The Patrick's Family

The photographers in the Patrick Family are shown in the Patrick Family Tree.  

 There was also a James McIntosh Patrick, but he appears not to have been part of the same family.

John Patrick

John Patrick (16 Jan 1831 - 1923) had two or three daughters and two sons.  He was the father of James Patrick and John Rutherford Patrick. 

John Patrick had photographic studios in:

-  Leven, Wemyss and Kirkcaldy,  all in Fife (1866-1884)

-  Edinburgh, 52 Comiston Road (1848-1912),  later to become John Patrick & Son (from 1890) then John Patrick & Sons (from 1896).

John  also produced a few postcards of Edinburgh, most but not all were in the Castle series.

Postcard  -  John Patrick  -   Castle Series  -  Albert Memorial, Charlotte Square

Here is another postcard of Edinburgh.  It is of the proclamation of King Edward VII from the Market Cross in 1901.  The card does not say whether it was John or James who took the photograph, but it is quite an atmospheric shot, in the style that might well have appeared in a photographic exhibition, rather than on a postcard.

Postcard  -  Patrick, Edinr.  -  Castle Series  -  Proclamation of King Edward VII

James Patrick

James Patrick was born in Fife on 28 May 1863, the first son of John PatrickJames, like his father, was a professional photographer in Fife before moving to Edinburgh.

He had studios in:

-  Kirkcaldy, Fife

-  Edinburgh,  40 Braid Road (1895),   75 then 83 Comiston Road (1896-1910).

James Patrick  joined the Edinburgh Photographic Society in the 1890-91 session, giving his address as 7 Comiston Road.

The British Journal of Photography commented in November 1903 in an article on Edinburgh Portraiture:

"Mr [James] Patrick must have a good shelf of EPS awards, for in recent years his name has been seldom absent from the prize list."

 BJP: 27 November 1903:  p.755

John Rutherford Patrick

John Rutherford Patrick (b.26 Feb 1866:  d.1943, aged 77) was a landscape artist.  He was the second son of John Patrick and the younger brother of James Patrick. 

He was also a photographer.  I can find no reference to him under his own name in the trade directories, but he became a partner in his father's business in 1896.

He lived near East Linton, and travelled extensively abroad.

I can find no reference to John Rutherford Patrick as a photographer in his own name in the trade directories, but he appears to have been part of the family photographic business, John Patrick & Sons, from 1896

 Source of much of the family history above:  Derek Johnston,
 West Wemyss and CL Patrick, Edinburgh

Peter Finlay Patrick

Peter Finlay Patrick was the younger brother of John Patrick (and the uncle of James Patrick.  He had studios in:

-  Edinburgh, 14 Antigua Street then 36 Haddington Place (1879-96)

Jessie Patrick Findlay

Jessie Patrick Findlay was the first child of John Patrick.  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.

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.

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


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