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John Aitken

The Aitken family lived in Princes Street 1851, then Frederick Street, Edinburgh.  

John Aitken attended Glasgow Art School, before becoming an apprentice photographer in Edinburgh.  He may well have worked for Edinburgh Photographic Company with studios on the corner of Princes Street and Hanover Street .

Here is a carte de visite, from the Edinburgh Photographic Company. Please click on this card to see front and back.

Front of a carte de visite from Edinburgh Photographic Company  -  Jessie Aitken

 The sitter is Jessie Aitken, born 1786.  On the back is  a message in black ink - Grandmamma 8th June 1866.  This is believed to have been written by John Aitken.  [Heather Bain:  g/g/g/g/granddaughter of Jessie Aitken]

He went on to become a professional photographer in Hawick in the Scottish Borders in 1867, then later established a studio in Glasgow, before retiring in Greenock in the west of Scotland.


Aitken  -  studio addresses and dates