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Photo-sleuthing – The Anderson album


The album was an unassuming green cloth-bound book picked up at an antique fair. I should never have bought it since, at first sight, there were no clues to the previous owner’s identity. But the photos were wonderful – a clearly wealthy Edwardian family, shown posing in sunny gardens, elegant domestic interiors and in front […]

Photo-sleuthing – The Tarbolton album


“To Miss E McLymont from her affectionate friend Jessie Malcolm March 26 1863” Cartes de visite were introduced into Britain in 1857 and rapidly became a national craze. People collected portraits of royalty, politicians, friends and family, and mounted them in photograph albums. This collection, presented by Jessie Malcolm to her friend Elizabeth McClymont, is […]

Lost Graveyards – Old Meikle Earnock


The lands of Meikle Earnock were acquired by the Strang family around 1654. In 1731 and perhaps as a reaction to the Duke’s having flattened the old parish church and disturbed the sleepers in the graveyard, James Strang, ‘Laird of Meikle Earnock’, enclosed an area of ground as a burial ground for his family and the feuars of the village.