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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frank Burnet
Designation: Architect
Born: 1846(?)
Died: 6 February 1923
Bio Notes: Frank Burnet was born in 1846 in Melrose in Roxburghshire, the son of a builder, Francis Burnet, and his wife Janet Learmonth. He was educated at Melrose Parish School and Glasgow School of Art. He learned the business of building with his father, but in 1871 he joined the office of John Carrick, the City Master of Works in Glasgow, dealing with Dean of Guild and the New Buildings Department there and gaining experience of tenement design for the City Improvement Trust and forming contacts which were to be useful later. In or about 1877 he spent a year abroad travelling as far as Egypt and the Holy Land. In 1878 he commenced practice on his own account, his main business being tenements of which the firm built 540 between 1884 and 1906 in Dalmarnock, Parkhead, Alexandra Place, Queen's Park, Battlefield and Woodside, many of them were for himself and other members of the Burnet family. Others were for private clients, often in the licensed trade together with a number of schemes erected under the Artisans Dwelling Act. Their output was exceeded only by J C McKellar who built 640 between 1890 and 1910. Burnet also did considerable work as a valuator and witness in railway and property compensation cases and also as an arbiter and oversman in arbitration cases.

In August 1889 Burnet took into partnership his assistant, William James Boston, born in Tradeston on 9 June 1861 the son of Thomas Boston, artist seal-engraver, but the character of the practice did not significantly change except for a marked growth in industrial clients in the engineering, baking and printing trades. The firm moved rapidly into the premier league in 1897-98, largely as a result of distilling and licensed trade connections, but the actual design work was by then mainly in the hands of James Carruthers who designed in a manner influenced by John James Burnet - to whom Frank was not related - and Burnet's partner John A Campbell; Carruthers had entered the firm as an apprentice in 1886, studied at Glasgow School of Art and subsequently travelled in France, Itlay, Canada and the USA. He was briefly a partner from 1901 until 1908 when a sudden decline in the volume of business seems to have brought about his leaving to set up practice on his own account at 147 Bath Street. The practice then reverted to being Frank Burnet & Boston.

Frank Burnet married Mary Russell McGregor, and their son Frank Russell Burnet was born on 26 June 1891 in Kilmacolm. He was educated at Fettes College from 1906 to 1909 and subsequently at Glasgow School of Architecture, and served his articles in his father's firm. He served as a Major in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery from 1916 to 1918, and commenced practice as a partner in his father's firm in 1919. He married Margaret Roxburgh Taylor, daughter of the former architect, later politician, Sir Andrew Thomas Taylor, in 1920.

Neither Burnet nor Boston ever sought membership of the RIBA; Carruthers sought election as a Licentiate in 1911 after he left the practice. Frank Burnet died on 6 February 1923 at Earlston, Kilmacolm. Boston continued the practice with Burnet's son Frank Russell Burnet under the existing title of Frank Burnet & Boston.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 665, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1878After 1880 
Item 2 of 62, Cecil Street, Paisley Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate18861888 
Item 3 of 669, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1887 *c. 1893(?) 
Item 4 of 6Barlogan, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate18901891 
Item 5 of 6Earlston, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate18921923 
Item 6 of 6180, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18971911 

* 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 4John Carrick18711876Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Frank Burnet & Boston18891901Partner 
Item 3 of 4Burnet, Boston & Carruthers19011907 or 1908Partner 
Item 4 of 4Frank Burnet & Boston19081923Partner 

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 2William James Boston 1889AssistantLater partner
Item 2 of 2John Campbell McKellar18811882Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William Hill Smith22 June 1948For 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 112187623-25 Belmont Street and 27 and 31 La Crosse Terrace  GlasgowScotland23-25 Belmont Street and 27 La Crosse Terrace
Item 2 of 1121877Blane Valley Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 1121880Laurel GreenHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition
Item 4 of 1121881Govan Fever HospitalGovan GlasgowScotlandWon competition
Item 5 of 1121882Bellahouston BathsBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 1121884Thomson Street School  GlasgowScotlandNorthern extension
Item 7 of 1121885Villa at PollokshieldsPollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 1121886Kelvinhaugh School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 1121887Warehouse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 1121888Cumbrae Hotel   Scotland 
Item 11 of 1121889RedholmePollokshields/Dumbreck GlasgowScotlandOriginal building?
Item 12 of 112After 1889Whitehall Restaurant  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 1121890Victoria Bolt & Rivet Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 1121891Campbellfield Twisting Works  GlasgowScotlandExtensions
Item 15 of 1121891Miller's BakerySpringburn GlasgowScotlandWith W B Whitie
Item 16 of 1121893Kelvindale Mills  GlasgowScotlandStore
Item 17 of 1121895Terraced houses, Glencairn Drive and Shields Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 1121896176-178 Hope Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 1121896Business premises and tenements, Wellington Street and Argyle Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 1121896Warehouse, Brunswick Lane  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 1121897188-190 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 1121897Bonded Store, Ballater Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 1121897Robert Sinclair's Warehouse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 112189896-100 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations or additions, perhaps not executed
Item 25 of 1121898Carlton BuildingsHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 26 of 1121898Castle Chambers and Palace Restaurant  GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 1121898Clyde Rivet Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 112After 1898(?)F & J Smith Tobacco Factory  GlasgowScotlandProbably involved, but may be by James Ritchie
Item 29 of 112c. 1898(?)Paxtons Hotel  GlasgowScotlandProbably involved, but may be by James Ritchie
Item 30 of 1121899Herriot Hill Printing Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions, mansard attic.
Item 31 of 1121899Oil works for Rowley & Dick  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 1121899Public house and shop with flats over for George Honeyman Farmer  GlasgowScotlandOriginal scheme
Item 33 of 1121900Battlefield Gardens Tenements  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 1121900Battlefield Road Tenements  GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 1121900Campbellfield Twisting Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 36 of 1121900City Flint Glass Works and Hecla Foundry  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 1121900Royal Bank of Scotland branch office and business premises  GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 1121900Sinclair Drive Tenements  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 1121900St George's Mansions  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 1121900Tenements for Glasgow City Improvement Trust, High Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 1121900Tenements, Govan Road and Shaw Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 42 of 112After 1900RedholmePollokshields/Dumbreck GlasgowScotlandAddition?
Item 43 of 112After 1900Wesleyan Methodist ChurchBarrhead RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 44 of 112c. 1900Royal Avenue MansionsCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 45 of 1121901Seven tenements Bridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 46 of 1121901Tenement, Parkhead Cross  GlasgowScotland 
Item 47 of 1121901Warehouse, Dunlop Street and Howard Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 48 of 1121902Business Premises, corner of West Nile Street and Drury Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 49 of 1121902Business Premises, corner of West Nile Street and Drury Street (South cornner)  GlasgowScotland 
Item 50 of 1121902Coach Works  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 51 of 1121902Herriot Hill Printing Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions on St James Road (3,500)
Item 52 of 1121902Parkholm Bakery  GlasgowScotland 
Item 53 of 1121902Public house and shop with flats over for George Honeyman Farmer  GlasgowScotlandRevised scheme
Item 54 of 1121902SmithstoneKilwinning AyrshireScotlandAddition
Item 55 of 1121903Bakery for R A Peacock and Son  GlasgowScotland 
Item 56 of 1121903City Improvement Trust Buildings, High Street and Bell Street  GlasgowScotlandMansard attic, extensive alterations
Item 57 of 1121903Dalmarnock Iron WorksDalmarnock GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 58 of 1121903Gordon Chambers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 59 of 1121903Herriot Hill Printing Works  GlasgowScotlandFurther additions (15,000)
Item 60 of 1121903Scottish Amicable Building  GlasgowScotlandTop floor added
Item 61 of 1121903Tenements, Dumbarton Road, Vine Street and Merkland Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 62 of 1121903Tenements, High Street and Duke Street  GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 63 of 1121903Union BankDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 64 of 1121903Workshops, High Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 65 of 112190416 Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotland4th floor and above added
Item 66 of 112190439 Sherbrooke AvenuePollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 67 of 112190488 Renfield Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 68 of 1121904Campbellfield Twisting Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 69 of 1121904Glasgow Cabinet Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 70 of 1121904Matheran HousePollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 71 of 1121904McLellan Art Gallery and warehouse  GlasgowScotlandRemodelling of interior, shopfronts, dome at Rose Street corner
Item 72 of 1121905Drill Hall and Headquarters for the Royal Naval Reserve BrigadeGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 73 of 1121905Engineering Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 74 of 1121905Glasgow Cabinet Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 75 of 1121905Great George Street/ Kersland Road Tenement  GlasgowScotlandSuperseded by John Nisbet after construction was begun.
Item 76 of 1121905HeathbankHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations to house and new coach house
Item 77 of 1121905St Columba's SchoolKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 78 of 1121905Workshops, High Street  GlasgowScotlandFurther work after fire in 1905.
Item 79 of 112c. 190515-31 Duke Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 80 of 112c. 1905City Improvement Trust tenements  GlasgowScotlandHS attribution
Item 81 of 1121906Canning Place Public School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 82 of 1121906Dalmarnock Iron WorksDalmarnock GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 83 of 1121906Tenements, Dalnair Street and Esmond Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 84 of 1121907BrincliffeHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 85 of 1121907Fountain in memory of John and Thomas Hamilton, Maxwell ParkMaxwell Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 86 of 1121907Hughenden House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 87 of 1121907Motor Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 88 of 1121907Two-storey house, Kennedy DriveHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 89 of 112c. 1907Herbertshire CastleFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 90 of 1121908Acme Machine Works  GlasgowScotlandMansard addition
Item 91 of 1121908Garnethill Established ChurchGarnethill GlasgowScotland 
Item 92 of 1121910City Manure Office, Parliamentary Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to stables.
Item 93 of 1121910Offices, Port Dundas Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 94 of 1121911Bonded Warehouses, Borron Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 95 of 1121911Box Factory, William Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 96 of 1121911Fa'side HouseMearns RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 97 of 1121911Premises, New Sneddon Street and Wallace StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 98 of 1121911Royal Exchange Assurance Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 99 of 1121911St George's Horse Bazaar  GlasgowScotlandRoofing and courtyard
Item 100 of 1121912Green's PicturedromePossil GlasgowScotland 
Item 101 of 1121912Hydepark Bakery  GlasgowScotlandStables
Item 102 of 1121912Tenements, Gallowgate and Graham Square  GlasgowScotland 
Item 103 of 1121912Warehouse, Mitchell Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 104 of 1121913Castle Mearns  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 105 of 1121913Port Dundas DistilleryPort Dundas GlasgowScotlandRebuilding
Item 106 of 1121914Commercial BankDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 107 of 1121914Stables, Dobbie's Loan  GlasgowScotlandRoofing of courtyard
Item 108 of 1121914Tobacco factory, Tobago Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 109 of 1121914Tramcar shelter, Battlefield Rest  GlasgowScotland 
Item 110 of 1121914Tramway Offices, Bath Street  GlasgowScotlandLarge extensions
Item 111 of 1121914Warehouse, Sussex Street  GlasgowScotlandWith Bruce & Hay
Item 112 of 1121918Canteen, near Kingstown Shipbuilding YardPort Glasgow Glasgow Named as architect in Building News


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 8Glasgow Contemporaries1901Glasgow Contemporaries at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century   
Item 2 of 8Hume, John R1974Industrial Archaeology of Glasgow Glasgow & London: Blackie 
Item 3 of 8Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 4 of 8Kenna and Mooney1983People's Palaces   
Item 5 of 8McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press 
Item 6 of 8Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 7 of 8Who's Who in Architecture1926    
Item 8 of 8Worsdall, Frank1979The Tenement   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Herald7 February 1923  p9


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