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-  John Duncan Smith (1850- 1925)

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-  Henry Smith

-  H Smith & Co


John Duncan Smith

John Duncan Smith was born in Aberdeen in 1850.  He worked for Brown Barnes & Bell at 1 Hanover Street possibly from 1881 or earlier.  He had moved to Leith by 1881 and his occupation was photographer.  
[source: 1881 Census]

He set up his own business as Photo Artist from this address in 1887 and appeared in the Edinburgh trade directories under his own name in 1887 and 1888.

He joined Edinburgh Photographic Society during the 1887-88 session, giving his address as 4 Bowhill Terrace, Golden Acre, Edinburgh.


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Journeyman Photographer

By 1889, John Duncan Smith had become journeyman photographer and was living in Bristol.    [source:  daughter's birth certificate]

In 1894, he was living in Bath.  He was buried in Cardiff in 1925. [Des:DAM]


Evaline Gordon Smith

Evaline Gordon Smith was to become the wife of John Duncan Smith.  She appeared in the 1881 Census, aged 21, as photographer, though I have found no record, in the Edinburgh trade directories, of her being a professional photographer.   She married John Duncan Smith in 1895.       [Des:DAM


John Duncan Smith

1881 Census

John Duncan Smith was listed in the 1881 census as:

Photographer:  aged 31

Born:  Aberdeen

Lodger:  61 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh

[DR Torrance]

Stock of Negatives

On the backs of some of his cabinet prints, John Lamb who was based at 101b Princes Street from1878 until 1900, advertised:

J Lamb, having the entire Stocks of Negatives
taken by the Firms of
1 Hanover Street
103 Princes Street

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Duncan Smith & McLaren

Duncan Smith & McLaren were based at 62 Frederick Street in 1889-90.  Was this company connected with John Duncan Smith above?


Henry Smith

Henry Smith was a tea merchant in 1855 who became a professional photographer from 1856 to 1864.

He was also a member of PSS and exhibited 5 photographs in the 1858 PSS Exhibition.


 See separate page for Gordon M Smith