Charles Reid was born around 1838. The 1881 census records
him as aged 43,
born Turriff Aberdeenshire, residing with his wife (Margaret R) and
seven children at Bon Accord
Cottage, 19 Shand Street, Cambusnethan.
The children were aged from 2 to 14, the
14-year-old, also named Charles Reid was born at Cuminstown,
Aberdeenshire, and was described as 'Photographer's Assistant'.
1877: Charles Reid was in business in New
1882-1900: Photographic Studio, Young
1900: Photographic Studio, 32 Young
1903-1914 (or later): Photographic
Studio, 42 Young Street, Wishaw
Charles Reid also had
a temporary studio in Biggar.
[Photographers of Lanarkshire to 1914:
compiled by D Richard Torrance ISBN 1-904060-05-6]
Do you know anything
about the photography of Charles Reid (born
c.1867), the eldest son of Charles Reid
(born c. 1838)?
1. Did he perhaps take over the Wishaw studio after his father's
retirement? This studio continued until at least 1914 by which
time his father would have been aged about 76.
2. Was he perhaps the photographer who took the steelworks
photographs referred to in the e-mail below?
Colin Findlay, who runs a web site on the history of the Scottish
Steel industry sent me the message below:
Photographs of Steelworks
"I have sourced some
photographs from Colville's Magazine, an in- house magazine for the
Colville company, started in 1920.
It has some photographs
attributed to Charles Reid.
I tried to trace Charles
Reid and found a mention on your web site of a Charles Reid at
Wishaw, and Wishaw was in the steel area at the time. However, in
1921 Charles Reid would have been 84 years old , 'though perhaps the business continued in the same name, as according to your web site
his son was also Charles and was a photographer's assistant
Do you know any more about
Charles Reid and whether any of his original photographs are
Colin Findlay, April 14, 2006
If you can help to answer Colin's question above, please
Thank you. - Peter Stubbs
you to Jim Reid, Edinburgh who replied:
Charles Reid's Photos
am the great grandson of the first Charles Reid.
business in Wishaw did indeed transfer to his son, Charles
Reid, and ultimately to my father, Andrew F Reid.
of the photographs were signed 'C.R.', even in my Dadís
time. There were thousands of photographs, in print or
glass negative form, in the Studio at the corner of Young
Street and Shand Street up to the early sixties.
almost all of them were destroyed by damp after being
transferred to an outhouse.
hope this helps to fill in some gaps in your interesting
Reid, Grange, Edinburgh: April 21, 2007
Home and Studio
Thank you to Cliff Mark
of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire who wrote, asking about Charles Reid's
house in Wishaw:
Kirk Road House
"I believe I can add
some background to your correspondent's questions about
I live in the former
home of Charles Reid in Wishaw. The house, on Kirk Road, was
built around 1909 and is less than 10 minutes from the site of
Mr Reid's former studio. I understand that the house was built
for him and his sister."
Kirk Road Studio
"On the original deeds
there is shown an outbuilding of approximately 15 feet by 10
feet. By the 1950's this had been converted into a long
However its earlier
history is still evidenced by a standing tap and large drain.
It is more than possible that this was used as a home studio.
My neighbour has
lived next door since 1946 and she tells me that when the
outbuilding was extended to create the garage the then
occupants had to remove "hundreds and hundreds" of glass
photographic plates from the site."
Photographs of the House
"I have searched in
vain for photographs of my house by Mr Reid. Perhaps this was
a case of the 'cobblers children' whereby Mr Reid was too busy
with his assignments as a peripatetic photographer to publish
studies of his home life!"
Mark, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland: August 19,
If you know of any old photographs of Kirk Road, Wishaw, please
e-mail me so that I can pass on the news to Cliff Mark.
Thank you: - Peter Stubbs.
you to Jim Reid, Edinburgh, great-grandson of Charles Reid, for
sending me the reply below.
Charles Reid's Houses
"I can also fill
in some information about the house on Kirk Brae,
Eastholm. It was built by my grandfather. I'm not
sure exactly when.
Prior to that
house, the family lived at Bon Accord, 30 Shand St.,
adjacent to the studio.
Before that they
lived at the bottom of Young Street, and had a temporary
studio close to the one still standing.
They never had a
studio at Eastholm, but there was a washhouse and
greenhouse behind the garage."
Reid, Grange, Edinburgh: April 23, 2007
Is this Charles
Reid's house in Wishaw?
Thank you to Murray Wilson, Ontario, Canada, for
sending me a copy of a Charles Reid photo that he bought at
an estate sale. Murray wondered if this photo might have
been of Charles Reid's house at Wishaw.
I've forwarded the photos to Cliff Mark, Wishaw, to ask him if
it might be the same house. If it is, I'll add the photo to
Murray Wilson, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada: April 21,
"Unfortunately this is not
my house in Wishaw but I'm very interested to see it all the same.
I believe that the Reids
(father and son) both did a lot of agricultural work and this
certainly looks like it might be a farmhouse."
Mark, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, April 21, 2008
Was Charles Reid related
to the W Reid who visited New Zealand at the end of the 19th
Bill Main writes from
"There is evidence that a W. Reid came
to New Zealand in the 1890s and gave talks on his photography
Also, he allowed some of his
animal studies to be turned into postcards for the local market."
New Zealand: August 23, 2009
If you can help to answer this question, please
Thank you. - Peter Stubbs
you to Bill Main for answering is question.
"My research is
still in its early stages, but I can confirm that Charles
Reid did have sons.
Sumner's bio on him in Hannavy's Encyclopedia of
Nineteenth Century Photography page 1186.
presumably William Reid, was in New Zealand in March 1899
when he gave a talk and presented a large carbon print of
some cattle to members of the local photographic society.
His, or the
firm's, links with NZ continued for some years after this
visit with illustrations appearing in some of our
photographic and illustrated journals.
least three different varieties of postcards bear Reid
1. The Wrench
Series of U.K. with W Reid credited
2. Plain Reid on
a NZ Graphic Series, where the C Reid name can also be
seen. These are NZ scenes so perhaps the credit
should read W Reid?
3. An un named NZ
series with perforations. These just say Reid of
Wishaw but show NZ views that are identified as such with
cattle and animals
"I also suspect
that this member of the family went on to Australia where
he did repeat performances of talks and getting his
father's work published in various journals."
Bill Main, New Zealand: August 25, 2009