Francis Caird Inglis

(died: 26 Sep 1940)


Francis Caird Inglis


Alexander Adam Inglis(1) had three sons, one of whom was Francis Caird Inglis. 

He, in turn, became the father of the next generation of photographers in the family -  Alexander Adam Inglis (2).

Francis Caird Inglis described himself as Commercial, Fine Art Photographer.

He was Royal Warrant Photographer to King George V, at least from 1912 until 1916. and 1920 until 1935.


Francis Caird Inglis


Like his father, Francis Caird Inglis took views of Princes Street and other street scenes in Central Edinburgh, showing the variety of traffic on the roads, over a long period.

He photographed Edinburgh over many years, including a series of photographs taken from Waverley at the East End of Princes Street

   Princes Street  -  Looking East from Scott Monument  -  1912 ©

Looking to the East
 from the Scott Monument
to the North British Hotel

   Princes Street  -  Looking West from NB Hotel  -  c.1900 ©

Looking to the West
 from the North British Hotel
 to the Scott Monument.

   View to Edinburgh Old Town from the roof of Waverley Market  -  FC Inglis, 1934 ©

Looking to the South
 from the roof of
Waverley Market


Francis Caird Inglis


Here is a photograph of the last General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland, taken in 1929, before the church re-united with the Church of Scotland.


Francis Caird Inglis

Advert on Invoice

An invoice from 1913, gave the following description of Francis Caird Inglis' business:


Photographer to His Majesty King George V, 
also to His Late Majesty, Edward.

For Artistic Reproduction of Paintings - Collections of Pictures and Objects of Art Photographed by s Special Orthochromatic Process - Legal, Architectural and Commercial Photography, Portraiture, ... ... 

Accounts Rendered Monthly                  Silver and Bronze Medals



Francis Caird Inglis

Advert in Edinburgh Official Guide

The following advert appeared in the Edinburgh Official Guide, 1923:

Francis Caird Inglis  -  Advert in Edinburgh Official Guide, 1923

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact


Francis Caird Inglis

Edinburgh Photographic Society

Francis Caird Inglis was actively involved with EPS:

-  1898:  He became an EPS life member from 1898 until his death in 1940.

-  1909:  He gave a lecture to EPS -  "DO Hill and his Work"

-  1911:  He won a medal in the Architectural section of the EPS Membersí Exhibition, 1911 for a series of outside and interior views of the Chapel of the Thistle.

Francis Caird Inglis

Book Illustrations

Francis Caird Inglis produced 16 photos to illustrate the book, Diary of a Free Kindergarten, about the early history of St Saviour Child-Garden kindergarten, Chessel's Court, Canongate, Edinburgh.

The Book

      Cover of the book, Diary of a Free Kindergarten ©

The book was originally published in 1913.

I found Francis Caird Inglis' photos to be very appealing.  I've selected the 12 of the photos below to be included on the EdinPhoto web site.

Photos by Francis Caird Inglis

Please click on the thumbnail image below to see 12 of Francis Caird Inglis' photos of St Saviour's Child-Garden from this book:

St Saviour's Child-Garden kindergarten, Chessel's Court, Canongate, Edinburgh  -  A School Muster ©




Richard Douglas

Menstrie, Clackmananshire, Scotland

Thank you to Richard Douglas who wrote:

A Career in Photography

Francis Caird Inglis

"I was an Edinburgh photographer in the 1950s and 1960s. I worked for FC Inglis in Meuse Lane and then in Dean Street."

Gordon Forbes

"I then went to work for Gordon Forbes at his Argos Studios in Leven Street.  When I turned 21, Gordon gave me two bottles of Asti Spumante and the sack; I was a luxury he could no longer afford.

If he had spent as much time seeking out work as he did drinking coffee and in the dojo, perhaps things might have been different."

Further Career Changes

"I went to work for Willie Fulton at Precision Services in Hill St., servicing AV equipment  -  thence to Edinburgh University's Natural Philosophy Dept. as Physics was still known, still taking photies.

Sundry other University and College posts, a successful foray for 20 or so years as a GP photographer, ending up as a smudger for a local paper.

I have now re-invented myself as a rural woodcarver. Retirement?  What retirement?"

Richard Douglas, Menstrie, Clackmananshire, Scotlnd:  30 April 2016



More Pages  -  Inglis

A A Inglis (1)   -  FATHER of FC Inglis

F C Inglis

A A Inglis (2)   -  SON of FC Inglis

Ronnie Inglis  -  SON of FC Inglis?

1881 census

Postcards - A A Inglis

Photos - A A Inglis

Norward Inglis 

Photos - Norward Inglis