Donald Paton, from Corrie, Isle of Arran , was born in 1861, trained as a stonemason and was the father of Scottish artist, Hugh Paton and grandfather of Avril Paton.
Paton had no formal training as an artist but produced many water colour paintings of note. He worked out of doors in all weathers and particularly favoured landscapes of the hills and glens surrounding him at Corrie.
As well as his skills as an artist, Donald built a successful tearoom in Corrie , Paton’s Tea Rooms, which later became Black Rock boarding house, run by the Paton family until 1966.
He died in 1931 or 1949.
He sometimes used the pseudonym E.H. Thompson and exhibited “Moor and Mountain – Arran” at the RSA. ( A Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture - McEwan)