|Description: A black and white photograph titled: 'In the Trossachs. Where Twines the Path. 224'. It depicts a winding dirt road with forest on either side. There are both trees and low lying fern like foliage in the forest. In the background is the rounded outline of a hill. |
The Trossachs is a small woodland glen in Scotland, though the name is also used to refer to the natural area surrounding it. Bordering it is Loch Katrine which was made a popular and famous tourist location after Sir Walter Scott wrote “The Lady and the Lake” and “Rob Roy” both of which feature Loch Katrine. Scott visited the Loch with his wife and daughter in the early 19th century and was apparently inspired by the history and legends of the area. The Trossachs became more widely popular as a tourist destination as transportation improved and the railway arrived. The Trossachs and Loch Katrine are currently part of the Scottish National Parks service. http://www.incallander.co.uk/trossachs_katrine.htm
Traveler’s in the 1870’s could not take their own photographs, so professional photographers would create albums with photos like these and sell them to travelers to commemorate their journey. In 1871 Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie Harris (daughters of James Beveridge and Elizabeth) traveled to Europe to do a tour of Scotland, Ireland and England. In 1876, Lucy and Arthur Harris traveled to Scotland to visit their aunts in Perthshire. James Beveridge Harris’s sisters, Margaret Patton and Matilda Lindsay, both lived at Rose Terrace, Perth, with their cousin Margaret Anne Patton in the 1870s and 1880s. These photos could have come from any of those trips or have been sent by the Aunts, to the family at Benares.