Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Armour (junior)
Designation: Architect
Born: 1866
Died: 29 April 1949
Bio Notes: John Armour junior was born in 1866, the son of Irvine architect John Armour senior. He was educated at Kilmarnock Academy and Kilmarnock School of Art from 1880 to 1883, and attended the architecture classes at Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College from 1883 onwards, winning two prizes and a year's scholarship for his drawings and lecture notes, and all the while spending the rest of his time working for his father. During the summer holidays he travelled in France, Germany and Belgium, and every spring and autumn for twelve years attended the School of Art visits to the Cathedral towns of England. Around 1892-3 he was resident architect' in Kilwinning possibly working for the Freemasons (or could this have been his father?).

He commenced practice as a principal in 1896 and his father took him into partnership along with a brother in 1903, the firm becoming J & J Armour. He was elected LRIBA in early 1911, his proposers being his teacher Alexander McGibbon, Andrew Robertson and James Milne Monro; and he became FRIBA in 1921, proposed by John Watson, James Lochhead and McGibbon. He took over the practice at his father's death in 1915. He died on 29 April 1949. No details are available of his brother (he had two brothers, William and Hugh) who may have practised in a different capacity.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Smithhill, Irvine, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1889After 1920 
Item 2 of 243, Bridgegate, Irvine, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1903After 1943 

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 3John Armour (senior)1883c. 1887Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 3John Armour (senior)c. 18871 January 1903Assistant 
Item 3 of 3J & J Armour1 January 19031949Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6James LochheadLate 1920 or January 1921for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Alexander McGibbonEarly 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6Alexander McGibbonLate 1920 or January 1921for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6James Milne MonroEarly 1911for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 6Andrew RobertsonEarly 1911for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6John WatsonLate 1920 or January 1921for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Paterson Allison1 December 1946For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Hugh Harvey13 April 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Hugh Stewart Mark19 June 1939for Associateship

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 34After 1883St Andrews Episcopal ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotlandChancel: as assistant to his father
Item 2 of 341886St Andrews Episcopal RectoryArdrossan AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 3 of 341892Mother LodgeKilwinning AyrshireScotlandAs resident architect assisted John Bennie Wilson
Item 4 of 341894Irvine Parish Church HallIrvine AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father. The Glasgow Herald 6 July 1896 states that the design is by John Armour junior.
Item 5 of 341896Irvine Parish ChurchIrvine AyrshireScotlandInterior reconstructed as assistant to his father.
Item 6 of 34c. 1897Joint Fever HospitalKilwinning AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 7 of 341898Masonic HallStevenston AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 8 of 341899Royal Irvine AcademyIrvine AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 9 of 341899St Peter's Episcopal ChurchDalry AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 10 of 341899Winton Primary SchoolArdrossan AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - as assistant to his father
Item 11 of 341900Dreghorn Parish Church HallDreghorn AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 12 of 341901Argyle Primary SchoolSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father - new block - connected to 1876 school
Item 13 of 341901HouseIrvine AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 14 of 341903Lodge Irvine St AndrewIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 341904Cottage for P S KerrWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 16 of 341904Governor's House and County Council PoorhouseIrvine? AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 341904Irvine Parish Council OfficesIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 341904Smallpox HospitalKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 19 of 341904Villa for Mrs PatersonIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 20 of 341904Winton ArmsStevenston AyrshireScotland 
Item 21 of 341905Episcopal Church HallArdrossan AyrshireScotland 
Item 22 of 341905RC SchoolDalry AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 341905St Andrews Episcopal ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotlandHall added to rear of church
Item 24 of 341905Terrace of housesDunlop AyrshireScotland 
Item 25 of 341906Elementary SchoolIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 26 of 341907Cemetery and offices (including lodge)Stewarton AyrshireScotlandWon competition and secured job - for lodge and layout?
Item 27 of 341907Dreghorn SchoolDreghorn AyrshireScotland 
Item 28 of 341908Galston Higher Grade SchoolGalston AyrshireScotland 
Item 29 of 341910Memorial Fountain to the Warners of ArdeerStevenston AyrshireScotland 
Item 30 of 341911Kilwinning Parish Church HallsKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 31 of 341911Monkton SchoolMonkton AyrshireScotlandRefacing
Item 32 of 341914Irvine HospitalIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 33 of 341922Local Authority housingDreghorn AyrshireScotland 
Item 34 of 341925Knadgerhill CemeteryIrvine AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIAS 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalJuly 1948 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp427 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v11 no607 (microfilm reel 33); F no1750 (microfilm reel 14)