Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Scotland
Designation: Architect
Born: 1859
Died: 26 November 1926
Bio Notes: John Scotland was born in 1859, the son of James Scotland, spirit merchant and his wife Elizabeth Moffat. He was articled to James Thomson & Sons of Airdrie and remained as assistant for three years, subsequently seeking further experience in other unidentified offices before commencing independent practice in Airdrie in 1887. A few years later he was made Assessor of the Burgh of Airdrie. He was elected to the Airdrie School Board c.1897, becoming its Chairman ten years later. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, with Alexander McGibbon as his sole proposer and with the additional support of William Thomson, the Procurator Fiscal of Hamilton, who had known him since he was a child. At that date his business address was 12 Broomknoll Street, Airdrie, and he was living at 'Mossgiel' in the same town.

The practice was continued by Scotland's son, George Bruce Scotland, until at least 1931, from the same address in Airdrie. Thomas McIntosh Scotland (born c. 1871) may have been a younger brother.

Scotland died from cardiac disease on 26 November 1926 aged sixty-seven, survived by his wife Elizabeth Andrew. His death was registered by his son George Bruce Scotland.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 212 (or 10 or 20), Broomknoll Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1890 *1911(?)HS (and Measurers' Companion) say 10 Broomknoll Street in 1890 but perhaps numbering change?

Clarke says 20 Broomknoll Street
Item 2 of 2Mossgiel, Clark Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *1926 

* 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 2James Thomson & Sonsc. 1875(?)c. 1880(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2James Thomson & Sonsc. 1880(?)c. 1883(?)Assistant 

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 3Andrew Danskine Aitken17 September 18971900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3George Bruce ScotlandAfter 1919 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Graham Scott Baird19201922Apprentice(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander McGibbon20 July 1911for Licentiateship

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 12After 1887Bannockburn HouseBannockburn StirlingshireScotlandDecoration
Item 2 of 12After 1887Business premises for Coatbridge Co-operative SocietyCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 12After 1887Business premises for Sellar & CoAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 12After 1887Double villa for StewartBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 12After 1887Double villa for TaylorAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 12After 1887EU Congregational ChurchAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 12After 1887High UP ChurchAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAlterations and extension early C20
Item 8 of 12After 1887Shops and villa for Austen (or Austin?)Bellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 12After 1887Westquarter HouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandDecoration
Item 10 of 121890Tenement, Main Street and Caledonian RoadWishaw LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 121901Standburn Public HallStandburn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 121906Park Congregational ChurchAirdrie    


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Clarke1896Clarke's Airdrie Directory for 1896   
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website - Statutory Registers - Deaths  Statutory Registers (Deaths) 651/000395

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1573