Thomson was born in Edinburgh in 1808 or 1809. He became a Daguerreotypist
professional photographer from 1848 until 1875.
might, in fact, have been started about three years earlier. There
was a McMillan & Thomson
Daguerreotype Portrait Gallery at 19 Princes Street, 1845-46.
a partner in Ross & Thomson, with studios at 90
the time of the 1851 Census, John Thomson was living at 90 Princes Street
with his wife, children aged 4yrs, 2 yrs, 1yr and 3 months, and a domestic
John Thomson was a PSS Member from 1858 until the society
was wound up in 1873.