& Halkett advertised:
& Halkett Photographers
Street & 34 Bath Street,
Portobello Established 1862
Grounds for Groups and Machines
NB:. Costumes are kept
on the premises for taking Ladies and Misses as Newhaven
Fishwomen and Highland
Dresses for Gentlemen.
GIVEN TO CHILDREN”
I have not yet found
evidence to substantiate the claim of establishment in 1862.
The advert for Muir & Halkett in the Portobello & District Directory,
1895-96 was similar to the above, except it only gave one address: 106
The Practical Photographer
In the 1890s, Messrs Percy Lund & Co, publishers of the journal,
The Practical Photographer,
offered to undertake the registration of any photograph or drawing for a fee of
They offered to reproduce in miniature any photographs that they
believed to be of exceptional interest and suitable for publication.
Each edition of The Photographic Journal
included a list of photographs registered during the past month.
The 1 April 1891 edition [p. 112] included:
Moir & Haskett: 106 High Street Portobello
1. One Photograph of the Heart of Midlothian Football
Team, winners of the Scottish Cup 1890-1
2. One Photograph of Committee and team of winners of the
Scottish Cup 1890-1
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Thank you to Jeremy Nayler for sending me the photo below of a cabinet print
by Moir & Halkett. The name and studio addresses given on the back of this
cabinet print are:
Moir & Halkett
106 High Street, Portobello
34 Bath Street, Portobello
My Great Grandmother
with acknowledgement to Jeremy Nayler
"I believe that this is a photo of my great
grandmother – it fits with your description of Moir and Halkett’s advert,"
"Costumes are kept on the
premises for taking Ladies and Misses as Newhaven Fishwomen and
Highland Dresses for Gentlemen."
know whether she qualifies as a ‘Lady’ or a ‘Miss’, but I guess it was taken
before my grandmother was born in 1900."
Jeremy Nayler, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England: August 5, 2013
The Moir & Halkett Portobello studios listed on the back of the cabinet
print both opened in 1888. 34 Bath Street closed around 1894 and the one
at 106 High Street closed around 1896.
I don't know
when the Moir & Halkett studio at Haddington operated. All I've
discovered is that William S Moir had a studio at 9 Court Street, Haddington
is the Haddington studio referred to on the back if the Moir & Halkett cabinet
print above. If so, this suggests that the photo of Jeremy Nayler's
great grandmother would have been taken around 1889 to 1893.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: August 7, 2013