Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Donald Hamilton
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 January 1882
Died: 1 July 1916
Bio Notes: Arthur Donald Hamilton was born on 25 January 1882 at 6 Hampden Terrace, Mount Florida, the son of John H Hamilton, architect and his wife Clara Louisa Markham. He was articled to his father from 1899 to 1905, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art (1898 to 1906) and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. In 1905 he was placed with John Archibald Campbell for experience, returning to his father's practice as an assistant in 1907 before being taken into partnership in 1910, whereupon the practice became John Hamilton & Son. In 1906 and 1907 he made study tours of England, France Switzerland, Italy and Belgium. He did a good deal of work for the Salvation Army in a heavy-handed art nouveau manner. Much of the work of the practice was valuation, especially in respect of the Glasgow City and District Railway and the Caledonian Railway, and arbitration, notably for the Glasgow Corporation Sewage Scheme. John H Hamilton was admitted FRIBA on 11 June 1906, his proposers being Horatio Kelson Bromhead and John Keppie; Arthur was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912.

Arthur was killed in action on 1 July 1916, when serving as a private with the 17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (GSA Roll of Honour); he had declined a commission, feeling that he should 'serve in the line with everyone else'.

All three generations of Hamiltons were closely associated with Rothesay, where they had weekend houses. They built many villas there and in the surrounding area.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 510, Wendover Crescent, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 2 of 5Teviotbank, Mansewood, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1898 *  
Item 3 of 5Hartfield, Mansewood, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1900After 1905 
Item 4 of 520, Albert Road, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1912 *  
Item 5 of 5212, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1912After 1914 

* 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 4James Hamilton & Son1 August 18991905Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Archibald Campbell19051907Assistant 
Item 3 of 4John H Hamilton19071910Assistant 
Item 4 of 4John Hamilton & Son1910c. 1917Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander Nisbet Paterson24 June 1912for 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 9After 1899Salvation Army Halls and business premisesAnderston GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to his father
Item 2 of 9After 1899Shawlands AcademyShawlands GlasgowScotlandAdditions - as apprentice to his father
Item 3 of 91903Salvation Army HallGovan GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to his father
Item 4 of 91907Mechanics Institute  GlasgowScotlandGutted and enlarged as insurance offices. Top storey added. (see 'Buildings of Scotland')
Item 5 of 91907Salvation Army HallParkhead GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to his father
Item 6 of 91907(?)Sir John Stirling Maxwell SchoolPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to his father, John Hamilton
Item 7 of 91910Offices and Shop for Gorbals Grain MillsGorbals GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 91910Salvation Army Women's Hostel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 91912Workmen's dwellings   Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal9 November 1937 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Mitchell LibraryGildard's 'Some Old Glasgow Architects' supplementary manuscript  
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from personal recollections of the late Professor William James Smith; additional research by Iain Paterson