Born: 15 February 1890; Craigmalloch Cottage, Loch Doon, Straiton
Died: 1969; Greenock
of Alfred, George, Hugh, James andJohn Burden
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.
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.
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).
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.
SERVICE DETAILS 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
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.