Unknown People, Scenes, Etc In Old Macfarlane Family Photos

When going through our old family photos, we found some that have people or are in locations that we don't recognise, so, where individual privacy is not likely to be compromised, we include some of these below on the long off-chance that members of the public may recognise either the unnamed people from their own family histories, or the locations.

Most of them relate to the life and times of Brigadier-General Duncan Alwyn Macfarlane, CB, DSO, 1857-1941, of Dunain Park House, Inverness, now the Loch Ness Country House Hotel, his wife Edythe Lavinia, née Bingham, 1881-1961, and their daughter Lavinia Anne Danckwerts, 1923-2000.  However, there are also others each of which's relevance is a complete mystery to surviving family members!

If you happen to recognise anything here and wish to help us fill in the missing information, please contact us here.

The photos here are lossily compressed JPEGs.  If you wish to take a closer look at better quality renditions of any of them, you can <right-click> any that interest you, and choose Save link as to save it on your machine, from where you can launch it into your normal photo viewer program.

Military & Public Events

1Who is the pipe-smoking man on the right talking to Brig-Gen Macfarlane on the left, and when & where was this picture taken?
This looks as though it might be a Highland Gathering.  The pipe-smoker might be the same as in the next picture …
DAM & Another (probably fellow KOSB) 1938
2Who on the left is inspecting the British Legion veterans with Brig-Gen Macfarlane on the right?
Almost certainly another retired senior officer, but does anybody know who?  The occasion was the visit of HRH The Prince Of Wales (later Edward VIII who abdicated) to Inverness on 27/06/1931.  There are other pictures of this event in the publicly available archive here, the launching of which this page is a part, with HRH & DAM shaking hands, inspecting veterans together, and, besides veterans, also featuring some pipers from the band of DAM's former regiment, the KOSB.
DAM & Another Inspecting KOSB Veterans
3HQ (from Brig-Gen Macfarlane's photos)
All that is written on the back of the photo is that HQ is the building with a flagpole.  Can anyone tell us where this is, and/or roughly when and under what circumstances the photo might have been taken?
HQ House (in the middle with flagstaff)

Dunain Park House, nr Inverness

5Who was this unknown woman with Brig-Gen Macfarlane?
Taken in 1910 at the Doncaster races.  Unfortunately the woman, possibly a niece, is not named in DAM's album, so does anyone happen to recognise her from their family photo albums?
Doncaster 1910 - DAM & Unknown Woman (possibly a niece)
6Mrs Mackenzie (we think), with Lavinia and an unknown child.
Probably taken mid to late 1920s.  Lavinia's letters describe the Mackenzies as being 'our dearest friends'.  Other photographs show their daughter Margaret with whom Lavinia kept in touch for many years afterwards, and who in later life had the misfortune to suffer from MS, but she was a few years older than Lavinia, so this child cannot be her.  So who is the other child on the right?  Does anyone recognise her from their own family albums and is willing to give us her name?
Mrs Mackenzie, LAM, & Other Child
7Who is the other girl on the right at Girl Guide camp?
Taken in 1933.  Unfortunately the girl on the right was unnamed, so again does anyone recognise her from their own family albums and is willing to give us her name?
LAM 1933 Girl Guide Camp
8Sophie & LAM on the way to school
This photo was taken in 1935, and was captioned as above, but none of us now know who was Sophie, on the left  -  presumably a neighbour to the Macfarlanes at Dunain Park House who went to the same school as Lavinia on the right.  This was St George's, Ascot, and is still a boarding school for girls.  They recognise two photos of there that we sent them, but unfortunately they have no written records going back so far as could give us a surname for Sophie.  So does anyone recognise her from their own family albums, and is willing to give us her full name?
LAM & Sophie On The Way To School 1935
9Who was Phyllis (centre), who appears in several photos at Dunain Park House?
We think this photo of DAM, Phyllis, & ELM was probably taken around late 1920's.  Unfortunately, we have no idea who Phyllis was.
DAM, ELM, & Phyllis

Lavinia Anne Danckwerts

10Camp At Dalry.
Does anyone recognise whereabouts near Dalry these were taken, early to mid 1950s?  The woman is a friend of the family, Alison Murdoch Young, who sadly died of lung-cancer at a comparatively young age in 1972, and who is buried in an unmarked grave in St Lawrence's churchyard, Swindon Village, nr Cheltenham.
Camp At Dalry - 1
Camp At Dalry - 2
11Henley Regatta (most probably late 1950s).
We think the old woman in the near boat is probably Effie Brereton, a neighbour to the Macfarlanes at Dunain Park House, Inverness, but we don't know who the other boat party are, so does anybody recognise them from their own family albums and are willing to give us their names?
Effie Brereton (probably), & Unknown Boat Party, Henley Regatta
12Family member in unknown location.
We are fairly certain we know who this child is, the real mystery is: where is he?  There is quite a distinctive stone column in the field behind the bungalow, which ought to be traceable, but so far we have been unable to locate it.  We think it might be somewhere around Trearddur Bay, Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales, as relatives had a bungalow there, but we've not been able to find it on Google Earth Street View, and its address, Roxstone, Trearddur Bay, is no longer recognised or found by any locational search.
B (probably)
13Where were these taken?
Obviously some years elapsed between these two photos of Lavinia, but does anyone recogise where either was taken?
LAD In Unknown Location (possibly foreign)
LAD In Unknown Garden
14Who are Tom & J?
This photo is captioned on the back as 'Tom and J at the christening', but we know no more than that, other than they are likely to have been friends of Lavinia.
Tom & J At The Christening
15Who is the unknown society bride?
Again probably a friend of Lavinia.  Neither Portman Press Bureau for sure, nor apparently their archives, still exist.  We've tried emailing an enquiry about them to someone with a knowledgeable website, but no name has come up.
Unknown Bride
Unknown Bride (back)
16What and where is the unknown exhibit?
A complete mystery!  Does anyone recognise this and can tell us what & where it is?
Unknown Exhibit (LAD)
17Where is this unknown house with a lovely garden?
Do any of the friends of Lavinia recognise this?
Unknown House & Garden

Landscapes and locations

18Three Pictures Of Dartmoor, Devon
We know these were most probably around Sourton Tor & Okehampton, but can anyone be more exact?
Devon_Probably Sourton Tor
Devon_Probably Sourton Tor
Devon_Probably Okehampton By-Pass
18Landrover In Wilderness
This of a LandRover or Jeep seems to have been taken in Scotland, but none of the family can recognise where.  Anyone happen to know?
Landrover In Wilderness
19Pipe Band At Ballater Highland Games, probably early 1960s
This has now been confirmed as being the Ballater Highland Games (our thanks to the current organisers for their help in confirming this); the pipe band remain unidentified but may have been from the Royal Guard at Balmoral for that year: Google Maps Street View.
Ballater Highland Games - Pipe Band (believed to be from Royal Guard)
20Unknown Coast 1
Possibly taken from the Armadale, Skye area looking out across The Sound Of Sleat to the mainland.  The following two Google Maps Street Views (GMSV) demonstrate first what the mainland skyline would look like on a clear day, second the effect of clouds in hiding the more distant inland peaks and the top of the highest hill, resembling more the distant murky skyline in our photo.  However, our skyline is just too murky to be sure of a match on that alone, and we've not been able to match the foreground from the viewpoints available in GMSV, so this can only be regarded as a possible tentative identification.  Does anyone recognise exactly where it was taken?
Google Maps Street View 1,
Google Maps Street View 2.
Unknown Coast - 1
21Unknown Coast 2 (blurred)
This photo is untraced, but is distinctive enough that it ought to be traceable, because we can deduce so much about it.  There are some very obvious distinguishing features listed below, but something less obvious is that on the left the shadow cast by the front hill on the hill behind it is actually slightly higher than the hill itself, suggesting that the sun was low on the horizon, so this was a sunset, and this probably explains the luminosity of the white areas of cloud - originally they were probably yellow to red in colour.  With this realisation we can look up the times and azimuth for sunrise and sunset in an almanac such as HM Nautical Almanac Office for a range of summer holiday dates in 1960 at Mallaig (5:48W,57:1N) as example times and place approximately right:
The above combined with the fact that sun was coming from over the photographer's left shoulder tells us that we are looking approximately from west to east, say towards about 80 to 110 degrees, which put together with more obvious features gives us …
  • It is a coastal scene, because there is a strandline which a freshwater loch probably wouldn't have;
  • There are a coastal road which distinctively bends away to the right in the foreground and distinctive hills to the left in the background;
  • We are looking approximately west to east across a bay, with the sea to the north (left) and land to the south (right);
... and we have gone around the entire coast of Scotland in GMSV looking for locations matching all the above criteria but without finding a single convincing match!  So does anyone reading this recognise this rather blurred scene?
Unknown Coast - 2 (blurred)
22Unknown Coastal Seascape
This was most probably taken by a member of the Close family, but we know no more than that.  The family had strong links by marriage to Kilkeel, Co Down, NI, and also lived for some time at Rotherwood, Parkstone, Dorset, before finally moving to 23 Warnborough Road, Oxford.  Does anyone recognise this coastal scene on a wild day, and can tell us where it is?
Unknown Coastal Seascape
23Unknown Landscape
Apart from what at first glance appears to be a gully in the ridge line  -  which is actually not a gully but the partially overlapping ends of two ridges, the one on the left being behind the one on the right  -  and apparently a road  -  we think that's a parked caravan or car  -  below it, there is probably too little characteristic detail in this photo to be easy to trace, but does anyone happen to recognise it?
Unknown Landscape
24Unknown Loch 1
This is a good photo of apparently a freshwater loch on a moody misty day, and just about has sufficient characteristics to be identifiable.  We've been able to rule out a number of possible lochs because the slope of the hills on the far shore or the shape of the promontories does not match, but we've yet to find an actual match rather than a mismatch.
Unknown Loch - 1
25Unknown Loch 2
This appears to be an upland lochan, and the most characteristic features are the shape of the hillock on the far shore and the promontory or island in the foreground, but we've not been able to match these.
Unknown Loch - 2

Completely Unknown

26Four unknown people in a punt
There are some puzzling contradictions about this photo of four people in a punt.  We think that the woman in black turned around to face the camera looks like Emily Mary Close, née Macfarlane, 1856-1949(?), which, if true, would suggest that the punter is her son Duncan, and one of the girls, probably the one on the left, is her daughter Marjorie.  However, the scan is from a negative in an envelope with three others, two of Scottish landscapes, one of Charles Edward Macfarlane, 1865-1932, and is captioned Malcolm MacFarlane, September 1905.  In that year, Duncan would have been about 15, and Marjorie about 12, which clearly are the wrong ages for the younger people in the photo.  Also, we have good photos of Duncan, and he had straight hair, while the punter's is decidedly curly.  Further, Duncan went to New College, Oxford, but the punter appears to be wearing a Keble College blazer.  We emailed Keble to confirm the blazer and to ask if they have any contemporaneous records that can be searched for likely family names, but have never had a reply.

And apart from the people in the photo, who was Malcolm MacFarlane who apparently took it?  As far as we know, he's not in any of our family trees.
Unknown People In Punt
27Unknown woman reading a letter
An apparently formally posed picture of an unknown woman reading a letter, printed by A Debenham, Southsea.  Southsea is a suburb of Portsmouth, and, although there are other places called Southsea, "A Debenham, Southsea" is listed in Kelly's Trade Directory for the Isle Of Wight area in 1899 & 1915, so the Portsmouth Southsea must be the one here.  There are photos from this studio listed online dating from 1890 - 1918, which gives us a range of likely dates.

It is important to remember that, as the back of the photo has no studio documentation such as a serial number of the photograph, the picture that we have is quite likely to be a reprint from a negative, supplied by the sitter herself or one of her family, of an earlier photograph taken by another studio.
Unknown Woman (printed by A Debenham, Southsea)
28Our family are mystified by this school photo, taken by a Tonbridge firm.
We emailed Tonbridge School to see if they recognised the photo, but, although they recognise the name of the firm from Tonbridge that took the photo, they do not recognise the photo as being from there, in fact, somewhat to the contrary, they think that the children with large collars are Etonians not Tonbridgians.  We're not sure exactly what to make of that, since our family has no known links with either Tonbridge or Eton public schools!  So, does anyone recognise an ancestor in the picture and can give us some names, or else suggest what is going on and why this school photo features mostly apparent Etonians but also two that apparently aren't?
Unknown School Photograph
Unknown School Photograph (back)
29Unknown women golfers
Nothing is known about these two female golfers, though we note that the style of hats is somewhat reminiscent of those in a photo of the Barrow family in Brig-Gen Macfarlane's photo album, but that may be simply because it was the fashion of the time.
Unknown Women Golfers
30Unknown house
We've spent some considerable time trying to trace this fairly substantial country house, but without any success, so we have no understanding of its significance to our family history.  Does anyone recognise it and can tell use where it is?
Unknown House
31The Gate House, Worksop Priory (probably pre 1880), no longer unknown!
This is from Emily Mary Close's album, and originally we thought it might be Oxfordshire because there are other photos from there nearby in the album, but in fact it's The Gate House, Worksop Priory, 11 miles away from Staveley where the Rev J D Macfarlane was rector until 1886.
Worksop Priory, Gate House (probably pre 1880)
32The Ruins Of The Lady Chapel, Worksop Priory (probably pre 1880), no longer unknown!
Another from Emily Mary Close's album, and again we thought it might be Oxfordshire because there are other photos from there nearby in the album, but it's another part of Worksop Priory, the ruins of the Lady Chapel.
Worksop Priory, Ruins Of Lady Chapel (probably pre 1880)
33Steetley Chapel (pre 1880 restoration), no longer unknown!
Another from Emily Mary Close's album, and again we thought it might be Oxfordshire because there are other photos from there nearby in the album, but it's Steetley Chapel before its restoration in 1880, about 8 miles away from Staveley where the Rev J D Macfarlane was rector until 1886.
Steetley Chapel (pre 1880 restoration)