Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Armour (senior)
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1842
Died: 24 May 1915
Bio Notes: John Armour was born about 1842 in Irvine, the son of John Armour, a master builder, and his wife Agnes Dunlop. In 1861 his father employed 24 man, 17 boys and 11 labourers. The younger Armour trained as a stone mason as did his younger brother, James. The 1871 Census records his profession as 'harbour clerk'. This may be related to the fact that his father went bankrupt in 1870 and work as a stonemason may have dried up.

He began independent practice as an architect in 1875 and was the father of John Armour (1866-1949). He was an architect and 'ordained surveyor'. He died at Smithhill, Bridgegate, Irvine on 24 May 1915, survived by his wife Jane Murdoch Shields and his son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Halfway, Dundonald, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1871 *  
Item 2 of 243, Bridgegate, Irvine, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business19031915 

* 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 1J & J Armour1 January 19031915Partner 

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 4John Armour (junior)1883c. 1887Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 4John Armour (junior)c. 18871 January 1903Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Hugh Harvey1893c. 1898Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Hugh Harveyc. 18981 January 1903Assistant 

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 191871Charlotte Square  EdinburghScotlandOctagonal layout and railed pathways
Item 2 of 191871Good Templar's HallIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 191877Irvine Baptist ChurchIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 19After 1883St Andrews Episcopal ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotlandChancel
Item 5 of 191886St Andrews Episcopal RectoryArdrossan AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 191888ManseKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 191894Irvine Parish Church HallIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 191896Irvine Parish ChurchIrvine AyrshireScotlandInterior reconstructed
Item 9 of 19c. 1897Joint Fever HospitalKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 191898Masonic HallStevenston AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 191899Royal Irvine AcademyIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 191899St Peter's Episcopal ChurchDalry AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 191899Winton Primary SchoolArdrossan AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 14 of 191900Dreghorn Parish Church HallDreghorn AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 191901Argyle Primary SchoolSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandNew block - connected to 1876 school
Item 16 of 191901HouseIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 191903Lodge Irvine St AndrewIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 191904Irvine Parish Council OfficesIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 19 of 191907Cemetery and offices (including lodge)Stewarton AyrshireScotlandWon competition and secured job - for lodge and layout?


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalJuly 1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp427 Obituary of John Junior

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register