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William J Hay

(1863 - 1955)

   

William J Hay

Knox Series Postcards

Postcards

William J Hay lived and worked for many years at John Knox House in the Royal Mile.  He produced postcards in the 'Knox' series.

Almost all are of scenes in the Royal Mile, leading from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace.

John Knox House in the Royal Mile  -  Described in this 'Knox series' post card by W J Hay as "House in which John Knox died".

House in which
John Knox died

Sir Walter Scott's house in North Castle Street  -  A postcard in the 'Knox series' by W J Hay.

Sir W Scott's House
North Castle Street

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W J Hay

'Knox series'

 

William J Hay

Small Leaflet

  Early 20th Century

William J Hay produced an attractive small leaflet from his curiosity shop at John Knox House in the Royal Mile - probably early in the 20th century.

The leaflet measures about 6 ins x 3.75 ins folded (6 ins x 15 ins open).  See below.  Please click on the images below to view them.   The large sizes will be slow to load, but far better for reading the text.

Back Cover

  William J Hay  -  Small leaflet  -  Back cover

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Front Cover

  William J Hay  -  Small leaflet  -  Front cover

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Royal Mile Map

  William J Hay  -  Small leaflet  -  Royal Mile Map

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Objects of Interest - 1

  William J Hay  -  Small leaflet  -  Objects of Interest - 1

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Objects of Interest - 2

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William J Hay

Bookseller and Custodian

William J Hay was born in Edinburgh in 1863.  He worked as apprentice in the Princes Street bookshop of William Brown, on a site later occupied by RW Forsyth Ltd. 

In 1902, he started his own business in the shop beneath John Knox HouseThe following year was appointed custodian of the Museum at John Knox House - a post he held for 40 years.

[EEN:  22 Jan 1955]

Family

William Hay was reported in the press, on the occasion of his Golden Wedding, on 22 June 1938, as [still] carrying on business as a bookseller and art dealer at John Knox House.  [Edinburgh Evening News  22 June 1938]

He lived to the age of 91, and died in an Edinburgh nursing home in January 1955.  At the time of his death, the curator of John Knox House was one of his sons, W Clement Hay.

Graham Hay is the great-grandson of WJ Hay.  He is currently looking for more information on W J Hay.  If anybody has info that they would be willing to email to me, I will be happy to pass it on to him.

Graham Hay reports that he has a photograph of his grandfather, W J Hay, at his Christening at John Knox house in 1954  -  a few months before W J Hay died.

Sound Recording

Graham Hay has discovered that the American Folklife Centre at the Library of Congress holds a sound-recording of W J Hay, made by James Madison Carpenter, between 1928 and 1935.

In this recording, W J Hay was apparently singing a folk song on one of his filed trips around Scotland.    [March 2005]

Research Work

William J Hay was employed for many years by Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry to carry out historical research work.

[EEN:  22 Jan 1955]

Old Edinburgh Club

William J Hay is credited with having founded the Old Edinburgh Club in 1908.  In recognition of his services he was appointed to honorary membership of the Club. 

This club still exists, holding regular meetings and publishing volumes of "The Book of the Old Edinburg Club"

[EEN:  22 Jan 1955]

I believe that members of the Survey Group of Edinburgh Photographic Society were also instrumental in the early history of the Old Edinburgh Club.  More research is needed to discover what role the EPS Members played..

 

 

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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