FREIRE-MARRECO family. A collection of 4 ninth plate ambrotypes of family members, one of a lady (with edge tarnish), named on the reverse "Aunt Jinnie. Mrs Frier-Marreco", and the other three (tinted) of young gentlemen, all in open leather hanging cases, with various matching details in the ambrotype mounts.
'Mrs Frier-Marreco' was Anna Laura Harrison, born in 1806 the daughter of John Fairweather Harrison, London Merchant, and his wife Sophia. Known as Annie, she married Antonio Joaquin Freire Marreco (1787-1850), a chemist and railway entrepreneur. Her husband came to England from Portugal in 1821, and entered into business with the William Harrison and his son Thomas Elliot Harrison, the railway engineer . The latter led him to relocate to County Durham where he became engaged in railway projects, and where he settled for some years with his wife Annie. Their son Walter (b. 1849) married Gertrude Blechynden Waggett, whose daughter Barbara became a noted anthropologist. Several of their children remained in the north-east, including Algernon (b.1836) who became a Professor of Chemistry at Durham University, and their son Hubert who married Jane Bainbridge in 1875.