|Unidentified 1880's Edinburgh Man|
I've been away from my blog for a couple of weeks on a self-imposed sabbatical hoping the rest would recharge and refresh my batteries as I have not been feeling very motivated or creative of late. When I saw the theme for this week's Sepia Saturday I knew exactly which photograph I wanted to use, I just had to find it in my huge stash of photographs yet to be categorized, sorted and scanned. The theme fit into my love of all things Scottish so it was worth the hunt!
This Cartes de Visite features a handsome, young Scottish piper decked out in what appears to be traditional Highland piper's uniform. He is standing proudly wearing a kilt, jacket, sporran, stockings and ghillies. I can't tell if he is sporting a sgian dubh in his stockings or not to finish the look, but he is certainly impressive.
The photographer was William K. Munro who operated a studio at several locations in Edinburgh between 1868 - 1907. According to Peter Stubbs of edinphoto.org.uk Munro was located at 58 Pitt Street between 1885 and 1907. I am estimating that this photo was taken in the late 1880's. Also, per Stubbs, Munro numbered his photographs and if you look closely at the second photo below you will see at the bottom it says No. 63526, the actual number having been written in pencil. Stubbs' research determined that numbers after 57,000 were most likely taken at the 58 Pitt Street address.
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