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Scotland in Old Photographs

Many localities in the British Isles have been captured in photographs and on postcards, and these in turn have been collected in book form. The genre is well over a century old if traced back to collections of etched "views".

The listings here date from the most recent collections in the British Library, acquired in the period 1975-2000. The photographs themselves, however, go as far back as the 19th century. They are often accompanied with detailed descriptions and are an important source of local history in their own right.

"Wish you were here": picture postcards from the past, 1894 to 1914: Aberlady, Gullane, Dirleton, edited by Michael Cox. East Lothian District Library and Gullane and Dirleton History Society, 1995. Shelfmark: YK.1995.a.8294

Annandale, David Carroll. Sutton, 1998. Shelfmark: YK.2000.a.4383

A Prospect of Arbroath: photographs of Old Arbroath from the collections in Arbroath Public Library and Signal Tower Museum. Angus District Libraries and Museums, 1981. Shelfmark: X.808/34647



North Arran: a postcard tour, by Ken Hall. Richard Stenlake, 1993. Shelfmark: LB.31.a.4759

South Arran: a postcard tour, by Ken Hall. Richard Stenlake, 1994. Shelfmark: LB.31.a.5451


The Victorian and Edwardian Borderland from rare photographs, [compiled by] Raymond Lamont-Brown and Peter Adamson, foreword by the Lord Home of the Hirsel. Alvie, 1981. Shelfmark: X.805/1688

Bridge of Allan in old photographs, [compiled by] by J. Malcolm Allan. Dr. W. H. Welsh Educational and Historical Trust & Stirling District Libraries, 1989. Shelfmark: YC.1990.a.6944

Postcards from Caithness, compiled and designed by Clive Richards. North of Scotland Newspapers, 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1994.b.3257

Old Clackmannanshire: a description of old buildings illustrated with sketches, photographs, plans and a map, A.I.R. Drummond. Clackmannan District Libraries, 1987. Shelfmark: YC.1988.a.4360

Clydesdale in old photographs, collected by Lesmahagon Parish Historical Association. Sutton, 1991. Shelfmark: YK.1992.a.3139

Cowie, Fallin & Plean in old photographs. Stirling District Libraries, 1990. Shelfmark: YK.1991.a.10325

Doune: postcards from the past, [selected by] A.F. and S. McKenzie. Forth Naturalist and Historian, 1988. Shelfmark: YV.1989.a.302

Drymen and Buchanan

Drymen and Buchanan in old photographs: a selection from Drymen and District Local History Society’s collection, by Mary B. Bruce and Alison Brown. Stirling District Libraries, 1988. Shelfmark: YV.1989.a.236

Drymen and Buchanan: a further selection of old photographs, by Mary B. Bruce. Stirling District Libraries, 1993. Shelfmark: YK.1994.b.14857


Old Dunfermline: photographs of Dunfermline and West Fife from the Local History Department of the Central Library Dunfermline. Dunfermline District Library and Museum, 1982. Shelfmark: X.421/23031

Dumfries, David Carroll. Sutton, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.b.24

Bygone Dumfries and Galloway from old photographs, [compilation and text] by Desmond Donaldson. D. Donaldson, [1977]. Shelfmark: Cup.1281/608


Dundee at work, Janice Murray. Sutton, 1995. Shelfmark: YK.1996.a.20376

Old Dundee: picture postcards, compiled by Andrew Cronshaw. Mainstream, 1988. Shelfmark: YV.1989.b.1466

Valentines of Dundee: photographs, postcards and greetings cards from the 1850's to the present day, by Tessa Sidey. [Dundee Museums and Art Galleries], [1979]. Shelfmark: X.415/5816


A Village of crossroads & characters: Dunning, Perthshire in old photographs, by Lorne A. Wallace. Wallace Communications, 1991. Shelfmark: YK.1993.a.1437


Peoples of Edinburgh: our multicultural city: personal recollections, experiences and photographs, compiled by Helen Clark, Lorraine Dick and Basabi Fraser. City of Edinburgh Council, Department of Recreation, Museums and Galleries, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.a.556

Thomas Begbie's Edinburgh: a mid-Victorian portrait, photographs printed from original glass negatives by Joe Rock, introduced by David Patterson, Joe Rock. J. Donald in association with the City of Edinburgh District Council, 1992. Shelfmark: LB.31.c.4837



Elgin, Jenny Main. Sutton, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.b.2600

Elgin people, Jenny Main. Sutton, 1998. Shelfmark: YK.1999.b.710


To labour all our lives: old photographs of working life in the Falkirk area, by Sheila Young. Falkirk Council, Community and Leisure Services, 1997. Shelfmark: YK.1999.a.5599


North Fife: from old photographs, [compiled by] A.W. Brotchie and J.J. Herd. N.B. Traction Group, 1982. Shelfmark: X.809/61415

Victorian and Edwardian Fife from old photographs, [compiled by] Raymond Lamont-Brown and Peter Adamson, foreword by Frank Muir. Ramsay Head, 1980. Shelfmark: X.800/29455


Fintry, faces and places in old photographs, [compiled by Margaret S. McEwan]. Stirling District Libraries, 1994. Shelfmark: YK.1995.a.1893

Galashiels, [compiled by] the Old Gala Club. Sutton, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.b.4318


Photographs of the old closes and streets of Glasgow, 1868-1877: with a supplement of 15 related views, Thomas Annan, with a new introduction by Anita Ventura Mozley. Dover, 1977. Shelfmark: X.702/5447

Victorian and Edwardian Glasgow from old photographs, Maurice Lindsay. Batsford, 1987. Shelfmark: YC.1988.b.531


Old Glenurquhart in photographs. Glenurquhart Heritage Group, 1995. Shelfmark: YK.1996.b.13043

Gourock, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay, [compiled by] Joy Monteith, Sandra Macdougall. Inverclyde District Libraries, [1981]. Shelfmark: X.808/34257


Greenock from old photographs, vol 1, Joy Monteith, Matt Anderson. Inverclyde District Libraries, 1980. Shelfmark: X.708/22698

Greenock from old photographs, vol 2, Joy Monteith, Janette McCarroll. Inverclyde District Libraries, 1983. Shelfmark: X.808/39863


Victorian and Edwardian Highlands from old photographs, [introduction and commentaries by] Francis Thompson. Batsford, 1976. Shelfmark: X.802/10245

Inverness & district, Nigel Dalziel & John Mackenzie. Sutton, 1998. Shelfmark: YK.1999.b.2160

Killin, compiled by Kay Riddell. Stirling District Libraries, 1993. Shelfmark: YK.1994.a.13329

Around Lochaber, Fiona Maclean. Sutton, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.b.3960

Moray, past and present: a collection of photographs, old and new, compiled by Mike Seton. Moray District Library, 1978. Shelfmark: X.708/21153

North Berwick

North Berwick between the wars: a seaside community in the years 1918-1939 in contemporary picture postcards and newspaper accounts, Bruce A. Jamieson. East Lothian Library Service, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.a.2141

North Berwick: Biarritz of the north: an Edwardian watering hole in contemporary picture postcards and newspaper accounts, Bruce A. Jamieson. East Lothian District Library], 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1994.a.12918



Orkney from old photographs, selected by Gordon Wright, with an introduction by Bryce Wilson. G. Wright, 1981. Shelfmark: YV.1990.b.722

Souvenir post cards from Orkney: Orkney in picture postcards, compiled by Norman Hudson. Shetland Times Ltd, 1994. Shelfmark: YK.1995.b.6455


Port Glasgow and Kilmacolm, [compiled by] Joy Monteith, Robert McPherson. Inverclyde District Libraries, 1981. Shelfmark: X.808/35552

St Andrews, Raymond Lamont-Brown. Sutton, 1996. Shelfmark: YK.1997.b.3595

Selkirkshire in old photographs from the Clapperton studios, compiled by Ian W. Mitchell. Sutton, 1989. Shelfmark: YC.1990.a.4340


Shetland from old photographs, introduction and notes by Tom Henderson. Shetland Library and Museum, 1978. Shelfmark: X.802/10692

Souvenir post cards from Shetland: Shetland in picture postcards, compiled by Norman Hudson. Shetland Times, 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1993.b.11412


Shettleston from old and new photographs, [compiled] by Thomas M. Waugh. Sandyhills East Community Council, 1986. Shelfmark: YC.1988.b.547

Skye: a postcard tour, Bob Charnley & Roger Miket. Maclean Press, 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1993.b.7514

Strathendrick in old photographs: a selection from Drymen and District Local History Society's collection, by Mary B. Bruce and Alison Brown. Stirling District Libraries, 1990. Shelfmark: YK.1991.a.4191

Strathyre, Balquhidder & Lochearnhead in old photographs, compiled by Ewen W. Cameron. Stirling District Libraries, 1994. Shelfmark: YK.1995.b.5402

The Western Isles: a postcard tour, Bob Charnley. Maclean Press, 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1994.b.12609