Basic Biographical Details

Name: L & J G Falconer
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Early 1880s
Ended: After 1922
Bio Notes: The practice of brothers Lake and James Grewar Falconer was founded in Blairgowrie in the early 1880s. A branch office was opened in Fort William before 1900 and then another at 22 Alexandra Place, Oban, which became the main office. Most of their practice was estate work, their buildings being in a lightweight harled idiom with half-timbered gables. Lake Falconer's son, Lake Falconer Junior, was born at Blairgowrie on 16 June 1882 and educated at Dundee High School and University College, Dundee, and was an apprentice in the Blairgowrie office under Lake Senior from 1898 to 1902, remaining there as assistant until 1910 when he moved to James G Falconer's Fort William and Oban offices. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being the Aberdeen architects John Ross McMillan, Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon and George Watt. By 1914 Lake Senior and James G had both retired as 'Who's who in Architecture' 1914 lists only Lake Junior, based at Oban.

During the First World War Lake Junior served with the Royal Artillery in Egypt, Palestine and Syria, being promoted Captain in 1916 and Major in 1918, commanding no 11 and no 13 Mountain Batteries, no 181st Heavy Battery, and the 95th Heavy brigade. After the war he commanded the Argyll battery (TA) from 1924 to 1929. He married Catherine Johnston, of Maxwell Park, Glasgow, in 1922.

Lake Falconer Senior died at Ardblair, Oban, Argyllshire in February 1922; Lake Junior died at sea in February 1940 while on his way to Barra to inspect a lifeboat station.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessEarly 1880s  
Item 2 of 422, Alexandra Place, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusinessc. 1900  
Item 3 of 427, Union Bank Buildings, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 4 of 44, Cameron Square, Fort William, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *1912 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9Lake Falconer (senior)Early 1880s1922Partner 
Item 2 of 9James Grewar FalconerEarly 1880sAfter 1922Partner 
Item 3 of 9Lake Falconer (junior)18981902ApprenticeIn Blairgowrie office
Item 4 of 9George MacRitchieFebruary 1899Mid 1903Apprentice 
Item 5 of 9Lake Falconer (junior)19021906AssistantIn Blairgowrie office
Item 6 of 9George MacRitchieMid 1903After 1912AssistantLatterly Principal Assistant
Item 7 of 9Lake Falconer (junior)19061910Chief AssistantIn Blairgowrie office
Item 8 of 9Lake Falconer (junior)1910After 1912Chief AssistantIn charge of Oban office
Item 9 of 9John Watt19141921ApprenticeIn Oban office

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 581886Rattray SchoolRattray PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 581889Glenshee Parish ChurchGlenshee PerthshireScotlandInternal alterations
Item 3 of 581890Kirkmichael Free ChurchKirkmichael PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 581895Clayquhat HouseEricht PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 581895Rattray Mission HallRattray PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 581896Blairgowrie Public SchoolBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandAddition
Item 7 of 581897Drill HallFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 581898Burrelton SchoolBurrelton PerthshireScotlandExtension and verandah
Item 9 of 581899193 High StreetFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 10 of 581899Blairgowrie and Rattray District Cottage HospitalBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 581899Farm Steading, BurnsideRannagulzion  Scotland 
Item 12 of 581899Persie Manse Blairgowrie Blairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 13 of 581899Two VillasSpean Bridge Inverness-shireScotlandFort William Office
Item 14 of 58Late 1800sMamore LodgeNorth Lorn ArgyllScotland 
Item 15 of 581900Fort William Infectious Diseases HospitalFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 581900Steam LaundryBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 17 of 581901Blairgowrie Public SchoolBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 581901Mrs Cameron-Campbell LibraryFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 19 of 581903Argyll HotelFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 581903Fort William Masonic HallFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 21 of 581903Higher Grade SchoolFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 22 of 581903Shooting lodge, gardener's cottage and officesKinlochmore ArgyllScotland 
Item 23 of 581903St Columba's Parish ChurchMallaig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 24 of 58After January 1903Achdalien Lodge and kennels  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 25 of 58After January 1903Ben Nevis DistilleryFort William Inverness-shireScotlandReconstruction
Item 26 of 58After January 1903Business premises for Messrs D & J McGregorFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 27 of 58After January 1903Corriechoille Lodge (Inverlochy Estate?)  Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 28 of 58After January 1903Inverlochy CastleTorlundy Inverness-shireScotlandNew gate lodge
Item 29 of 58After January 1903Kingairloch Mansion House  ArgyllScotlandAddition and remodelling
Item 30 of 58After January 1903Kingairloch Parish ChurchKingairloch ArgyllScotland 
Item 31 of 58After January 1903Primary SchoolFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 32 of 58After January 1903Shooting Lodge and officesMamore Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 33 of 58After January 1903Town HallFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 34 of 581904Camesky Shooting LodgeInverlochy Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 35 of 581904Corrour  Inverness-shireScotlandExtensive remodelling, and unexecuted designs for garden
Item 36 of 581904Forneth House  PerthshireScotlandNew W wing and alterations
Item 37 of 581906Ardsheal HouseNorth Appin ArgyllScotlandLarge additions
Item 38 of 581907Station HotelMorar Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 39 of 581908Corrour and Fersit (Invergarry Estate), buildingsInvergarry Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 40 of 581908DalbhanOnich Inverness-shireScotlandExtensive additions
Item 41 of 581909Onich Parish ChurchOnich Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 42 of 581909UF ManseFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 43 of 581910Aberchalder Farmhouse, steading and ploughman's cottagesStratherrick Inverness-shireScotlandPloughman's cottage and additions and alteratiosn to farmhouse and steading
Item 44 of 581910Glenurquhart UF ChurchGlenurquhart Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 45 of 58November 1910Arduaine HouseArduaine ArgyllScotlandAdditions - drawings dated
Item 46 of 581911Broadford UF Church and ManseBroadfordSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 47 of 581911Falls of Lora HotelConnel ArgyllScotlandReconstruction after fire
Item 48 of 581911Laggan UF Church ManseLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 49 of 581911Thirty-six workmen's housesRaasay Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 50 of 581911UF ChurchMallaig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 51 of 581911UF ManseAcharacle / Aharcle Argyll/Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 52 of 581912Iron Miners' Cottages for William Baird and CoInverarish SutherlandScotland 
Item 53 of 581912Kirkmichael Parish SchoolKirkmichael PerthshireScotlandAddition
Item 54 of 581912Lorn Combination Poorhouse, DalintartOban ArgyllScotlandAddition - new bathroom at Male Sick Ward
Item 55 of 581912Rattray UF ChurchRattray PerthshireScotland 
Item 56 of 581912Spean Bridge School Spean Bridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 57 of 581914Portree MansePortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 58 of 581915Sleat ManseSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 2Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.)Lake Falconer Junior

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder23 February 1940  p249 - obituary of Lake Falconer Junior

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v24 no1910 (Lake junior's paper)