Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander David Hislop
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 March 1876
Died: 23 February 1966
Bio Notes: Alexander David Hislop was born on 2 March 1876 at Stonefield near Blantyre in Lanarkshire, the son of David Watson Hislop, a watchmaker and Margaret Marshall his wife. He was apprenticed to William James Anderson and Alexander Nisbet Paterson who had adjacent rooms at 95 Bath Street where Hislop was shared between the two. During that period he studied under Anderson at Glasgow School of Art. He won a Studio magazine prize for furniture design, 1896 and a silver medal in the national competition in 1897. He subsequently became assistant and later chief assistant to John Archibald Campbell and was taken into partnership from 1908 when Campbell's health was beginning to decline. Campbell died in 1909 and Hislop inherited the practice.

Although some sources indicate that the partnership with Charles Gibson Welsh was formed in 1924, in fact this can only have begun in the 1950s at the earliest as Welsh only qualified in 1951. Hislop continued to practise until he was well into his eighties despite increasing deafness. The practice continued as Hislop Welsh & Humphries until 1980 when it closed, the practice records being deposited with the University of Glasgow.

Hislop died of a strangulated hernia on 23 February (or March according to Iain Paterson) 1966. He was a public-spirited architect of exceptional refinement. He pioneered the use of the giant orders at the lower floors of the tall office buildings at the Phoenix in 1912-13, a theme exploited by James Millar in the 1920s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 412, Athole Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate *1966 
Item 2 of 4142, Holland Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate18951900(?) 
Item 3 of 4124, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19091947 
Item 4 of 4United Kingdom Assurance Corporation Buildings, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland 1952 *  

* 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 5John Archibald Campbellc. 1900Before 1908Assistant 
Item 2 of 5Campbell & Hislop19081924Partner 
Item 3 of 5John Archibald CampbellBefore 19081908Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Hislop & Welshc. 1960 Partner 
Item 5 of 5Hislop Welsh & Humphreysc. 19601966Partner 

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 1Jack Antonio CoiaAfter 1920c. 1923Draughtsman 

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 163 Bennochy Lodge  GlasgowScotlandNo date on drawings
Item 2 of 163 Wendy's Ltd  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 3 of 1631905AuchenkyleTroon AyrshireScotlandMainly responsible? - as assistant to John Archibald Campbell
Item 4 of 1631908Auchineden HouseBlanefield StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 1631908House for A GuthrieBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 1631908Northern Insurance Company offices and Imperial Union Club  GlasgowScotlandIn partnership with Hislop in later stages of project
Item 7 of 1631908Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 8 of 1631908Queen Victoria Memorial School ChapelDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 163After 1908AuchinibertKillearn StirlingshireScotlandCompleted the job after disagreement between Mackintosh and client; commission undertaken wholly by Hislop
Item 10 of 1631909St Machar's ChurchBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAddition of chancel and session room
Item 11 of 163c. 1909DamsideAuchterarder PerthshireScotlandReconstruction of spoilt Georgian house with new wings
Item 12 of 1631910Queen’s University  BelfastNorthern Ireland 
Item 13 of 1631911HillhouseUddingston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 1631911(?)Mossyde, CloakKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 1631911Office building, 157-167 Hope Street and 169-175 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations? (also air raid shelters in 1940)
Item 16 of 1631912Duchal HouseKilmacolm RenfrewshireScotlandProposed alterations and addition
Item 17 of 1631912Phoenix Assurance Office  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 1631912Western Club  GlasgowScotlandAddition
Item 19 of 16319139 Lynedoch Crescent  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 20 of 1631913East RowantreehillKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotlandSketch designs
Item 21 of 1631913North of Scotland & Town and Country Bank  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 1631914House for Dr H W RobinsonBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandPlans in GUL give this date - and Hislop would therefore be trading as Campbell & Hislop but in practice on his own.
Item 23 of 1631914House for Mrs Barns GrahamDumgoyne Stirlingshire Proposed
Item 24 of 1631914Stables and workshops  GlasgowScotlandConversion to grain mill
Item 25 of 1631919Carrongrove Housing, Herbertshire ParkDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 26 of 1631919DamsideAuchterarder PerthshireScotlandFurther alterations?
Item 27 of 1631919Lloyds Register of Shipping  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 1631919R H Ballantine's HouseBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 29 of 1631920DouglastonMilngavie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 30 of 1631921House, Townfoot of CarbethBlanefield StirlingshireScotlandAlterations to wings and construction of cottages
Item 31 of 163May 1921Premises of Messrs A Campbell & Co.   GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 1631922Devondale Paper MillTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 33 of 1631922Dunavon, RanfurlyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 34 of 1631922Garage for Mrs Hunter Craig   Scotland 
Item 35 of 1631922Office building, 157-167 Hope Street and 169-175 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 1631922Royal Scottish Insurance Company building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 163c. 1922DrumgoyneBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 38 of 1631923GlenloraLochside, Ayr AyrshireScotlandAddition of laundry
Item 39 of 1631923Premises of Kyle & Frew  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 1631924House (Trynlaw)Symington AyrshireScotlandHouse and cottages
Item 41 of 1631924WhitecroftBarrhead Renfrewshire  
Item 42 of 163June 1924Commercial premises, Union Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 43 of 1631925Cargill HallBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 44 of 1631925Partick High UF ChurchPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 45 of 1631925Wheat Sheaf Inn, clubKillearn StirlingshireScotlandProposed club in inn
Item 46 of 1631925WoodbankAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 47 of 1631927Daniel HouseDowanhill GlasgowScotlandAlterations? Or possibly another scheme?
Item 48 of 1631927(?)Scottish Legal Life Assurance Society Office  GlasgowScotlandProbably competition design - date not given
Item 49 of 1631928Finnich Malise  StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 50 of 1631928Premises for Sigmund Cohen  GlasgowScotland 
Item 51 of 1631930Bothy, TrynlawSymington AyrshireScotlandNew bothy 1930 and alterations the following year
Item 52 of 1631930GreenwaysBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 53 of 1631933Buteshire Mansion House and officesBrodickButeButeScotland 
Item 54 of 1631934Britannia Assurance Building  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 55 of 1631934HearthstanesSeamill AyrshireScotland 
Item 56 of 1631934High Craighall Bakery  GlasgowScotland 
Item 57 of 1631935House for James A MillarWest Kilbride AyrshireScotland 
Item 58 of 1631935Phoenix Assurance Office  GlasgowScotlandAlterations or additions?
Item 59 of 1631935Premises of A D McNair & CoBridgeton GlasgowScotlandAlterations including those to Drying Plant
Item 60 of 1631936DamsideAuchterarder PerthshireScotlandFurther alterations
Item 61 of 1631936House at WhitecraigsNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 62 of 1631936WesterdunesHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 63 of 1631937House for D C SangsterNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 64 of 1631937Premises of Albion Motors Ltd, Hawick StreetScotstoun DunbartonshireScotlandNew laboratory at North End of new heat treatment plant
Item 65 of 1631937Wester GavinHowwood RenfrewshireScotlandProposed alterations - and seemingly plans for new build (house, land and dry-stane dyke)
Item 66 of 1631938CarlogieBearsden GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 67 of 1631938IngleholmBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 68 of 1631938Messrs L& P Wilsons Ltd  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 69 of 1631938MiltonKilmacolm RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 70 of 1631939Camp CottageComrie PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 71 of 1631939Golf InnBishopton GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 72 of 1631939House for John and Robert VernalRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 73 of 1631939LevenbankSeamill, West Kilbride AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 74 of 1631939Scotstoun Flour Mills  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 75 of 1631940Arlington Baths Club  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 76 of 16319414 Westbourne Gardens  GlasgowScotland 
Item 77 of 1631941Elgin Place Congregational Church  GlasgowScotlandAlterations?
Item 78 of 1631942Upper Mains of Kinnaird Farm  PerthshireScotlandPlans dated - general plans, stock shed, calf pens, byre and dairy block. Alterations to dairy and byre and to labourers' cottages
Item 79 of 1631943Ardachuidh  ArgyllScotland 
Item 80 of 1631945ArdchoilleStevenston AyrshireScotland 
Item 81 of 1631945John Dalgleish and Sons Premises  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 82 of 1631945Langside Nursing Home  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 83 of 1631945Lemington CottagesHoundwood BerwickshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 84 of 1631945Lime PitsTullibody ClackmannanshireScotlandAlterations
Item 85 of 1631946AuchengillanTownhead of Auchengillan StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 86 of 1631946Cottages for the Scottish Veterans' Garden City AssociationErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 87 of 1631946Low AuchengillanBlanefield StirlingshireScotland 
Item 88 of 1631946Northern Insurance Company offices and Imperial Union Club  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 89 of 1631946WestfieldBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 90 of 1631947312 Glenburn RoadBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 91 of 1631947Golf Clubhouse, Old Course, RanfurlyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandProposed reconstruction
Item 92 of 1631947House at Loch Linnhe  ArgyllScotland 
Item 93 of 1631947McLure & McIntosh Limited  Glasgow  
Item 94 of 1631947Premises, Carrow Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 95 of 1631947RosemountBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 96 of 1631947Unspecified work on Fernhill EstateRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandIncludes site plan.
Item 97 of 1631947Watsons Typewriters Limited Factory  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and Additions (Builder)
Item 98 of 1631947Wendys Limited  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and Additions
Item 99 of 163194817-45 Cleveden Road and 1-98 Beaconsfield Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 100 of 163194877 Kinmount Avenue  GlasgowScotlandAlterations?
Item 101 of 163194893 Westerton Avenue  GlasgowScotland 
Item 102 of 1631948Commercial Bank of Scotland, Glasgow Branch  GlasgowScotlandAlterations for Messrs Wilson Stirling & Co
Item 103 of 1631948CorsebarPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlan of proposed new cottages. Plan of grounds and drains.
Item 104 of 1631948Office Building for Hodge & Sons  GlasgowScotland 
Item 105 of 163October 1948Dowanhill UP ChurchDowanhill GlasgowScotlandAlterations?
Item 106 of 1631949Messrs Stanford & Co's premisesClydebank DunbartonbshireScotlandProposed reconstruction of premises.
Item 107 of 1631949Office block and store for J S Craig & Co Ltd  GlasgowScotlandProject architect
Item 108 of 1631950s(?)Premises of A Brown & Co  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 109 of 1631950 Premises for Messrs Henry McKechnie & Co Ltd  GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for alterations and additions
Item 110 of 1631950Premises for Messrs Henry McKechnie & Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 111 of 1631950Viewpark, Bowfield RoadWest Kilbride AyrshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 112 of 1631950Wester GavinHowwood RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations including new garage and coal storage yard; new dam
Item 113 of 163c. 1950(?)Wellcroft Bowling Club  GlasgowScotlandAlterations?
Item 114 of 16319519 Huntly Gardens  GlasgowScotlandProposed division of ground floor and basement
Item 115 of 1631951Balfron CottageKeirhill StirlingshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 116 of 1631951Camoquhill Douglas CottageBalfron DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 117 of 1631951Conachan CottageFintry StirlingshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 118 of 163195228 Woodside Place  GlasgowScotlandProposed alteration to basement, ground and upper floors with details
Item 119 of 1631952Erskine HospitalErskine Ferry RenfrewshireScotlandCottages
Item 120 of 1631952Glasgow & District Naval Association premises, Woodside Place  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 121 of 1631952Premises, Shields Road  GlasgowScotlandPrepared plans for conversion and additions
Item 122 of 1631952Scottish Life Assurance Company  GlasgowScotlandFloor plans
Item 123 of 1631953Premises of John Woyke & Co, Bognar Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 124 of 1631953The CottageBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 125 of 1631953The Little HouseRhu DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 126 of 1631953The SmithyFintry StirlingshireScotland 
Item 127 of 163195422 Kensington Gate  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 128 of 16319549 Huntly Gardens  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 129 of 16319549 Kew Terrace  GlasgowScotlandProposed subdivision into three houses
Item 130 of 1631954Cargill HallBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 131 of 1631954King's View Cottage Killearn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 132 of 1631954Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Ingram StreetMerchant City GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 133 of 1631954UF Church HallKillearn StirlingshireScotlandPlans drawn up
Item 134 of 16319558 Gardenside AvenueUddingston LanarkshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 135 of 1631955Erskine HospitalErskine Ferry RenfrewshireScotlandMortuary Chapel
Item 136 of 1631955LednabraBalfron Station DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 137 of 1631955Ward FarmBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 138 of 163195659 Aytoun Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations? New build?
Item 139 of 1631956Bargain Land, Gallowgate  GlasgowScotland 
Item 140 of 1631956Edinburgh Life Assurance Company  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 141 of 1631956House at Buchanan CastleDrymen (near) StirlingshireScotland 
Item 142 of 1631956LuminisersBonhill DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 143 of 1631956Semi-detached house, 184 Drymen RoadBearsden DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 144 of 1631956StormontBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 145 of 1631958Killearn Public HallKillearn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 146 of 1631958Marchburn Nursery, LeewoodLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 147 of 1631958Petrol pump and storage tanksBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 148 of 1631959Carbeth estate  StirlingshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 149 of 1631959Villa, 23 Suffolk Street and 39 Millig StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 150 of 1631960sSt Edmund'sMilngavie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 151 of 1631960Corkerhill cat and dog home  GlasgowScotland 
Item 152 of 1631960Office building, 157-167 Hope Street and 169-175 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 153 of 163c. 1960House for Herr OswaldMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 154 of 163c. 1960Wendy's Restaurant  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 155 of 1631962House at Calum's HillCrieff PerthshireScotland 
Item 156 of 1631962Wendy's Ltd  GlasgowScotlandProposed alterations
Item 157 of 1631963Townfoot CottageKillearn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 158 of 1631963Villa, 23 Suffolk Street and 39 Millig StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions?
Item 159 of 1631963Wendy's LtdHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 160 of 1631964Auchineden HouseBlanefield StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 161 of 1631964Low AuchengillanBlanefield StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 162 of 163196715-19 Mirrlees Drive  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to number 19
Item 163 of 1631970(?)GlenmillKilmacolm RenfrewshireScotlandDate given in catalogue of Hislop Collection is 1970 and architects as Campbell & Hislop. This is clearly an error (Campbell died in 1908). Is the date therefore 1907?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp246
Item 2 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 5Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p83, p88

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect and Builder's Journal24 October 1914  p273
Item 2 of 2Builder2 May 1952  p684

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Iain Paterson