In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.

The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Lt Col John Douglas Boswell

John Douglas Boswell was born on 16th February 1867 at Garrallan House, the second son of Patrick Charles Douglas Boswell a JP and landed proprietor.

He was educated at Loretto, gained a BA at  Brasenose College, Oxford and BL at Glasgow University. He was a lawyer.

He played rugby for Scotland 1889-1894

He served in the Boer War and in France in WW1 and in 1917 was awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle.

Cumnock Chronicle March 1917

He was married and had at least 2 children: Jean Campbell Douglas Boswell and  John Patrick Douglas Boswell (born 1910 in  Edinburgh).

He died in Edinburgh on 8th January 1948.

1 comment:

  1. Jean married a Danish Baron in 1932 at Auchinleck - Erik Juel-Brockdorff, and had six children to him.
    There was another son of Col Boswell - Bobby who farmed in the borders ( Kelso?)