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Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Hutchison
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1841
Died: 24 May 1908
Bio Notes: John Hutchison was born in Paisley c.1841, the son of Archibald Hutchison of Fairhill, shawl manufacturer, and his wife Jessie Lauchland. He was educated in Paisley and at Glasgow High School and was articled to John Thomas Rochead. He commenced practice on his own account at 14 Causeyside, Paisley, some time prior to 1868. Although he subsequently practised in Glasgow, he continued to live in Paisley and a large part of his business came from there. He was a member of The Club at Paisley and of the Imperial Union Club, Glasgow.

In his later years Hutchison depended heavily on talented assistants, notably Andrew Black, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Thomas Ramsay. He was admitted FRIBA on 21 November 1898 having been 'recommended by Council of an Allied Society under Bylaw 9'.

Hutchison died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 24 May 1908 at Fairhill, Park Road, Paisley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 714, Causeyside, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1868 *  
Item 2 of 7190, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1869After 1881 
Item 3 of 7124, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1886 *  
Item 4 of 7107, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18881892At least for this period
Item 5 of 7Fairhill, Park Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate188824 May 1908Place of death
Item 6 of 7110, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18941895 
Item 7 of 7127, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18981905 

* 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 1John Thomas Rocheadc. 1856(?)c. 1861(?)Apprentice 

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 20John Kinross18701875Apprentice 
Item 2 of 20Thomas Graham Abercrombie1876 Apprentice 
Item 3 of 20Andrew Black1877c. 1882ApprenticeRemained as assistant
Item 4 of 20James Paxton1879c. 1884Apprentice 
Item 5 of 20Andrew Blackc. 18821884Assistant 
Item 6 of 20Charles Rennie MackintoshAugust 18831888Apprentice 
Item 7 of 20Andrew Black18841891Chief Assistant 
Item 8 of 20James Paxtonc. 18841887Assistant 
Item 9 of 20William John Blain18891890Apprentice 
Item 10 of 20William John Blain18901892Draughtsman 
Item 11 of 20Thomas Stewart PurdieDecember 1890December 1893Assistant 
Item 12 of 20Thomas RamsayAfter 1890Before 1904Assistant 
Item 13 of 20Andrew SharpMarch 18911896Apprentice 
Item 14 of 20Leslie Dowie18921893Assistant 
Item 15 of 20George Macfie Poole18931893 or 1894Assistant 
Item 16 of 20Alexander Wright1893 or 18941897 or 1898Apprentice 
Item 17 of 20William Haldane18981899Assistant 
Item 18 of 20George Dykes18981900Assistant 
Item 19 of 20John Bothwell Steel19001902 or 1903Assistant 
Item 20 of 20William Dean1901   


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Council21 November 1898for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2George Dykes29 February 1904for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Andrew Sharp3 February 1902for Associateship

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 59 Barshaw HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 59 Lodge to Ralston House, Glasgow Road and Crookston DrivePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 59 Lodge, Glasgow Road and Strathannan AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 4 of 591872House for Thomas GlenStrathaven LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 591874House for J M Paterson, CalsidePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 591874Spiersfield HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandOriginal house - HS says this is by Hutchison. Presumably also coachhouse and cottage at this period.
Item 7 of 591881Burnbank Free Church HallHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 591882West Free ChurchHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 591884Middle ChurchOakshaw, Paisley Renfrewshire alterations
Item 10 of 591885Coats Memorial Baptist ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 11 of 591885River Street Factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 591886Jura Church JuraArgyllScotlandRepairs
Item 13 of 591888The Abbey, Burial Place of Robert IIIPaisley Renfrewshire  
Item 14 of 591889Brabloch HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration and additions
Item 15 of 591889Craigmore UP ChurchRothesayButeButeScotlandAppointed as architect after competition
Item 16 of 591889R Wylie Hill's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandDrawings for decorative sculpture and probably interior work
Item 17 of 591889St Margaret's HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 18 of 591889Villa, ChapelhillPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 591890Cottage, CalsidePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 20 of 591890Stable officesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 591890Terraced houses, CalsidePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 591891Double Villa, 3 CalsidePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 591891Gardener's cottagePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 24 of 591891(?)J & P Coats Offices  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 25 of 591891Middlepark, CarriagehillPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 26 of 591891Villa, 5 CalsidePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 591891Villa, CarriagehillPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 28 of 591892Ralston House and lodgesPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandRefit - Sweeney gives J & J Hutchinson but more likely to be John Hutchison
Item 29 of 591892Spiersfield HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 30 of 591892Workshop for James Herbertson & Son  GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 31 of 591894Tenement, Main StreetMaryhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 591895Brabloch HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandStables office
Item 33 of 591895Stable, Buchanan TerracePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 34 of 591895Villa, Calside AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 35 of 5918966 Wellmeadow StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 591896Double Villa, Hawkhead RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans passed
Item 37 of 591896Gleniffer Laundry and Bath HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 38 of 591896Stable offices, CastleheadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 39 of 591896Villa for K T McCowanPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 40 of 591896WarristonPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 41 of 591897Shortroods SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWon in competition
Item 42 of 591897Spiersfield HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition to office
Item 43 of 591897The Mound, CastleheadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 44 of 591898Hotel, Jamaica Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 45 of 591898Mossvale SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWorkshop etc.
Item 46 of 591898Norwich Union Fire Insurance Company premises  GlasgowScotland 
Item 47 of 591900Abercorn SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 48 of 591900Loudon Brothers premises, Cadogan Street and West Campbell Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 49 of 591901Store at Springfield Court for R Wylie Hill  GlasgowScotland 
Item 50 of 591901Villa, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 51 of 59Before 1901Model Lodging HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 52 of 59Before 1901Sir William Dunn's Mission HallsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 53 of 591902Brabloch HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandLodge
Item 54 of 591902House for David McLardiePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 55 of 591903Tenements and shops, Canal StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 56 of 5919046 Glen StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alterations dated
Item 57 of 591904R Wylie Hill's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandDesign for rebuilding (including addition of a storey) - executed by Miller & Black
Item 58 of 591905Cairndene, Corsebar Road and Riccartsbar AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 59 of 591905House, Stevenson StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914  States that Hutchison resigned in 1911, but that was probably the date at which unpaid subscriptions came to the RIBA's notice.
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Contemporaries1901Glasgow Contemporaries at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century   
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p8, p22, p24

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from the late Alexander Wright, who was apprenticed to Hutchison
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v13 p12, microfiche 117/E4 (no job list)


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