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Document number: 8643
Date: 22 Jan 1863
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BENNET Archibald
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA63-7
Last updated: 14th April 2011

[printed notepaper:]
Bank of Scotland

22nd Jany 1863


I beg to enclose our receipt in your name for £150, paid to Mess: Coutts & Co for your credit with us.

I am, Sir Your mo: ob: Servant
Archd Bennet

W. H. F. Talbot Esq
Millburn tower<1>


1. Millburn Tower, Gogar, just west of Edinburgh; the Talbot family made it their northern home from June 1861 to November 1863. It is particularly important because WHFT conducted many of his photoglyphic engraving experiments there. The house had a rich history. Built for Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), an 1805 design by Benjamin Latrobe for a round building was contemplated but in 1806 a small house was built to the design of William Atkinson (1773-1839), best known for Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford. The distinctive Gothic exterior was raised in 1815 and an additional extension built in 1821. Liston had been ambassador to the United States and maintained a warm Anglo-American relationship in the years 1796-1800. His wife, the botanist Henrietta Liston, née Marchant (1751-1828) designed a lavish American garden, sadly largely gone by the time the Talbots rented the house .

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