Trustees of James Raeburn

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James Raeburn's Trustees were responsible for commissioning a new shop front at 401 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, in 1895. The only one of the trustees named in the records of the Glasgow Dean of Guild Court is James Raeburn of 2 Hawarden Terrace, Partick (now 53 Partickhill Road), a prestigious address in Glasgow's affluent West End. 1 According to the 1891 Census, the head of this household was James Raeburn, a retired grain merchant aged 59. His eldest son, also James, was living with him. His father, James again, was born c. 1799 and had presumably died by this date. 2 James Raeburn the former grain merchant is listed for the last time in the Glasgow Post Office Directory for 189[5]. If he died early that year, the trustee named in the Dean of Guild records is likely to be his son, described in the 1891 Census as an electrical engineer aged 33.

Two daughters of James Raeburn the grain merchant were closely associated with Mackintosh and his circle. Lucy Raeburn (1869–1952) studied at the Glasgow School of Art during the 1894–5 session. However, she is more significant for having produced a hand-made periodical called The Magazine between 1893 and 1896, featuring drawings by her student friends. 3 Frances Macdonald designed a bookplate for her in 1893. She married Alfred Spottiswoode Ritchie of Edinburgh, for whom Mackintosh designed a linen press. 4 Agnes Raeburn (1872–1955) also attended the School of Art and belonged to the group of talented women students known as 'The Immortals', which included Margaret Macdonald, Frances Macdonald and Jessie Keppie, John Keppie's sister. 5 They spent high-spirited times at Keppie's house in Ayrshire, along with Mackintosh and Herbert MacNair.

Notes:

1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections for West Central District 1895–6, D-OPW 25/7, p. 35.

2: 1851 census, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 28 June 2014].

3: Jude Burkhauser, ed., 'Glasgow Girls': Women in Art and Design, 1880–1920, Edinburgh: Canongate, 1990, pp. 49–50, 76–9.

4: Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, Moffat, Dumfriesshire: Cameron & Hollis, 4th edn, 2009, p. 51.

5: Jude Burkhauser, ed., 'Glasgow Girls': Women in Art and Design, 1880–1920, Edinburgh: Canongate, 1990, pp. 49–50, 76–9.