Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frank Russell Burnet
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 June 1891
Died: June 1980
Bio Notes: Frank Russell Burnet was born on 26 June 1891 in Kilmacolm to Frank Burnet, the prolific tenement architect of Glasgow and his wife Mary Russell McGregor. He was educated at Fettes College from 1906 to 1909 and subsequently at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1910 to 1914, and was articled to his father's firm of Frank Burnet & Boston. He served as a Major in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery from 1916 to 1918. He commenced practice as a partner in his father's firm in 1919, and married Margaret Roxburgh Taylor, daughter of Alexander Thompson Taylor, a wholesale sugar dealer, in 1920. He was admitted ARIBA in 1921. He continued the practice under the same name after the deaths of Burnet and Boston in 1923 and 1937 respectively, taking James Bell into partnership in 1934. He was admitted FRIBA on 10 February 1948, his proposers being William McCrea, Alexander Nisbet Malcolm and James Steel Maitland. He was active in public life serving as Deacon of Masons in 1934-35.

Burnet died on 31 May 1980 at Mosswood, Glenmosston Road, Kilmacolm which would appear to have been shared with his daughter and son-in-law. He was a widower, having been married twice, first to Marjery Roxburgh Taylor, and second to Ethel Margaret Graham.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4180, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19191966 
Item 2 of 4Paignton, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19221923 
Item 3 of 4Enterkin, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19251980 
Item 4 of 4Mosswood, Glenmosston Road, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1980 *  

* 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 4Frank Burnet & Bostonc. 1906(?)c. 1911(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Frank Burnet & Bostonc. 1911(?)1915(?)Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Frank Burnet & Boston19191961Partner 
Item 4 of 4Frank Burnet Bell & Partners19611965PartnerBurnet retired in 1965.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Steel Maitland10 February 1948for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet Malcolm10 February 1948for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William McCrea10 February 1948for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 7Stuart Lothian Barclay6 March 1956For Associateship
Item 2 of 7Alexander Green13 January 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 7Archibald Douglas Holmes11 December 1951For Licentiateship
Item 4 of 7Neil Burke Moir8 January 1957For Fellowship
Item 5 of 7David (or erroneously Donald) Allan Stevenson15 April 1947For Licentiateship
Item 6 of 7William Liston Walker11 March 1947For Licentiateship
Item 7 of 7William Charles Thyrd Wright24 June 1947For 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 52After 1919Commercial Union Assurance Building, Stockwell Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 52After 1919Union Bank  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 52After 1919Union Bank of Scotland, Hope Street branch  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 521923Premises, Trongate, Stockwell Street and Osborne Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 521929Commercial Union Assurance Building, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 521930sGreenock Ice RinkGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 521931Mill Church, suite of hallsGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 521933Bank of Scotland, MaryhillMaryhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 521934Buildings in New Lanark for Gourock Ropework CompanyNew Lanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 10 of 521934Premises in Braxfield RoadNew Lanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 521935Bank of Scotland, PossilparkPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 521935Building for the Distillers CompanyGovan GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and extension
Item 13 of 521935Factory for Kennedy Robertson & Co., Renfrew Court  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 521935Workshop for W & J Martin  GlasgowScotlandNew buildings
Item 15 of 521936St Columba's SchoolKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 521936Union BankBattlefield, Langside GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 52c. 1936Cardonald Cemetery  GlasgowScotlandGates etc
Item 18 of 521937J R W Laing Showrooms  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 521937Smiths (Wools) Ltd  GlasgowScotlandNew extension 1937. Alterations and additions, 1948
Item 20 of 52After 1937Clerical Medical & General Offices  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 52After 1937Housing schemeDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 22 of 52After 1937Paisley Ice RinkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 52After 1937R Wylie Hill's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 24 of 52After 1937Royal Bank of Scotland branches  GlasgowScotlandUnspecified work
Item 25 of 521938HotelKelvinside GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 52After 1939Engineering Centre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 52After 1939Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 28 of 52After 1939Housing estatePort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 52After 1939Industrial EstatePort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandUnspecified works
Item 30 of 52After 1939Industrial EstateUddingston LanarkshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 31 of 52After 1939Industrial EstatePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 32 of 52After 1939Royal Bank of Scotland  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 33 of 52After 1939Royal Hospital for Sick ChildrenYorkhill GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 34 of 521940Hillhead Picture House  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 35 of 521948Finlayson (Confectioners) Limited Premises   GlasgowScotlandalterations and additions
Item 36 of 521948Housing UddingstonUddington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 37 of 521948Montgomerie Stobo Factory, Rogart Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 521948Old Menís and Womenís Home  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 521948Premises Astoria Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and Additions
Item 40 of 521948Works Canteen Ashtree Road  Glasgow  
Item 41 of 521953St Augustine's Primary and Secondary SchoolsMilton GlasgowScotlandPrimary School
Item 42 of 521954Block of shops and offices, Queen Street and Ingram Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 43 of 521954Greenock Central Area Redevelopment Scheme housingGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 44 of 521954St Augustine's Primary and Secondary SchoolsMilton GlasgowScotlandSecondary School
Item 45 of 521960Canniesburn Hospital, Geriatric UnitBearsden GlasgowScotland120-bed geriatric unit addded
Item 46 of 521960Factory for Enfield Standard Power Cables, WestburnCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 47 of 521960Head office of Stenhouse Holdings Ltd  GlasgowScotlandModernisation of office
Item 48 of 521960Linnwood High SchoolLinnwood Renfrewshire  
Item 49 of 521960Royal Hospital for Sick ChildrenYorkhill GlasgowScotlandAdmission block, laboratory block, doctors' and nurses' residences added
Item 50 of 521960University of Glasgow(?), regional physics building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 51 of 521964Cairnbaan HotelCairnbaan ArgyllScotlandFlat-roofed restaurant added
Item 52 of 521964St Joseph's Primary SchoolMilngavie DunbartonshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information about marriage from Timothy J Wagg
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no4328 (combined box 8)