Weir, Robertson

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Robertson Weir was born on 18th November 1888, one of 5 children (Catherine, Isabella, William and Christina) of Isabella (née Munro) and Robert, a designer. Weir attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1907 to 1914 as a student of drawing and painting, and life drawing, taught by Maurice Grieffenhagen. After completing his studies at The Glasgow School of Art was offered a scholarship to study art in Paris, however because of the war he was unable to go. During the First World War, Weir served in the 5th Scottish Rifles in which he received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. After the war he gained a teaching diploma, teaching at several schools including the Albert Secondary School, Springburn where he was Principal of Art. In 1930 he married Mabel Gertrude. He exhibited work every year at Eastwood's Civic Art Exhibition, until his final exhibition at the age of 101, in 1990. He died in 1993 at the age of 105, and his sister Christina also lived to be over 100 years old, dying in 1995 at the age of 103. An example of Weir's work, 'Commerce' can be found at Possilpark Library. Weir 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, Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.com and Glasgow By Elizabeth Williamson, Anne Riches, Malcolm Higgs

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