McLachlan, John

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McLachlan, John

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John Lawrence McLachlan was born on 26 June 1900, in England, the eldest of three sons of Annie and John McLachlan senior, a shipyard joiner. The baptism of Joannis Laurentius McLachlan, with parents Annae and Joannis, is recorded as having taken place at St Dominics, Newcastle on Tyne, on 2 July 1890, following the Catholic tradition of Latin baptismal names. Gaelic was spoken in the family home by John's father, who was originally from Lochgilphead, Argyll and by his younger brother Roderick. John's mother, Annie, was originally from Ireland. The family also spent some time in Ireland, where John's youngest brother was born in 1899 before moving to Glasgow. In 1911, McLachlan was working as a grocer and he began evening classes in drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1916-17 session. During WW1 he served with the RAF before returning to The Glasgow School of Art in 1919 for a further year of evening classes in drawing and painting, by this time working as a travelling salesman. On 12 June 1923, McLachlan married Bridget Theresa Mullholland, daughter of Mary and Michael Mullholland, a sheet metal worker, at St. Peters Church in Partick. John McLachlan is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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