Born Glasgow. Landscape painter in oil and watercolour, also etcher. Landscape, portraiture, genre and semi-abstracts. Studied Glasgow School of Art 1924-29, specialising in engraving, colour woodcuts and lithography. After further studies in Paris, he toured southern France and Spain before returning to teach at Glasgow School of Art 1931-47, with a wartime break that saw him first as a Glasgow reserve policeman (recorded in a series of etchings) and from 1941 in the Pioneer Corps, demobbed 1946 with the rank of major. In Aberdeen, he resuscitated the Aberdeen Art Society in 1958. Head of Gray’s School of Art 1954. After retirement in 1971 he founded the Peacock Printmakers and Artspace. Lived in Aberdeen for many years. One of Scotland’s most important 20th century etchers.