1891-1919 The Early Years

Ian Fairweather was born on 29 September 1891 at Bridge of Allan in Scotland. His father, James Fairweather, was Surgeon-General of the 22nd Punjabi Rifles. His mother, Annette, had nine children with Ian the youngest.

He spent his first ten years in Scotland raised by his aunts and was reunited with this family in 1901.

Schooled at Victoria College in Jersey and Earls Court in London, he developed an interest in adventure, drawing and philosophy.
Ian Fairweather joined the army in 1912. He trained as an officer and served in World War One. He was captured in Dour, France becoming a prisoner of war.

Following the war, Fairweather resigned from the army and resolved to become an artist.