Soldiers and their families, Edinburgh Castle

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By David Octavius Hill

Postcard of Soldiers and their families, Edinburgh Castle.
© National Museums Scotland

Soldiers and their families, Edinburgh Castle

Photograph of a group of 92nd Highlanders round a gun at Edinburgh Castle. To the right is a private soldier in full dress, while the others wear white jackets. A soldier's wife stands by the gun and a child is seated on the top.

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

David Octavius Hill (1801-1870) started 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 under 5 years they produced some 1800 photographs.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-284-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1953.538.2
Date: C. 1846
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 145 mm H x 201 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: 92nd Highlanders (British land forces)
David Octavius Hill (photographer)
Where: Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle (depicted)
Description: 92nd Highlanders - Photograph of a group round a gun, including a soldier's wife and child, a private soldier in full dress and others in white jackets, Edinburgh Castle, c. 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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