Dr John Alexander Calderwood


Dr John Alexander Calderwood (1859–1920) was born in Monkton, Ayrshire into a farming family. He began studying in the arts faculty at the University of Glasgow in 1880. Following the death of his father, he returned in 1882 to study medicine and graduated MB CM, highly commended, in 1890. 1 By 1898, Calderwood was a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. 2 In the 1901 census return, he was listed as a general practitioner, aged 41 and married to Agnes née Frame, born Muir (a granddaughter of Barrhead calico printer Zechariah Heys). He had two step-daughters, Maggie, aged 19, and, Jennie, aged 16, from his wife's previous marriage, and a son, John Alexander, aged 7. Calderwood purchased over an acre of land in May 1898 from the trustees of the deceased John Shanks, sanitary engineer of Barrhead, on which he had his John Honeyman & Keppie-designed house built. 3


1: University of Glasgow Archive Services: MED 5/2/1 and matriculation database, 1859–83.

2: The Medical Directory of London, Provinces, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, London: Churchill Livingstone, 1898, p. 1368.

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Abridgement of Sasines, Renfrewshire, 1898, 981, no. 7, 18 May 1898.