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Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Maclaren
Designation: Architect
Born: 1848
Died: 21 December 1887
Bio Notes: David Maclaren was born in 1848 and apprenticed at an early age to his first cousin James Maclaren, probably c.1863, and remained as an assistant until the early 1870s. He then moved to Glasgow to obtain wider experience with Hugh Hough Maclure, 'where he obtained some valuable experience in the erection of new schools'. While he was in Glasgow, Dundee School Board advertised for competitive plans: those he submitted were successful and he was induced to settle in Dundee to supervise their erection, subsequently being appointed architect to the board. At that time he entered into partnership with James Ireland. Their school work resulted in their appointment as architects to University College, Dundee for which Maclaren made a study tour of university departments in England and Wales.

Maclaren's 'leisure moments were devoted to the reproduction of illuminated missals, an art in which he excelled, or to the preparation of designs for tiles… unfortunately he applied himself with so much diligence that he ultimately fell victim to overwork' and towards the close of 1885 'he was obliged to retire from active life … shortly after his illness assumed a more serious form, and was aggravated by the subsequent death of his partner' from gangrene. During his illness the practice was carried on first by Ireland and then by James Hendry Langlands, who was principal assistant to the firm and succeeded to Maclaren's appointment as architect to the school board following Maclaren's death at St Johnswood Terrace, Dundee, on 21 December 1887.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 231 or 81, Murraygate, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1882After 1887 
Item 2 of 2St Johnswood Terrace, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate21 December 1887(?) Place of death

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 Maclarenc. 1863c. 1868Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Maclarenc. 1868Early 1870Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Hugh Hough (or Heugh, or Heuch) MacLure1870s(?)c. 1876Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 4Ireland & Maclarenc. 1876Late 1885Partner 

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 571874Ancrum Road School  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 571874Braeknow house and lodge  DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 571874North Dudhope Mill  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 57c. 1874Old Infirmary  DundeeScotlandConverted from Old Infirmary (subsequently a lodging house)
Item 5 of 571875Clepington School  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 571875Coupar Angus SchoolCoupar Angus PerthshireScotland 
Item 7 of 571875Damacre Road SchoolBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 8 of 571875Laurelbank  DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 571875Semi-detached villas, Laurel Bank and Prospect Place  DundeeScotlandAdditions to no 6
Item 10 of 571875St Mary's RC School  DundeeScotlandAddition to girls' school
Item 11 of 571875Warehouse, Cowgate  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 571875Wellfield Works  DundeeScotlandDyehouse
Item 13 of 571875Workshop  DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 57c. 1875Dudhope School  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 57c. 1875St David's School  DundeeScotlandLarge jamb added
Item 16 of 571876Balfour Street School  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 571876House block at West Port  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 571876Newport SchoolNewport Fife?Scotland 
Item 19 of 571876Shops, offices and houses, 78, 80, 81 High Street (then part of Murraygate)  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 571876Terraced house, Windsor Street  DundeeScotlandMinor alterations
Item 21 of 571876Terraced house, Windsor Street  DundeeScotlandMinor alterations
Item 22 of 57c. 1876Carnoustie SchoolCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 23 of 57c. 1876High Street premises for Mr John BanksLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 24 of 571877High Free ChurchHilltown DundeeScotland 
Item 25 of 571877Houses, Viewforth PlaceHawkhill DundeeScotland 
Item 26 of 571877Monifieth SchoolMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 27 of 571877Shops, offices and houses, 73 Commercial Street and Murraygate  DundeeScotland 
Item 28 of 571878Shops, 105 and 109 Murraygate  DundeeScotlandAlterations to shops
Item 29 of 571879Belmont House  DundeeScotlandSmokeroom addition
Item 30 of 571879Mount PleasantHawkhill DundeeScotland 
Item 31 of 571879Sailors' Home  DundeeScotlandHS says MacLaren mainly responsible and buildings dated 1881
Item 32 of 571879St Mark's Greenfield Church  DundeeScotlandAdditions including hall
Item 33 of 571870s or 1880sDudhope House  DundeeScotlandAlterations - date uncertain
Item 34 of 571880Bonded Warehouses, Seagate  DundeeScotland 
Item 35 of 571880Great Eastern Public House and Dining Rooms  DundeeScotlandFormed within tenement of c.1825 - dining rooms?
Item 36 of 571880Hyndford House  DundeeScotlandAddition for James Scott
Item 37 of 571880Lodge, Riverleigh  DundeeScotland 
Item 38 of 571880Ship Chandlers premises  DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 571880Ward Congregational Chapel  DundeeScotlandAlterations to church and ancillary buildings on Nicoll Street
Item 40 of 571880Workshops and New entrance, Perth Road  DundeeScotlandLinking of houses to form office
Item 41 of 57c. 188014-17 Douglas Terrace, West FerryBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 42 of 571881Curr Night Refuge  DundeeScotlandDMW had 1884 but probably 1881-2 is accurate
Item 43 of 571881High Free ChurchHilltown DundeeScotlandGallery added
Item 44 of 57188241 Roseangle  DundeeScotlandAddition
Item 45 of 571882Grosvenor Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 46 of 571882Ireland and Maclaren's office  DundeeScotlandNew doorpiece added
Item 47 of 571882Leith Sailors' HomeLeith EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful (Elizabethan style)
Item 48 of 571882University College Dundee  DundeeScotlandConversion of houses to lecture rooms and conversion of church to college hall
Item 49 of 571883Gordon Street, layoutBarnhill DundeeScotland 
Item 50 of 571883Mitchell Street School  DundeeScotland 
Item 51 of 571883University College Dundee, Chemical Laboratories  DundeeScotland 
Item 52 of 57c. 1883Butterburn School  DundeeScotland 
Item 53 of 571884Dundee and District Female Rescue HomeLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 54 of 571884Harris Academy, Park Place  DundeeScotland 
Item 55 of 57c. 1884Glebelands School  DundeeScotland 
Item 56 of 571885Rosebank School  DundeeScotland 
Item 57 of 571886High Free ChurchHilltown DundeeScotlandAdditions - nave and E & E transepts


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Dundee Yearbook1887    
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Dundee Sheriff Court SC45/31/40

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1British Architect30 December 1887  p506

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of John Irvine, SLHF ChairmanInformation sent vuia 'Contact Us' on website Sent March 2013. Information found in researching family history for MacLaren's great granddaughter. David's mother was Elizabeth, James MacLaren's father's sister.
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from J H Langlands Junior


© All rights reserved. British Architect 30 Dec. 1887, page 506  

© All rights reserved. British Architect 30 Dec. 1887, page 506