Basic Biographical Details

Name: John M Forrester
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1856
Died: Late 1901
Bio Notes: Little is known of John M Forrester. He was born in Edinburgh about 1856. An architect, surveyor and valuator, he took his longstanding draughtsman Mr Graham into partnership in July 1901, along with John Brown (b. 1878), who had been working with him as a surveyor since April 1898 and assisting him with all aspects of his practice. The firm was known as Forrester, Graham & Brown. Forrester died just a few months after the partnership was formed, and the business was continued by Brown and Graham. In June 1903 their partnership was dissolved, Brown practising independently thereafter under the name of Forrester & Brown, Architects Surveyors & Valuators.

In 1895 Forrester was elected captain of the Edinburgh Heather Club.

Forrester was married. He died in late 1901. His wife Robina who was from Caithness, and his daughter Ida, who was a photographic artist, survived him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 239, Broughton Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 18781901In partnership at this address for the later years
Item 2 of 24, Melgund Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1901 *  

* 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 1Forrester, Graham & BrownJuly 1901Late 1901Partner 

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 3___ Graham July 1901Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 3James Thomas Alexander Taylor18951896Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John Brown1898July 1901Assistant 

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 51890sBlack Bull Tavern  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 51890sCrown InnPiershill EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 51890sRobbie Burns Bar  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 51890sThe Globe TavernLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 51898The Barony Bar  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Edward Rooth.Information sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent November 2015
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v15 no1040 (John Brown's paper)