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Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) John James Burnet
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 March 1857
Died: 2 July 1938
Bio Notes: John James Burnet was born at Blythswood, Glasgow on 31 May 1857, the youngest of the three sons of John Burnet and his wife Elizabeth Hay Bennet. The family were 'Independents', i.e. Congregationalists. His mother was the driving force in the family, ambitious for both her husband and her sons. John James was educated at the Collegiate School and the Western Academy in Glasgow, and at Blair Lodge Academy, a once-famous private boarding establishment at Polmont: unlike his parents and brothers who were all very tall, he grew only to about 5' 10''. After approximately two years' training in his father's office from 1871, his parents seem to have intended him to study at the Royal Academy Schools under Phené Spiers whom his father knew as Glasgow correspondent of the Architectural Publication Society: the connection was probably made through his father's younger brother William Cadell Burnet who practised in London and it was doubtless in his office that he was to have been placed. In the event Spiers advised him to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris rather than at his own School. Initially his parents did not approve, not so much because of the expense but because France was Catholic, the Commune was only just over, and the political relationship between the United Kingdom and the new Third Republic was not encouraging. But first his mother and then his father were won over, and in the autumn of 1871 his father took him to Paris to meet his future master Jean Louis Pascal, who was then about to become patron of the Atelier Blouet-Gilbert-Questel and had just succeeded Lefuel as Chief Inspector for the completion of the Louvre. In 1920 Burnet recalled their meeting:
'I will never forget the sight of this short well-built man, his coat off and a cigar in his mouth, who rose from his desk as one of his assistants led us up the long and lofty gallery which formed his office in the new buildings to present one letter of introduction from his former pupil Phené Spiers. His fine intellectual head with his rather long black hair and keen though kindly eyes, and his beautiful courtesy as he greeted my father in perfect English as a brother artist immediately won my admiration.'
In Pascal's atelier Burnet respected his parents' warning about Paris to such a degree that his cheerful moral rectitude earned him the petit-nom of 'Joseph' while his Scottish complexion brought that of 'confiture de groseilles'. There is, however, considerable conflict of information about the dates of Burnet's time in Paris. These are usually given as 1874-77, which are those in 'Who's Who in Glasgow' 1909 and in 'Who's Who in Architecture' 1914, 1923 and 1926. These were presumably supplied by Burnet himself; but his FRIBA nomination paper gives the date of his entry as 1872, which was probably the year of his entry to Pascal's atelier as a probationer. The records of the Ecole show that he passed the entrance exam in 1874. Thereafter his progress was very rapid; he reached the première classe in the following year and completed the course in 1876, gaining his Diplôme du Gouvernement in architecture and engineering. But the 'Architect's Journal' of 2 June 1920 gives the date of his first meeting with Pascal as 1874, while the RIBA Journal of 26 June 1920 gives the date as 'the latter half of 1877', probably really 1871 or 1872 and a misreading of Burnet's handwriting. In the RIBA Journal Burnet gives the period he spent with Pascal as 'nearly three years' whereas his nomination paper indicates four, but that perhaps excludes the time he spent in Paris as an assistant with François Rolland.

In Pascal's atelier, Burnet found that 'it did not seem to take [Pascal] an instant to realise the possibilities of any sketch that his pupil might put before him, and he always left us either happily convinced that our sketch was not worth further trouble, or with our eyes opened to artistic possibilities in it of which we had not dreamed, giving us courage to go through the days and nights required to make the finished drawings. He had a wonderful power of accepting the conception of his pupil and helping him to develop it in his own way…'.

While at Pascal's Burnet developed a close friendship with a more senior pupil, Henri Paul Nénot, with whose family he may have lived as there is record of his affectionate acknowledgement of their kindness: very unusually his Ecole dossier does not give the address of his lodgings. Both Pascal and Nénot were to remain lifelong friends, the former visiting the Burnets in Glasgow and later in London. While the influence of Nénot was to be obvious at Burnet's Glasgow Athenaeum, in later years Burnet felt that he had not been influenced stylistically by Pascal; and while this is superficially true, Pascal's love of sculptural treatment and his teaching both left their mark on Burnet, as did the Ecole's emphasis on logic. In Goodhart Rendel's words, he acquired
'a tremendous love of order and system. He never lost hold of the essentials and thought no one in England knew anything about them. He used to say that nothing should be done without a decision behind it.'

At the end of the course Burnet made an extended tour of France and Italy, returning to Glasgow at the end of 1876 to assist his father with the new façade and secretary's department at the Union Bank in Ingram Street. Although he was still in Paris when the overall design was finalised in April 1876, and although he never claimed any responsibility for it, it appears in the lists of his works published when he received the Royal Gold Medal in 1920 and again when he died in 1938. It was not completed until February 1879, giving him ample time to refine its superb detailing.

The first building which Burnet himself regarded as his own was the Fine Art Institute in Glasgow, which he won in competition in May 1878. Its stated aim was to combine 'Greek with modern French Renaissance' and the inclusion of a magnificent frieze by the Mossmans was well calculated to appeal in Glasgow where Thomson, Sellars and the Barclays had ensured that Greek still had a strong hold. Although the interior was pure Greek with a Pascalesque use of sculpture in the stairhall, the yellow and brown decorative scheme with pine woodwork stained a golden colour had elements of Japonisme, a recurring theme in Burnet's interiors.

For the Glasgow Municipal Buildings competitions of 1880-82 Burnet produced superb schemes, that for the second being unique in having a cour d'honneur, but they attracted no favour from the assessors, mainly because they departed from Carrick's outline plans but perhaps also because their Beaux-Arts classicism was far removed from the assessors' Italianate tastes. Much of the quality Burnet's designs would have had, had he been called upon to build them, was realised in both the façade and the interiors of the Clyde Navigation Trust building in 1882-86, even although his full intentions for this incrementally built structure were never realised because of the First World War.

The Clyde Navigation Trust commission enabled the Burnet practice to weather the recession better than most. On 3 January 1881 Burnet was admitted ARIBA on the strength of his diplôme, his proposers being John Honeyman, Charles Barry and his father; and in the Spring of 1881 Burnet made a second tour of France and Italy with his advocate brother George, on this occasion sketching little and simply taking in what he saw. In the following year, 1882, his father took him into partnership, the practice title now becoming John Burnet & Son; and in the year after John Archibald Campbell rejoined the practice from Pascal's atelier, having gone there on Burnet's advice in 1880. Although in their earlier years they were close friends, they were very different in both background and personality: Campbell was the son of a Glasgow merchant who had died early and a grandson of William Campbell of Tullichewan at Alexandria, tall, bearded and very reserved in manner, his family and business connections being such that he did not need to seek publicity. Theodore Fyfe, who was with them both as apprentice and assistant, remembered them as working independently, collaborating only on some competition projects, for which they tended to send in separate designs. Others remembered them consulting each other for advice. Neither Burnet nor Campbell ever fully clarified Campbell's contribution to the partnership but Shawlands Church, the Ewing Gilmour Institute and the Free Church at Alexandria and a competition design for the Free Church at Elie are known to be Campbell's, and the Tullichewan Arms at Alexandria must be presumed to be his.

In the same year, 1886, Burnet married Jean Watt Marwick, youngest of the four six-feet-tall daughters of Glasgow's Town Clerk, Sir James Marwick: like the Burnets, the Marwicks were Congregationalists. She was a classic late Victorian beauty with an enchanting smile but although she was a wonderful hostess when occasion demanded, she was a hypochondriac and spent much of her time in bed. There were to be no children of the marriage, but as Burnet's brother George died early when Sheriff Substitute of Aberdeen, they undertook the education of his children John and Edith.

The year 1886 was also an auspicious one for the practice. Burnet established a national reputation by winning the competition for the Edinburgh International Exhibition of that year with a domed scheme which, on a much smaller scale, recalled the façade of Leopold Hardy's Paris Exhibition building of 1878. He also secured the commission for the new Glasgow Athenaeum, the façade of which drew inspiration from Nénot's Grand Prix design for an Athenée.

Both these buildings were pure Beaux-Arts and very sculptural in treatment. But both Burnet and soon Campbell found that while such treatments were readily acceptable for great public projects and particularly cultural ones they had to be more adaptable for private client work, especially when domestic. Saughfield Terrace (now University Gardens), begun in 1882 or earlier, had pure Beaux-Arts details but had Glaswegian canted oriels above its first-floor balcony: Charing Cross Mansions, designed in 1891, had the outline and sculptural grande horloge of a Parisian Mairie, but again Glaswegian canted oriels were integrated into the composition and the fenestration as a whole answered the function of the rooms within rather than being strictly to rule as it would have been in France.

From the autumn of 1886 until early in 1889 there was a third Beaux-Arts architect in the office, Alexander Nisbet Paterson, whose family, like Campbell's, was extremely well-off: they were muslin merchants. He was the younger brother of James Paterson the French-trained Glasgow School painter, and an excellent watercolourist whose skills in presentation were to be seen in the perspectives of the new buildings on the Duke of Hamilton's Arran estate in the late 1880s. But prior to the elder Burnet's retirement the French schooling of the three leading practitioners in the office brought some problems in its day-to-day running. Neither Burnet nor Campbell was at all cost-conscious and French building science scared the elder Burnet stiff as inappropriate for the Scottish climate and a foreign language to the Scottish building trade. The frustration and delays endured by Alexander McGibbon and William Kerr in drawing out the tower of St Molio's at Shiskine with hollow walls, only to be told to redraw them solid by the elder Burnet, a procedure repeated over several weeks, became the stuff of office legend.

The elder Burnet retired in 1889 or 1890 at the age of seventy-five. Thereafter the architecture of the practice changed radically. Both Burnet and Campbell realised that they had to adapt to the London scene if they were to keep abreast of fashion and have any chance in national competitions, most of which had London assessors, Waterhouse in particular. Superb designs with cylindrical corner turrets on the Norman Shaw model were produced for the Central Thread Agency in Glasgow and for the North British Hotel in Edinburgh but neither found favour with the clients. This dramatic shift in style was first seen at Burnet's Athenaeum Theatre of 1891-93 which pioneered the redevelopment of Glasgow's narrow houseplots as tall elevator buildings. Although American in general concept, it took Burnet's work into a sculpturesque neo-Baroque, some of the details of which derived from Shaw but was overall closer to the work of John Belcher and Beresford Pite, both of whom shared Burnet's enthusiasm for the sculpture of Michaelangelo and Alfred Stevens. As at the Fine Art Institute, the interior had a Japanese colour scheme in Burnet's favourite colours - azure blue, yellow and gold.

In 1895 Burnet's neo-Baroque was developed in a more academic form at the single-storey telling room added to his father's Savings Bank. Its doorpiece was, very unusually, directly based on an English Baroque source, the porch of St Mary's Church at Oxford, but with some remarkable 'New Sculpture' by George Frampton. To further his experiments in neo-Baroque the Burnets made a further study tour in Germany and Italy in that same year: he saw Italian architecture completely anew, writing long letters to Campbell with (in Fyfe's words) 'the fresh delight of a debutante about her first ball'. Burnet Baroque, and the giant arch and canted bay theme of the Athenaeum Theatre in particular, were rapidly assimilated by Burnet Son & Campbell's competitors. By 1900 it had become the common language of Glasgow building and even spread to Edinburgh where Burnet's former assistant Andrew Robb Scott adopted the features of his North British competition design in the hotel buildings he designed for William Hamilton Beattie on the east side of North Bridge.

In 1896 the Burnets made their first visit to the USA in the company of Dr Donald Mackintosh of the Western Infirmary. Old contacts at the Ecole made introductions easy and Burnet became a member of the American Beaux-Arts Cosmos Club and a corresponding member of the American Institute of Architects; but by that date he also had family connections there, his uncle George and his sons, and his younger accountant brother-in-law James Marwick who had settled in New York: he became auditor of Illinois and Ohio, and founder of the giant firm of Marwick, Mitchell and Peat which had a London office. The primary purpose of the 1896 visit was to study laboratory and operating theatre design, but Burnet had become interested in American architecture, and particularly American domestic architecture, at least a decade earlier. American shingle-style influences had first appeared in his domestic work in 1886 at the Edinburgh International Exhibition manager's house, Corrienessan at Loch Ard and Nunholme in Dowanhill, and still more in his competition designs for the Clyde Yacht Club at Hunger's Quay in 1889. This low-profiled big-roofed broad-eaved style quickly spread into Burnet's ecclesiastical work at St Molio's, Shiskine (1887), Dundas Memorial Church at Grangemouth (1894), the Gardner Memorial Church at Brechin (1896-1900), and the MacLaren Memorial Church at Stenhousemuir and the Burnet family's own church Broomhill Congregational in 1899-1908, all with squat pyramid-roofed towers and mixed Romanesque and late Gothic detail. They were a low-cost easy-to-heat alternative to the tall Early English Dunblane Cathedral-inspired churches with which the practice had made its name in ecclesiastical architecture at Port Glasgow and Shawlands, and most famously at Glasgow Barony for which Burnet had won a major competition assessed by John Loughborough Pearson in 1886. With the earlier of these church designs Burnet and Campbell were assisted by Andrew Robb Scott.

Burnet Son & Campbell's low-profiled idiom also had a brief vogue in their public buildings, most notably at Campbell's Ewing Gilmour Institute at Alexandria in 1888, and, rather later, at Burnet's Public Library and Museum in Campbeltown, built in 1896-98. In style these were a distinctive Scottish renaissance which had its origins in the addition they made at William Burn's neo-Jacobean Auchterarder House in 1886. It was brilliantly exploited at Baronald, Lanark, in 1890, at the Pathological Institute of the Western Infirmary in Glasgow in 1895 and at Alloa Public Baths in 1899. Altogether bolder and more original than the work of Rowand Anderson and his school in this vein, Burnet and Campbell Scots Renaissance was as rapidly assimilated by their competitors as Burnet Baroque, most notably by the practice's former assistants Clifford and Paterson, and by Honeyman & Keppie, but in the hands of lesser practitioners the idiom could become seriously debased: except at Fairnalie, built in 1904-06, Burnet did not pursue it into the twentieth century.

In 1897 Burnet's partnership with John Archibald Campbell was dissolved by mutual consent. Of that event Burnet's niece Edith observed that 'drink had something to do with it': but they remained friends although by that date Campbell had become closer to Keppie, whose bachelor lifestyle was similar to his own. While it is unlikely to have had any real bearing on the break-up, Quiz's article on the partners in September 1893 had been a mischievous attempt to exploit any difference there might have been between them, describing the Athenaeum Theatre as 'a little like its author, clever but a trifle "cocksure"' and Campbell's Free Church at Alexandria as being 'as good as has been done by the firm as far as it goes, Barony not excepted'. Whatever personal differences there may have been, the initiative for the dissolution probably came from Campbell as he had not succeeded in establishing his own identity as an architect. The division of the practice was carried out in a very civilised way, the staff being given some say in which partner they wanted to stay with, and Campbell quickly established a larger clientele, designing in a style subtly different from Burnet's. It is also probable that Campbell had begun to become concerned by the practice's very high running costs which must have eroded profits. Fyfe provides a vivid picture of the drawing office which, like William Leiper's, was given a studio atmosphere with good pictures and sculpture:
'Burnet rarely worked at a drawing board except in his house. His spruce and perfectly turned out figure and his active springy step could be seen passing through the office occasionally though prevailing custom made the senior draughtsmen take sheaves of drawings and tracings into the principal's room. This was seeing "Johnny", sometimes a matter of trepidation. To the pupils he was an awful mystery and a supreme man, though very human, and he always said he didn't mind a "yell" as it showed that a man was enjoying his work and they felt lucky enough to get a passing smile from him once a month. On the comparatively rare occasions when he sat down at some draughtsman's desk he usually sketched out isometric diagrams with a soft pencil on tracing paper and after he had left the junior staff crowded round and reverently regarded these masterpieces, as such they generally were of their kind; for a capacity to turn any aspect of construction or design inside out in sketch form I have never known anyone who could touch John James Burnet - he was in a class by himself.'
Projects always started with small-scale pencil sketch designs, the equivalent of the Ecole's esquisse, and for a short period about 1895, he experimented with photographic enlargement of these from 1/8th to 1/2 scale lest the draughtsmen did not interpret them boldly enough, until his office manager George Galloway became seriously concerned at the bills incurred. Legend has it that he showed them to Burnet's father, but by that date he was rarely seen in the office. To quote Fyfe further:
'He was a master in the art of designing on tracing paper, which means that his fastidious taste was never satisfied till he had gone through a process of trial and error that to his draughtsmen seemed inexhaustible; and he never expected any tracing - however slight - to be destroyed until all possible use for it had disappeared. This and his insistence on scale by rigid adherence to the most minute facts of the small scale in the half-inch and so on to full-size drawings were the mainsprings of his design methods … It was a commonplace that he would not look at a scheme (he would say "I can't see it") unless it were presented to him in every possible aspect and drawn to "the millionth of an inch" in exactness.'
Others recorded how the final result was studied under a large reducing glass and sometimes even miniaturised to 1/8th again and compared to the esquisse to ensure that the qualities of the original concept had not been compromised. If a scheme failed to satisfy, all these tracings were laid aside and a fresh start made, no matter how much time had been spent on them.

Inevitably the practice never made much money but the staff - far more numerous than in any other Glasgow office - learned much from these design methods. Burnet took his role as a teacher very seriously and the staff would regularly receive an individual 'pep talk' with both standing, always with the exhortation to study the classics and frequent reference to his books, those of Paul Letarouilly being particular favourites.

Burnet was elected President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in 1897. This necessitated his being a Fellow of the RIBA, the GIA being an allied society. In December 1897 Burnet's RIBA membership was raised to FRIBA, his proposers being Campbell Douglas, John Honeyman and Richard Phené Spiers. This event was somewhat overdue as his father had been admitted as long ago as 1876, and Burnet himself had been elected ARSA in 1893. His hesitation in joining the RIBA probably related to the registration and 'profession or an art' disputes, but it had become essential because of the wider professional links he had established in France and in America. At some point in his career, either in 1896 or perhaps earlier at an Ecole reunion, he had become a friend of the American architect Charles Follen McKim and other leading American architects of the Beaux-Arts School. The impact of McKim's work on Burnet was to be seen only briefly in his remodelling of his father's Glasgow Savings Bank with a colonnaded top floor in 1898-1900, but the wider impact of his 1896 visit to the USA was soon evident in two seven-storey elevator office buildings designed in 1899, such buildings having become practicable with the enhanced electricity supply from Port Dundas Power Station in 1897. Of these Atlantic Chambers was a dumb-bell plan building extending back from Hope Street to Cadogan Street. Its Hope Street elevation was kept very simple with a central chimneybreast dividing a low eaves gallery with the deeply shadowed cornice favoured by Sullivan and the Chicago school; this feature was repeated on the Cadogan Street elevation which had close spaced canted bays again of Chicago derivation. At the much larger Waterloo Chambers, which was originally to have been two storeys higher, a very American galleried atrium plan was adopted. Its façade was much more deeply modelled than at Atlantic Chambers, with a double-height broad-architraved entrance, Greek Ionic columns rising from canted bays and again a dwarf eaves gallery at the top, all clamped together between narrow pylon bags which were soon to become a feature of his more monumental compositions.

Although these buildings were at the time the finest exemplars of the new elevator office building genre in Glasgow, they did not lead to further commissions for similar buildings, a field in which Burnet was quickly overtaken by his former partner Campbell, the unrelated Frank Burnet & Boston and most of all by James Miller, an ex-Caledonian Railway employee who had gradually superseded him as architect to that company. It was in Edinburgh, not in Glasgow that the ideas in the Waterloo Chambers façade were to be developed, first at the Civil Service and Professional Supply's department store of 1903-07 and then at R W Forsyth's store in 1906-10. In Glasgow Burnet's one major commercial building was McGeoch's ironmongery warehouse where the facades were the finest British expression of the Sullivanian concept of a mullioned grid of windows, here married to a baroque doorpiece with Michaelangelesque figures of tradesmen by Phyllis Archibald and a very Glasgow oriel bay solution to the turning of the corner. It had no progeny in Glasgow at the time, and it was to be in London that Burnet developed the concept further.

Although Burnet and Campbell had occasionally submitted designs for English competitions they had had no success in extending their practice south of the Border. But in 1903-04 Burnet's career took on a new dimension when the Office of Works headed by Lord Windsor as First Commissioner and the Trustees of the British Museum selected Burnet to design the Edward VII Galleries from a list of seven names submitted by the RIBA, their decision being made on the basis of folios of photographs of executed work. In 1905 Burnet established a London base in the name of John J Burnet only at 1 Montague Place, a grace-and-favour house rented to him by the Museum, which was initially both house and office; and by the same year he had developed a masterplan which would have extended the Museum on all four sides and laid out a very Parisian British Museum Avenue on the north axis. To develop these schemes Burnet took south with him Thomas Smith Tait, a pupil of James Donald, who had been recruited as his personal assistant in 1902, and Andrew Bryce; and he also brought in the classical scholar Theodore Fyfe, a former pupil and assistant who had established his own practice in London. Only the Edward VII Galleries, which had been funded by a bequest made in 1899, were actually carried out. Burnet adopted the Ionic order of Smirke's colonnades in a subtly updated form, but the façade as a whole reflected contemporary French and American ideas drawing some inspiration from Ginain's Faculté de Médecine in Paris, but more on the scale of Louis Duc's Palais de Justice, lengthened from nine bays to nineteen.

While the British Museum was building Burnet received two major London commissions for commercial buildings. The first of these was the curved frontage General Buildings in Aldwych, built in 1909-11 in a simplified version of his eaves galleried Glasgow style with superb sculptural details by Albert Hodge. The second was the Kodak Building on Kingsway, built in 1910-11, where his client, George Eastman was American and unafraid of a modern solution. Several alternative sketch schemes were handed out to the senior draughtsmen in the London office and that developed by Tait was preferred by the client. It followed the familiar Burnet formula of the two-storeyed base but the design of the upper floors, giant pilasters enclosing steel-framed glazing with metal spandrel panels, was a drastic simplification of anything Burnet had designed before and the familiar eaves gallery was now replaced by a deep Egyptian cavetto cornice. The basic concept appears to have been drawn from Albert Kahn and Ernest Wilby's Owen Building at Detroit, built in 1907, which Burnet may have seen on his second visit to the USA in 1908. Although Burnet himself did not develop the Kodak bay design further, it was to be the prototype of countless commercial buildings of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly in Glasgow.

By the time the Kodak building was under construction Burnet was spending only a few days a month in the Glasgow office where the main responsibility was in the hands of William John Blain, James Wilkie Weddell and a senior draughtsman called Bow who never had his own practice. There is a hint in James Miller's obituary that Burnet approached him with a view to merging their Glasgow practices but at that date Miller's was the more successful and he preferred to remain independent. But in 1907 Burnet recruited a pupil of Peddie & Washington Browne who had studied in Paris from 1905, though not at the Ecole as he claimed to have done. He was Norman Aitken Dick, big, red-haired, stand-offish and somewhat short of temper, who was an extremely fast draughtsman. Most importantly he had money at a time the practice needed it, and in 1909 he bought a ten-year partnership which was confined to the Glasgow practice of John Burnet & Sons, a development which was a matter of some disappointment to Blain and Weddell. At that date Burnet still did all the designing and Dick's role was essentially that of office manager and chief draughtsman for the major projects the Glasgow office now had in hand: the Alhambra Theatre, an austere twin-towered design of red brick banded with black and panels of white-glazed tile towards the top, built in 1910-11; the Sick Children's Hospital at Yorkhill, again red brick with a very American glazed porte-cochere; and in 1913-22 the Albert Kahn-like Wallace Scott Tailoring Institute at Cathcart, an American garden factory with broad-bayed pilastrades stretched between corner pylons, a brick version of the British Museum colonnades with the spandrels of the windows patterned in the French manner. All three of these buildings were American in inspiration, directly related to his second study visit to the United States in 1908 which was concerned with warehouse and hospital design and a third late in 1910 which was primarily concerned with museum and gallery design on which he produced a detailed report to Sir Frederic Kenyon, the new Director of the British Museum, in March 1911. Also in America at that time was William Forsyth, the son of his most important private client, Robert Wallace Forsyth, who had returned full of ideas on the organisation of industry for the Wallace Scott Tailoring Institute. But their inspiration may not have been wholly American: also of significance was a visit to Germany and Austria later in 1911, in the course of which he saw the work of Otto Wagner and his circle and just possibly that of Peter Behrens.

The completion of the King Edward VII Galleries in 1914 brought Burnet a knighthood and the bronze medal of the Paris Salon, followed by the Gold in 1922. In parallel with this cascade of honours, Burnet was belatedly elected RSA in 1914, and ARA in 1921. He was now an influential figure at the RIBA, although never its President, securing the Royal Gold Medal for Pascal in 1914, for Rowand Anderson in 1916, and for Henri Paul Nénot in 1917, and working closely with Sir John Simpson to expand the RIBA's links with Europe and the United States. He also had a major role in the founding of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, his friendship with Simpson resolving the RIBA Council's initial opposition to Rowand Anderson's Institute of Architects in Scotland being granted a charter: Simpson was then President of the RIBA. But in the practice itself there had been problems with the Office of Works and the British Museum Trustees over a leak in the roof - which was eventually traced and rectified - the strength of the floors and most seriously fees; as ever Burnet's perfectionism had cost money. The year 1912 had also been marred by the first of two serious rows with Tait. In July it was announced that Tait and James Mitchell Whitelaw, a brilliant draughtsman who had joined the London office in 1907, had come second in the unofficial 'Builder' competition for the completion of the rebuilding of the Regent Street Quadrant in conformity with Shaw's Piccadilly Hotel. Burnet was not best pleased: his consent to enter had not been sought and more seriously the bay design was based on Burnet's Civil Service and Professional Supply and Forsyth department stores. But they survived and after Whitelaw was drowned at Bournemouth in July 1913 the matter was allowed to drop. But early in 1914 there was a much more serious disagreement when Burnet discovered that Tait had been helping Trehearne & Norman with their new buildings on Kingsway to augment his income as he had married Constance Hardy, the daughter of a London stationmaster, in 1910 and his son Gordon had been born in 1912. Tait abruptly left for New York to work as an assistant with Donn Barber, leaving his wife and son Gordon at home. Burnet quickly regretted their disagreement and appealed to him to return home as junior partner but he declined. When he did return it was as chief draughtsman to Trehearne & Norman on the Kingsway buildings, an appointment which ended in 1915 when he joined the drawing office in the arsenal at Woolwich. After Whitelaw's death Theodore Fyfe moved into Burnet's office on a full-time basis to complete such work at the Museum as was still outstanding and later to help design the Institute of Chemistry in Russell Square. Fyfe's family believe that a partnership with Burnet was then in prospect and it may well have been, but that possibility died with the First World War. Neither the London nor the Glasgow offices had much work after 1915 and by that year the quarrel with Tait had been made up, Tait assisting Burnet on an evening and weekend basis from that year. But throughout the war the Burnets suffered increasing financial hardship and by 1918 some of their most loved possessions had had to be sold, the departure of their tapestries being found particularly distressing and regretted for the rest of their lives.

After the war the London office recovered rather more quickly than the Glasgow one, thanks to Harry Gordon Selfridge who had entrusted Burnet with the completion of his Oxford Street store, the first section of which had been designed by Francis Swales and built by Robert Atkinson. The work was carried out in association with Albert D Miller of the Chicago firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, and although the bay design had been predetermined, some Burnetian features were introduced. The Imperial War Graves Commission allocated him the cemeteries in Gallipoli, Palestine and Suez in January 1919, the last not without an unfortunate disagreement with Lorimer: a further offer of cemeteries in France had to be declined because of commitments at home. For these cemeteries Burnet made a tour of the sites in March 1919, followed by a further visit in April 1922 and a third in April 1925 to inspect the final stages of the work.

To carry out these works, the large Forsyth building, Vigo House, on London's Regent Street in 1920-25, and the First Church of Christ Scientist for which he had made the original designs during the war, Burnet needed to rebuild his office staff. The pre-war arrangement with Fyfe, who had become architect to Chester Cathedral, was not pursued further. Tait returned full-time and was taken into partnership; David Raeside, his office manager who had survived war service in the Middle East, also became a partner, the London practice now becoming Sir John Burnet & Partners although still not completely separate from the Glasgow one. There the situation was more complicated. There were several major commissions due to go ahead: the implementation of the 1913-14 scheme for Glasgow University Chapel as a war memorial, the enlargement of the Wallace Scott factory and additions to the Sick Children's Hospital. Although Burnet was initially glad to get Dick back, having had difficulty in securing his release, the previously good relationship between them did not last. Burnet's niece Edith had hoped for a place in the London office, and her husband Thomas Harold Hughes, whom she had married in 1918, had hoped for a partnership there; but Tait and Raeside demurred at Hughes joining the London office and there was no separate female lavatory at Montague Place. The problem was briefly resolved by giving Hughes a partnership in Glasgow but Dick disliked him as much as Tait, openly referring to his refined wash drawings and their brown ink script as the 'pansy productions of that wishy-washy College of Art b****r'. As a result Hughes worked entirely alone in a small first-floor room with the door closed, almost exclusively on war memorials. The catalyst for the end of this unhappy state of affairs was the firm's trusted chief clerk, Duncan, who withdrew the moneys held on behalf of contractors and disappeared. Burnet and Dick had to make good the loss, the latter by repurchasing his partnership, and for the good name of the firm Duncan was not reported to the police. The Glasgow practice then became Burnet Son & Dick. Hughes withdrew to teach at the Glasgow School of Art, succeeding Fulton as head of school in 1922. After the departure of Hughes, James Wallace, a big man who had been a pupil of Neil Campbell Duff and an assistant with Thomson & Sandilands, joined the office. The Glasgow Cenotaph and the fine Zoology building and chapel at the University were all successfully completed: these were designed by Burnet himself with the aid of James Taylor Thomson, originally an assistant of Lorimer's, who had returned from Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's practice in the USA, and the accomplished draughtsmen Walter J Knight and James Napier, but the enlargement of Forsyth's in Edinburgh and the extension of the Sick Children's Hospital were largely the work of Dick and Wallace on their own. Apart from the University Chapel, the most important Glasgow commission was the North British and Mercantile Building on St Vincent Street of 1924-26, which Burnet had planned to be his final masterpiece. It was a brilliant design, in some degree influenced by the classical work of Charles Holden at its arcaded ground floor, but the building of it was beset with problems, at least partly because Burnet was over-committed in London, his health was failing and he was not in the Glasgow office often enough. Knight, the draughtsman initially engaged on it, incorrectly interpreted Burnet's jointing of the plinth as channelling and Burnet insisted on the granite work being recut; and because of an error in the design of the steelwork in relation to the staircase window, the steel frame had to be partly dismantled and modified. To correct these defects the Glasgow partnership had to pay the contractors something like £10,000. Dick had already been at loggerheads with Burnet on a number of other issues and this final disaster brought about the effective dissolution of the Glasgow partnership in the late 1920s, although the practice title was retained.

In London Burnet's design role had gradually diminished. He had still been very much in charge on the War Graves (his work for the Imperial War Graves Commission continued until 30 September 1928) and at the French classical-modern Vigo House, which is a reflection of his visit to Paris to see Pascal, Nénot and recent French work en route to the Middle East in March 1919. He also had a considerable influence on Adelaide House, the mullioned grid of which was a post-war development of McGeoch's even if the details were both more classical and more Egyptic: Burnet had sent Tait out to Port Tewfik to take a look at Egyptian architecture, sensing that it was about to become fashionable. But although Burnet received the Royal Gold Medal in 1923 and was elected RA in 1925, he was now much more limited in what he could do and his role became much more supervision of the office and the contribution of ideas to work in hand. Financial anxiety during the war and after it as a result of the disasters in the Glasgow office aggravated his eczema, forcing him to wear skullcap and gloves, and limiting his ability to draw. Tait took over the design work completely at the Daily Telegraph Building and at Lloyds Bank on Cornhill, even although these still had marked Burnetian elements: only in the partial redesign of Lomax Simpson's Unilever House did Burnet have a direct hand, having been asked to deal with the commission himself.

From the early 1900s Burnet had frequently been asked to act as assessor rather than as architect, and from the time of his knighthood in 1914 his official roles steadily increased, culminating in his appointment to the international jury for the League of Nations Building at Geneva in April-May 1927. He sat in distinguished company with Victor Horta, H P Berlage, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffman and Ivar Tengbom. But they could not agree and when they all had to nominate their own preferences Burnet placed Giuseppe Vago first. In the event the effective architect in the compromise team was his old friend Nénot who consulted him on the final design.

A serious illness ultimately made it necessary for Burnet to retire completely, but he could not afford to. His secretary Helen Lorne solved the problem by persuading her brother Francis Lorne to return from the United States and buy a partnership, his position at Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Associates having been badly affected by the financial crash in 1929. Burnet then became a consultant, retaining a significant financial interest in the practice, and appearing only about twice a year in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce for purely business meetings. Until 1935 he retained Killermont, a large Arts and Crafts house in extensive grounds at Rowledge, near Farnham, Surrey. But in the mid-thirties he bought the much smaller Colinton Cottage so that he could be nearer his nephew and niece and Lady Burnet's Marwick relatives in Edinburgh. His niece Edith altered it to suit their needs and there the Burnets received visits from the greater Burnet family of assistants from their Glasgow days and kept in touch with developments in the Burnet Tait & Lorne office. One of his visitors recalled that in his retirement at Colinton 'he had no profession and no recreation - nothing of interest for him to turn to, no hobbies of any kind. He passed through life with one all-absorbing interest which burned him dry'. He died on 2 July 1938, leaving moveable estate of £13,725 11s 1d. His remains were cremated and buried with the Marwicks in the fine classical enclosure he had designed for them at Warriston Cemetery.

Burnet had held membership of The Western Club, the University Club and the Art Club in Glasgow; the Northern Club, Edinburgh; and the Arts Club, London.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 9167, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1880  
Item 2 of 91, Granby Place, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1888  
Item 3 of 958, Great George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891  
Item 4 of 918, University Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901  
Item 5 of 92, Montague Place, Russell Square, London, EnglandBusiness19051912Early in 1912 Burnet moved next door (to No 2) and in a letter of 18 March 1912 to the London County Council he mentioned that the Trustees of the Museum are giving him No.1 instead of No.2 (the Trustees of the British Museum are giving me the adjoining house instead of the one I now occupy [London Metropolitan Archives [GLC/AR/BR/22/BA/037974] He applied to the LCC for permission to move a temporary office building in the garden from No.2 to No.1. (This rear extension of No.1 is visible on the OS map of 1916.) The licence for the extension was renewed every five years and the last certificate relating to the practice dates from 1940.
Item 6 of 92, Woburn Place, London, EnglandBusiness1910 *  
Item 7 of 9239, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1910After 1929 
Item 8 of 91, Montague Place, London, EnglandBusiness19121948In 1905 the Trustees of the British Museum gave Burnet permission to use certain spare rooms in No.2, Montague Place (the house appropriated for the purpose of providing accommodation for the Clerk of Works Office in connection with the new wing) as an office (with sitting room and bedroom) for himself; it being convenient that he should be close to the work. [British Museum, Central Archive, Trustees Minutes, 14 October 1905] He seems to have built a temporary office extension at the back of No.2

Item 9 of 9Woodhall Cottage, Colinton, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate19351938 

* 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 7John Burnet (senior)18771882AssistantEffective designer
Item 2 of 7John Burnet & Son18821919Partner 
Item 3 of 7Burnet Son & Campbell13 August 18861897Partner 
Item 4 of 7(Sir) John Burnet & Partners19181930Partner 
Item 5 of 7John Burnet, Son & Partners19191920 or 1921Partner 
Item 6 of 7Burnet, Son & Dick19211929Partner 
Item 7 of 7(Sir) John Burnet, Tait & Lorne19301938PartnerSemi-retired by this time; acted only as consultant

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 17Charles Ernest Elcock19011905Assistant 
Item 2 of 17David Theodore Fyfe19041913Assistant 
Item 3 of 17James Mitchell WhitelawAfter 19051913Assistant 
Item 4 of 17Andrew Douglas Brycec. 1905 Apprentice(?)Uncertain position
Item 5 of 17Eric Kingdon Rowe19071910Apprentice 
Item 6 of 17Launcelot Hugh Ross19071911AssistantIn Glasgow and London offices
Item 7 of 17James Page1909 Assistant 
Item 8 of 17(Captain) Eric Sinclair BellMay 19101912Assistant 
Item 9 of 17Charles Cleland Harvey1911(?) *1915Assistant 
Item 10 of 17Herbert McGregor Wood1913 Assistant 
Item 11 of 17David Theodore Fyfec. 19131915 Prospective partner
Item 12 of 17Robert Leslie Rollo19141914AssistantIn London office
Item 13 of 17(Captain) Eric Sinclair BellMay 1914Before August 1914Assistant 
Item 14 of 17David RaesideBefore 1914c. 1914 Office Manager
Item 15 of 17James Henry WallaceBefore 19141914 or 1915AssistantIn London office
Item 16 of 17Alban Douglas Rendell Caroe1928 Assistant 
Item 17 of 17James NapierEarly 1920sc. 1925Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Charles Barry (junior)3 January 1881for Associateship
Item 2 of 6John Burnet (senior)3 January 1881for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Campbell Douglas29 November 1897for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6John Honeyman3 January 1881for Associateship
Item 5 of 6John Honeyman29 November 1897for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Richard Phené Spiers29 November 1897for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 59David Andrew (junior)2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 2 of 59Andrew Balfour11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 3 of 59George Bell II3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 4 of 59James BennettLate 1915for Associateship
Item 5 of 59William Bryce Binnie (Major)Late 1919 or early 1920for Associateship
Item 6 of 59George Ronald Bryce20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 7 of 59Edith Mary Wardlaw Burnet Hughes (née Burnet)5 December 1927For Associateship, but was not ratified
Item 8 of 59John Archibald Campbell11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 9 of 59Stewart Henbest Capper8 June 1891for Associateship
Item 10 of 59Henry Edward Clifford11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 11 of 59Alexander Hunter Crawford9 June 1902for Fellowship
Item 12 of 59Alan CrombieMid 1923for Associateship
Item 13 of 59Alexander Cochran Denny4 March 1907for Associateship
Item 14 of 59Leslie Dowie1910for Licentiateship
Item 15 of 59Charles Ernest Elcock1911&1912For LRIBA and FRIBA
Item 16 of 59Charles Turnbull Ewing4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 17 of 59David Theodore Fyfe10 June 1907for Fellowship
Item 18 of 59James Glen Sivewright Gibson2 May 1902for Fellowship
Item 19 of 59Charles Ramsay GilchristEarly 1911for Fellowship
Item 20 of 59Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour2 December 1911for Associateship
Item 21 of 59James Macintyre Henry2 March 1903for Fellowship
Item 22 of 59Herbert Lewis HoneymanEarly 1920for Associateship
Item 23 of 59John Alfred Taylor Houston18 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 24 of 59Thomas Harold Hughes15 February 1926for Fellowship
Item 25 of 59William Leck5 December 1904for Fellowship
Item 26 of 59Alfred George LochheadEarly 1920for Associateship
Item 27 of 59(Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 28 of 59Francis LorneLate 1930for Fellowship
Item 29 of 59Charles Rennie Mackintosh3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 30 of 59William Forsyth McGibbon11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 31 of 59William Hunter McNab3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 32 of 59Duncan McNaughtan3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 33 of 59James Milne MonroApril 1906for Fellowship
Item 34 of 59James Napier16 December 1918for Associateship
Item 35 of 59Alexander Nisbet Paterson28 February 1910for Fellowship
Item 36 of 59Thomas Stewart Purdie24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 37 of 59Robert Leslie RolloLate 1920for Associateship
Item 38 of 59William Harvey Ross20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 39 of 59William Gardner Rowan2 March 1908for Fellowship
Item 40 of 59Fred Rowntree4 December 1905for Fellowship
Item 41 of 59James Salmon (junior)3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 42 of 59Robert Douglas Sandilands11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 43 of 59Andrew Sharp3 February 1902for Associateship
Item 44 of 59Frank Lewis Worthington Simon8 June 1902for Fellowship
Item 45 of 59Alexander Skirving11 June 1906for Fellowship
Item 46 of 59Stuart Veitch SmithEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 47 of 59Thomas Smith TaitLate 1913 or early 1914for Associateship
Item 48 of 59Thomas Smith Tait15 February 1926for Fellowship
Item 49 of 59James Thomson3 June 1878for Fellowship
Item 50 of 59James Baird Thomson3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 51 of 59William Aitken Thomson3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 52 of 59William Ernest WatsonMid 1919for Fellowship
Item 53 of 59William Brown Whitie2 March 1908for Fellowship
Item 54 of 59John Bennie Wilson28 February 1910for Fellowship
Item 55 of 59Gordon Lorimer Wright4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 56 of 59Edward Grigg WylieMid 1920for Associateship
Item 57 of 59James Cumming Wynnes30 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 58 of 59James Cumming WynnesLate 1914for Fellowship
Item 59 of 59Cedric John Mathison YoungLate 1921for 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 316 Feuing scheme survey, GallanachOban ArgyllScotlandDate unknown; may have been Campbell alone (if post-1897), but probably by Burnet as he subsequently extended Gallanach House
Item 2 of 316 Girdlers' Hall  LondonEnglandRedecoration - date unknown
Item 3 of 3161877Balmaghie House  KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs junior partner
Item 4 of 3161877Killean House (new)Tayinloan ArgyllScotlandNew house built following fire in old one
Item 5 of 3161878Institute of Fine Arts  GlasgowScotlandWon competition and appointed for job - as junior partner
Item 6 of 3161880Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandFirst competition and second competition designs - as junior partner
Item 7 of 316c. 18801-11 Great Western Terrace  GlasgowScotlandFirst as assistant and then as senior partner - completed westmost houses of terrace - adhering to Thomson's design for the elevations but changing the rear.
Item 8 of 316188180 Oakfield Terrace  GlasgowScotlandAdditions to no 80 - with his father, prior to partnership
Item 9 of 3161881Deanston HouseDoune PerthshireScotlandAs junior partner
Item 10 of 3161881Denny UP ChurchDenny StirlingshireScotlandAs junior partner
Item 11 of 3161881National Bank of Scotland and Square of Business ChambersShawlands GlasgowScotlandProposed alterations, not built as they were too large and costly for the Bank
Item 12 of 316c. 1881St James UP ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 13 of 3161882Cameron House, south lodge  DunbartonshireScotlandAs junior partner
Item 14 of 3161882Clyde Navigation Trust Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 3161882Deanston House, gate lodgeDoune PerthshireScotlandAs junior partner
Item 16 of 3161882Drumsheugh Baths  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 3161882Sauchfield Terrace and Crescent  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 3161882Sick Children's Dispensary  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 19 of 3161883BellfieldDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandReinstatement after fire
Item 20 of 3161884KilneissMoniaive DumfriesshireScotlandMajor reconstruction and addition of studio
Item 21 of 3161885Birmingham Law Courts  BirminghamEnglandCompetition design - reached 2nd tier but unplaced
Item 22 of 3161885Coats Memorial Baptist ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 23 of 3161885Edinbarnet  DunbartonshireScotlandHouse and conservatories
Item 24 of 3161885Edinburgh International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art, 1886  EdinburghScotlandWon competition and secured job with C C Lindsay engineer
Item 25 of 3161885Edinburgh International Exhibition, manager's house  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 3161885Established ChurchCorrieArranButeScotland 
Item 27 of 3161885Hartwood AsylumShotts LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design, selected but not successful
Item 28 of 3161885Newark Free Church and hallPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 29 of 3161885Schoolwell Street ManseStevenston AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 30 of 3161885St Andrews Free Church  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 31 of 3161885University of Glasgow Students' Union  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 3161886Athenaeum  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building on St George's Place
Item 33 of 3161886Auchterarder House and west lodge and gates  PerthshireScotlandRemodelling - porte cochere, billiard room, winter garden and internal refitting of house. Also west lodge and gates 1889
Item 34 of 3161886Barony Parish Church  GlasgowScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 35 of 3161886CorrienessanLoch Ard, Aberfoyle PerthshireScotland 
Item 36 of 3161886House at KilwinningKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 37 of 31618879 Park Circus Place  GlasgowScotlandBilliard Room
Item 38 of 3161887NunholmeDowanhill GlasgowScotlandDesign exhibited - major reconstruction of existing house
Item 39 of 3161887Royal Clyde Yacht Club and HotelDunoon ArgyllScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 40 of 3161888Ewing Gilmour Institute for Working GirlsAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandPrincipally designed by J A Campbell
Item 41 of 3161888St Molio's Parish ChurchShiskineArranButeScotlandWith William Kerr and Alexander McGibbon as assistants on the drawings
Item 42 of 3161888The ChestersBearsden GlasgowScotlandInternal refitting of earlier house
Item 43 of 3161888Villas for J Smellie Junior  GlasgowScotland 
Item 44 of 3161889BaronaldLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 45 of 3161889Charing Cross Mansions and shops  GlasgowScotland 
Item 46 of 3161889Edinbarnet  DunbartonshireScotlandMajor reconstruction after fire
Item 47 of 3161889Largs Parish Church and Memorial HallsLargs AyrshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 48 of 3161889Marine HotelElie FifeScotland 
Item 49 of 316After 1889New houseWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 50 of 316After 1889Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandAdditions including nurses' pavilion, steam laundry, pathological institute and operating theatre
Item 51 of 3161890GarmoyleDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 52 of 3161890Levenford HouseDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandInterior remodelling and addition
Item 53 of 3161891Athenaeum  GlasgowScotlandExtension facing Buchanan Street
Item 54 of 3161891Ayr Public LibraryAyr AyrshireScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 55 of 3161891Caledonian Insurance Office  GlasgowScotlandUnexecuted proposal to build additional floors - 'Proposed building in St Vincent Street'
Item 56 of 3161891Glasgow Art Gallery and MuseumKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 57 of 3161891J & P Coats Offices  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 58 of 3161891Killean House (new)Tayinloan ArgyllScotlandFurther work
Item 59 of 3161891Tullichewan ArmsBalloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 60 of 3161892Aerated Water Factory, 65 East King StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 61 of 3161892Cathedral Court, workmen's housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 62 of 3161892Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons  GlasgowScotland 
Item 63 of 3161893Arbroath Parish ChurchArbroath AngusScotlandWon competition and secured commission. Alos designed font (1897)
Item 64 of 3161893Established ChurchGlenboig LanarkshireScotland 
Item 65 of 3161893Feuing at Whiting BayWhiting BayArranButeScotlandFeuing plan
Item 66 of 3161893Hamilton TerraceLamlashArranButeScotland 
Item 67 of 3161893Skinner's Bakery and tea roomCharing Cross GlasgowScotlandEarlier work - perhaps by Burnet, Son & Campbell
Item 68 of 3161893University of Glasgow Students' Union  GlasgowScotlandWestern extension
Item 69 of 3161894Campbeltown Cottage HospitalCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 70 of 3161894Dougarie Lodge ArranButeScotlandProposed additions - not built following the death of the 12th Duke in 1895
Item 71 of 3161894Dundas UP ChurchGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 72 of 3161894Glasgow Savings Bank Headquarters  GlasgowScotlandBanking hall in Ingram Street added
Item 73 of 3161894Glasgow Stock Exchange  GlasgowScotlandExtension in St George's Place
Item 74 of 3161894Glasgow Western Infirmary, Pathology Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 75 of 3161894Kirklee Station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 76 of 3161894Lochranza Hotel ArranButeScotlandLarge scheme proposed & exhibited but reduced scheme also exhibited in the same year. Reduced scheme executed
Item 77 of 3161894Princes Dock and hydraulic power stationQueen's Dock/Cessnock Dock GlasgowScotlandHydraulic power station
Item 78 of 3161894Village HallBrodickArranButeScotland 
Item 79 of 316Before 1894University of Glasgow, gate lodges  GlasgowScotland 
Item 80 of 316c. 1894Dougarie Lodge, boathouse ArranButeScotlandAttribution; no documentary evidence found
Item 81 of 3161895Glasgow Cross Station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 82 of 3161895Longrow UP ChurchCampbeltown ArgyllScotlandNew organ case
Item 83 of 3161895Night Asylum  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 84 of 3161895North British Railway Hotel  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 85 of 3161895Public Baths and gymnasiumAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 86 of 3161895St Modan's Parish ChurchRosneath / Roseneath DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 87 of 3161895University of Glasgow halls of residence  GlasgowScotlandProposals - not executed
Item 88 of 316c. 1895Killean Cottages (including former school)Tayinloan ArgyllScotlandH E Clifford may have been involved according to Clifford's son: he carried out other work on the estate
Item 89 of 3161896Aerated Water Factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 90 of 3161896Albany Chambers and shopsCharing Cross GlasgowScotland 
Item 91 of 3161896Albany Mansions  GlasgowScotland 
Item 92 of 3161896Anderston Cross Station and associated buildings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 93 of 3161896Black's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction as R W Forsyth's Store
Item 94 of 3161896CarronvaleLarbert StirlingshireScotlandComplete reconstruction - commission retained by Burnet after dissolution of partnership with Campbell
Item 95 of 3161896Clydebank Riverside StationClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 96 of 3161896Gardner Memorial ChurchBrechin AngusScotlandCommission retained by Burnet after dissolution of partnership with Campbell
Item 97 of 3161896Glasgow School of Art  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 98 of 3161896Kelvinside Station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 99 of 3161896Liverpool Museum extension and Technical Schools  LiverpoolEnglandCompetition design - not successful
Item 100 of 316After 1896HotelsWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 101 of 316After 1896Stables, DoonholmAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 102 of 316c. 1896Canal housesBowling DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 103 of 3161897Craigdhu MansionsCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 104 of 3161897Greenhead Court  GlasgowScotland 
Item 105 of 3161897McLaren Memorial church, hall and manseStenhousemuir/Larbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 106 of 3161897Public Library and MuseumCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 107 of 3161897RothmarCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 108 of 3161897Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandPlans dated - detail of ventilator of milk house in new kitchen and offices
Item 109 of 316c. 1897The TowansPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 110 of 3161898218-220 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandInteriors
Item 111 of 3161898Barony Parish Church  GlasgowScotlandFurther work, arcaded reredos of presbytery and completion of scheme
Item 112 of 3161898Finlaystone HouseLangbank RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 113 of 3161898Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901Kelvingrove GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 114 of 3161898Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, entrance lodge & gateway  GlasgowScotland 
Item 115 of 3161898Glasgow Savings Bank Headquarters  GlasgowScotlandFurther storey added
Item 116 of 3161898KilnsideCamelon, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 117 of 3161898LedcamerochKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 118 of 3161898National Bank of Scotland  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 119 of 3161899Atlantic Chambers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 120 of 3161899Broomhill Congregational Church and hallsPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 121 of 3161899DalgormLamlashArranButeScotland 
Item 122 of 3161899Property of Kirkland Trust  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 123 of 3161899Rose CottageLamlashArranButeScotland 
Item 124 of 3161899Tenements for Caledonian Railway Company  GlasgowScotland 
Item 125 of 3161899Tron Kirk  GlasgowScotlandForecourt screen wall and ventilating shaft
Item 126 of 3161899University of Glasgow, Engineering Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 127 of 3161899Warehouse, offices and shops  GlasgowScotland 
Item 128 of 3161899Waterloo Chambers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 129 of 316After 1899Clydesdale Bank Headquarters, St Vincent Place  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 130 of 316After 1899Elder Maternity HomeGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 131 of 316After 1899HotelFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 132 of 316After 1899House, 6 Park Circus Place  GlasgowScotlandInterior work
Item 133 of 316Late 1800s'Crafts made in Arran' shopLamlashArranButeScotlandAttribution by HS
Item 134 of 3161900Drumsheugh Baths  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding and addition
Item 135 of 3161900Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, piggeries  GlasgowScotland 
Item 136 of 3161900Glasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 137 of 3161900Middleton's Building, 61-67 Miller Street  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 138 of 3161900Rutherglen Parish ChurchRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandWith Carrick and Ewing as assistant and apprentice - complete rebuilding
Item 139 of 3161900Skinner's Bakery and tea roomCharing Cross GlasgowScotlandBakery in Newton Street and tearoom in adjoining block in Sauchiehall Street
Item 140 of 3161900University of Glasgow, Anatomy Building  GlasgowScotlandWith J O Scott as consultant
Item 141 of 3161900University of Glasgow, Botany Building  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building - with Scott as consultant
Item 142 of 3161900Windsor House  GlasgowScotlandExtensive additions and alterations
Item 143 of 316After 1900InglistonBishopton RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 144 of 316c. 19007 Park Terrace  GlasgowScotlandInteriors
Item 145 of 316c. 1900Dunlossit House Estate, memorial cross  ArgyllScotlandAttribution
Item 146 of 316c. 1900Waiting room at pierBrodickArranButeScotlandAttribution
Item 147 of 3161901Elder Cottage HospitalGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 148 of 3161901Elder Public LibraryGovan GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 149 of 3161901Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons  GlasgowScotlandIncorporation of no 236 and alterations and adaptations
Item 150 of 3161901Small church for Lord Inverclyde (Mausoleum?)Wemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 151 of 3161901St Gerardine's Church and hallLossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 152 of 3161901University of Glasgow, surgical laboratory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 153 of 3161902Aerated Water Factory  GlasgowScotlandStable added
Item 154 of 3161902Black's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandFurther work
Item 155 of 3161902Craig HouseGatehead ( near) AyrshireScotlandNew conservatory and extensive alterations
Item 156 of 3161902FisherwoodBalloch DunbartonshireScotlandAttribution by owner, but appears to be incorrect
Item 157 of 3161902St James' Episcopal ChurchGoldenacre EdinburghScotlandPaving and furnishing of chancel, including choir stalls, hanging lamps, communion rail and organ case
Item 158 of 3161902Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandDispensary
Item 159 of 316190342 Workmen's DwellingsHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 160 of 3161903Professional & Civil Service Supply Association  EdinburghScotland 
Item 161 of 3161903University of Glasgow, Chemistry Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 162 of 3161903Workers housing for Harland Engineering CompanyAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 163 of 316c. 1903Gallanach HouseOban ArgyllScotlandNew wing and remodelling of offices
Item 164 of 3161904British MuseumBloomsbury LondonEnglandKing Edward VII Wing (North Wing) and British Museum Avenue running N from new wing laid out.
Item 165 of 3161904FairnalieSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandSucceeded Lorimer
Item 166 of 3161904Fairnalie, stables and other estate buildingsSelkirk SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 167 of 3161904Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, chapel  GlasgowScotland 
Item 168 of 3161904Glasgow Stock Exchange  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 169 of 3161904House for William Bottomley  GlasgowScotland 
Item 170 of 3161904King's Weighhouse ChurchMayfair LondonEnglandNew chancel and furnishings
Item 171 of 3161904Marine HotelElie FifeScotlandComplete rebuilding
Item 172 of 3161904RachanBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 173 of 3161904Union Bank of ScotlandLerwickMainlandShetlandScotlandRebuilding
Item 174 of 3161904Warehouse for William McGeoch & Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 175 of 3161905CastlecraigKirkurd PeeblesshireScotlandExtensive alterations and additions, including interiors
Item 176 of 3161905Clyde Navigation Trust Building  GlasgowScotlandSecond phase of building
Item 177 of 3161905McLaren Memorial church, hall and manseStenhousemuir/Larbert StirlingshireScotlandManse added to complex
Item 178 of 31619061, 2 Park Gardens Lane  GlasgowScotland 
Item 179 of 316190611 Royal Crescent  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 180 of 3161906Ardrossan Parish ChurchSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandConverted as a church hall
Item 181 of 3161906Grand HotelSt Andrews FifeScotlandNew entrance and major interior alterations of ground floor and basement
Item 182 of 3161906R W Forsyth Ltd Department Store  EdinburghScotlandProject begun
Item 183 of 3161907Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandAdditions to south wing of east house
Item 184 of 3161907Marine HotelElie FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 185 of 3161907The Merchants' House  GlasgowScotlandAddition of upper storeys, alterations to tower and interior work
Item 186 of 3161907University of Glasgow, Engineering Building  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 187 of 3161908Cumberland InfirmaryCarlisle CumberlandEnglandAdditions/reconstruction
Item 188 of 3161908Free St John's Church  EdinburghScotlandAlterations for conversion to Free Church Assembly Hall
Item 189 of 3161908Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandNew boiler house
Item 190 of 3161908St Philip's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 191 of 3161908University of Glasgow Students' Union  GlasgowScotlandExtension - building deepened in plan
Item 192 of 3161908University of Glasgow, gymnasium  GlasgowScotland 
Item 193 of 3161909Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 194 of 3161909Black's warehouse  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 195 of 3161909General Accident Assurance BuildingsAldwych LondonEngland 
Item 196 of 3161909Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandNew south west wing and alterations to west house
Item 197 of 3161909Kodak Building  LondonEnglandWith T S Tait as project architect, developing Burnet sketches - several alternative proposals submitted to Eastman, who selected that developed by Tait
Item 198 of 3161909Usher Hall  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design for the Mound site - not successful (exhibited at RSA as 'sketch suggestion for site')
Item 199 of 3161910Bank of New South Wales  LondonEnglandBurnet as consultant architect
Item 200 of 3161910Elder Cottage Hospital, nurses' homeGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 201 of 3161910Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandLaundry extension
Item 202 of 3161910Marine HotelElie FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 203 of 3161910Tennant Mansion, 195 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and enlargement of Tennant mansion as offices for Nobel Explosives Company
Item 204 of 3161910Trochraigue HouseGirvan AyrshireScotlandAddition of tower and other work
Item 205 of 3161910Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandClinical laboratory. Also work on this 1914
Item 206 of 3161911Duart CastleCraignure (near)MullArgyllScotlandExecuted scheme which had been prepared in consultation with Ross & MacGibbon
Item 207 of 3161911Royal Hospital for Sick ChildrenYorkhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 208 of 3161911Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandNew dietetic kitchen
Item 209 of 316After 1911Second Church of Christ ScientistNotting Hill Gate LondonEnglandOriginal scheme
Item 210 of 3161912Cumberland InfirmaryCarlisle CumberlandEnglandOutpatients Department
Item 211 of 3161912Kidston HallKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 212 of 3161912Kilmarnock Infirmary and Fever Hospital, Mount PleasantKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandNew ward added
Item 213 of 3161912Union Bank  GlasgowScotlandRemodelled
Item 214 of 3161913Holyrood Palace, King Edward VII Memorial Gates  EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 215 of 3161913Jordanhill Teacher Training CollegeJordanhill GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 216 of 3161913Jordanhill Training College, lodge and gatesJordanhill GlasgowScotlandWas offered the commission for the lodge and gates but declined
Item 217 of 3161913Pathhead Board SchoolPathhead, Kirkcaldy FifeScotlandAssessor in architectural competition
Item 218 of 3161913Wallace Scott Tailoring InstituteCathcart GlasgowScotland 
Item 219 of 3161914Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotlandFurther work
Item 220 of 3161914Clyde Navigation Trust Building  GlasgowScotlandThird phase on Broomielaw proposed; not carried out due to outbreak of World War I
Item 221 of 3161914Cumberland Street Reformed Presbyterian Church  GlasgowScotlandHall
Item 222 of 3161914Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain and Ireland  LondonEngland 
Item 223 of 3161914Letham HillHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 224 of 3161915Kilmarnock Infirmary and Fever Hospital, Mount PleasantKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandNew ward block
Item 225 of 3161915Trochraigue HouseGirvan AyrshireScotlandInterior work
Item 226 of 3161916Balliol College ChapelOxford OxfordshireEngland 
Item 227 of 3161916Hastings LodgeMaxwell Park GlasgowScotlandDining room
Item 228 of 3161917Glasgow University, Memorial Tablet Bute Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 229 of 3161919Adelaide HouseLondon Bridge LondonEngland 
Item 230 of 3161919New Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotlandDesigns drawn up
Item 231 of 3161919Selfridges  LondonEnglandSecond and third phases - with Albert D Millar of Graham, Anderson, Probst & Whyte (successor practice to Daniel H Burnham)
Item 232 of 3161920Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotlandFurther work
Item 233 of 3161920Arbroath Parish ChurchArbroath AngusScotlandWar memorial
Item 234 of 3161920Cavalry MemorialStanhope Gate LondonEngland 
Item 235 of 3161920Dumbarton War MemorialDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 236 of 3161920Ramsgate Improvement scheme including Winterstoke GardensRamsgate KentEngland 
Item 237 of 3161920Skinner's Bakery and tea roomCharing Cross GlasgowScotlandFurther work
Item 238 of 3161920Trochraigue HouseGirvan AyrshireScotlandInterior work
Item 239 of 3161920University of Glasgow, Engineering Building  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 240 of 3161920Vigo House  LondonEngland 
Item 241 of 3161920Wallace Scott Tailoring InstituteCathcart GlasgowScotlandFormal garden, pergola and retaining walls executed
Item 242 of 3161920Wellington UF Church, War Memorial  GlasgowScotland 
Item 243 of 3161920Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandMassage building, x-ray department
Item 244 of 316c. 1920266-268 Clyde Street  GlasgowScotlandAdjustments to interior and additional storeys added (probably by Burnet)
Item 245 of 316c. 1920Studio for William Reid Dick  LondonEngland 
Item 246 of 3161921Broomhill Congregational Church and hallsPartick GlasgowScotlandWar memorial
Item 247 of 3161921Clyde Navigation Trust, War Memorial  GlasgowScotland 
Item 248 of 3161921Clydesdale Bank Headquarters, St Vincent Place  GlasgowScotlandWar memorial
Item 249 of 3161921Glasgow Cenotaph  GlasgowScotlandInvited to submit design in limited competition - design selected
Item 250 of 3161921Great Western Railway War MemorialPaddington LondonEngland 
Item 251 of 3161921Kilmarnock Infirmary and Fever Hospital, Mount PleasantKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAlterations to administration block and No 1 block
Item 252 of 3161921McLaren Memorial church, hall and manseStenhousemuir/Larbert StirlingshireScotlandChancel partly remodelled with raised floor, new communion table as war memorial
Item 253 of 3161921New Cumnock War MemorialNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 254 of 3161921St James' Episcopal ChurchGoldenacre EdinburghScotlandRood beam and baptistry with screen
Item 255 of 3161921Stenhouse Parish Church War MemorialStenhouse EdinburghScotland 
Item 256 of 3161922Ballater War MemorialBallater AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 257 of 3161922Belgian War Memorial  BrusselsBelgium 
Item 258 of 3161922Gallipoli War MemorialCape Helles GallipoliTurkey 
Item 259 of 3161922Grangemouth War Memorial, Zetland ParkGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 260 of 3161922Jerusalem War Memorial Chapel and Cemetery  JerusalemPalestine 
Item 261 of 3161922Merchiston Castle School, War Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 262 of 3161922Port Tewfik War Memorial  Port TewfikEgypt 
Item 263 of 3161922Royal Hospital for Sick ChildrenYorkhill GlasgowScotlandAdditions to nurses' home; administration building largely designed in Glasgow office
Item 264 of 3161922Second Church of Christ ScientistNotting Hill Gate LondonEnglandExecution of scheme (revised by Tait under Burnet's supervision)
Item 265 of 3161922Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay War MemorialSkelmorlie AyrshireScotland 
Item 266 of 3161922St Philip's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotlandPorch and vestry
Item 267 of 3161922University of Glasgow, Zoology Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 268 of 3161922Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandNurses' home extension and nurses' lecture theatre
Item 269 of 316c. 1922Faculty of Accountants War Memorial   Scotland 
Item 270 of 316c. 1922Memorial to the MissingLorie Pirie GallipoliTurkey 
Item 271 of 316c. 1922Memorial to the MissingTwelve Tree Copse GallipoliTurkey 
Item 272 of 3161923R W Forsyth Ltd Department Store  EdinburghScotlandWest extension over site of George Washington Browne's Redfern building (see separate entry) and new building at 3 St Andrew Square with bridge over mews lane
Item 273 of 3161923University of Glasgow, War Memorial Chapel and Arts BuildingGilmorehill GlasgowScotland 
Item 274 of 316Before 1923The Merchant Taylor Company's Hall  LondonEnglandRedecoration
Item 275 of 3161924Caird Hall  DundeeScotlandDesigns for commercial ranges to east and west of hall submitted to Burnet for approval by James Thomson.
Item 276 of 3161924City Chambers  DundeeScotlandDesigned scheme; adapted by James McLellan Brown, Depute City Architect, in 1930
Item 277 of 3161924Dundee Civic Centre  DundeeScotlandConsulted about project; executed scheme for City Square based on his design
Item 278 of 3161924University of Glasgow, William and George Hunter Memorial  GlasgowScotland 
Item 279 of 3161925Carliol House  Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWith Leonard J Couves
Item 280 of 3161925Daily Telegraph Building  LondonEnglandWith Elcock & Sutcliffe
Item 281 of 3161925North British and Mercantile Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 282 of 3161925Savings Bank of GlasgowBridgeton Cross GlasgowScotland 
Item 283 of 316Before 1925House for Fergus StonesStratford-on-Avon WarwickshireEngland 
Item 284 of 316Before 1925House for Mr AllanAshstead/Ashtead Cumberland/SurreyEngland 
Item 285 of 316Before 1925Indian Students' Hostel  LondonEngland 
Item 286 of 316Before 1925Premises for Allan TaylorWandsworth LondonEngland 
Item 287 of 3161926Dunoon District Cottage HospitalDunoon ArgyllScotlandBuilt replacement
Item 288 of 3161926Eastman Dental Clinic  LondonEngland 
Item 289 of 3161926Merchiston Castle School, War Memorial Hall  EdinburghScotlandWorking in assication with Dick Peddie & Walker Todd
Item 290 of 3161926Western Infirmary, Alexander Elder Memorial Chapel  GlasgowScotland 
Item 291 of 3161927Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotlandWestern addition
Item 292 of 3161927Lloyds Bank  LondonEnglandWith Campbell-Jones & Smithers
Item 293 of 3161927Woodcroft Christian Brethren ChurchHendon LondonEngland 
Item 294 of 3161928Royal Northern InfirmaryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations to original 1799-1804 main building and new ward blocks
Item 295 of 3161929Bechstein showrooms, offices and warehouse  LondonEngland 
Item 296 of 3161929Bridge over Limpopo River   South Africa 
Item 297 of 3161929Gates HouseHampstead LondonEnglandNew interiors and addition to house
Item 298 of 3161929R W Forsyth Ltd Department Store  EdinburghScotlandSports and hairdressing departments within earlier building
Item 299 of 3161929Royal Masonic Hospital, Ravenscourt ParkHammersmith LondonEnglandWon competition and secured job - executed to revised design by Farquhar
Item 300 of 3161929Silkstream Parade, terraces and shopsBurnt Oak LondonEngland 
Item 301 of 3161929St Gerardine's Church and hallLossiemouth MorayshireScotlandchurch hall
Item 302 of 3161929Sydney Harbour Bridge  SydneyAustralia 
Item 303 of 3161929Unilever House  LondonEnglandRevision of original design by J Lomax Simpson
Item 304 of 316Before 1929McDonalds Ltd warehouse  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction
Item 305 of 316Before 1929North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary  StaffordshireEnglandReconstruction
Item 306 of 316c. 1929Centrosojus building  MoscowRussiaUnsuccessful competition design
Item 307 of 3161930Bangkok Bridge  BangkokThailand 
Item 308 of 3161931Old Greyfriars ChurchGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 309 of 3161931Skinner's Bakery and tea roomCharing Cross GlasgowScotlandRebuilding (?) of 1-7 Newton Street
Item 310 of 3161931Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandKelvin block, alterations and additions
Item 311 of 3161932Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 312 of 3161932Western Infirmary, Nurses' Home  GlasgowScotland 
Item 313 of 3161934Howard Hall Masonic TempleBraintree EssexEngland 
Item 314 of 316c. 1935Three cottages, Woodhall RoadColinton EdinburghScotlandRemodelling of no 55 (to which Burnet had retired) - work carried out by his niece Edith M W B Hughes; Thomas Smith Tait also consulted at an earlier stage
Item 315 of 3161937RothmarCampbeltown ArgyllScotlandExtension
Item 316 of 3161938St Dunstan's Hospital ChapelRottingdean SussexEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 19Burnet, John & Son, and Lindsay, Charles C1886The International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art   
Item 2 of 19Burrows, E J1924Modern Architectural Art: Sir John Burnet & Partners Cheltenham 
Item 3 of 19DNB Dictionary of National Biography   
Item 4 of 19Eaton, Leonard1972American Architecture Comes of Age MIT Presspp38-55
Item 5 of 19Edwards, A Trystan1930The architectural work of Sir John Burnet and Partners (Masters of Architecture Series) Geneva 
Item 6 of 19Glasgow Contemporaries1901Glasgow Contemporaries at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century   
Item 7 of 19Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp1
Item 8 of 19Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary   
Item 9 of 19Grove Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionary of Art   
Item 10 of 19Rankin, Robert B1953Sir John Burnet RA, RSA, LLD and his works in RIAS Quarterly no 94, November 1953 
Item 11 of 19RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSView of Caird Hall from north (c.1930) p52
Item 12 of 19Service, Alastair1975Edwardian Architecture and its Origins   
Item 13 of 19Sir John Burnet, Tait & Partners1986Sir John Burnet, Tait & Partners: celebrating 150 years of excellence in Architecture Glasgow 
Item 14 of 19Stamp, Gavin1977Silent Cities: an exhibition of the Memorial and Cemetery Architecture of the Great War RIBA (London)p22
Item 15 of 19Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p107
Item 16 of 19Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 17 of 19Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 18 of 19Who's Who in Architecture1926    
Item 19 of 19Who's Who in Glasgow1909    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 11Architects Journal2 June 1920   
Item 2 of 11Architects Journal4 May 1921   
Item 3 of 11Architects Journal27 June 1923   
Item 4 of 11Builders Journal9 October 1901   
Item 5 of 11Quiz28 September 1893  p21 - biographical note
Item 6 of 11RIBA Journal30 June 1923 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsArticle by Paul Waterhouse on the Royal Gold Medal
Item 7 of 11RIBA Journal18 July 1938v45London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp893-6 - obituary by A N Paterson and T S Tait
Item 8 of 11RIBA Journal15 August 1938v45London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp941-3 - obituary by Theodore Fyfe (NB: in first line, 1899 should read 1889, as indicated on p993 of the same volume in error note)
Item 9 of 11The Bailie7 April 1886   
Item 10 of 11The Bailie6 May 1914   
Item 11 of 11The Bailie4 May 1921   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 5British MuseumBritish Museum Central Archive, Trustees Minutes Minutes 14 October 1905
Item 2 of 5City of London, 40 Northampton RoadLondon Metropolitan ArchivesGLC/AR/BR/BA/037974 
Item 3 of 5Courtesy of Johanna RoetheInformation sent to Dictionary Sent July 2009
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v6 p141 (microfiche 26/C2); F v12 p145 (microfiche 116/G4)
Item 5 of 5The National Archives, KewWORK17/718Letter from Battershell to Downing 18 October 1976


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