'Group at Belmere', 1860.
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A photograph of Sir Hugh Allen (1810-1882, extreme left) with his family, relaxing on the lawn of their villa in Belmere, Canada, taken by William McFarlane Notman (1826-1891). This photograph is from an album entitled 'Belmere Lake Memphremagog'. Sir Hugh Allen was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, possibly where his connection with Notman began. After a limited education, he sailed on his father's ship, 'Favorite', for Canada in 1824 to start a new life. He worked his way up in the shipping trade in Montreal and eventually headed his own firm of Royal Mail steamships. Allen was director of the Montreal Telegraph Company, the Montreal Warehousing Company, the Merchants' Bank of Canada, the Mulgrave Gold Mining Company, and the Pacific Railway. He was knighted in 1871 in recognition of his hospitality to Albert, Prince of Wales (1841-1910) during his Royal Visit to Canada, and for his services to Canadian and British commerce. William McFarlane Notman was born in Scotland but emigrated to