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James Mackay Bryson (b. 21 Feb 1824, d. 06 Jan 1894)James Mackay Bryson (son of Robert Bryson and Janet Gillespie) was born 21 Feb 1824 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and died 06 Jan 1894 in St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Scotland16.He married Mary Dunn on 24 Jun 1857 in Calton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.
Notes for James Mackay Bryson:
1871 Scotland Census finds James living with hsi wife Mary at Allan View, Logie, Perthshire within the parish of Logie.Their children Margaret (14), Jessie (11), David (9), Mary (7),and Robert (5). They also have Elizabeth Rand age 73,listed as a lodger.
1881 Scotland Census finds James living withhis wife Mary at 35 Inverleith Row, Ediburgh within the parish of St. George.Their children David (19), Mary (17), and Archibald (7) are living with them.James occupation is listed as Optician.
1891 Scotland Census finds James living with his wife Mary at 35 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh within the parish of Edinburgh St. Cuthberts.Their children Mary (27), Robert (25) and Archibald (17) are living with them.They have Mary D. Carter (31) living with them listed as a visitor.She was born in England.No Occupation is listed for her,James occupation is listed as Optician.
James M Bryson
Joined Photographic Society of Scotland (PSS) 1858
Remained a PSS Member until his death in 1868
60, Princes Street
(per PSS website)
13 April 1858 - Meeting of PSS
James Bryson presented
·A Microscopic Camera
·A New form of Stereoscope
The Royal Scottish Society of Arts Members
- James M Bryson, optician 1857
Edinburgh Photographic Society (EPS) Wednesday Meeting Speakers
19 Oct 1864 Photo-sculpture Busts][with exhibits]
Thursday, January 11, 1894
The Late Mr. J.M. Bryson – Yesterday his more intimate personal friends followed to the place of interment in the New Calton Burying ground the remains of a widely known and much respected Edinburgh citizen, Mr. James Mackay Bryson, optician, who died on Saturday, after an illness of only a few hours.He was the youngest son of the late Mr. Robert Bryson, a prominent and useful citizen in his day, who established the well known clock maker’s business Robert Bryson & Sons. He was born in 1824 in Buccleuch Place, and was educated at the Southern Academy, and afterwards the School of Arts, an institution founded in 1821 mainly by the efforts of three men – his father, Mr. Leonard Horner, and Mr. James Milne – which was unique in its time, and has been of incalculable benefit to the youth of Edinburgh.He inherited his father’s scientific proclivities, and about 1843 he went to Hamburg, where for some years he studied and worked under Repeold, the distinguished German instrument maker.Thence he proceeded to Munich, and studied, under the famous Mertz, of the firm of Mertz & Mabler, the construction of lenses for astronomical instruments, and other work of a like character.After seven years thus spent in Germany he returned to Edinburgh, and began business as an optician in Princes Street, where he carried on a successful business. His inclinations led him on the direction of the scientific side of his work more than towards the general business details, and brought him into relations with many of the prominent scientific men of this and the sister country.His reminiscences of the earlier stages of photography and many other modern discoveries and inventions, many other modern discoveries and inventions, and of the distinguished men with whom he had been associated, would have been of great interest if he could have been induced to set them down for public perusal.That he did not do so was due in great measure to the modesty and retiring disposition, which were among the striking features of his character.These prevented him from taking any public position in the city; but in 1889 the insistence of his friends led to his accepting office as an assistant of the Merchant Company, and in this capacity he was for some time convener of Daniel Stewart’s College, in which he took a great interest. On retiring from these offices, he was elected by the Company one of the governors of the Merchant Maiden Hospital, a post which he held till his death.He was long connected with, and for many years an active member of the Society if Arts.For some time he was a member of the Queen’s household as Clockmaker for Scotland, a post which had been in the family for many years, and which he only resigned within the last few months.In 1857 he married the only daughter of the late Mr. David Dunn of Annet House, Skelmorlie, by whom he is survived, as also by a daughter and three sons. Personally, Mr. Bryson was one of the most amiable and lovable of men.His fond of anecdote, his reminiscences of a past generation, and his unfailing buoyancy of spirit made him a charming companion, while his benevolent and sympathetic nature prompted him to many a generous and kindly act.Many will miss his helping hand and counsel, and many more his well known form and kindly face from his accustomed resorts. In accordance with his own disposition his family resolved that the funeral should be of a private character, but the Master, Treasurer, and past Master of the Merchant Company attended, both as old friends and as representing the Company with which he was so honorably connected.
Monument in New Calton Burial Grounds, Edinburgh
The Burial Place of
James M. Bryson,
Who Died 6th January 1894
Aged 69 Years
Died 30th of August 1902
Aged 67 Years
Died 3rd Jan 1870, Aged 9 Months
Died 2nd Sep 1875, Aged 15 Years
Died 27th May 1880 Aged 21 Years
And In Proud And Loving Memory Of
James Harvey Bryson 2n Lt R.F.A.
Who Fell In Action In France
20th Oct 1918 Aged 19 Years
Interred At East Cambrai,
Son of Rpbert Bryson Antigua
And Grandson of The Above
James M. Bryson
David Dunn Bryson
Died 26th Jan 1933 Aged 77 Years
Mary Dunn Bryson
Widow of Peter Bronthron
Died 30th April 1839 Aged 75 Years
Calendar of Confirmations & Inventories Granted and Given up in The Several Commissariats of Scotland
1894 James Mackay Bryson
Value of Estate - 10,135, 15s, 10d
6 March - Confirmation of James Mackay Bryson, Optician Dumara, 35 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, who died 6 January 1894, at Edinburgh, testate, granted to Edinburgh, to Mary Dunn or Bryson, his widow, Archibald Ritchie Gillespie, Hay Lodge, Trinity, and David Dunn Bryaon, 12 Great Tower London, his son, Executors nominated in Will or Deed, dated 15 October 1868, and Deed of Assumption, dated 15 January 1894, and recorded in Court Books of Commissariot of Edinburgh, 5 March 1894.
More About James Mackay Bryson:
Burial: 1894, New Calton Burial Grounds, Edinburgh.
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Acute Pulmonary Congestion.
Christening: 17 Mar 1824
Death Informant: 06 Jan 1894, Archibald G. Bryson, son.
Executors of Will: 15 Oct 1868, Mary Dunn Bryson, Widow; Archibald Ritchie Gillespie, Cousin; David Dunn Bryson, Son.16
Occupation 1: 31 Dec 1850, Optician, Edinburgh.
Occupation 2: 1881, Per 1881 Census, Optician.
Residence 1: 1881, 35 Inverleith Row, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Residence 2: 1897, 35 Inverleith Row, St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Residence at Death: 06 Jan 1894, 35 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh.16
Value of Estate: 1894, 10,135 pounds, 15s, 10d.17
More About James Mackay Bryson and Mary Dunn:
Marriage: 24 Jun 1857, Calton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.