IOW Photographers - Scott


Photographer James Scott,  aka Scott Brothers
Active Period 1865 - 1881
Lifespan Born:  c1824  Clerkenwell, London Died:  c1881-91
Studio Addresses Monkton Street, Ryde c1865-67
61 High Street, Ryde c1871
21 High Street, Ryde c1881
St Thomas' Square, Ryde c1881
Associates Walter O Scott (son)
Robert J Scott (son)
Trade History 1867 Kelly's Directory IOW
James Scott, photographer, Monkton Street, Ryde
Evidence Found
1881 - estimated date of photo - see below
Examples of
Trade Cards,
Adverts, etc

A Scott's advertisement from the IW Times, 11 August 1865

A Scott's advertisement from the IW Observer, 27 April 1867
My thanks to Ann Barrett for the above adverts.

Scott1.jpg (19711 bytes)Scott.jpg (34815 bytes)
Example of Scott Brothers photo and back estimated c1881-85

My thanks to Janet Bush (Ontario, Canada) for the above photo.

Janet came across this photo in her grandmother's family album on a page marked 'Urry', but the identity of the subject is unknown. He was obviously known to Janet's grandmother, Maude Emily Young (nee Urry) - possibly a first cousin as he looks of similar age. Maude Emily Urry was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1867, the daughter of Henry Urry b1838 in Newport, IOW. Henry had five brothers born on the IOW (William b1825, James b1830, David b1832, Charles b1840 & Walter b1843), one of whom may have been the father of this young man.

If you recognise the subject, please contact Janet at

Family History James Scott was born at Clerkenwell, London c1824. By about 1848 he had married an Amelia from Islington and the couple had at least two children, Amelia (c1848) and Alice (c1852), before moving to Bognor, Sussex, around 1855. At least two further children were born to the couple whilst at Bognor - Walter (c1856) and Robert (c1858). The family moved to the Island sometime in the early 1860's. Trade directory and newspaper advertisements indicate that James Scott had his studio in Monkton Street, Ryde, sometimes using the name 'Isle of Wight Photographic Establishment'.

By the time of the 1871 census, the family had moved to 61 High Street, Ryde, where James was recorded as being a 46 year old a photographer.

In the 1881 census, the family was found split between two addresses in Ryde. James was living alone at 21 High Street (although he had a fishmonger as a boarder) whilst his wife Amelia and three of their children were living at St Thomas' Square. Amelia was recorded as being a photographer's wife, and the children, Amelia, Walter & Robert, as photographer's daughter and sons. This arrangement possibly indicates the establishment of, or transition between, two studios. Also living with Amelia was a Nelly A Scott, recorded as being a grand-daughter born in Ryde c1871. However, her birth cannot be positively identified in the registers. It is possible that Nelly was the daughter of another, as yet unknown, son, or the illegitimate daughter of Alice who was not listed with the family.

The Scott families left the Island sometime between 1881 and 1891, and during this period James Scott died. In the 1891 census, Amelia is listed as a widow, living with her photographer son Robert in Wanstead, Essex. Walter's whereabouts at the time of the 1891 census has not yet been established. However, at the time of the 1901 census, Amelia was living with photographer son Walter in Bournemouth, whilst Robert was living elsewhere in the area, also being a photographer.

Further Notes  


Photographers Index

Home page