Adamson, Robert


Student United College 1836-1837 N. Phil. 1837-1838 N.Phil.


Born 26.4.1821 son of Alexander Adamson, farmer, Burnside, St Andrews and Rachel Melville.

Brother of Dr John Adamson, Archibald Adamson, and of Alexander Adamson.


Apprenticed to a mill wright. Then calotypist in Edinburgh in partnership with David Octavius Hill 1843 - 1847. Gave up through ill health. [Apprentice, mill wright. photographer]

For examples of his photography, see the Photographic Collection of the University of St Andrews Library.



Died 14.1.1848 at St Andrews.


  • Births Reg. St Andrews
  • Monumental inscription St Andrews Cathedral burial ground
  • Gernsheim, History of photography p118
  • Sara Stevenson, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Edinburgh, 1981). See also entry for Robert Adamson (photographer) in Wikipedia.