D & W Prophet

Family and Business

David Prophet and his Sons

The photographer, David Prophet (born c.1828) and his sons established a photography business at 59 Wellgate in 1880.

The  business appears to have passed to the two sons,  David (born c.1856) and William (born c.1863) in 1886

David & William added a second studio at 23 High Street, Dundee, 8 years later.

The next generation

William Prophet died in 1932 and the business was carried on by James Prophet until the 1960's.   James Prophet died in 1970. 

School Photographs

D&W Prophet to have taken a large number of photographs of school classes around Scotland, probably from around the late-19th century until the 1960s.

Unfortunately, many of these photos that I have seen do not identify the school, the class or the year that the photograph was taken. 

The names printed on the mounts of my D&W Prophet photos of school classes are:

D&W Prophet    Edinburgh & Dundee
Edinburgh classes, various dates.

-  D&W Prophet     Dundee
Edinburgh class, dated 1961.

Source for dates of birth:  1881 census

Source for continuation of business by James:  Local History Dept., Dundee Central Library

Source for business details:  Photographers in NE Scotland to 1914  [D Richard Torrance]


Thank you to Gordon Allan for telling me that he has a  D&W Prophet photo, giving this address:

-  D&W Prophet     487 Shields Road, Glasgow
Falkirk class, 1958

Studios in Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh

D&W Prophet were listed in the Edinburgh trade directories only from 1906 until 1910, though they continued to take photographs, particularly of school classes until at least the 1960s.

Here are the other addresses that I have for their studios up to 1914.

Studios in Dundee

1878 John  R Prophet 58 + 59 Wellgate, Dundee

Described on carte de visite as

58 1/2 + 59 Wellgate, Dundee

1880-1886 David Prophet & Sons 59 Wellgate, Dundee
1886-1914+ David & William Prophet 59 Wellgate, Dundee
1884-1914+ David & William Prophet 23, High Street, Dundee

[DR Torrance]

Studios in Perth

1882-1885 Messrs Prophet 30 George Street, Perth

[DR Torrance]

Studios in Edinburgh

1906-1910 D&W Prophet 9 South St Andrew Street
1908-1910 D&W Prophet 11 South St Andrew Street


Thank you to Alana Lawrence who wrote:

Perth and Dundee

"I have a photo from Messrs Prophet giving studio addresses in both the Perth and Dundee -  30 George Street and 58 + 59 Wellgate"

John Reid Prophet

"There was another son, John Reid Prophet.  In 1871 and lived with his grandmother in Dundee.

 He died aged 27 years 7 months.  by drowning in 1878.  He tragically drowned while bathing in the sea.  His death record says that he was in the water 3 quarters of an hour and died opposite the Golf Club house Carnoustie.

His Last Will and Testament  is on 'Scotland's People' website, but I didn't look at it.  It would have cost me 5.

He was a photographer who must have been older then the other sons (also photographers).   I would say that he was running the business in Dundee at 58 1/2 - 59 Wellgate, maybe as an extension of the Perth family Business."

Alana Lawrence, Australia:  May 22 + 23, 2007


'Old Man Prophet'

Thank you to Lesley Fiedler, Tasmania, Australia, for  the following message:

Lesley wrote:

The Photograph

"You know what?   My Dad used to work with 'Old Man Prophet' as he was called by my Dad.   He was possibly from the same firm.

In Glasgow my father was a commercial photographer who did dinner  dances, balls, wedding, etc.    Mr Prophet did all the school ones.  He was a tall, thin, old man.   He lived at 485 Shields Rd, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

I often had to go there with glass plates for him.  His rooms were full of photographic stuff, as was our house.  I would  also get  plates for my Dad when I was at Lizars.

Lesley Fiedler, Tasmania, Australia:  October 11, 2006



D & W Prophet

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1881 Census

Family and Business

School Class Photographs

Platinotype Photograph


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