Sepia Saturday~ Mystery Piper

Saturday, March 26, 2011



The photo above is from an album that belonged to my Great Grandmother, Mary Bella Watson. Most of the photos are of her mothers side of the family the "Imlah's". Other than the last name  Imlah has been written on the back of the photo I have no clue as to which family member it is or the year it was taken. I did a quick search on Google to see if I could find any information on the photographer I thought perhaps finding the years he was in business might help me determine the year of the photo, but so far I have not found any history for him. I did zoom in on the photo and have verified with the Gordon Highlander Museum that the Emblem on the pipers Sporran is that of a Gordon Highlander.





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12 comments:

imagespast said...

There was a James Auld, photographer, in Edinburgh - perhaps this link might help?
http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/pp/pp_auld.htm
Jo :-)

Christine H. said...

Oh, that looks like a good tip above. What a great mystery. I hope you are able to narrow it down. In any case, it wonderful to know he's a relative.

~Tracie~ said...

Jo~ Thank you I will check the link out :)

Christine~ LOL my whole family has been a great mystery, but I love the search and the thrill of finally solving it. Thanks for stopping by :)

Marilyn said...

I do hope that you can find out more about the photo and also the photographer. It's a great photo and the back is almost a work of art.

Mike Brubaker said...

Great photo! Looks to be 1880's - see these similar backs:
http://www.cartes.freeuk.com/time/back85.htm

The tartan and hat style might provide a military unit.

Southwest Arkie said...

It's a wonderful photo! Great tip about searching for the photographer, I think I will try that today for some of mine!

~Tracie~ said...

Marilyn and SW Arkie: thank you for the kind words and for stopping by :)

Mike: thank you for the link I will check it out today and bookmark it as I'm it is one I will refer to often...Thank you for your help and stopping by :)

Nancy said...

It's a great photograph. It seems like it would be hard to date it based only on the clothing (assuming that a bagpiper's "costume" remained pretty much the same over long periods of time). I hope you have success dating the photo - and finding out who it is, too. Thanks for sharing.

Mike Imlah said...

I was told that Alexander Imlah, who married Louisa Duff Mitchell in 1859, was a piper. They lived at Woodside at Delgaty, near Turriff just before traveling to Oregon in 1872.

~Tracie~ said...

Hi Mike
I doubt this Piper would be him as the photo is most likely 1880 and after and it was taken in Scotland and since Alex and Louisa left for the US in 1872.. but if you have any photos of Alexander that we could compare it too? also I have Mystery photos from Great Grandma Mary Bella's Album that may be Alexander. I sent you an email the other day :) We need to talk and exchange information.

Mike Imlah said...

Tracie,
I didn't get the email. My email address is imlah@easystreet.net Hope to hear from you soon.

Mike

~Tracie~ said...

emailed you this morning Mike...hope it went through this time.

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