Rory McEwen (1932-1982) was a botanical artist and folk singer. He was born into a famous family at Marchmont House in Scotland, the son of politician Sir John McEwen. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge. and then served with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in Egypt (1950-2).
Following that he started to publish watercolor paintings of plants and flowers. He is noted for painting flowers, leaves, fruit and vegetables and his work appears in several botanical texts, the Scottish National Gallery, and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
He also became quite famous as a folk singer, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show on television. He lived in in London where he appeared regularly on the Tonight Show. McEwen's friends included Bob Dylan, writer Robert Graves, model Jean Shrimpton, actor Terence Stamp, the Beatles and members of the Royal Family. Sadly he became terminally ill with a brain tumor, and died when he threw himself in front of a London underground train.