John McKean

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John McKean was born in1849.  He was still alive in 1904 [AG]

When and where did he die? *** (Please see reply below.)

He operated a professional studio at the junction of Ferry Road and Junction Bridge in Leith, opposite the present Leith Library, for about 20 years from 1882

He was an active member, exhibitor and lecturer at Edinburgh Photographic Society.

He was Vice President of the Leith Burns Club.  [LO: 24 Mar 1900]

Death of John McKean


***  Thank you to John Semple, a part-time volunteer at Edinburgh Central Library, for having traced evidence concerning the death of John McKean.

Here is an extract from a note that John wrote on this subject.  Thank you, John, for sharing the results of your research:

"I have traced John McKean and although I do not have an actual Death Certificate I have enough evidence to back up my findings. 

He was born probably in 1850,  i.e. before statutory records.  The first trace of him that I've found is in the 1851 Census, He married Emily Ogilvie Ross in 1876. There are Valuation Roll and Census entries through 1901 but he disappears after that, although the family reappears in the 1911 census.

By chance I found a reference in one of the new Graves recording sites which pointed me to the Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh. There, I found a family memorial which states that he died in Newark, New Jersey, USA on 16 July 1907, thus explaining the lack of a UK death certificate.

Two sons Charles and Frederick also became photographers and another son Albert became a Lithographer Artist."

John Semple, Edinburgh Central Li8brary: 17 January 2018



John McKean



On March 22, 2008, Anne Valyo, formerly of Edinburgh added a message to the EdinPhoto guest book, saying that she was a direct descendant of John McKean and that she was looking for other descendants.

John McKean

   Junction Bridge  - The corner of Great Junction Street and Ferry Road


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