The National Galleries of Scotland and National Library of Scotland are in the process of cataloguing the 14,000-strong MacKinnon Collection of photographs. Jointly acquired by the organisations in 2018, the collection - also known as Scotland's Photos - provides a snapshot of life in Scotland between 1840 and 1940.
As we continue to open windows into the MacKinnon Collection, we are regularly posting images on this page and the Galleries' Facebook page in order to seek the public’s range of backgrounds and experiences to:
- Identify unknown people and landmarks
- Lend knowledge of historic industries, businesses, transport, costume, sport and more
- Spot historic inaccuracies
- Contribute relevant descriptive information.
Your diverse knowledge, expertise, insight and interest will help us document the MacKinnon Collection with the goal of providing greater access to this remarkable photographic resource. Do you recognise anything or anyone? Please email: [email protected]
The popularity of Braemar as a destination in the late nineteenth century is reflected in these shots taken by photographers George Washington Wilson and James Valentine. As we continue to shine a light on images from the MacKinnon Collection, we're keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help us apply more specific dates to these photographs. As ever, please get in touch via email: [email protected]
Below are the images we have shared already, plus some of the information our visitors have been able to provide.
We're really enjoying our exploration of the MacKinnon Collection, and are thrilled to share these images taken in St Andrews between the 1860s and 1930s.
As always, we'd love to hear from anyone who recognises a person or landmark in these photographs!
Do you recognise anything (or anyone) in these images of nineteenth century Shetland? As we continue to open windows into the MacKinnon Collection, we're asking you to contribute any observations you may have on the photographs. Recognise a person or landmark? The team would love to hear from you! Please email: [email protected]
These snapshots were taken within the City of Discovery between around 1904-1940.
These fascinating snapshots were taken in the Highland capital between around 1860-1930. We have featured a couple of images by George Washington Wilson and James Valentine, but there is also work here by unknown photographers, such as the shot of the High Street, pictured right. Do you recognise anything, for example a business, that might help us more accurately date these images? We're really excited about these images and can't wait to hear from you.
We were thrilled to discover a number of photographs of North Berwick within the collection.
We were thrilled to share these images of Buckie, particularly those of the town's railway station, which closed in 1968.
The main image shows a group waiting on the station platform with creels. Professor Peter Reid of Robert Gordon University explained that they were likely to be travelling inland on the train to sell fish door to door.
The other images, taken by George Washington Wilson, show views of the town that are little changed today. Professor Reid noted that the boats on the shore will be Zulus and Fifies. This could be ahead of the advent of the steam drifters in the 1900s, dating the image in the late 1880s.
We began this project in early May 2020 by sharing these three images. Almost immediately, visitors were able to identify the main photograph. It shows the path running between Crovie to Gardenstown, east of Banff. We are updating the photograph's catalogue entry accordingly!