The photographs on this page were mostly taken around Edinburgh, Scotland, either in the late 1800s or the early 1900s.

The original collection in which they were found includes images of both James Silver and Janet Todd along with other family members.

Many of the images remain unidentified. Because Janet Todd was born near Edinburgh and her family lived in that part of Scotland, the following images are more likely to be connected to her rather than her husband, James Silver, who was from Aberdeenshire.

What proves useful in establishing when various images were taken is having the photographer’s name. That allows us to establish what year a particular business was operating.

For instance, a┬ánumber of images were taken at Thomas Burns’ studios in Edinburgh. According to, Burns operated there between 1880 and 1910.

Given these photographs are connected to Janet Todd, they are far more likely to include images of her mother’s family whose surname was Spiers.

Three Edinburgh women

Image at left taken by J.Tunny & Co Photographers, 13 Maitland Street, Edinburgh. Business operated there from 1875 to 1887, according to Other two images taken by Thos Burns.

Edinburgh women

Images at left and middle taken by Thos Burns. Image at right taken by Parisian Photographic which operated in Edinburgh from about 1887, according to


Edinburgh women similarities

All three images taken by Thos Burns. I see some resemblance in the three women. Two at left are possibly sisters.

Three women at Edinburgh

Image at left taken by Alex Ayton, Edinburgh, who had studios there from 1875. Other two images taken by Thos Burns.