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Born in Australia in 1855 of Montrose parents who had emigrated but later returned to the town. James Gray Low was a self-taught but very competent artist who came to document in his paintings the town where he was to spend much of his life. From his schooling he had grown up to become a businessman and a prominent participant in the town’s civic life. He was a church elder of the Steeple Church and was an active supporter and leading light of numerous worthy causes in the town including Dorward House, the Public Library and the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society. For eight years from 1910 he was an elected member of the Town Council. Low relinquished office in 1918 but a year later took up post as a Justice of the Peace for Angus.

Text source: Museums Galleries Archives, ANGUSalive


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