James Patrick produced many appealing
postcards in his Castle Series. Most of the cards I have
were posted between 1901 and 1905.
Many are of country scenes around Swanston in
the Pentland Hills, about four miles to the south of Edinburgh.
Some of his cards, possibly produced a few
years later, contained verses by Robert Louis Stevenson whose family had cottage at
"Unshamed the narrow
aim I hold
I feed my
flock, patrol my fold."
Songs of Travel: R L S
Here is a James Patrick postcard with a Christmas Greeting. The
scene is not named. Might it be Duddingston Loch in Holyrood Park?
Other cards show familiar
scenes in Edinburgh. He clearly gave some thought to
the timing and composition of his pictures.
James Patrick also produced
several postcards of King George V at the Royal Review in
The card below was posted from Edinburgh to Macduff on 25
September 1905, exactly a week after the after the Royal Review
had been held.
It carried the
"Trusting the Macduff Citizen Soldiers arrived home
after their visit to Old Reekie."