George Oman was one half of the Stewart & Oman partnership, based at 8
St. Andrew Street, 1864-65.
He then worked under
his own name from this address 1866-67, and
from 2 Stafford street, 1867-68.
George Oman was living in Hawick
(about 50 miles to the south of Edinburgh) at the time of his marriage
in November 1867.
He went to
work for William Scott in Hawick around 1868.
Russell Young, great-grandson of George Oman has sent me a copy of a
carte-de-visite of George Orman's wife,
Mary Ann Rutherford, holding her
daughter, Jemima Oman. The back of the carte de visite reads:
4 Millport, Hawick
I have not yet found any reference to William Beattie at this address.
William Beattie is in D Richard Torrance's booklet,
Photographers in Southern Scotland to 1914, listed as a photographer
with studio at Old Toll House, 11 Back Row, Hawick, 1855-60.
George Oman's third daughter, Mary Ann,
was born in January 1975. George and his wife were then living in
3 High Street, Hawick, his trade was listed as Tobacconist, on
Mary Ann's Birth Certificate.
Here is a photograph of the shop, taken
Did George Oman give up his photography
for a short time in order to run his tobacconist business in Hawick?
He was listed, again as a photogrpaher in the Edinburgh censuses of
I don't know how long George stayed in Hawick, or for how long his
photographic business continued. He appeared to been in Hawick at
least during the period 1871 to 1875.
However, George Oman was again living in Edinburgh, and described as
a photographic artist, at the time of the
of bronchitic asthma in November 1894. He was living at 3
Market Street at the time (a big gaping hole now - I've checked). His wife was
still alive. He was born on September 13, 1934 so would have been aged sixty
at the time of his death.