The Family of

 Alexander McGlashon

or Alexander McGlashan -  spelling used sometimes up to 1862


Parents and Family

Thank you to Valerie Gardner for providing the following details:


Alexander's parents, who married in 1808 were:

-  James McGlashan born  17 December 1784

Grace Seton born  21 April 1785

Alexander was born in Edinburgh in 1815.

He married Maryanne Smellie in 1834.

Alexander's son, John Seton McGlashan, was born in 1848

John Seton McGlashan

    John Seton McGlashan, the son of the photogrpaher, Alexander McGlashan

He married Sarah Andrew in 1874 in Glasgow

Val is also investigating other members of her family: McGlashon, Elder, Drummond and Smellie.  (I don't know whether or not this is the same family as the early Edinburgh photographer, D Hermiston Smellie.) 

Val wrote:

Other Members of the Family

Interestingly, I'm finding that almost all of my family in Edinburgh from the 1850s onwards were:

-  Copperplate Printers

-  Lithographers

-  Printers or

-  Photographers.

I was a Photographic Assistant.

My husband is a Photographer/Photocompositor.



With acknowledgement for the family details above to Valerie Gardner g-g-g-g-grand-daughter of Alexander McGlashan and g-g-g-granddaughter of John Seton McGlashan, for providing the details above, together with a copy of the Marriage Certificate for the marriage of John Seton McGlashan and Sarah Andrew on 20 February 1874.

Thank you, also to Donna McGlashon, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada who wrote on September 24, 2006:

"I noticed you mentioned a Valerie whose gggg grandfather was Alexander. I have quite a bit of family history documented as well.

 Alexanders father James was my ggggg grandfather as well through William McGlashon.  James had 13 children."


Alexander McGlashon's children

Thank you to Alister Huth, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia,  for providing the following details, taken from his family bible:

1836 child, born Covent Garden, London  [Old Parish Registry File]
1837 child, born Covent Garden, London  [Old Parish Registry File]
1839-45 4 children born Edinburgh parishes  [Old Parish Registry File]
8 Oct 1846 Daughter:  Margaret Seton  [Edinburgh Birth Registry: 31 Dec 1854]
11 Jun 1848 John Seton                              [Edinburgh Birth Registry: 31 Dec 1854]

Alexander McGlashon was recorded as McGlashan for the first six births below, and as McGlashon for the last two:

With acknowledgement to Alister Huth, g-grandson of Margaret Seton McGlashon

and g-g-grandson of Alexander McGlashon



1841  -  at Clyde Street, Edinburgh

Alexander McGlashon

Age 30

Born England

Mary Ann McGlashon

Age 25

Born Edinburgh

Mary McGlashon

Age 4

Born England

Elizabeth McGlashon

Age 2

Born Edinburgh


1851  -   at 26 and 33 Clyde Street, Edinburgh

Family not listed


1861  -   at 26 and 33 Clyde Street, Edinburgh

Family not listed

1861  -  what address?

Alexander McGlashan

Age 49

Copperplate printer employing 5 men and 3 boys


1871  -  at 2 Sciennes Place, Edinburgh

Alexander McGlashon, Widower

Age 59

Born England

Copper plate printer

Margaret Seton

Age 23

Born Edinburgh


With acknowledgement to:

-  Constantia Nicolaides for 1861 census (2nd entry above) and 1871 census (occupation)

-  Alister Huth, g-grandson of Margaret Seton McGlashon, and g-g-grandson of Alexander McGlashon (all other census details above).




I've now received a question about the McGlashon family from Jean Stanley, New Zealand.  Jean writes:


"What is known of the sisters of John Seton McGlashon?"

Jean is carrying out her research on behalf of a grand-daughter of Jane (Jeannie) Henderson, who was one of the sisters of John Seton McGlashon.


Death of Alexander McGlashon


The death of Alexander McGlashon is recorded at 2 Sciennes Place.

On what date did he die?


Thank you to Val Gardner, Enfield, Middlesex, England, g-g-g-g-grand-daughter of Alexander McGlashan.  Val has not only told me the date of death,  2 Dec 1877, but also provided me with a copy of Alexander McGlashon's Death Certificate.

Val has also been examining Alexander McGlashan's will and reports that "he died with a moderate sum of money which he left to John, so he must have done quite well in his profession."

With acknowledgement to Alister Huth, g-grandson of Margaret Seton McGlashon
and g-g-grandson of Alexander McGlashon




Alex Sinclair

Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Alex Sinclair who wrote:

Our Research

"My wife and I have been doing some research into Alexander McGlashan.  My wife is his great great grand daughter.  Hence our interest."

Alexander McGlashan

"Here is what we have discovered.  There are a few areas where our research differs from or adds to what is on the EdinPhoto site.

1.  Alexander McGlashan was born in Gosport in Hampshire.  His father, who was from Nairn, was a soldier in the Inverness militia and presumably was stationed in Gosport at the time of Alexander's birth.

2.  In 1846 Alexander's address, 26 Clyde Street, Edinburgh, is shown on the parish record for the birth of his daughter, Margaret Seton.

In 1848, the same address appears on the parish record of his son, John Seton.

Incidentally, Margaret Seton is buried in the grounds of Cockpen and Carrington parish church where the grave stone records the McGlashon spelling of her name.  She is my wife's great grandmother.

3.  You have Alexander listed as 'missing' in 1851.  In fact he is to be found visiting the Holdgate family at 27 Paradise Terrace in Islington London.

The head of the family was Richard Holdgate, copperplate printer. I presume that this is a business associate.  The rest of his family then were living at 1 Powburn, Edinburgh.

4.  In 1861 Alexander's home address was 32 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh.

5.  You mention that there is a collection of his stereographs in the National Portrait Gallery. My wife arranged a viewing of the archive and it turned out that there was only one stereograph.

There were a further 19 items which were all large portraits of various Edinburgh Victorian notables (including Octavius Hill); my wife also noticed that there was a royal warrant on one of the prints."

More Research

"We are continuing to research into Alexander McGlashan, so hopefully we can build up a more complete picture.  He was an interesting individual who took some very impressive photographs."

Alex Sinclair, Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  May 18, 2012

Alexander McGlashon

Alexander McGlashon           McGlashon Family           Flashlight  - 1865

McGlashan & Hill         McGlashan & Walker        McGlashan and Begbie

McGlashan in Australia

McGlashon's Scottish Stereotgraphs

   stereo view in the "McGlashon's Scottish Stereotypes" series  -  The East Window of Holyrood Abbey

List of Views           Thumbnail Views

Stereo Pairs

Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood - 4 views

Old Town - 2 views


Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood - 4 views

Old Town - 2 views


Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood  -  1   2  3

Old Town