Soldiers and their wives at Edinburgh Castle

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Postcard of Soldiers and their wives at Edinburgh Castle.
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Soldiers and their wives at Edinburgh Castle

This photograph of soldiers of the 92nd Regiment shows not only the soldiers themselves but also their families. Wives and children often accompanied the regiment, even on campaign when they marched with the baggage, giving rise to the slang expression.

D.O. Hill's pictures are among the earliest to be taken of Scots soldiers. Soldiers were popular at this time and they were deemed to be suitable subjects for early pioneer work in photography.

David Octavius Hill (1801-1870) began his career as a painter but became interested in photography whilst planning a painting of the signing of the Deed of Demission. In 1843 he met Robert Adamson and in less than five years they produced 1800 photographs.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-254-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1937.119.1
Date: 1846
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 148 mm H x 198 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: 92nd Regiment of Foot (British land forces)
David Octavius Hill (photographer)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle (depicted)
Description: 92nd Regiment of Foot - Photograph of the regiment at Edinburgh Castle, 1846.
  • McCorry, Helen (ed.) The thistle at war: an anthology of the Scottish experience of war, in the services and at home. Edinburgh, NMS, 1997 
  • Wood, Stephen The Scottish soldier. Manchester: Archive Publications in association with the National Museums of Scotland, 1987 
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