I wish I could tell you who this gentleman was, but I haven’t the faintest idea. He looks like an intellectual, rather than a businessman or public figure, because of his plain attire and slightly disheveled hair. For some reason I want him to be involved with writing or publishing, maybe a newspaper editor or printer. A teacher or school principal would also be acceptable.
The cabinet card was made by pioneering Scottish photographer John Stuart (1831-1907). Stuart operated a studio in Glasgow from 1859 until 1901, a remarkably long career in a competitive and fast-changing business. He had a second studio in Helensburgh, 25 miles northwest of Glasgow, where he was also active in local government.