We visited St Andrews on Saturday 6th October to see the Maitland Dougall collection.

Admiral Henry Heriot Maitland
Admiral Henry Heriot Maitland

Colin Maitland Dougall found his cousin Isabella’s photo albums and gave them to St Andrews University which has a substantial photographic collection.  Isabella Maitland Heriot was an active photographer, and one of the earliest practitioners of photography.  She was trained in 1848 by Fox Talbot or an associate. Her album includes photos of Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot's home. The Getty Collection in Los Angeles has bought some of her photographs, which shows the importance of her work. She died young, aged 23 in 1853.

Isabella was taught the newly invented wet plate process of photography at Lacock Abbey, the home of Henry Fox Talbot. He invented the negative/positive process in use in various forms from 1835 until the advent of digital photography about twenty years ago. Her photo of Lacock Abbey is evidence of her presence there in the early days of photography.

Our plan was:

10.30 Meet at British Golf Museum for coffee 
11.15 Depart for Napier Library, North Street to see Maitland Dougall  photo collection

Golf enthusiasts visit The Open Collection at the Golf Museum
(The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is on that day)


Lunch at  The Seafood Ristorante, St Andrews
Caesar salad, fritto misto or grilled clams, lemon tart

Lacock Abbey ca 1848
Lacock Abbey ca 1848