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John Alves Arbuthnot

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John Alves Arbuthnot

by Disdéri
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
3 1/4 in. x 2 in. (84 mm x 52 mm) image size
Given by Ripon College, 1976
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax9885

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  • John Alves Arbuthnot (1802-1875), Businessman; son of Sir William Arbuthnot, 1st Bt. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • Disdéri (1819-1889), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 220 portraits.

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JS Brennan

15 December 2019, 15:45

Second son of Sir William Arbuthnot, Bart, a title conferred by George IV while visiting Edinburgh in 1822 during Arbuthnott's second term as Provost. Mother was ANN, not Anne, ALVES (married 13 Sep 1800: see record on Scotlands People , d of Dr John Alves of Shipland, Physician, Inverness who died in 1788 and whose second wife was Helen Baillie of Dunain, Inverness, who died in Edinburgh in 1817). After Dr Alves's death the debts of his heir Thomas Alves, a depute Provost Marshal in Jamaica, forced the sale of Shipland and his widow moved - with the help of her stepson, the West India merchant, Archibald Alves, to Dalkeith, where the Duke of Buccleuch's Chamberlain was also an Alves, though it is not known in what way he and the Shipland Alveses may have been kin.. Archibald seems to have found her a house in the New Town.