Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Basden Wingate
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 March 1908
Died: May 1995
Bio Notes: John Basden Wingate was born at 23 Kersland Street, Glasgow on 7 March 1908, the son of George Wingate, stockbroker and Una Muriel Orr who had married in Dunoon in 1905. He commenced his studies in Edinburgh from March to August 1925. He then returned to Glasgow wher he was articled to James Miller RSA FRIBA in November 1925, attending evening classes at Glasgow School of Art. On completing his apprenticeship in January 1930 he found employment as architectural draughtsman to James M Monro & Son, and in April the following year he was taken into partnership by James B Dunn & Partners of Edinburgh and Glasgow, based in their offices at 104 West George Street, Glasgow.

After a year in the Dunn firm, in May 1932 he left to commence practice on his own account at 17 Kingsborough Gardens, Glasgow. In January 1937 he moved his office to Westbourne Crescent, Bearsden and much of his early career was spent designing residential properties in the Bearsden area, but he closed that office in October 1939. He served with an Infantry Regiment during the war and as an officer took partn in the Normandy invasion.

He was admitted LRIBA on 14 February 1945, his proposers being James Miller, Charles Ernest Monro and Alexander Wright. He was living then at Millhill House, Prestwick, Ayrshire, though at that time he does not appear to have a working office. By 1950 he appears to have been a qualified engineer as well as architect as he appears about that time as M.Inst.BA and M.InstBE. By 1960 at the time of his admission as FRIBA he was in practice as sole partner as J B Wingate and had an office at 25 Wellington Street, Glasgow. He was admitted on 4 October of that year, his proposers being J Bell, George Frederick Shanks and A G Jury.

By 1970 the practice name had changed to John B Wingate & Partners. Wingate himself is still listed as senior partner with Charles Adamson Smith and John J G Maxwell as other partners.

For many years Wingate represented the Whiteinch Ward of Glasgow, firstly as a councillor and then as a baillie.

Wingate died in 1995. He was a retired FRIAS.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7104, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessMay 1931May 1932 
Item 2 of 717, Kingsborough Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessMay 1932January 1937 
Item 3 of 7Westbourne Crescent, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessJanuary 1937October 1939 
Item 4 of 7Millhill House, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1945 *  
Item 5 of 75, Oswald Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1950 *1954 
Item 6 of 725, Wellington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1960 *  
Item 7 of 77, Collylin Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1960 *  

* 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 5James MillerNovember 1925January 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5J M Monro & SonJanuary 1930April 1931Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5James B Dunn & PartnersMay 1931May 1932Partner 
Item 4 of 5John B Wingate & Partners1960s Senior Partner 
Item 5 of 5John B Wingate & Partners1975 * Consultant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1David DuncanMid 1950sBefore 1966Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6James Bell4 October 1960For Fellowhsip
Item 2 of 6Archibald George Jury4 October 1960For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6James Miller14 February 1945for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6Charles Ernest Monro14 February 1945for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 6George Ferguson Smellie Shanks4 October 1960For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Alexander Wright14 February 1945for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Adamson Smith1 October 1969For Fellowship

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 60Before 1875HousingCampbeltown ArgyllScotlandAs Consultant?
Item 2 of 601930sCity Bakeries  GlasgowScotlandExtensions?
Item 3 of 601950Premises for Train and MacIntyre Ltd, Oswald Street  GlasgowScotlandFor alterations and additions
Item 4 of 601950W & J Bowie, dyers & cleaners  Glasgow?ScotlandExtension to works
Item 5 of 601951Premises at Belmont Street  GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for additions and alterations
Item 6 of 601952City Bakeries  GlasgowScotlandExtensions of three bakeries
Item 7 of 601952Premises of W G MacAulay, Kerr Street  GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for alterations and additions
Item 8 of 6020 February 1953Premises of W G MacAulay, Kerr Street  GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for alterations and additions
Item 9 of 607 August 1953Lanarkshire Administrative Buildings, ThorntonhallThorntonhall LanarkshireScotlandNew administrative buildings
Item 10 of 6015 January 1954Premises of James PinkertonHogganfield Glasgow Alterations and additions
Item 11 of 601956Burton's Biscuit FactorySighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 601957Offices for Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 60June 1957Premises For Booth's Distillery  LondonEngland 
Item 14 of 60June 1957Premises for the Distillers Company  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 601958Mavor & Coulson Ltd Engineering WorksBridgeton GlasgowScotlandNew 4-storey office block (250,000), assembly bays (100,000) and stores (200,000)
Item 16 of 601958Offices for Scottish Amicable Life Assurance SocietyCraigforth, Stirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 601960sArgos House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 601960sCortamie   Scotland 
Item 19 of 601960sDrymen HouseDrymen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 601960sHouse for Mrs ArendKilmacolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 601960sLeabank Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 601960sMansion House, Inchfad IslandLoch LomondInchfadDunbartonshireScotland 
Item 23 of 601960sShopping development  DundeeScotland 
Item 24 of 601960sSwimming poolBonnyrigg MidlothianScotland 
Item 25 of 601960sSwimming poolLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 26 of 601960sThe Admiral Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 601960sThe Cloak   Scotland 
Item 28 of 601960sThe Elephant & Bugle Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 601960sThe Ferry Boat Public House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 601960sThe Rock Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 601960sThe Smugglers Public House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 601960sThorntonhall  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 33 of 601960sWaverley Inn  EdinburghScotland 
Item 34 of 601960sWhistlefield  Dunbartonshire|ArgyllScotland 
Item 35 of 601960sWynford Shopping development  GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 601960Eastwood SchoolEastwood RenfrewshireScotlandExtension
Item 37 of 601961'Super' Swimming Pool of International TypeMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 38 of 6019666 tower blocks, Scaraway Street/Castlebay Drive, Milton Housing SchemeMilton GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 39 of 601969Development for the Corporation of Glasgow with houses, schools, shopping centre, old people's  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 60Early 1960sSwimming poolElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 41 of 60Early 1960sSwimming Pool, Woodhead ParkKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 42 of 60Late 1960sLicensed premises for Watney-Mann   Scotland 
Item 43 of 60Before 1975Burnbank Leisure CentreHamilton LanarkshireScotlandConsultant?
Item 44 of 60Before 1975Campbeltown Swimming PoolCampbeltown ArgyllScotlandAs consultant to the practice
Item 45 of 60Before 1975Flat conversionsRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandAs consultant - conversions
Item 46 of 60Before 1975Flat conversions  GlasgowScotlandConsultant? - conversions
Item 47 of 60Before 1975House for Grampian Properties   Scotland 
Item 48 of 60Before 1975HousingRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 49 of 60Before 1975Housing, Summerston  GlasgowScotlandAs Consultant
Item 50 of 60Before 1975Licensed premises for Dryboroughs  GlasgowScotlandAs consultant?
Item 51 of 60Before 1975Licensed premises for Stakis Holdings  GlasgowScotlandAs consultant
Item 52 of 60Before 1975Sports ComplexTroon AyrshireScotlandPerhaps involved as consultant to practice.
Item 53 of 60Before 1975Supermarket, BurnbankHamilton LanarkshireScotlandConsultant?
Item 54 of 601980City Improvement Trust tenement with shops, Saltmarket  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 55 of 60c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 56 of 60c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket and Steel Street  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 57 of 60c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket, Jocelyn Square, Bridgegate etc  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 58 of 60c. 1980City Improvement Trust tenements, Saltmarket, Parnie Street and Chisholm Street  GlasgowScotlandRenovation
Item 59 of 60c. 1980Infill building, Saltmarket  GlasgowScotland 
Item 60 of 60c. 1980Tenements, SaltmarketSaltmarket GlasgowScotlandRenovation


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Builder30 June 1950  p889
Item 2 of 9Builder16 March 1951  p401
Item 3 of 9Builder6 June 1952  p865
Item 4 of 9Builder20 February 1953  p324
Item 5 of 9Builder3 April 1953  p549
Item 6 of 9Builder7 August 1953  p228
Item 7 of 9Builder15 January 1954  p161
Item 8 of 9RIAS Chartered ArchitectDecember 19956.9 Obituary
Item 9 of 9RIAS NewsletterMay 1995v6, no4 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 5724 (combined box 97); F no5477 (combined box 81)