Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Ewan & Sons
Born: 1902
Bio Notes: Robert Ewan was born about 1828, the son of Charles Ewan, wood merchant, and Jean Smith. He was an assistant of J Russell Mackenzie in Aberdeen when he was commissioned to design the Strathearn Hydropathic at Crieff which was promoted by an Aberdeen company in 1866, and of which he was later to become a director. Sometime thereafter he commenced practice in Glasgow, but his connection with Crieff remained strong; he designed St Columba's Episcopal Church in 1877 and supervised the erection of John James Stevenson's Free Church there in 1882. In 1885 he was commissioned to build the giant Singer sewing machine works at Kilbowie. His practice remained predominantly industrial thereafter. His Glasgow Herald obituary does not tell us much beyond the fact that he was well known in the district and was prominent in local affairs having been on the Cathcart Landward Committee, the District Committee for Renfrewshire and the Parish Council.

Ewan had a son of the same name, born in 1870 when he was still in Aberdeen: Robert Junior was articled to him in 1889, studying at Glasgow School of Art, and was taken into partnership in 1902. A second son, Charles, born in 1872, followed the same career path two years later, studying at the Glasgow Technical College.

The elder Robert Ewan died on 13 February 1917 at Marylee, 10 Manse Road, Old Cathcart, aged 89, his wife Annie Smith having died the previous year.

Robert Junior died at 10 Manse Brae on 20 May 1946, aged 76.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1101, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1914 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Ewan (junior)1902 Partner 
Item 2 of 3Robert Ewan19021917Senior Partner 
Item 3 of 3Charles Ewan1904 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 121899(?)Cathcart SchoolCathcart GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 121902Boswell Arms public houseAuchinleck AyrshireScotlandCorner turret added
Item 3 of 121902Crieff HydropathicCrieff PerthshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 4 of 12After 1902Camlachie Distillery and Bonded Warehouses  GlasgowScotlandAdditions - bonded warehouses
Item 5 of 12After 1902(?)City Line Offices  GlasgowScotlandMay not have been involved - building may have been completed before formation of partnership
Item 6 of 12After 1902(?)Homes for Indigent Men and WomenWhiteinch GlasgowScotlandMay not have been involved - building may have been completed before formation of partnership
Item 7 of 12After 1902(?)Pilot House for Clyde Pilot BoardGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay not have been involved - building may have been completed before partnership was formed
Item 8 of 12After 1902(?)ShieldhillBiggar LanarkshireScotlandMay not have been involved - building may have been completed before formation of partnership
Item 9 of 121903Camlachie Distillery and Bonded Warehouses  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 10 of 121905Bonded Warehouses for Robert Brown Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 121914Camlachie Distillery and Bonded Warehouses  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 12 of 121915Bonded Warehouses for Robert Brown Ltd  GlasgowScotlandAddition


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder9 March 1917  p162, Obituary (Obituary of Robert Ewan senior)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v14 no979 (Robert Ewan junior); L v14 no978 (Charles)