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May 6, 2016

36 Incredible Vintage Photos Capture Daily Life of Scotland From Between the 1840s and 1880s

In 19th century Glasgow became one of the largest cities in the world, and known as “the Second City of the Empire” after London. After 1860 the Clydeside shipyards specialized in steamships made of iron (after 1870, made of steel), which rapidly replaced the wooden sailing vessels of both the merchant fleets and the battle fleets of the world.

It became the world’s pre-eminent shipbuilding centre. The industrial developments, while they brought work and wealth, were so rapid that housing, town-planning, and provision for public health did not keep pace with them, and for a time living conditions in some of the towns and cities were notoriously bad, with overcrowding, high infant mortality, and growing rates of tuberculosis.

Here is an rare vintage photo collection that shows the capital and several cities, also islands and towns of Scotland from the 1840s to 1880s.

Jamaica Street, Glasgow, ca. 1880s

Glasgow Exhibition, 1888

Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 1860

Leith Pier in Edinburgh, 1870

Monument in Glasgow Necropolis, 1852

Old Town Edinburgh from the Calton Hill, ca. 1870s

Piper and drummer of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, Edinburgh Castle, 1846

Princes Street, the Scott Monument and the Royal Institution, Edinburgh, 1858

Rosslyn Chapel Apprentice Pillar, Edinburgh, 1860

Saltmarket and streets of Glasgow, 1868-71

Saltmarket from Bridgegate, Glasgow, 1868-71

Skating, St Margaret's Loch, Edinburgh, ca. 1870s

St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 1882

The Cowgate arch of George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, 1860

The Cowgate, Edinburgh, 1871

The Duchray Valley, looking North from South end of the Syphon Pipes, 1877

The National Gallery and Royal Institution (Royal Scottish Academy), Edinburgh, 1858

The Scott Monument, Edinburgh, 1845

Tolbooth and Canongate, Edinburgh, ca. 1870s

Trongate from Tron Steeple, Glasgow, 1868-71

William Ewart Gladstoneat the Edinburgh Exhibition, 1884

92nd Gordon Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle, April 1846

Cardinal Beaton's House, the Cowgate, Edinburgh, 1868

Close No. 101 High Street, Glasgow, 1868-71

Edinburgh from the castle, 1850

Castle Street, Dundee, 1876

Children at Auchmithie, 1881

Girl with basket sitting on shore in front of boat, Auchmithie, 1881

Interior of the Drawing Room, Mar Lodge, 1863

Iona, 1 September 1856

Loch Earn, 1864

Melrose Abbey, 1856

Queen Victoria on 'Fyvie' with John Brown at Balmoral, 1863

St Andrews, 1842

Staffa near Fingal's Cave, 1850

Woman leaning against boat, Auchmithie, 1881

(Photos from National Galleries of Scotland Commons)



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