Basic Biographical Details

Name: Babtie, Shaw & Morton
Designation: Architectural practice, Engineers
Started: 1906
Bio Notes: John Taylor Babtie was born in Dumbarton on 18 October 1867, the son of John Babtie and Janet McLeod. He was articled to Sir William R Copland from 1885 to 1890, thereafter becoming an assistant with Formans & McCall from 1894 to 1897. He commenced independent practice at 25 Castle Street, Dumbarton in 1895 and in 1897 took into partnership Carl Roderique Louis Menni Bonn.

Bonn - the usual style of his name was Carl R Bonn - was nine years older, born in 1858 and the son of Dr Louis Menni Bonn, described as a professor of languages, and his wife Ernestine Cristina Dorotea Malmberg. Except that his family was based at Brighton and Taunton after it moved from Germany to Britain, nothing is yet known of his background and training.

In the same year that the partnership had been formed, it moved to 180 Hope Street, Glasgow. The following year Alexander Alban Hamilton Scott was appointed architect to the firm, which specialised mainly in bridge and reservoir work. The practice moved to 188 West Regent Street in 1905.

Bonn died suddenly near Mount Pleasant Farm, Kilpatrick on 19 October 1906. He was survived by his wife Florence Louise Carpenter and left moveable estate of 1,202 16s with a subsequent eke of 1,236 1s 8d, presumably represented by fees due at the time of his death. Babtie then merged his practice with the partnership of William Barbour Shaw and Hugh James Morton, the practice title becoming Babtie, Shaw & Morton. Shaw and Morton were just under a year younger than Babtie, both being born in September 1868. Scott left the firm in the following year, 1907.

Babtie died at Braehead, Bishopton on 8 August 1940, survived by his wife Elizabeth Morton Garvie. He left moveable estate of 35,193 12s.

NB: The practice is incorrectly referred to as Babtie & Bone, or as Babtie, Bone & Scott, in some sources.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice, engineers:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2188, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1906  
Item 2 of 217, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1959(?)  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice, engineers (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4William Barbour Shaw1906 Partner 
Item 2 of 4Hugh James Morton1906 Partner 
Item 3 of 4Alexander Alban Hamilton Scott (or Archibald Alban Hamilton Scott, or Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott)19061907Architect 
Item 4 of 4John Taylor Babtie19061940Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice, engineers 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 26 Armadale Sewage WorksArmadale West LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 261914HarbourSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandMajor restoration
Item 3 of 261935Afton ReservoirNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 261951Gaur DamLoch Eigheach PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 2613 December 1957Seafield Drainage  West LothianScotlandBuilder p1073
unsure whether role is architect or clerk of works, as they are accepting applications for tender - CHECK
Item 6 of 2622 August 1958Ecclefechan Bridge (A74)Ecclefechan DumfriesshireScotlandaccepting tenders on behalf of Scottish Home Dept. per Builder p332
Item 7 of 2610 October 1958Bridge over the CarronGrangemouth StirlingshireScotlandaccepting tenders per Builder p633
Item 8 of 2621 November 1958Pumping Station at MenstrieMenstrie ClackmannanshireScotland'(ref.: 1010/56) by Nob. 28' per Builder p894
Item 9 of 2617 April 1959Bridge over Carlisle-Glasgow Railway at CrawfordCrawford LanarkshireScotlandaccepting tender applications per Builder p758 - CHECK role
Item 10 of 2615 May 1959Cartland Bridge (A73)Cartland LanarkshireScotlandcontract drawings and documents per Builder p906; CHECK role
Item 11 of 2616 October 1959Loch Awe Hydro-Electric ProjectCruachan ArgyllScotlandcivil engineering consultants for Nant section of scheme per Builder p459
Item 12 of 264 December 1959Loch Turret Water SchemeLoch Turret  Scotlandaccepting applications per Builder p830
Item 13 of 2618 March 1960Storage Tank and Filter Station, BonnycraigBonnycraig, Peebles  Scotlandaccepting applications per Builder p581
Item 14 of 267 October 1960Shieldaig-Torridon Road  Ross and CromartyScotlandper Builder p678
Item 15 of 261960SSewer System, KirkintillochKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandper Builder 18 Nov 1960 p956; Builder 5 May 1961 p878
Item 16 of 266 January 1961Main Pool, DumfriesDumfries  Scotlandaccepting applications per Builder p38
Item 17 of 2617 January 1961Graving Dock, Great Harbour, GreenockGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandjoint engineering consultants for project along with T F Burns & Partners per Builder p340
Item 18 of 267 April 1961Evanton Filter StationEvanton Ross and CromartyScotlandplant engineers per Builder p652
Item 19 of 261962Fairfield Shipbuilding Company OfficesGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 2614 February 1964Sewage Purification Works, BlackburnBlackburn West LothianScotlandConsultants for new sewage purification works
Item 21 of 2631 July 1964Storm Drainage, StoneyburnStoneyburn West LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 261972Bridge carrying A9Helmsdale SutherlandScotland 
Item 23 of 26c. 1977Monklands MotorwayBaillieston GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 261984Dumfries BridgeDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandParapet and deck renewed and the E arch broadened to the S (in concrete faced with ashlar)
Item 25 of 261988Dumfries By-Pass with two pedestrian bridgesDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAs Consultant Engineer
Item 26 of 26Early 1990sRoyal Naval Base, Shiplift at FaslaneFaslane DunbartonshireScotlandLead Consultant and Civil Engineering Designer


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice, engineers:
Item 1 of 2Babtie1995Babtie 1895-1995: A Century of Achievement Glasgow 
Item 2 of 2Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p484 (re. Monklands Motorway/Baillieston Interchange)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice, engineers:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder14 February 1964  p368
Item 2 of 2Builder31 July 1964  p299