James Raeburn Mann

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James Raeburn Mann (1860–1938) is thought to have been a personal friend of John Keppie. 1 On 14 April 1898 Mann became a lay member of Glasgow Art Club. 2 Work for his house at Bridge of Weir, Redlands, was already under way by July 1898, so it seems very unlikely that he would only have become acquainted with Keppie in April the same year.

In 1898, Mann was a shipping agent for George Smith and Sons of Bothwell Street, Glasgow. Ten years later, he was Smith's assistant manager of the City Line, steamships which sailed to India via the Suez Canal. 3 In the 1901 census, Mann was recorded as aged 40 and married to Mary Russell J., née Stevenson (married 19 June 1888) aged 35. 4 They had two daughters, Marion (11) and Mary (8), and two domestic staff: a nurse, Annie Gordon, and general domestic, Minnie Boswell. Mann died on 25 November 1938. 5

By 1909, one of the Mann daughters was a student at the Glasgow School of Art. In January of that year, school director, Francis H. ('Fra') Newbery, wrote to James Raeburn Mann about 'the mislaying of Miss Mann's drawings'. 6

Notes:

1: Thomas Howarth, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Modern Movement, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 2nd edn, 1977, p. 97

2: Glasgow Art Club Archive: Members' Roll, p. 56.

3: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1899–1900, p. 414; 1908–9, p. 468.

4: Census and marriage information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 3 May 2013]

5: Glasgow Art Club Archive: Register of Members – Lay Members, pp. 5–6.

6: Glasgow School of Art Archive: Director's correspondence, DIR 5/3, letter from Francis H. Newbery to James Raeburn Mann, 14 January 1909.