David Alexander Pearson Anderson


David A P Anderson  had a professional photography business at  8, 15, 16 Arcade, Princes Street, from 1889 to 1895.  He appeared in the trade directories as:

-  1888-92:    Fancy Stationer

-  1893-01:    Fancy Leather Goods Manufacturer.

One of David A P Anderson's  cartes de visite gives the address:

 Studio, Leith Walk Station

I can find no reference to this studio  in any of the trade directories, so I cannot say when he worked from this address.



David A P Anderson was listed in the 1881 census as being one of seven Andersons at 2 London Street, Edinburgh on the night of the 1881 census.

He was described as:

-   Unmarried male, aged 25

-   Born:  Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

-  Occupation:  Fancy Stationer employing 1 girl + 1 boy.

However, the birth records show David AP Anderson having been born (on 17 June  1855) in Inverkeithing, Fife.

[Thank you to Heather Fife whose great aunt married Alexander Gray Anderson in 1905 for the details above.]

D A P Anderson's Family

Thank you to Stephen ('Anderson of Northfield' family) for giving me the family details below.

"David Alexander Pierson Anderson (b.1855) married Janet Kilgour Briglmen on September 27, 1881.  He then moved into 2 rooms on an upper floor of 1 Livingston Place, off Melville Drive which he rented from his father in law, Charles Briglmen.

"John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, was the son of David Alexander Pearson Anderson.  It was John Anderson who was in charge of Anderson shelters and introduced the Pay-as-you-Earn (PAYE) system for income tax in Britain."

Stephen ( 'Anderson of Northfield' family):  August 15, 2006

I have assumed that David Alexander Pierson Anderson, above (described in articles about John Anderson as an Edinburgh Publisher) was the same man as David A P Anderson, photographer who had the Fancy Stationer business in Princes Street.

John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley

John Anderson was born in Edinburgh in 1882.  He was knighted in 1919.

He was elected Member of Parliament for the Scottish Universities in 1938, awarded the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1944 and raised to the peerage in 1952.  He died in 1958.

Anderson Shelters

In November 1938, Chamberlain placed John Anderson in charge of Air Raid Precautions (ARP). Anderson  then commissioned the design a small and cheap shelter that could be erected in people's gardens. This became known as the Anderson Shelter.

PAYE System

John Anderson was Home Secretary, 1939-40, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1943-45.  It was during his term as Chancellor of the Exchequer that he introduced the PAYE system for income tax.


Question 1

Were the David A P Anderson and Alexander Gray Anderson  related to each other?


Alexander Gray Anderson married in 1905.  On his marriage certificate he was noted as being a leather merchant.

David AP Anderson was reported in the Edinburgh trade directories and in the 1881 census as once being a Fancy Leather Goods Manufacturer.

Having found two Andersons, both involved in the leather and photographic industries in Edinburgh, the question of whether or not they were related seems worth pursuing.

However, family history research, by Heather Fife, has not yet found any direct relationship.

[Thank you to Heather Fife whose great aunt married Alexander Gray Anderson in 1905 for the details above.]


Question 2

Was David A P Anderson related to Mr Anderson, who spoke at an early EPS Meeting?

 The report of the meeting said:

"Mr Anderson did not know how big photographers got on, but little people like himself found their baths opt to get out of order, even when every care seemed to be taken  ..."


Question 3

Was David A P Anderson related  related to AS Anderson, Out Door photographer, 5 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh?  I have one of his photos of what appears to be a mother and two children at the door of a newly constructed bungalow, perhaps 1930s.

The photograph is about 6 ins x 4 ins, mounted on card with a patterned border 10 ins x 8 ins.  It may well still be subject to copyright, so I have not included it on this site.


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