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Wilson Groat Photography

Photographer:  George McLeod

Thank you to Neil Cunningham, Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, who wrote:

"While looking through old family photos today I came across one that was taken by Wilson Groat Photography in Edinburgh.

I was curious, so I searched to see if the company was still trading. As the back of the sleeve says:  To re-order copies, quote the number on the back of the photo."

I didn't find out much, but I came across this article from the Scotsman:

Renowned Edinburgh Photographer

Geoorge McLeod

Retires

After putting in 50 years of sterling service at Churchill Photography, George McLeod has decided to retire.

Although George's parents hailed from Aberdeen, they had already upped sticks for Edinburgh before George was born in Pilton on July 11, 1942.

A young George attended Wardie Primary and Ainsley Park schools and it was at the latter that he developed a keen interest in photography.

He was already practising it as a hobby at home with his father and, when his science teacher at Ainsley Park started holding after-school photography workshops, George discovered a talent which would sustain him for his entire career.

George left school at 15 to take up a post at Wilson Groat Photography in Churchill Place, Morningside, and he still has the letter his father received outlining the contract and conditions of the apprenticeship.

Wilson Groat was contracted to take photographs for the Army and, as part of this arrangement, he had the privilege of taking photographs of the Royal Family during military engagements in Edinburgh.

He was also on the last ferry from South to North Queensferry in 1964 when the Forth Road Bridge was opened to traffic.

George's work also included progress photographs during the building of the Forth Road Bridge - a task that required him to climb the towers.

Wilson Groat ran a reliable 24-hour service and, as such, the Evening News and The Scotsman often relied upon George when their own photographers were busy.

As well as covering social engagements and family gatherings, George has also captured personalities and celebrities such as Sean Connery, Jools Holland and the Bay City Rollers during their visits to Edinburgh over the years.

George's approachable and light-hearted nature belies a hard-working and highly professional modus operandi.  In all his years of work, he has only ever registered one absence and even then he had to be persuaded by his family not to go back in on the same day after an operation.

George is married to Hazel, whom he met in Edinburgh and then wed at the Congregational Church on the 20 October, 1967.

They have two children, Jennifer and Christopher, who are both in their 30s.  Hazel has also recently retired.  Jennifer works in human resources for the Scottish Government, while Christopher is head greenkeeper at a golf course in Fife.

George also became a grandfather this year and he is looking forward to spending some of his retirement taking lots of photos of baby Malaika.

Reproduced with acknowledgement to 'The Scotsman'
 (I've not discovered the date of this article!)

Acknowledgement: Neil Cunningham, Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland:  5 February 2018

 

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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