Walter Cook Photographer
1851 - 1924
On doing some research on the
history of Alvah near Banff we were surprised to find information on Walter
Cook formerly of Muiryhill Farm. Wattie as many in the area knew him, was a
tenant farmer with a passion for photography that started to record with his
images a living history of life around Banffshire in the late 1800’s and
early 1900’s.It is believed that he later because of his disability of
having a club foot and perhaps the chance to turn his hobby into an almost
full time occupation, opened a studio in Bridge Street, Banff. Alexander his
youngest son took over the running of the farm with help from his sisters
and older brothers.
It is with thanks to Dennis
Cook (no relation) of Easter Culbuechly Farm Banff who’s father bought the
farm from Forglen Estates in 1966 that we have the very few photographs left
of Watties work. With only a handful remaining of the hundreds of Glass
photographic plates that were found at Muiryhill Farm in the generator
house. The rest went missing around 1966/67 and their whereabouts for the
present, are unknown.We also must thank Harold Cook (Aberdeen) Grandson of
Walter Cook and Ethne Smith nee Cook (Inverness) Great Grand Daughter of
Watties for further information and family photographs.
Scottish History Online
Searches for more Information
There must be more of Walters
work out there and more information and photographs of his wonderful work
and for this reason we have listed some of the details we would like to find
out from our visitors.
Where are the missing glass
photographic plates now and does anyone have any further information on
Does anyone have photographs
or further information on his studio in Bridge Street, Banff?
Their must be other
photographs of Watties that people have in their possession could you add
to this collection perhaps some marked W. Cook Banff?
Can you identify any of the
people or places in the plates that we already have?
If you can help with further
information on Walter Cook or other photographs of the area Alvah and Banff
please contact Scottish