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Frederick Craik Stewart was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire on 16th November 1894, one of four sons of Mary Craik Stewart (nee Stormouth) and George Andrew Stewart, a metal storeman. The 1901 and 1911 censuses show the family lived in Govanhill, Glasgow. Stewart attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1915 as a day student of drawing and painting and received the Highland Society bursary of £10. The School's records show that he lived in Langside, Glasgow during this time. Stewart served in the First World War, as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery from May 1917. Stewart is commemorated on the School's First World War Roll of Honour and according to this, Stewart served as Captain in the Royal Field Artillery. His older brother, Kenneth, also served in the war, in the 3/7th battalion, Scottish Rifles. After the war, Stewart became a teacher of drawing and married Janette Grace Daly, also a teacher of drawing, in Govanhill in 1924. He wote a book called "Lino-Cutting for Schools" in 1934 as F Craik Stewart. Stewart died in 1935 and his wife died in 1979, aged 82.
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