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Alexander Durward

and

 Miss Eliza Durward

 

Alexander Durward

Studios

Alexander Durward's studio was listed in the Edinburgh & Leith trade directories in:

1914-21

4a Greenside Place

1926-28

4a Greenside Place

1928

112 Leith Street

I don't know why he was not listed for the years 1922 to 1925.

Postcard

Please the image below to see a portrait postcard from the studios at 41 Greenside Place.

A studio portrait postcard from Durward's studio at 4a Greenside Place, Edinburgh

 

Question

1.

Graham Stringwell

1942 Postcard

Despite his disappearance from the trade directories after 1928, Alexander Durward's business seems to have continued.

Thank you to Graham Stringwell for sending me the following message about one of his postcard portraits.  The portrait bears the name and address 'A DURWARD  112 LEITH STREET' and is dated '19 FEB 1942'.

Graham wrote:

Highland Uniform

"I have a photograph that shows my great uncle in a Scottish uniform and is dated 19 Feb 1942.

His name is Reginald Arnold Wattam, born in Grimsby, Lincs and he served with the Lincolnshire Regiment during WW2.

I think the uniform belongs to the Seaforth Highlanders, but I don't know if it is actually a uniform or one of A. Durward's period costumes.  Can anyone shed a bit of light on the matter?

I have no record of my great uncle Reg serving with a Scottish Regiment at present.

Any information would be appreciated."

Graham Stringwell.  3 November 2005

Reply to Graham

Unfortunately, I am not able to reproduce this postcard as it will still be under copyright.

If you feel can answer the question raised above, or if you have any more information about this photographer, please e-mail me and I will forward your reply to Graham Stringwell.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  November 2005

Question

2.

Hilary Chasin

Thank you to Hilary Chasin who wrote:

1945 Photo

"I'm doing some research on my Father's time in the military.  I too have a photograph of him an American uniform. The photo is dated July 1945 and it is stamped

' A DURWARD, 112, LEITH STREET'

The address then fades off, and I cannot find the location.  I don't believe that my father was in Europe at that time, but I'm not 100% certain.

Can anybody provide any additional information?"

Hilary Chasin:  July 1, 2013

Hi Hilary:'

The Photographer's Address

You mention that the address on your photo 'fades off'.  However, I don't think you've missed very much.  The address that you give,

112, LEITH STREET'

is a well known street near the centre of Edinburgh, close to the East End of Princes Street

Reply to Hilary?

If you'd like to send a reply to Hillary, please email me, then I'll pass on her email address to you.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  November 2005

 

Miss Eliza Durward

Miss Eliza Durward was a professional photographer also based at 4a Greenside Place from 1915 to 1921.

What relation was she to Alexander Durward?

 

Durward Descendants

Thank you to descendants of Robert J Durward for leaving the following messages in the EdinPhoto GuestBook:

Message  -  4 Sep 2002

No name given

"I was interested find this site through a search for the name 'Durward'.  One of my Ancestors married a 'Robert J Durward' = Amy Perry.

Her Uncle, Aunt and Cousin (Milner) were Photographers in the London area. The only 'Robert Durward' I could find was from Scotland."

 

Message  -  3 January 2006

from Ian James Durward Smith, Chicago, USA

Robert James Durward

"I was searching for my grandfather Robert J. Durward in Google and discovered an entry from someone who was doing some searching of their own as noted in your guestbook 4 Sept. 2002.

Robert James Durward was killed in WW1 on 18 March 1918. Yes he was married to my grandmother, Amy Perry.  They had two daughters and I am the son of the youngest, Isabel."

London Photographers

"My Aunt Amy (Perry) Milner was related to Robert by marriage.  She was a professional photographer and had a business address on Ballards Lane,  North Finchley, London in the 40's, 50's and 60's.  She died in the 80's, I think. 

Amy was not Robert James Durward's wife, he was married to another Amy Perry.  Very confusing!

I believe Amy's father also had the studio before her. She took all Mrs. Thatcher's publicity photos when she ran for parliament for the Finchley constituency."

UPDATE

I received a message on December 24, 2007 from Olivia Davies .  Olivia wrote:

"I have just dusted my mum and dad's wedding photo - taken and signed by Amy Milner and had a sudden urge to look her up on the internet and lo and behold found some links to her.

My parents lived in North Finchley and were married in Whetstone circa  mid-forties.  We have some beautiful photos of their wedding taken by Amy and I just thought that her relatives might like to know!

 

Family History

"I am most anxious to find any Durwards who may be related to me.  Perhaps something or somebody will show up soon.

Robert J Durward was born in Aberdeen and had two sisters.  That I do know, but not much else."

If you wish to respond to Ian's Family History request above, please e-mail me so that I can pass on your message to him.   Thank you.

-  Peter Stubbs

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks