Talk:Charles Piazzi Smyth

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Image placement[edit]

I know that the Manual of Style says this:

Generally, right-alignment is preferred to left- or center-alignment. (Example: Race). Exception: Portraits with the head looking to the reader’s right should be left-aligned (looking into the text of the article) when this does not interfere with navigation or other elements. In such cases it may be appropriate to move the Table of Contents to the right by using TOCright. Since faces are not perfectly symmetrical it is generally inadvisable to use photo editing software to reverse a right-facing portrait image; however, some editors employ this controversial technique when it does not alter obvious non-symmetrical features (such as Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthmark) or make included text in the image unreadable.

But, let's be practical, the portrait on the left makes the article look clunky. I'd prefer it be on the right. However, I have placed the TOC on the right as advised in the MOS, but I'd prefer that be in it's normal place with the portrait on the right. But, oh well.

TuckerResearch 22:35, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

A couple of small flaws in the text: 1. His mother, baptised Eliza Anne, was known from childhood as Annarella (see article on his father). 2. The Earl of Crawford who supported him was James Ludovic Lindsay. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:51, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


First this is a really well-worked article.

Second, and I'm just saying... but there kind of need to be some REFERENCES and footnotes. Greenshinobi (talk) 01:01, 6 October 2011 (UTC)


Any suggestions as to the correct pronunciation of his last name - long or short vowel, "Smith" or "Smythe"? I'm guessing "Smith". (talk) 07:48, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

I found that it is pronounced Sm-eye-th, /ˈsmθ/ and these references:

I've thus updated the article. TuckerResearch (talk) 22:18, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

His wife Jessie[edit]

I've deleted the link to the Perthshire painter Thomas Duncan (1807-1845), because he could not have been Jessie's father. Nor could he have been her brother, as he only had one sister Jane Duncan (1821-1877) and their father was not Thomas but Samson Duncan (1767-1837)[1]. According to the 1881 Scottish census and the 1891 English census, Jessie was born around 1812 in Aberdeenshire. At her marriage in Edinburgh in 1855, when her age would have been about 43, she gave her father's name as Thomas Duncan. --Clifford Mill (talk) 16:08, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

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