Turner, Barr

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Barr Turner was born in Greenock on 27th June 1884, one of five children to Janet (née Kelly) and William Turner, a glazier (journeyman). Turner's four younger siblings included John, William, Catherine and Daniel. Turner attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1904 to 1908 as a part time student and again from 1910 to 1914 as a full time student of drawing and painting. During the First World War, Turner served as a Private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion as well as the Royal Engineers. After the war, he worked as an artist from around 1919 to 1929. He painted landscapes and exhibited at the Aberdeen Artist's Society three times. Turner died in 1962, aged 78. Turner is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/; The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/; the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk

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