John Moffat Sir James Young Simpson, 1811 - 1870. Discoverer of chloroform About 1860


Born 1819
Died 1894
Nationality Scottish

John Moffat's family moved from Aberdeen to Edinburgh when he was seven years old. His first business dealt in engraved and chalk/crayon portraits. In 1853 he set up his photographic studio in Princes Street where it remained for more than a hundred years. He was principally a portrait photographer, but he also produced stereoscopic photographs. Apart from being a successful businessman, he was also an amateur painter and musician and had eight children, of whom several were as multi-talented as their father.