Image provided by Bill Hamilton in October 2011. The picture was discovered by Shona Garner in 2006 in an Entertainment House in Glasgow Scotland. Shona seems to have been in contact with Nancy Cardozier of Texas and a cousin in Ottawa. After 6 months of correspondence, Nancy was able to procure a copy.
Bill Hamilton has the photo framed as part of a collage of photos and life history of James Airth.
Scope and Content
The only man named in the picture is blind James Airth playing the violin. James was born in 1800 and was blind from childhood. He was able to make a living and provide for his wife and seven children by going from town to town playing the violin on the stage. At that time there was no social assistance.
After his wife died, he came to Canada in 1849 with 3 of his children.
The inscription at the bottom right hand corner of the image is `N. MacDougall 1839`
Accruals are expected.
See also Cordozier books, part of the Peter Hessel Collection - 2 books on the Family History of Peter Fyfe and Ellen Hamilton - stored with family histories in the reading room