Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Woodburn Sturrock
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 February 1860
Died: 22 March 1934
Bio Notes: David Woodburn Sturrock was born at 12 Dunlop Street, Kilmarnock on 15 February 1860, the son of Robert Sturrock, grocer, and Annie Douglas. His original forename was Woodburn: that of David was added a month after his birth. His birthplace suggests that he was related to David Sturrock, later of Bruce & Sturrock - either a nephew or a cousin - but it may be coincidence as he was articled to David Thomson rather than Bruce & Sturrock in 1875 and remained with him as a draughtsman after completing his apprenticeship. Thereafter he spent over five years in Spain, France, Holland and Germany. He commenced independent practice in 1898 and married Margaret Nicol in 1902. He joined John Gordon as a partner in the following year, the practice title becoming Gordon, Son & Sturrock. Later in the same year D Bennet Dobson, who had been with the firm since at least 1894, was taken into partnership and his name acknowledged in the practice title as Gordon, Son, Dobson & Sturrock. This arrangement too was short-lived: Sturrock left to practise alone c. 1904 and by 1905 he had entered into a new partnership with James Jackson Wilson, as Sturrock & Wilson.

Sturrock was elected LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which he had joined in 1907. His nomination papers state that his work as principal consisted mainly of villas in and around Glasgow, and of tenements and public buildings.

The partnership of Sturrock & Wilson was dissolved in 1917, Sturrock thereafter practising alone. He died of arterio sclerosis and cerebral thrombosis at 'Douglas', Moor Road, Eaglesham on 22 March 1934, his death being reported by his niece Jessie Dargavel. He left moveable estate of 6,198 15s 11d and was buried in Eaglesham churchyard.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 911, Florence Place (or Florentine Place?), Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1886After 1890 
Item 2 of 995, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1887 *  
Item 3 of 923, Florence Place, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1899 *  
Item 4 of 9109, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1899After December 1905 
Item 5 of 951, Danes Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1904 *  
Item 6 of 9140, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1906 or 1907After 1911 
Item 7 of 9Douglas, Whitecraigs, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1914 
Item 8 of 9Douglas/24, Montgomery Street, Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1924After 1929 
Item 9 of 9Douglas/24, Moor Road, Eaglesham, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5David Thomson18751880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5David Thomson1880Before 1898Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Gordon, Son & Sturrock19031903Partner 
Item 4 of 5Gordon, Son, Dobson & Sturrock1903c. 1904Partner 
Item 5 of 5Sturrock & WilsonBefore 19051917Partner 

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 3William John DevlinJanuary 1887January 1889Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3David Bateman Hutton18951898Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3John Marshall HunterAugust 1899August 1903Apprentice 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 261891Ayr Public LibraryAyr AyrshireScotlandCompetition design - placed second
Item 2 of 261895Bishopbriggs High SchoolBishopbriggs LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 261895Villa, Winton Drive  GlasgowScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 4 of 2618991,3 Kingsborough Gardens  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 261899House for William CurrieWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 6 of 261899Terrace of houses, Kingsborough Gardens, west side  GlasgowScotlandnos 5-37
Item 7 of 261900Semi-detached villas, Winton Drive  GlasgowScotlandOne pair built in association with Basil Ionides
Item 8 of 261900WoodburneWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 9 of 261901Cottage for Mrs James SmithWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 10 of 261901Cottages for John StewartWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 11 of 261901Engine and Boiler Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 261901MiramarWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 13 of 261901StandfordWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 14 of 261902Craighead SchoolMilton of Campsie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 261903Cottage at Whiting BayWhiting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 16 of 261903Miller and Lang Art Publishers Offices  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 261903Miller and Lang's Warehouse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 261903Proposed home ArranButeScotland 
Item 19 of 261904Buildings in Garscube Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 261905Burlington HouseWhting BayArranButeScotland 
Item 21 of 261905Primitive Methodist Church, Alexandra Parade  GlasgowScotlandMade design - commission lost to Chalmers
Item 22 of 261905Timber office for Helensburgh Steam Laundry Ltd, East King StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 23 of 261913VillasNewlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 261913VillasGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 25 of 261914VillaNewlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 261915Double villasWhitecraigs GlasgowScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1610