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John & Frank P. Moffat

John Moffat was born on August 26, 1819 in Aberdeen, Scotland. His father, a prosperous bookbinder, moved his young family to Edinburgh eight years later, which is where John received his artistic education. In the 1840s, he opened his own artist and engraving shop and married Ellen Notman in 1847. The couple had a daughter two years' later, but apparently were divorced by 1851. That year, Mr. Moffat married Sophia Maria Knott, whose brother was local successful photographer James Brown Knott. At this time, he began exhibiting his own amateur photographs and opened a portrait studio in 1853, likely in partnership with his brother-in-law. In 1854, the Moffats would have the first of seven children, Frank Pelham Moffat.

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