"I came across the etching, at te top
of this page, of 'Barges on The Union Canal' by William Munro.
was my grandfather. The information you have about where he
was brought up and trained (in Comment 1
above) is incorrect. Please see below.
Birth and Death
"William Munro was born 1895 in Leith.
died on 1 Jan 1927 in Fraserburgh, a very tragic story. At
that time, he was the Art Master at Fraserburgh Academy."
Edinburgh College of Art
won several prizes as a youngster in competitions run in local
He studied at Edinburgh College of
Art. I think this was after he returned from the 1st World
War where he served in the Cameron Highlanders."
"William Munro exhibited in the RSA
several times between 1919 and 1929, the last two times,
Information about the RSA that you have in
Comment 1 above is correct. I've seen a copy of a page
in the book: 'The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990 and
that has a middle initial 'D'."
"I am a very keen family historian so
have looked at all official documents relating to him, and found
that he never had a middle name. His Munro line goes back
into the 1700's with his namesake serving at Waterloo. His
motherís line goes back to 1280, as we are descendants of the Clan
was part of the '1922 Group' which held various exhibitions around
Edinburgh, but for some reason he is not mentioned on any web
sites about the '1922 Group' that I've seen.
I have lots of newspaper cutting about
William. Mostly, they are about exhibitions and awards that
he won, but unfortunately these cuttings are not all dated.
In 1922 he was awarded the
Chalmers-Jervice Prize for 'Painting from Life' by the Royal
William Munro was a very close friend
of William Crozier Sen. who used to visit him in Fraserburgh.
Several of Crozier's works stem from that time.
have several Crozier works in the family. There is a drawing
by Crozier of a gentleman playing a cello, which is thought to be
my grandfather. Comparing it to images that we have of my
grandfather, I am sure it is him."
"We have several of William Munro's
paintings still in the family and my sister has his etchings,
including No.25, the etching of the Union Canal.
In the past, we've tried to locate
some of his other works. There is said to be a large
painting of the Union Canal that hung in the Board Room of a
brewery in Edinburgh but as yet I've not been able to find
anything about it.
I'd really like
to know if there are any other of his
paintings or etching that we have not seen.
Oliver, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland: 17 January 2016 (3