Robert M. Mann


B/W Photograph of Robert M. Mann

Robert Mathers Mann (1869–1917) was the son of James Mann, partner in the prominent Glasgow drapery firm of Mann, Byars & Co, whose extensive premises were in Argyle Street, Glassford Street and Virginia Street. Robert worked for the firm. He was secretary and treasurer of the Holy Loch Sailing Club, and a member of Troon Golf Club and the Busby Bowling Club. 1 He was evidently a book collector: D. Y. Cameron designed a book plate for him, and he lent a number of volumes with fine bindings to the Burns exhibition at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1896. 2 During the First World War, he served as a Major in the 5th Scottish Rifles, and was killed in November 1917. He was listed for the last time in the Glasgow Post Office Directory in 1907–8, and at the time of his death his address was 4 Albert Place, Stirling. 3


1: Glasgow Herald, 25 July 1898, p. 10. He is commemorated on the war memorials of Troon Golf Club and Busby Bowling Club.

2: Wilbur Macey Stone, ed., Book-plates of To-day, New York: Tonnelé & Co., 1902, p. 17; Memorial Catalogue of the Burns Exhibition, Held in the Galleries of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts ... From 15th July till 31st October, 1896, Glasgow: William Hodge & Co., 1898.

3: Scotsman, 26 November 1917, p. 1.