Jessie Patrick Findlay


Jessie Patrick Findlay was a member of the Patrick Family.  She was the first child of photographer, John  Patrick 1831-1923 and brother of the photographer, James Patrick 1863-?

Jessie Patrick Findlay married Mr Findlay and is the only member of the family to spell her name with a 'd', the others are Finlay, which is John's mother's maiden name.


She was a member of the Scottish Antiquarian Society, and published several books on antiquarian subjects.  She had associations with the Kirkcaldy Literature Society, and wrote a weekly column for The Scotsman newspaper for many years.


Thank you to Winifred Wilson for telling me about a book published by Jessie Patrick Findley in 1911, a slim book titled 'In the Footsteps of RLS', illustrated by John Patrick.

EPS Lectures

Round About the Farm

Jessie Patrick Findlay provided the text and James Patrick provided the photographs for a couple of the Edinburgh Photographic Society Popular Meetings in the 1890s

She also presented her own paper to the first EPS Popular Evening of 1893, held in Queen Street Hall on 27 January.  Popular evenings were open to the public and attracted attendances of up to a thousand.  The title of the Paper on 27 January 1893 was:  'Round About the Farm'

Jessie described life away from the City and the opportunities it offered to the landscape photographer.  Her talk was  illustrated with views taken round about the farm at Swanston, at the foot of the Pentland Hills,  'little beyond a mile o' Edinburgh toun", with its farm and "but and ben", a small picturesque thatched cottage in which she had lived for a month.

The slides showed scenes in summer, autumn and winter, including  field-workers, the shepherd with his crook, dogs and flock of sheep, a group of highland cattle, the last furrow, cutting the corn and many others.


Patrick Family


Family Tree


John Patrick


Portobello Pier

Froth Rail Bridge



High Street

John Knox House

John + James


James Patrick and EPS

EPS Member

EPS Lecture 1892

EPS Lecture 1893

EPS Lecture 1894

Other Patricks

James McIntosh Patrick

Jessie Patrick Findlay

Peter Finlay Patrick

William Patrick


James Patrick

Thumbnail Images


Queen's Park

Princes Street

Edinburgh Castle