Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948) was born in Hawick, Borders, Scotland. After graduating MA from the University of Glasgow in 1888 he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He came back to Glasgow, Scotland to teach at the Glasgow Athenaeum from 1895 to 1898 , thereafter returning to the Royal Academy as Professor of Harmony and Composition before becoming Principal there in 1924 retiring in 1936 . In 1947 , some 11 years after his retirement, he was persuaded to give his compositions to Glasgow University Library. He died in 1948 .
From the guide to the Autograph scores of music by Sir John Blackwood McEwen, 1868-1948, composer, 1892-1943, (Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department)