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Panmure Close, Canongate, c 1890-c 1910

 Item — Box: Box 1 of 7
Identifier: Coll-1167/B/26/5/13

Scope and Contents

Adam Smith, author of 'Wealth of Nations' lived here from 1778 until his death in 1790. His house is out of sight to the east. The house beyond the washing, Cadell House, was also still standing 1989. North side of the Canongate. A women holding a child stands in the shadow, laundry is strung across the alleyway from the first floors. Handwritten title by Alasdair Geddes. A print of this glass plate negative was exhibited in the "Squalor and Romance" section of Geddes' replacement "Cities and Town Planning Exhibition".


  • Creation: c 1890-c 1910

Language of Materials

From the Fonds:








1 glass plate negative ; 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Related Materials

Coll-1167/B/17; Coll-1167/B/27/5/13

Stock Check (2016-2020)

Located 2017

Previous reference

PSE/E/11; A2.116

Processing Information

The printed legacy catalogue the "Papers of Sir Professor Patrick Geddes" (1998) lists this item in both the Papers (Vol I) of the catalogue, and the Photographs (Vol II). In general (with occasional exceptions) the listing in the Papers (Vol I) does not refer to a physical item but refers to the use of a print from the negatives in a particular section of the "Cities and Town Planning" exhibition. In this new online catalogue (2020), to avoid duplicate listings and to mitigate confusion, these glass plate negatives and the related prints each are only listed once in the "Photographs for the Survey of Edinburgh" series (Coll-1167/B/26 - glass plate negatives; Coll-1167/B/27 photographic prints). Cross-references are documented in the catalogue descriptions where necessary.

Repository Details

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