IOW Photographers - McLennan


Photographer Lindsay McLennan
Active Period 1906 - 1918
Lifespan Born:  1882   Edinburgh, Scotland Died: 1956   Barnet, Herts
Studio Addresses School Green, Freshwater
Trade History

1906 recorded as being a photographer in marriage register

1910 Kelly's Directory of IOW
Lindsay McLennan, photographer, School Green, Freshwater

1915 Kelly's Directory of Hants & IOW (p1090)
Lindsay McLeman [sic], photographer, School Green, Freshwater Station

Evidence Found
c1914 - estimated date of photo - see below
Examples of
Trade Cards,
Adverts, etc

Example of McLennan's photos from c1914
The original photos measure 6" x 4½" and have plain dark brown backs. 

My thanks to Lindsay Robertson (Aberdeen) for the above photos.

These photos are from Lindsay's family photo collection, but the subjects are unknown.
If you recognise the subjects, or can confirm the soldier was in the Royal Artillery, then please contact me.

Close-up of McLennan's embossed logo on front of above photos

Family History Lindsay McLennan was born on 3 March 1882 at Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a house decorator James Garroch McLennan from Caithness and his wife Mary (nee Tocher) from Aberdeen. His parents had married in February 1880 at Edinburgh and had a daughter Cecilia born later that year.

At the time of the 1891 census, 9 year old Lindsay was living with his parents and siblings in Edinburgh. By the time of the 1901 census, the family had moved to London, where Lindsay, aged 19, was working as a photo artist.

It is not known when Lindsay came to the IOW, or what prompted the move, but he probably arrived sometime in the early 1900's.

The first reference found of Lindsay on the IOW was when he married Annie Alford on 10 Dec 1906 at St John's Church, Carisbrooke. The marriage entry records Linsday as being a 25 year old bachelor photographer and his bride a 32 year old spinster. Annie was the daughter of the late railway station master William Alford and his wife Ann nee Bennett. Inexplicably, Lindsay stated his residence to be Gravesend, Kent at the time of the marriage.

At the time of the 1911 census, photographer Lindsay was living in Freshwater along with with his wife Annie and their 2 year old son Garrick Alford who had been born at Gravesend, Kent. The couple had another son, Donald Lindsay, born in 1914 (see announcement below).

It is not known when Lindsay and his family left the IOW, but it must have been between 1918-21 as Lindsay is not listed in the 1921 Electoral Register.

My thanks to Lindsay Robertson (Aberdeen) for contributing to the above family history.

Further Notes

L. MCLENNAN, PHOTOGRAPHER & PICTURE FRAMER, FRESHWATER. High-class Portraiture at a moderate price. Miniatures in black and white, sepia, and water colours. Enlargements a speciality, from life or copy. Picture Framing, a choice selection of Mouldings always in stock. Inquiries solicited.
  -  IW County Press, 15 January 1910

MCLENNAN.—Sept. 18, at 1 Lansdown, Freshwater, to Mr. and Mrs. L. McLennan, a son.
[The IOW Family History Society BMD index gives his name as Donald Lindsay McLennan.]
  -  IW County Press, 26 September 1914

Some alarm was caused in the West Wight at about 6.30 on Tuesday evening by an outburst of heavy gun-firing from the neighbouring forts guarding the entrance to the Solent, and at Freshwater a startling incident occurred, a shell striking and completely wrecking a large wooden and corrugated-iron building used as a studio by Mr. L. McLennan, photographer, of School-green, situated at the back of his shop and dwelling-house... Both Mr. McLennan and the lad who assists him (Master T. Bartlett) had providential escapes... a large portrait camera knocked over and the lens smashed, the lenses of three other cameras smashed, the scenery torn and thrown about in all directions, and other small things broken beyond recognition. A large piece of wood blown from the side of the structure passed along a bench on one side of the room and swept it clear of everything, including numerous photographic plates, but a large mirror and several pictures hanging on the wall above the bench were left untouched... Mr. McLennan’s loss is serious, as the lenses in the cameras alone were worth £30 or £40; whilst the damage to the other apparatus of the business and to the studio itself is very extensive...
[Some salient facts from the lengthy article!]
  -  IW County Press, 23 January 1915

Lindsay McLennan, 34, married, photographer, picture framer, &c., Class B1, said three of his assistants had joined the Flying Corps as photographers, one having got a commission. All his capital was invested in the business, which had suffered owing to his studio and some apparatus being destroyed by a stray shell in the war.—Conditional exemption was granted.
  -  IW County Press, 10 February 1917

The annual presentation at the C.E. Schools took place last week. The proceedings opened in the Infants’ School, where Mrs Trollope (the head-mistress) had arranged a splendid programme. Lady Tennyson distributed the awards… Boys’ School—Two white medals and 31 attendance certificates; managers’ and teachers’ prizes—Kenneth Merwood, John Groves… Garrick McLennan…
  -  IW County Press, 28 December 1918

My thanks to Caroline Dudley of the Freshwater & Totland Archive Group for locating the above articles.


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