Collection DB - The Duncan Brown Photographic Collection

Horatio McCulloch, RSA Sir D. McNee Betty Burns Mrs David Wingate, grandaughter of Burns Strathbungo - shows Bernard Rae's Italian ice-cream shop Strathbungo Cpt. Paterson & East End 5th LRV, 10th Co. Langside (with cross) Hagg's Castle Sir Colin Campbell's Presentation Sword Sculptural Relief from Old Town's House, Bridgate Crossmyloof - Wellbank Laundry Crossmyloof Sham Fight at Cowglen (Version 1) Moss Lane, Crossmyloof Cross Lane, Crossmyloof Crookston Castle Moss-side Cottage, Crossmyloof Shilling Toll, Shaws Rd. In the Queen's Park Victoria Infirmary Camphill House Crookston Castle Hagg's Castle from the East Literary & Artistic Club at Hagg's Castle Potterfield - 3 women outside cottage Pollok House Potterfield Potterfield children on green Birthplace of the Bairds of Gartsherrie, 3 people outside cottage Literary & Artistic Club Gilbertfield, Dechmont Cathcart Parish Church, family in graveyard Old Manse, Cathcart Old Inn, Cathcart Literary & Artistic Club picnic to Finnich Glen Braehead, Cathcart Mill Dam, Cathcart View of the Cart Cathcart from Old Castle windows Cathcart Bridge & Old Snuff Mill Cathcart Bridge Cathcart Castle, yard of with people and chickens Roman Camp, Camphill Park Camp, Camphill Park Kenmure St., Pollokshields - showing Bryson Family Grocers Parish Church, Pollokshields Free Church, Pollokshields Mr Shaw Stewart, MP & Lady Alice, Polling Day Titwood Church
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The Duncan Brown Photographic Collection


  • 1853-1896 (Creation)

Level of description



305 Items

Content and Structure

Scope and content

The collection consists of 305 photographs taken between 1853 and 1896. Sitters included local dignitaries, friends and family including John Brown, Queen Victoria's Ghillie. The collection also includes landscapes and the streets of Glasgow, particularly around the Pollokshields area on the south side of the city. Other subjects include ships, ship yards and stately houses.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


System of arrangement

The photographs are numbered individually and held in three bound volumes

General Information

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Biographical history

Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer whose work documented aspects of Glasgow life from the 1850s until the 1890s. From 1845 to 1862 he was employed as the janitor at the Glasgow School of Art, which was then a Government School of Design located at 116 Ingram Street.

Archival history

Custodial history

The Glasgow School of Art purchased this collection from a descendent of Duncan Brown in 1990.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Conditions governing reproduction

Application for permission to reproduce should be submitted to The Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of material.

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Language of material

  • English

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Collection Historical Note

Duncan Brown was an employee of the Glasgow School of Design, Ingram Street, Glasgow, Scotland. Despite the new medium of photography being in quite an early stage of development, Brown was a talented photographer. Although some of his prints have faded over time and others have faults with their focus, the majority are well taken. The collection forms a unique and valuable record of Glasgow at the time when it was the "Second City of the Empire".

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  • Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 7 November 2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002. Transferred into CALM database by Susannah Waters, GSA Archivist, 14 August 2008.
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, June 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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