John Morton Dykes

John M Dykes was a noted sportsman playing hockey, tennis, golf and curling but was best known as a rugby player having been a Scottish Rugby International on ten occasions between 1898 and 1902. He was President of the Scottish Rugby Union from 1920 to 1922, President of Glasgow High School Club from 1919 to 1922 and Captain of the 1st Bearsden Company, Boys Brigade from 1907 to 1910 and again from 1912 to 1919.

In October 1927 the feu duty for Ledcameroch was redeemed although the Campbell Colquhoun family and their successors remained as feudal superiors until 1977. Following the sale of Ledcameroch in February 1937 the Dykes family moved to Prestwick. The property which had cost £5750 in June 1919 was sold for £3950.

The September 1920 issue of the magazine The Baillie profiled John M Dykes in its Man You Know series. The following are extracts:

“In business the Man You Know is a partner in the firm of Messrs Wallace & Weir Ltd, wholesale clothing manufacturers, Argyle Street. On leaving school he entered his father’s business of Dykes and Morton, wholesale warehousemen and manufacturers, and in 1899 went to London to gain experience.

Returning to Glasgow he continued with the paternal firm till about the year 1908, when he joined the Messrs Wallace and Weir. Under his direction the organisation has been perfected, and remarkable development has taken place, branches being established in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Edinburgh, Pontypool, Swansea, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham and Darlington. There are three factories in Glasgow and one in Newcastle.

When the Great War started, the firm turned to the production of military uniforms, devoting 80 per cent of output to meeting the forces’ demands.”