The Rev Thomas Chalmers and his Family at Merchiston Castle School 1844
  • Scottish Art
A large camera, specially made by an Edinburgh instrument maker, was used to photograph the evangelical leader of the Free Church of Scotland with his family. We get an idea of Chalmers as both public and private figure. The sun seems to radiate through the man and illuminates the stone ball, the little world at his feet with the books of the Christian faith, symbolising his importance as a religious leader. At the same time, his family, gathered around him, remind us that he is a father and grandfather too.

Glossary Open


A branch of Protestant Christianity which emphasises the authority of the Bible and the achievement of personal conversion.


The writer of one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).  The term is also used to refer to a person aspiring to convert others to the Christian faith.

Evangelicalism, Evangelist


  • Acc. No. PGP HA 266
  • Medium Calotype
  • Size 22.10 x 30.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1975