Thomas R Rodger
© Reproduced with
acknowledgement to Peter Francis,
great-grandson of Thomas R Rodger
Thomas Rodger Rodger, son of the early St Andrews photographer,
Thomas Rodger, was born on
September 4, 1856. He attended Madras College, St Andrews.
great-grandson of Thomas R Rodger,
"I have a fine copy of Pilgrims Progress
awarded to Thomas R Rodger on June 25, 1873 by the college for his
Thomas R Rodger was:
- named Thomas Rodger Rodger. [Why?]
- eldest son of Thomas Rodger
[Jun.], the St Andrews photographer .
- older brother of George Berwick Rodger.
There were also other siblings who were not in the photographic
Peter Francis writes:
"Thomas R Rodger married Jessie Peddie, an
Edinburgh girl, on December 10, 1880 and in 1881 was living at 13 Grove
Street, Edinburgh St Cuthbert's parish.
Thomas and Jessie went over to India in about
1884, where he took a great many photographs with a colleague, Guy Lawrie,
a collection of which I still have.
They came back from India in 1886, when my
grandmother was born (their only child), and lived in Kilburn, West
London. He continued in photography for the rest of his life, possibly
doing work for Queen Victoria, because I have a few royal photos,
including one taken from the balcony at Buckingham Palace."
In Edinburgh Thomas R Rodger was described in the Edinburgh trade
directories as Portrait Painter & Photographer.
in oil, water colours &c.
He was based at 97 George Street, trading under the name of:
- 1879-81: T Roger & Sons
- 1882: T R Rodger
Some of his cartes de visite refer to
It is not clear whether this was at 97 George Street or elsewhere
Thomas R Rodger also produced cartes de visite from a studio in Kirkcaldy, Fife
"Near the Burgh School".
Around 1882-83, he appears to have moved to Inverness. Peter
When his father died in 1883 Thomas Rodger was
living at 33 Huntly Street, Inverness and was probably practising
photography, because his father's estate includes a promissory note,
indicating that father had lent son £1,000 on October 3, 1882.
Peter Francis: February 2006
I have not found any reference to Thomas R Rodger in the trade
directories for Inverness
Thank you to Peter Francis,
great-grandson of Thomas R Rodger, for providing the family
details and the photograph above. Peter believes that the photograph
was probably taken in the late 1920s. Thomas R Rodger died in 1930, aged
Peter Francis is currently researching his family history. He tells me
that when he was a boy he me one of Thomas R Rodger's siblings.
Concerning Thomas R Rodger, Peter writes:
The details of his life are
obscure, but my aunt, his granddaughter, is still alive and
remembers him very well.
He died on 6 September 1930, my
parents' wedding day, at which he took the wedding photographs
but later collapsed. It was also my mother's 21st birthday!
Peter Francis: March
"My research is not helped by the
fact that T R Rodger's father, grandfather and great
grandfather were all called Thomas Rodger. There may be more
TRs, but that's as far back as I have got so far.
In fact I have a collage
photograph of all four generations, the oldest of whom was
born in1786! I believe the original is held in St Andrews