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Little boys should neither be seen nor heard?

One wonders why the boy in this family group should have been given so little space if he was wanted in the photograph!
The carte de viste was taken by Robert Douglas, Landscape & Portrait Photographer, The Vineyard, Top Whytes Causeway, Kirkcaldy, probably in the 1860s.

Robert is possibly the father of the Robert Douglas who ran the aerated water manufacturers business at Lothrie Works, Kirkcaldy, and who married  Mary Beveridge as her first husband.

This family has been niggling me for some time.  Any help would be welcomed.

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Comment by Keith Robin Mackay on April 18, 2021 at 8:50

Greetings again, William. You may be interested in the following research note I've prepared on Mary Beveridge (or Douglas or Kininmonth). You'll recall she married Robert Douglas Jr, whose father Robert Sr was a photographer who started the Lothrie Aerated Water Works. Some additional info on that business and on both Roberts is contained in the note.

Regards, Keith

Mary Beveridge and William Kininmonth to Elizabeth Kininmonth-compr...

Thank you, Keith, for sharing this amazing piece of research. Much to study here!

Comment by William Douglas on July 30, 2017 at 16:40

Thank you, keith.

I don't think that the photograph will be of the Douglas family; Robert would have done many such cartes de viste.

Comment by Keith Robin Mackay on July 30, 2017 at 7:41

Robert Douglas Jr married Mary Beveridge in 1878. His father was Robert Douglas Snr -- the latter's occupation is recorded in the 1861 Census, and at the time of his son's marriage in 1878, as a photographer. The Valuation Rolls show that in 1875 he owned a garden/vinery as well as a "soda water manufacturing plant". When his son died in 1882 both Robert Snr and Robert Jr were described as aerated water manufacturers. So the answer to your question is that Robert Douglas the photographer is the father of Robert Douglas who worked in the aerated water manufacturing business. 

If the boy in the photograph was aged about, say, 7 or 8 and if he was Robert Douglas Jr then the photo would have had to have been taken around 1855 as Robert Jr was born in 1847.

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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