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Professional Photographers

Peter McGill

Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Smith, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland,  who wrote:

Forth Bridge Backdrop

"I was looking at your site again and came across this photo from David Parfitt:

Studio Portrait of two men with a backdrop of the Forth Bridge ©

Here is a photo of my Great Grandfather taken around the same time. It has the same props.

Studio portrait by Peter McGill, South Queensferry, with a backdrop of the Forth Bridge ©

The text on the back of the photo, reads:

PETER McGILL

PHOTOGRAPHER

Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh

______________

Negatives kept.  Additional Copies 1/- each

John Smith, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland:  May 9, 2010

Thank you to  Dave, Canada, who also wrote, sending me this photo from Peter McGill's studio, taken during World War I.

Dave Donatelli wrote:

Forth Bridge Backdrop

"I have a photo album from WW1 with around 400 images that are named and dated from 1909 to 1920.  Here is one of the photos from the album.  It was taken by Peter McGill in November 1914."

Photo of Private Paterson with a Forth Bridge Bckdrop  -  taken by Peter McGill in 1914 ©

Private Paterson

"The photo is of Private H. Paterson 6th Bn Black Watch Royal Highlanders who was killed in an accident at Dalmeny Station. The photo has a Fourth Bridge backdrop.  ***

Tommy Byers was the man who gave me his photo collection back in 1976 at the age of 94. He was a resident in my family's rest home.  Tommy had collected and taken the photos that are in the collection. I'm trying to find out Private Paterson's first name is if that is possible."

Dave Donatelli, Abbotsford, British Columbia Canada:  June 17, 2014

*** I've not seen the back of this photo, but I assume that it is a postcard portrait.  The proportions are about right for it to be a postcard.   Peter Stubbs:  June 17, 2014

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Comment

1.

Bruce Hogg

Peter McGill appears to be the same man as was mentioned in a message from Bruce Hogg in the EdinPhoto guestbook

Bruce wrote in 2002:

"I'm seeking information on my mother's great uncle named (Peter?) McGill, who was a worker on the building of the Forth Rail Bridge.  He apparently had the reputation of being the strongest man on the bridge, and could lift an anvil over his head. His nickname was "Mad Mick".

After the bridge was finished, he opened a small photography studio at the Hawes pier, adjacent to the bridge on the South Queensferry side, and operated there for many years."

Bruce Hogg, Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book, Dec 18, 2002.

 

Comment

2.

Marie Calder

Thank you to Marie Calder who added:

"There was a studio on Newhalls Road which belonged to a Peter (?) McGill.

The other photographer in Queensferry was William Bain but he didn't seem to have a studio.  He lived in Church Place and either worked from there or went to his clients.

We are not sure how long they were in business."

Marie Calder, Queensferry History Group,  May 13,2010

Thanks Marie.  These are the Queensferry photographers that I have discovered to date:

Queensferry Photographers

c.1890s?

Peter McGill

Hawes Pier

1896

Charles Sanders

Hawes Pier

1897-93

James Lamb

?

1907

Bill Bain

The Loan

1909-14
or later

Bill Bain

East Terrace

 

Comment

3

Marie Calder

Thank you to Marie Calder who added:

"I have just found out that Peter McGill died in 1916."

Marie Calder, Queensferry History Group,  May 20 ,2010.

 

Comment

4.

Bruce Hogg

Thank you to Bruce Hogg for writing again about the dates when the Queensferry photographer, Peter McGill was in business.

Bruce sent me this message about 11 years after writing his Comments 1 above.

Bruce wrote:

Peter McGill's Studio

"Very recently, I was sent a copy of an account that my now deceased mother wrote a few years ago. In it, she included these comments about her maternal grandfather, photographer Peter McGill.

It would seem that Peter McGill's studio was in operation until after the end of WW1, given the reference to her father working in the studio.

Given the still relative newness of the Forth Bridge, I would assume the backdrop would still have been a popular one, in fact possibly the most popular, so the date could be much later than 1890."

Extract form

My Mother's Account

"For a time we lived at South Queensferry where my Grandfather McGill owned a photographer’s business

Originally he had worked on construction of the Forth Bridge as a skilled engineer.

He was reputed to be the strongest man on the site.  It was said that he could lift the blacksmith’s anvil (about two cwt) above his head.

My Dad looked after the shop for a time as he was unable to earn a living wage at his own trade. He was a skilled journeyman tailor. Until the war, he had been employed by William Anderson and Sons, Military Tailors, in Edinburgh. They made Officers’ uniforms

Between the wars the demand was low, but from 1939 onwards it grew at a great pace and my father returned to the work of his choice."

Bruce Hogg, Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book, Nov 24, 2013

Comment

5.

Frank Hay

South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Thank you to Frank Hay for sending me these photos of his lantern slide of Hawes Pier and The Forth Bridge at South Queensferry, showing Peter McGill's studio beside the lighthouse on Hawes Pier:

   Photograph of the Forth Rail Bridge under construction in the 1880s  -  by John Patrick ©        Photograph of the Forth Rail Bridge under construction in the 1880s  -  by John Patrick ©

Frank wrote:

Magic Lantern Slides

"I came across this George Washington Wilson magic lantern glass slide of the Forth Bridge.

Looking at dated photos of the Forth Bridge, I believe the magic lantern slide is late-1889.  The slide is quite high resolution and a photographer's booth can be seen on the Hawes Pier to the right of the lighthouse. Could this be Peter McGill's studio?

Photo 2 reveals that the booth advertises: "Forth Bridge Photographs" and "Latest Views".  Photos of the Forth Bridge appear to be displayed beside the door.

Painted Backdrop

 "I've wondered why a photographer would have had a studio on the Hawes Pier and why use a painted backdrop of the Forth Bridge.

Looking at this photo, all is explained: he could easily take 'latest views' from his studio  His customers would be tourists viewing the bridge, ferry users and the many naval staff using the pier; and, as he started work before the bridge was finished, using an artist's impression of the finished bridge would be popular.

Group Photo

"This John Gordon photo that you display of The crew of HMS Columbine, taken in his studio, shows how small and cramped the studio was.

   HMS Columbine - probably photogrraphed somewhere in the Firth of Forth ©

Is this photo using daylight at either side?  Has it been taken in the 'shooting box' listed in the Valuation Rolls below?

Scotland's People, Valuation Rolls for 1905, have the following:

Owner Occupier; MACGILL; PETER; STUDIO TENANTS ERECTION
 NEWHALLS ROAD, QUEENSFERRY;

Tenant Occupier; MACGILL; PETER; SITE OF STUDIO
 NEWHALLS, QUEENSFERRY

Tenant Occupier; MACGILL; PETER; SHOOTING BOX

 NEWHALLS, QUEENSFERRY

Peter McGill's studio in Newhalls Road is listed in the Valuation Rolls up to 1920 but not 1925.  I could not find him in the 1895 roll although there is a "refreshment room there."

Frank Hay, South Queensferry, Edinburgh:  July 9, 2015

 

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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.

 

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