"My wife and I have been doing some research
into Alexander McGlashan. My wife is his great great grand
daughter. Hence our interest."
"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
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
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
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."
"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
Alex Sinclair, Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland: May 18, 2012