Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lake Falconer (junior)
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 June 1882
Died: February 1940
Bio Notes: Lake Falconer Junior was the son of the elder architect of the same name, and was born in Blairgowrie on 16 June 1882. He was the fourth child and third son of the ten children of Lake senior. Lake junior was educated at Dundee High School and University College, Dundee. He was an apprentice in the family firm's Blairgowrie office under Lake Senior from 1898 to 1902, remaining there as assistant and subsequently chief assistant until 1910 when he moved to Oban to take charge of James Grewar Falconer's branch office there. James Falconer in due course bought out the practice of George Woulfe Brenan after the latter's retirement, though the precise date of this is not known. Lake Falconer junior was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being the Aberdeen architects John Ross McMillan, Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon and George Watt.

During the First World War Lake Junior served with the Royal Artillery in Egypt, Palestine and Syria, being promoted Captain in 1916 and Major in 1918, commanding no 11 and no 13 Mountain Batteries, no 181st Heavy Battery, and the 95th Heavy brigade. After the war he commanded the Argyll Battery (TA) from 1924 to 1929. One of his favourite recreations was rifle shooting and he gained many trophies in competitions. He married Catherine Johnston, daughter of Thomas Johnston of Maxwell Park, Glasgow, in 1922.

At the outbreak of World War II Falconer was appointed Commandant of the Oban special constables.

Falconer died 7 February 1940. He had been on his way to Barra where he had a job building a house for the RNLI for their mechanic. Just as the boat left Tiree he collapsed and died on a heart attack. He was survived by his wife and daughter and son, also Lake, who became a solicitor and practised in Oban until his retirement in 1989. After Lake junior's death, the business was sold.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Ardconnel Villa, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 4Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness 1910 
Item 3 of 4Fort William, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1910  
Item 4 of 422, Alexandra Place, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusiness1910  

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4L & J G Falconer18981902ApprenticeIn Blairgowrie office
Item 2 of 4L & J G Falconer19021906AssistantIn Blairgowrie office
Item 3 of 4L & J G Falconer19061910Chief AssistantIn Blairgowrie office
Item 4 of 4L & J G Falconer1910After 1912Chief AssistantIn charge of Oban office

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 4Walter J Bennett  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Robert Robertson Reid YoungMarch 1927November 1927Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Alexander Webb Abercromby16 December 19301 January 1936Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Alexander Webb Abercromby1 January 19361 August 1938Assistant 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McMillan24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Watt24 June 1912for 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 621901St Andrews UF ChurchBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandRole unclear - perhaps assisting with the tendering process or acting as site architect.
Item 2 of 62After 1902Glenericht Mansion House  PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 3 of 62After 1902Mansion House, AuchenlieshGlenisla AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 62After 1902Persie Mansion HouseNorth Persie AngusScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 621910Webster's SeminaryKirriemuir AngusScotlandAdditions
Listed as Lake Falcolner, Blairgowrie
Item 6 of 62November 1910Arduaine HouseArduaine ArgyllScotlandAdditions - drawings dated
Item 7 of 621911Broadford UF Church and ManseBroadfordSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAs assistant and possibly partner
Item 8 of 621911Falls of Lora HotelConnel ArgyllScotlandReconstruction after fire
Item 9 of 621911Laggan UF Church ManseLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 10 of 621911Thirty-six workmen's housesRaasay Inverness-shireScotlandAs assistant and possibly partner
Item 11 of 621911UF ChurchMallaig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 621911UF ManseAcharacle / Aharcle Argyll/Inverness-shireScotlandAs assistant and maybe partner
Item 13 of 621914Portree MansePortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 14 of 621915Sleat ManseSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 15 of 621921Old Railway Gas Works site, new kilns and other buildings for kippering herringsOban ArgyllScotlandStore at kippering houses
Item 16 of 621921Premises, George Street and John StreetOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations to shop and house
Item 17 of 621922West Highland Auction MartOban ArgyllScotlandRestoration of office building after fire
Item 18 of 62192517 Quarry Road, garageOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 19 of 621925Glencruitten Golf ClubhouseOban ArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 20 of 621925Lorn HotelOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 621925Oban Auction Market, corrugated iron tea room and hayshedOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 22 of 621925Premises, Airds CrescentOban ArgyllScotlandRoof over yard
Item 23 of 621925Villa and garage in Battery RoadOban ArgyllScotlandNew villa and re-erect old army hut as a garage
Item 24 of 621926Premises, George Street and Argyll StreetOban ArgyllScotlandAlter shopfront and erect arcade
Item 25 of 621926Studio and workshopsOban ArgyllScotlandWorkshops
Item 26 of 621927Ben Voulin House, Oban HillOban ArgyllScotlandNew pavilion
Item 27 of 621927Esplanade Boarding HouseOban ArgyllScotlandGarage behind house
Item 28 of 621927Garage, Quarry RoadOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 29 of 621927West Highland HotelMallaig Inverness-shireScotlandRebuilding?
Item 30 of 62192864 George StreetOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations to shop
Item 31 of 621928Anderson Bros, engineering work yardOban ArgyllScotlandRoof over yard and WC
Item 32 of 621928Argyllshire Gathering HallsOban ArgyllScotlandEmergency exit added
Item 33 of 621928Garage and caretaker's house, Stevenson StreetOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 34 of 621928Kenmore Villa, garageOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 35 of 621928Premises in Alexandra Road, Corran EsplanadeOban ArgyllScotlandAdditions to shops
Item 36 of 621928Premises, George Street and Argyll StreetOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations to shopfront
Item 37 of 621929Esplanade Boarding HouseOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations to house
Item 38 of 621929Myrtle BankOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations - new bathroom
Item 39 of 621929Six shops, George Street and Queens Park PlaceOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations to shopfronts at nos 2-3 Queen's Park Place
Item 40 of 621930Argyll HotelOban ArgyllScotlandAddition of lounge bar
Item 41 of 62193121 Argyll Square, garageOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 42 of 62193162 George StreetOban ArgyllScotlandNew shop front
Item 43 of 621931Bay View HotelOban ArgyllScotlandNew bathroom
Item 44 of 621931Garage, Shore StreetOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 45 of 621931Lorn HotelOban ArgyllScotlandAddition to lounge
Item 46 of 621931Marine House HotelOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 47 of 621931Office and storeOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 48 of 6219333 Victoria CrescentOban ArgyllScotlandDormer windows added
Item 49 of 621933Garage, BraeheadOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 50 of 621933Garage, Lochside StreetOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 51 of 621933King's Arms HotelOban ArgyllScotlandConversion of stable into laundry
Item 52 of 621933Oban Episcopal Cathedral of St John the DivineOban ArgyllScotlandPorch at hall entrance
Item 53 of 621933The Whins, Croft RoadOban ArgyllScotlandDormer windows added
Item 54 of 621934West Highland Cottage HospitalOban ArgyllScotlandExtensions
Item 55 of 621936Bungalow, Croft RoadOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 56 of 621936House, CraigievarOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 57 of 621936House, Oban HillOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 58 of 621936House, Strathaven TerraceOban ArgyllScotlandDormer window
Item 59 of 621936Marine House HotelOban ArgyllScotlandFire escape staircase
Item 60 of 621936Offices, Albany StreetOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 61 of 621936Workshop, Combie StreetOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 62 of 621938Ardchattan and Connel UF ChurchBenderloch ArgyllScotlandConversion of church to house

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder23 February 1940  p249 - obituary
Item 2 of 3Scotsman9 February 1940  p5 Obituary
Item 3 of 3Scotsman14 February 1940  p2

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files CHECK for full dates etc.
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v24 no1910