Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Morrison Mathers |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1875 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||John Morrison Mathers was born in 1875 and articled to Thomas Martin Cappon of Dundee in 1893, serving his apprenticeship under the supervision of Patrick Hill Thoms, who described him as 'a particularly careful and painstaking draughtsman'. He remained as junior assistant, working under William Gillespie Lamond, until about 1903-4 when he became senior assistant. During this period he attended classes at Dundee Technical Institute and University College, winning several prizes, and spent his holidays travelling in England, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal and Corsica. |
In January 1908 Mathers was appointed Burgh Surveyor, Master of Works and Sanitary Inspector for the Burgh of Newport with an office at Burgh Chambers and a house at 2 Norwood, East Newport. Whilst in this position he also designed and erected at least one villa on his own account; but his work in his official capacity was limited largely to maintenance and road improvements, and although the Burgh Council was entirely satisfied with his performance, the Provost and Town Clerk describing him as 'careful and obliging' and of 'irreproachable' character, he resigned in late November 1910 to emigrate to Canada with a view to practising independently there. Immediately before leaving he applied for Licentiateship of the RIBA, and he was admitted on 16 January 1911, his proposers being Cappon, Thoms and Thoms's partner William Fleming Wilkie, all of Dundee. At the end of that month he was back in Dundee to sign his LRIBA membership declaration; it is unclear whether he had failed to find the opportunities he had hoped for in Canada or whether he had returned temporarily to organise his affairs.
Mathers's daughter, Margaret Robertson Mathers was a member of the Dundee Institute of Architects in 1939-40.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Burgh Chambers, Newport, Fife, Scotland||Business||1908||November 1910|| |
|2, Norwood, East Newport, Fife, Scotland||Private||1910 *|| || |
|Canada||Private/business||January 1911 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Who's Who in Architecture||1914|| || || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v8 no459 (microfilm reel 31)|