Royal Garrison Artillery  

Rank & Number:     
Gunner, 95782  

15 February 1890; Craigmalloch Cottage,
                                Loch Doon, Straiton  

1969; Greenock  

Brother-in-law of Alfred, George, Hugh, James
                                and John Burden

MCEWAN DOWNIE was born 15 Feb 1890 at Craigmalloch Cottage, Loch Doon, Straiton, to parents McEwan Downie, gamekeeper, and Isabella Watson (who married in Maybole on 1 Dec 1882).  

He died in Greenock in 1969.   On 7 July 1911 at 21 Hope Street, Glasgow, McEwan (aged 21, gamekeeper, of Glenside Cottages, Fairlie) married by declaration Catherine Burden, daughter of Thomas Burden, gamekeeper, of Glenside, Fairlie.  

In the 1901 Census. McEwan, aged 10, is living Turnberry Hill, Kirkoswald with parents McEwan Downie (44, b. Kinghorn, gamekeeper), Isabella (44, b. Kirkoswald), and siblings William (14), Alexander (13), Elizabeth (9), David (7) and Robert (5).  

In the 1911 Census, aged 21 and a gamekeeper, he is head of household (and only resident) at Glenside  

The 1920 Valuation Rolls show McEwan Downie, gamekeeper, Inhabitant at the Lodge, Skelmorlie Castle.    


The Largs and Millport Weekly News reported on 19 Jan 1918 that he’d been wounded in France and hospitalised in Dundee; and on 18 May 1918 that he was in hospital in Kent, having been wounded again two weeks after returning to France.  He received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

19 January 1918          

Gunner McEwan Downie, R.G.A., son-in-law of Mr. Thomas Burden, Glenside, wounded in a recent engagement in France, and who has been in hospital in Dundee, has sufficiently recovered to be able to return to his home for 10 days leave  

18 May 1918  
Mrs Downie, Glenside, Fairlie, has received word this week that her husband, Gunner McEwan Downie, R.G.A., has been wounded and is at present in hospital in Kent.  Gnr. Downie was wounded some few months ago and had only returned to France a week or two ago when he received his second wound.


Fairlie Community Association SCIO
Scottish Charity No. SC028785