Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Galt
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 October 1878
Died: 22 November 1964
Bio Notes: John Galt was born at 24 Langlands Road, Govan on 28 October 1878, the son of John Galt, master builder and his wife Elizabeth Kyle. He was articled to H & D Barclay in 1896, attending Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. He remained with the same firm after completing his apprenticeship, and was admitted LRIBA in 1910, his proposers being David Barclay, Robert William Horn and James Campbell Reid. In his proposer's statement, Barclay describes Galt as 'one of my leading assistants' and 'a draughtsman & architect of much ability'.

Galt is chiefly remembered as the executant architect for the North British Diesel Engine Works, the actual design being by Karl Bernardt who had worked with Peter Behrens on the AEG Factory in Berlin in 1908-09.

Galt worked in partnership with George Simpson Barr in Glasgow from 1924 until at least 1934 or 1935. He married Margaret McDonald Bryan Campbell and they had a daugher, also named Margaret.

John Galt died on 22 November 1964 at Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 564, Langlands Road, Govan, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1896 *  
Item 2 of 5248, Langlands Road, Govan, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  
Item 3 of 5225, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1914 or 1915 *  
Item 4 of 559, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1924After 1940 
Item 5 of 58, Ibroxholm Place, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1964 *  

* 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 3H & D Barclay18961901Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3H & D Barclay1901After 1910Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Galt & Barr1924After 1934Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3David Barclay1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert William Horn1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Campbell Reid1910for Licentiateship

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 18After 1896Police Station for the Burgh of PartickPartick GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 2 of 181897Warehouse and offices for St George's Co-operative Society Ltd  Glasgow?ScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 3 of 181899Govan Combination Poorhouse and AsylumGovan GlasgowScotlandAdditions - including extension to hospital block of McLachan and Children's Blocks - as assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 4 of 181901Gartmore House  PerthshireScotlandReconstruction - as assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 5 of 181901Govan High SchoolGovan GlasgowScotlandExtension - probably involved, as assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 6 of 181902P & R Fleming's  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 7 of 181904Hillhead High SchoolHillhead GlasgowScotlandAdditions - as assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 8 of 181906Grange SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 9 of 181907Govan High SchoolGovan GlasgowScotlandOversaw extension - as assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 10 of 181907Wilton Parish Church  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 11 of 181908Old Monkland School Board Higher Grade SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandOversaw project, as assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 12 of 181911Battlefield East ChurchBattlefield GlasgowScotlandPlans accepted after consultation with Thomas Hamilton
Item 13 of 181913North British Diesel Engine Works & Quayside Titan CraneScotstoun GlasgowScotlandExecutant architect (elevations provided by Karl Bernardt)
Item 14 of 181914Garage and workshop for the West Motor Garage Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 181922War MemorialBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 181929The GlenHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 17 of 181947Rivet, Bolt & Nut Co Ltd Premises, Helen StreetGovan GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 18 of 181952Rivet, Bolt & Nut Co Ltd Premises, Helen StreetGovan GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder18 July 1952  p112

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 v3 no199 (microfilm reel 30)