Photographs and Monumental Inscriptions from Burial Grounds, Cemeteries & Churchyards in Central Scotland.
Friday, 15 August 2014
John Milne Donald
Scottish Landscape Painter
Portrait by James S. Stewart
John Milne Donald was born in Nairn, Scotland.
His birth doesn’t appear to have been registered, so
it may have been anytime from 1816 to 1821. He is believed to have been the son
of Thomas Donald and Ann Milne who married on 24th March 1818 in the
Parish of St. Nicholas, Aberdeen.
Little is known of his early life but his marriage can
be found on the IGI
(familysearch.org) at Glasgow on 4th March 1849
(Mary’s surname is listed as ‘Bradie’)
They are found on the 1851 Census with their baby
Mary’s widowed mother and her sisters were living at
the same address -
11 Killermont Street, (Barony Parish), Glasgow as follows:
Helen Bredie, Head, Widow (of Manufacturer), age 71,
Janet Bredie, Daughter, age 31, Shopwoman, born Glasgow
Ebenezer Paterson, Grandson, age 14, Bookbinder
Apprentice, born Glasgow
John Milne Donald, Head, age 30, Artist (Master), born
Mary Donald (nee Bredie), Daughter, age 28, born Glasgow
Ellen Donald, Grandchild, age 1 month, born Glasgow
Note that his age is stated as 30, which
would make his year of birth 1821
and he is also listed as ‘Head’ of the
household, so perhaps the two families
lived next door to one another.
On the Kelvin, 1858
By 1861 John and his family were living in the village
of Rhu (or Row), on the east
side of Gare Loch in the County of Dunbartonshire.
The 1861 Census shows that their family had grown:
John Milne Donald, Head, age 41, Landscape Painter,
Mary Donald, Wife, age 37, born Glasgow
Ellen Donald, Daughter, age 10, Scholar, born Glasgow
Annie Donald, Daughter, age 9, Scholar, born Glasgow
Thomas W. Donald, Son, age 8, Scholar, born Glasgow
Note that his age is stated as 41, which
would make his year of birth 1820.
The head of Loch
Lomond looking to Ben Vorlich, 1860
Picnic by the lake, 1863
Mary Donald, John’s wife died on the 23rd
September 1865 at
West Princes Street, Helensburgh aged 46.
Her Death Certificate states that she was the daughter
William Bredie, Merchant and Helen Bredie nee Dawson.
Her cause of death was Tubercular Disease of the Lungs
The following year on the 14th July 1866
John died aged 48
at Gartnavel Royal Lunatic Asylum, Partick.
His cause of death is listed as Epilepsy.
The informant of his death was an Asylum Attendant who
gave John’s parents as
Alexander Donald, Writer and Annie Donald nee Forbes.
(Where these names came from no-one will
John, his wife Mary and son Tom William Donald are
The Inscription reads:
This stone is placed over the grave of
JOHN MILNE DONALD, Landscape Painter
By a few attached friends and admirers of his genius.
Born at Nairn in 1817, died at Glasgow 1st July 1866
MARY BREDIE his wife died 23rd September
1865 aged 46 years
Also TOM WILLIAM DONALD, Artist, his only son
Died 31st January 1883 aged 29 years
wrong date of death for John)
John’s eldest daughter Ellen (or Helen) married
William Smith, an accountant
Renfrew Street, Glasgow
on 14th June 1869
She died at Kilcreggan on 12th June 1885
aged 35 and is buried with