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James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness (1821-81)

King Edward VII (1841-1910), when Prince of Wales 1880s copy of original of April 1860

RCIN 2900277

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This photograph was probably taken during the Easter vacation, while the Prince, aged eighteen, was down from Oxford. Lord Caithness, then a Lord-in-Waiting, had been known to the Royal Family for a number of years and was apparently on friendly terms with the Prince of Wales. Lord Caithness taught the Prince how to lathe and joined him in games of hockey and skating while he was in waiting at Windsor. He sometimes dined with the Royal Family. On 1 January 1860, the Queen noted that at dinner she had sat next to Lord Caithness, 'who has much to say for himself, as he knows so much.' He was keenly interested in scientific matters and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, so it is not surprising his skills included photography.