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Donald Bruce Maceachern was born in Glasgow city on 19th January 1896, of Elizabeth Maceachern (née Bruce) and Thomas Maceachern, a joiner. He also had two older step brothers and one step sister from Elizabeth's previous marriage. Maceachern attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1914 to 1919 as a day time student of drawing and painting. During the First World War, Maceachern served in the Lowland Reserve Brigade regiment, in which he received the title of Corporal. He married Mary Provan Martin in 1917. After the war, he worked as advertising manager. He died in 1956 of a coronary thrombosis. Maceachern is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; the Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.