Carte de visite portrait of Edward Bannerman Ramsay (1793– 1872), a clergyman of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and Dean of Edinburgh in that communion from 1841, has a place in literature through his Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character, which had gone through 22 editions at his death. It is a book full of the personality of the author, and preserves many traits and anecdotes. His memorial is in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Edinburgh.
Thomas Rodger (1832-1883)
Photographer, St Andrews, Scotland. Rodger was taught photography by John Adamson, and went on to become a Calotypist, opening the first photographic studio in St Andrews in 1849 aged about 17. The exact date that Thomas Rodger opened his studio is not known, but 1849 is the year given on the back of Rodger’s cartes de visite. The old studio building still exists, with a plaque to Thomas Rodger outside, but is now a Careers Advisory Service. Thomas Rodger taught photography to Ivan Szabo, a Hungarian who came to Scotland and Thomas Rodger was a member of the Photographic Society of Scotland, based in Edinburgh, and regularly submitted his photographs to the society’s exhibitions. Rodger’s subsequently opened a studio in Edinburgh under the name of T. Rodger & Sons (1879-81) then TR Rodger (1882).
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