The Hyslop Maxwells were well-to-do merchants and landowners. In the 1890s one of the daughters of the family, Mary (known as Polly) became an accomplished amateur photographer, and in over a thousand remarkable images she preserved the way of life of a typical landed family at work and at play – but mostly at play. This website tells the story, through Polly’s pictures and words, of the family on their estate near Dumfries, in their Liverpool house, and on their many excursions and holidays. Humour and fun abound, but there are also reminders, by way of Polly’s charitable works and her sympathetic eye for the poor and their living conditions, of the darker side to life in the 1890s.