Thomas Polson Lugton


Professional Photographer and Photo Material Dealer

Thomas Polson Lugton, often referred to as T Polson Lugton, was listed in the Edinburgh trade directories as a photographer from 1892. 


14 East Mayfield


19 Church Hill


90 Raeburn Place


44 Raeburn Place


5 Orwell Terrace

From his premises at 44 Raeburn Place in 1905, he was also described in the trade directories as  photographic material dealer.


Alex James, grandson of T P Lugton, tells me that he has several old photographs taken by T P Lugton.  Here is one of the photos he sent to me.  Please click on the thumbnail image to enlarge it:

44 Raeburn Place

   TP Lugton, Photograher,  44 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge  -  1905-1909

Alex also tells me that he has a book, The Sights and Scenes of Scotland.  He describes this as  a large tome, rectangular book with a letter attached to the inside front cover from Cassell's, the book people, thanking T P Lugton for the photos he contributed to the book.


Edinburgh Photographic Society

The British Journal of Photography published a report of the Council of Edinburgh Photographic Society, at the end of the Society's 35th season.  The report included the following:

"Thanks to Messrs Bashford, Roddick and Lugton for stepping into the breach caused by Mr Ayton's elevation to the Presidentship and sudden subsequent death, leaving the elementary section without a teacher.

Mr Lugton, who is a photogrpaher of much skill and wide knowledge has given with much acceptance to those who attended the last three lectures, or rather lessons, on elementary photography; and the Council hope to make arrangements with him whereby he will give six elementary lessons during the next session.

The lessons will be fully illustrated with examples and demonstrations, and are well worth the attention of the old, as well as the young, photographer."

[BJP:  11 Oct 1895, p.653]



Drummond Place, looking west  -  Postcard by T P Lugton

The view in this postcard looks to the west along Drummond Place in the New Town of Edinburgh.  The card has not been posted, but gives T P Lugton's address as 44 Raeburn Place so seems likely to have been produced between 1905 and 1909, a very popular period for postcards


1891 Census


T P Lugton was recorded in the 1891 census as being a photographer, born in Ireland,  unmarried, and living with his brother's family of six children at Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The following year he appears to have moved from the west of Scotland to Edinburgh where he established studios for the next 25 years.

[Margeorie Meikie]


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