Autograph scores of music by Sir John Blackwood McEwen, 1868-1948, composer

Scope and Content

A large part of the collection is made up of instrumental and chamber music, but there are also a number of songs, part-songs and some orchestral music, comprising of some 150 volumes (including scores and parts). There are around 60 items as yet uncatalogued works comprising of drafts, fragments and sketches.

Administrative / Biographical History

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  .



The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Owned by the University of Glasgow


Acquisition Information

Gift : John McEwen : 1947 : ACCN 4622

Transfer : Scottish Music Information Centre : 1981 : ACCN 4623

Transfer : Scottish Music Information Centre : 1998 : ACCN 4745

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS McEwen

Entries for printed material are available on the main Library catalogue at

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 15 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by John Blackwood McEwen and presented to the University via H G Farmer. Some material held by the Scottish Music Information Centre.


None expected

Related Material

No related material


Sheila M. Craik, 'Tunic-tinsel-toga: an exhibition to mark the centenary of Henry George Farmer, 1882-1965', College Courant (Glasgow), no. 70 (March 1983), pp 24-27