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The James Ferguson Photograph Album Part 1 – Introduction by Paul Leaman One Sunday last autumn the television programme ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ featured a photograph album that had been prepared by James Ferguson, an RNAS pilot during the 1914-1918 war. While I am an avid viewer of the programme, I missed this particular show and so failed to see it first hand. However, Joe Moran, one of our members living in Ireland, wrote drawing my attention to it and the album. I contacted the BBC and through them eventually managed to establish a contact with and meet the present owner of the album, Robert Ferguson, the son of its originator. With a great degree of generosity and trust, he agreed to lend me the album so that I could arrange to have copies made of the photographs for inclusion in our journal. James Senior Agar Ferguson was born on 14 December 1890 in Glasgow and spent his early years in Lanarkshire where he went to school. His father [also James] and uncle were joint owners of the saw-mills at Eglinton Toll in Glasgow. Unfortunately, James’s father suffered from tuberculosis and was advised to seek a kinder climate. Taking his family, he emigrated to Argentina where he joined his mother and his wife’s thirteen brothers and sisters who had emigrated there at the turn of the century. James and his three brothers went to school at St Georges, a British run public school in Buenos Aires. After completing his schooling, James trained as an estancia manager, working at several establishments until war was declared in 1914. With his brothers, he came home to enlist and, because he was a competent horseman, was placed in the HAC. Soon however, he and his brother Alec transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service and James was sent to Vendôme for basic training and gained his wings. He was then posted to Cranwell for advanced training and then on to Killingholme where he learned to fly seaplanes. His next posting was to Calshot where he acted as an instructor and section leader. From Calshot, he moved across the Solent to Lee-on-Solent where he served until the Armistice. After the war he left the service and, in 1919, returned to Argentina and managed an estancia there until 1927 when he moved to Misiones in northern Argentina. There he had an interest in a Yerba Mate plantation and in the new settlements that were being developed. He remained in the Argentine for some years after his retirement but eventually returned to England to live with his daughter in Uppingham, Rutland. He died on 6 January 1976 at the age of 86. James Ferguson was a talented draughtsman, not only did he meticulously assemble the photographs in this unique album but also added skilful and often witty pen drawings alongside them. We are very grateful to James Ferguson for assembling this album of photographs and also to Robert Ferguson for allowing us access to it and for providing the details of his father’s life and career. The Art Gallery, Vendôme was the title J.S.A. Ferguson gave to this picture of himself in his corner of an accommodation hut at Vendôme during his training. He has already collected, or inherited from a previous occupant, an assortment of images by, or in the style of, pin-up artist Raphael Kirchner. Above left: Monogram and RNAS badge drawn by Ferguson on the cover of his album.