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The National Trust for Scotland has around 130 properties in its care and the image collection largely focuses on these properties and the collections within. The Photo Library does not hold images of properties that are not in its portfolio. The content of the images can range from the biggest Pompeo Batoni masterpiece at Fyvie Castle to the smallest underwater creature at St Abb's. Or from the wild and ranging mountains of Glencoe to the tranquil spring bulb lawns of Harmony Garden. It really is an eclectic image collection and holds something for everyone.

Of course, every photograph that exists is from the past but some of the images at the National Trust for Scotland Photo Library are further in the past than others. We hold pictures of the inhabitants of St Kilda going about their daily lives which provide a brilliant insight into life on those islands. There is a fascinating image of David Livingstone's coffin returning from Africa which is a picture that originates from the very infancy of photography. These images perhaps hold the most value for the National Trust for Scotland as it gives us a glimpse of a time that is now unreachable through firsthand accounts and connect the present day Trust properties and collections to their pasts.