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James Auld

Princes Street Studio

In 1904, James Auld gave a demonstration of carbon printing to Edinburgh Photographic Society.

At that time, he had a studio at 101 Princes Street

"with a north light and electric installation”

The studio had facilities for carbon, platinotype, monochrome, water colour and oils.  His work included wedding, children, ‘at home’, group photography, and miniatures.    [IA]

Below is a cabinet print from James Auld's studio at 101 Princes Street.

Many cabinet prints had fuller details of the photographer and his studio on the back, but the back of this one is blank.

Cabinet Print

 James Auld  -  Cabinet Print

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Edinburgh Addresses

James Auld's addresses in Edinburgh were at:

Studio Addresses

listed in the trade directories


79 George Street


101, 101b  Princes Street


12  Royston Terrace


135  Princes Street


2 South Charlotte Street


38 Rosslyn Crescent


9 Bellevue Street


12 Brandon Street


Home Addresses


12  Royston Terrace

from 1908

38 Rosslyn Crescent



Aberdeenshire Addresses

Was the Edinburgh photographer, James Auld (above) the same man as the Aberdeenshire photographer, James Auld (son of photographer Charles Auld, b. Ellon Aberdeenshire around 1829)?

James Auld's Aberdeenshire studios were at:

Studio Addresses

listed in the trade directories

1885 -1914+

Station Road, Ellon


57 Bogie Street, Huntly

 Please also see UPDATE below


I think that the Aberdeenshire photographer, James Auld is unlikely to be the same man as the Edinburgh photographer by that name.

I've been shown a cabinet print by the Aberdeen photographer who had studios in Huntly and Ellon.  The style of it differs from those I have seen from James Auld Edinburgh.

The Cabinet Print by James Auld (Aberdeenshire) has an elaborate 'JA' monogram in the panel below the photo that includes his studio addresses.  The Cabinet Prints by James Auld (Edinburgh) have no monogram.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 6, 2015


Despite my comments in UPDATE 1 above, it appears that the Edinburgh Photographer is likely to be the same man as the Aberdeenshire photographer of that name.

Thank you to Dairmid Mogg who wrote:

"I see that there is some doubt about whether the James Auld of Ellon is the same as the James Auld of Edinburgh. I can confirm that he probably is. I found the following story in the Buchan and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser, 12 March 1901."

Dairmid Mogg:  19 April 2018

Ellon--Success of an Artist

The friends of Mr James Auld, photographer, Ellon, Huntly, and George Street, Edinburgh, will be pleased to learn that he has secured in Princes Street, Edinburgh, one of the best photographic saloons in Scotland. If energy and talent command success, Mr Auld richly deserves it.

That he is a rising photographer cannot be doubted, and the various silver and gold medals which he has gained in world-wide competition, has (sic) encouraged him to enter upon this new and extensive business.

Buchan and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser, 12 March 1901

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  21 April 2018




In 1901, a Royal Photographic Society Medal was won by James Auld.

Was this the same man as the photographer, James Auld (Edinburgh) and / or James Auld (Aberdeenshire) above?

[David Likar, Melbourne, Australia, has a copy of this Medal.]