Alexander Adam Inglis was born in Aberdeen in 1847 or 1848. He joined Edinburgh Photographic Society on 6 December 1882. For thirty-five years from 1881, he was, a professional Landscape and Architectural Photographer, based at Rock House, Calton Hill. Alexander Adam Inglis was Royal Warrant Photographer to King Edward VII, then to Royal Warrant Photographer to King George V from 1907 until 1911.