Basic Biographical Details

Name: John McLeod
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 March 1838
Died: 6 August 1888
Bio Notes: John McLeod was born on 1 March 1838, the son of William McLeod, sawmiller and Dean of Guild of Dumbarton, and Mary McAuslan. Details of his early training are not yet available but he practised in partnership with Alexander Adamson, of whom he had probably been a pupil, from 1867. Their office in that year was at 112 West George Street, Glasgow but it moved the following year to 160 Hope Street. The partnership was dissolved c.1871-72, McLeod continuing to practise on his own account from the existing office. In 1879 he was a member of the Council of Management of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

McLeod died of diabetes at his house, Overcliffe, Dumbarton on 6 August 1888, following a period in a coma, and was buried in Dumbarton Cemetery. He left the very substantial moveable estate of 8,481 14s 4d and was survived by his wife, Lily Symington McClymont, who died on 22 July 1953 at the age of ninety-three.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4112, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1867 *  
Item 2 of 4Moss Cottage, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1867 *After 1880 
Item 3 of 4160, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18681888 
Item 4 of 4Overcliffe, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 18841888 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Adamson & McLeod1867c. 1871 or c. 1872Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5William Flockhartc. 18711875Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Edward Alexander Buckingham Hay18721877Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5Edward Alexander Buckingham Hay18771880Assistant 
Item 4 of 5William Fraser18831888Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5David Andrew (junior)18861888Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 24 Bridgend AcademyDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandDate not known
Item 2 of 24 School, Bruce StreetDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandDate not known
Item 3 of 24 Women's Christian Association  GlasgowScotlandDate not known
Item 4 of 241867(?)Dumbarton Cemetery, Janet Rankin Monument and other monumentsDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandNo date recorded in HS list.

Janet Rankin/ Rankine died in 1867 so the monument is likely to be from around this date (information supplied by member of the public).
Item 5 of 241870Smollett FountainAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 6 of 24c. 1870Villas, Dixon DriveDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 7 of 241873Dalreoch ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 8 of 241873Town Mission HallDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 9 of 241873Warehouse for Simons Jacobs & Co and extension  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 10 of 241874Bridgend UP Church Sabbath SchoolDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 11 of 241877Stables and offices, East Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 12 of 24After 1877Warehouses  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 241878Garnethill Synagogue  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 241878New Established ChurchHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 15 of 241878North ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 16 of 241880Christian Institute  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 17 of 241880Methlan Park HouseDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 18 of 241881Burns-Aitken Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 241883Jamestown Parish ChurchJamestown DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 241884Knoxland ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 21 of 241885Knoxland SchoolDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 22 of 241885Levingrove ParkDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 23 of 241886Bridgend UP ChurchDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 24 of 241888Knoxland SchoolDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandSecond phase of work, doubling building in size


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Dumbarton Sheriff Court Sc65/34/32