Basic Biographical Details

Name: Boswell, Mitchell & Johnston
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1952
Ended:  
Bio Notes: Boswell, Mitchell & Johnston was the continuation of George Boswell & Partners. It is unclear whether the title was changed in 1950 or upon Boswell's death in 1952. At that date the partners were Ninian Rutherford Jamieson Johnston and Peter Mitchell.

In the early 1950s the practice carried out work for the Scottish Industrial Estates Ltd and designed houses for the Burgh of Dumbarton.

Later partners included Frank Campbell from 1959 and Scott Noble and Eric Hardgreave from 1961. In 1983 Donald Gavin, Malcolm McLean and Ian Bassy were all taken into partnership.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4160, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1951  
Item 2 of 4256, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1952After 1964 
Item 3 of 411, Abercomby Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1970 * Branch office
Item 4 of 418, Woodlands Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessEarly 1970s *After 1985 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 16Irvine Macdonald Murray  Assistant 
Item 2 of 16Ninian Rutherford Jamieson JohnstonAfter 1951After 1970PartnerPartner from 1943 with George Boswell & Partners
Item 3 of 16Peter Mitchell1952 PartnerPartner from 1947 with George Boswell & Partners
Item 4 of 16John Maxwell Anderson19571959Architect 
Item 5 of 16Frank Campbell19591986Partner 
Item 6 of 16Frank Campbell19591986Partner 
Item 7 of 16Stuart Moore WallaceEarly 1950s Apprentice 
Item 8 of 16Maurice Russellc. 1960 Architect 
Item 9 of 16Eric William Hargreaves19611987Partner 
Item 10 of 16Robert Scott Noble19611993Partner 
Item 11 of 16Sidney Thomas Gynn (erroneously found as Glynn)19641965Second Assistant 
Item 12 of 16Alexander Carrollc. 1975 * Architect 
Item 13 of 16Peter Donald Jamieson Elles1979 * Architect 
Item 14 of 16Alexander Halliday1979 Architect 
Item 15 of 16James DavidsonEarly 1970s Architect 
Item 16 of 16Donald Graham Gavin1983 Senior Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 79 Eastmuir School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 79 Hamilton Teacher Training CollegeHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 791950s(?)Adult Occupational Centre for Clydebank BurghClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 791950Chirnsyde School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 79c. 1950Chirnside Primary School and Janitor's House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 791951Factory premises, Glasgow RoadEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotlandAs Mitchell, Johnston & Co. To prepare plans for extensions and other additions
Item 7 of 79Before 1951Bellsmyre site developmentDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandWith johnston mainly responsible
Item 8 of 79Before 1951Crosslet Residential NurseryDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 9 of 791952International Business Machines (IBM) Factory at Spango ValleySpango Valley, Greenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 791952South Portland St ChurchRiddrie GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 11 of 791952Trongate, Glasgow  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 12 of 7921 November 1952Westburn Sugar RefineriesGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 13 of 791953Premises of Southerns Ltd, Whitefield RoadGovan GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 14 of 791953The White House of MillikenBrookfield Renfrewshire Further work
Item 15 of 7930 October 1953Queenslie Industrial EstateQueenslie GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for new factory
Item 16 of 791954Factory of John Laird & Sons LtdSandyhillsIslayGlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 791954Garthamlock Secondary School, Garthamlock Housing District (Site 1)Garthamlock GlasgowScotlandNinian Johnston mainly responsible
Item 18 of 791954Premises of A R Stenhouse & Partners Ltd, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 19 of 791954Premises of Sands & Co (Publishers) Ltd, Cambridge StreetGarnethill GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and additions
Item 20 of 791954Queenslie Industrial EstateQueenslie GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 791956Concert Hall, Pavilion and Restaurant, Castle GardensDunoon ArgyllScotlandWon competition to secure job. Building beguun this year.
Item 22 of 791957Bonhill Parish ChurchBonhill DunbartonshireScotlandVestry projection
Item 23 of 791957Hutchesons' Boys Grammar SchoolCrossmyloof GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 7918 January 1957Premises at 157-161 Trongate  GlasgowScotlandBuilder p166
Item 25 of 791 February 1957680 houses at Unit No 9 of Provanhill Housing SchemeProvanhill GlasgowScotland'Glasgow Corporation has appointed Boswell, Mitchell & Johnstone' [note different spelling - CHECK] per Builder p252
Item 26 of 7915 February 1957Garage and Filling StationNew Stevenston LanarkshireScotlandBuilder p 344
Item 27 of 7922 March 1957School, Barlanark Site 1  GlasgowScotlandper Builder p572
Item 28 of 7912 April 1957School, Barlanark Site 5  GlasgowScotlandper Builder p707
Item 29 of 791958Woodcroft Primary SchoolGarthamlock GlasgowScotlandNinian Johnston reponsible
Item 30 of 794 April 1958Office for CAS (Industrial Developments), Ltd  GlasgowScotlandappointed member of Scottish Consultancy Team by C.A.S. and will be one member occupying new office space per Builder p654
Item 31 of 797 November 1958Auchentoshan School and Occupational UnitAuchentoshan DunbartonshireScotlandper Builder p773
Item 32 of 79Early 1950sHousing for BurghDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 33 of 791960sCowlairs Industrial Estate for SIECCowlairs GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 791960sDistrict HospitalGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 35 of 791960sHousing at NorwoodBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 791960sMcLaren High SchoolPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 37 of 791960sPort Glasgow High SchoolPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 38 of 791960sQueenslie Industrial EstateQueenslie GlasgowScotlandFurther units built?
Item 39 of 791960sQueen's Park School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 791960sRenfrew High SchoolRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 41 of 791960sSpecial SchoolBarlanark GlasgowScotland 
Item 42 of 791960sStudent residences for Craigie CollegeAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 43 of 791960sStudent residences for Hamilton CollegeHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 44 of 791960sStudent residences for the College of Education  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 791960sTourist CentreBannockburn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 46 of 791960sUniversity of Glasgow, Microbiology Unit  GlasgowScotland 
Item 47 of 791960Sacred Heart RC SchoolCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 48 of 791960Woodside CDAWoodside GlasgowScotland 
Item 49 of 7925 August 1961Block of Luxury FlatsKelvinside GlasgowScotlandarchitects for the scheme per Builder p369
Item 50 of 79After 1961Freeland House  PerthshireScotlandRefurbishment
Item 51 of 79After 1961Strathallan School residencies  PerthshireScotland 
Item 52 of 791962Pollokshaws CDA Unit 2 housing, police station, library, schoolsPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandIn association with A G Jury and Glasgow Corporation Architectural and Planning Dept
Item 53 of 791962Seafar Primary SchoolCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 54 of 79January 1962Crown Road South, Hyndland  GlasgowScotland 
Item 55 of 791964Pollokshaws CDAPollokshaws GlasgowScotland 
Item 56 of 79c. 1964Premises of James Anderson & Co (Colours) Ltd, Hawkhead RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandLaboratory building
Item 57 of 791966Borestone Development Scheme, Phase 2Bannockburn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 58 of 791968Perth Technical CollegePerth PerthshireScotlandBrahan Building
Item 59 of 791970Dumfries & Galloway Royal InfirmaryDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 60 of 791972Rutherglen Hospital and Health CentreRutherglen GlasgowScotlandWith Frank Campbell as partner?
Item 61 of 791972St John's Court FlatsPartick Glasgow  
Item 62 of 791973Inchture Primary SchoolInchture PerthshireScotland 
Item 63 of 79c. 1973Woodside Flats, St George's Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 64 of 79197410 William StreetGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction and restoration
Item 65 of 79Before 1975McLaren High SchoolCallander PerthshireScotland 
Item 66 of 79Before 1975Premises for the Clydesdale Bank  GlasgowScotland 
Item 67 of 79Before 1975Shop for MothercarePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 68 of 79Before 1975Shop for MothercarePaisley RenfrewahireScotland 
Item 69 of 79Before 1975Shop for MothercareAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 70 of 791976WoodendHouston RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction of 2 rooms destroyed by fire.
Item 71 of 791977Inverclyde Royal Hospital  GlasgowScotland 
Item 72 of 79c. 1986River Clyde Pedestrian Crossing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 73 of 791988Bell's Bridge  GlasgowScotlandConsultant architects
Item 74 of 791988Woodcroft Telephone Exchange  EdinburghScotlandComprehensive re-glazing scheme
Item 75 of 791997Alexander Gibson Opera School, Renfrew Street  Glasgow Competition winners
Item 76 of 791997Biomolecular science buildingSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 77 of 791998James Watt College (North Ayrshire Campus)Kilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 78 of 79c. 2001New Technical College, AyrAyr AyrshireScotlandWedge shaped building added at right angles.
Item 79 of 792004Belmont Flats  DundeeScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland PressDates of Rutherford's and Mitchell's entering into the partnership appear to be incorrect
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp24 Woodside Area B
p29 Inverclyde Royal Hospital
p41 Photograph of Woodside Area B
p46 Pollokshaws CDA Unit 2 Photograph
Item 3 of 5Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp228 Pollokshaws CDA Unit 2
p381, Gazetteer 2
Item 4 of 5Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 5 of 5Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p78, p117

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 21Builder18 May 1951  p719
Item 2 of 21Builder9 May 1952  p720
Item 3 of 21Builder25 July 1952  p148
Item 4 of 21Builder21 November 1952  p768
Item 5 of 21Builder11 September 1953  p413
Item 6 of 21Builder30 October 1953  p680
Item 7 of 21Builder6 November 1953  p720
Item 8 of 21Builder7 May 1954  p830
Item 9 of 21Builder14 May 1954  p870
Item 10 of 21Builder28 May 1954  p958
Item 11 of 21Builder4 June 1954  p1007
Item 12 of 21Builder9 July 1954  p78
Item 13 of 21Builder30 July 1954  p198
Item 14 of 21Builder3 February 1961  'New Partners' p243
Item 15 of 21Builder13 March 1964  p567
Item 16 of 21Builder18 September 1964  p626
Item 17 of 21Herald, The13 January 1997   
Item 18 of 21Industrialised Building Systems and ComponentsOctober 1964  p71 Woodside CDA
Item 19 of 21InterbuildNovember 1961  p36-9 Pollokshaws CDA Unit 2
Item 20 of 21Official Architecture and PlanningMarch 1958  p126-9 Pollokshaws CDA Unit 2
Item 21 of 21Scottish Daily Express24 March 1973  Re. Woodside flats, and public reception of the same

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Rellections by Ninian Johnston, August 1985