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Below are just some of the hundreds of photographs we have collected over the years. You will find many, many more on our Facebook page. 

If you have a query about a photo you have and would like us to put it on the facebook page, please email it to socialmedia@fifefhs.org. 

 If you have a photo query and would like it put on the website email to website@fifefhs.org

Fife Photo Query

Kirkcaldy Photographs

A while ago we received a query from one of our members regarding some Kirkcaldy photos – can you identify anyone in the photos below?

One of our members who would love some help identifying people sitting for photographs above.

A large number of family photographs, many of which appear to be examples of early Kirkcaldy photographers’ work, were gifted to Margaret and her sister. Ultimately, they hope to donate this collection to Kirkcaldy museum but are keen to identify as many people as possible in the following tintypes, cartes de visite and cabinet prints.

With some help from Kircaldy Museum to research the photographers, using Census records and their own family tree, they have managed to date-match a lot of the collection but there are a few that are proving a little more elusive.

The families being researched are the Wilson family who lived in Mid Street, Pathhead, Dysart from 1841 until 1881 and the Young family who lived nearby in Nether Street until 1871 when they moved to Cupar Mead, Dysart.

Please take a look at the pictures above and see if any of them, or the faces in them, seem familiar. You can send any thoughts, comments or assistance to Margaret and her sister through secretary@fifefhs.org

On behalf of Margaret and her sister, thank you for taking the time to look.

Meldrum Photographs

A member from New South Wales, Australia asked us to display these photographs. Can you identify anyone in the photos below?

A member from New South Wales, Australia,  asks for some help identifying people and places in the photographs above. He writes:

“In a recent discussion on your facebook page I offered to help a distant cousin, with the IT challenge of getting some old photographs posted onto the website.

We share a common great grandfather, James Meldrum (1854 – 1902), who was born in Fife and migrated to NSW with his parents (Henry Meldrum & Elizabeth Martin) on the Sir Robert Sale in 1867. The full history is documented in chapter 6 of Kenneth Meldrum’s book “Dunfermline Weavers, Five Generations of my Scottish Meldrum Ancestors”. There is a copy in your library.

The bible belonged to James who lived in Tumbarumba as a school teacher and elder of the local Presbyterian Church.

Nobody has a clue as to who the people in photographs are. Given that one of the photographers is Alex Taylor of 1 Eastport St, some of the photographs must be prior to emigration.

I’ve scanned the photographs and the rear of the photograph if this showed who the photographer was. Sadly, nobody thought to annotate the name of the subject. We also suspect that some of the later photographs printed in NSW may be reprints of ones taken earlier.

[We’d like to] get some assistance in identifying who they are.”

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