and died the following year.  [Family Records written in the Horsburgh family Bible]

Travel

On February 1 1855, at the age of 20, he sailed with 240 other passengers, mostly Irish emigrants, from Liverpool to New York.  The journey took twenty-two days.  I don't know how long he spent in New York.    [The Scots Magazine, November 1946,  pp.89-94]

Family

On August 8 1856, John married Agnes Mackintosh, in a Baptist service.  Agnes was daughter of Daniel, boot and shoe maker.  At the time of the marriage, John's father was a cobbler and John was a Draper's Assistant living at 5 Drummond Street.  [Family Records]

Photography

In 1861, he opened his first photographic studio in Edinburgh, working first as a calotypist and later with the albumen and carbon processes.

At the time of the 1861 census he was employing one man.  He was then living at 12 Rankeillor Street and had recently opened his first studio at 39 South Bridge.  [1861 census]

He exhibited his work in PSS Exhibitions In 1861 and 1864 and  joined Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1861, the year the society was established.

He illustrated a book by Couper with 50 albumen prints.

At the time of the  1871 census he was a described as "photographer and portrait painter, employing 3 artists, 3 photographers, 2 female assistants and 2 messengers."  [1871 census]

Paintings

From his premises at 131 Princes Street he produced life size portraits in oil.  His painting of Horsburgh Senior is now held by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. [McEwan's Dictionary of Art]

Retiral

After running the photographic business himself for almost 30 years, he entered into partnership with his son, John Alfred Horsburgh in October 1889.  The two ran the business together until John retired in October 1898, leaving John Alfred in charge of the business.
[Family Records written in the Horsburgh family Bible]

However he appears to have continued as an Artist for at least a further 20 years   [letterhead, 1920s]. 

Death

 Age 89

John Horsburgh died in 1924.  His obituary appeared in The Scotsman

 

Addresses

John Horsburgh and his family appear to have lived at many different addresses in Edinburgh.  Here are the birthplaces of his children.

Jessie

1858

7 Drummond Street

Alice

1860

19 Rankeillor Street

John

1862

39 South Bridge Street

Thomas

1864

3 Hope Park Terrace

Victor

1866

3 Hope Park Terrace

Agnes

1868

Merchiston Cottage

Annie

1870

9 Abbotsford Park

James

1872

Abbotsford Park House

Edith

1874

Abbotsford Park House

Mackintosh

1875

34 Dick Place

Source:  Handwritten notes in the Horsburgh family Bible

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks