Basic Biographical Details

Name: J & F Johnston
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1947
Ended: 1961
Bio Notes: James Stewart Johnston was born on 22 April 1901, the elder son of architect Joseph Marr Johnston. Like his father he was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. He commenced his training in his father's office in 1918 but moved two years later to undertake a full five-year apprenticeship with Henry & Maclennan, studying at Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg and at Heriot-Watt College. He returned to his father's firm in January 1926 as an assistant, and during his time in that post made biennial trips abroad which took him to France, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland.

He was taken into partnership by his father in 1930, and was admitted LRIBA on 14 May 1934, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan, George Washington Browne and the then secretary of the RIAS. When his father died three months later, he was left as sole partner. He was admitted FRIBA on 9 October 1939, proposed by Maclennan, John Ross McKay and Leslie Grahame-Thomson. He continued to practise alone until 1947 when he took his younger brother Frank W Johnston (born 1906) into partnership, the firm name becoming J & F Johnston. Thomas Ingles was assumed into partnership in 1959, followed in 1961 by Donald Cattanach and Alexander M Brown. At this date the practice name changed to J & F Johnston & Partners.

James Stewart Johnston died in April 1992.

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Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 35, John's Place, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland   there in June 1958
Item 2 of 347, Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness Before 1947 
Item 3 of 347, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1950  

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 8William Barclay 1961Architect(?) 
Item 2 of 8Robert James Naismith1935 Apprentice 
Item 3 of 8James Stewart Johnston19471961Partner 
Item 4 of 8Frank Wood Johnston19471961Partner 
Item 5 of 8Thomas InglisFebruary 19571959Senior Architect 
Item 6 of 8Thomas InglisJanuary 19591961Partner 
Item 7 of 8Alistair F McLaren1980s(?) Principal Architect 
Item 8 of 8George Brown Duncan GilbertEarly 1980s Architect 

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 331940sGolden Wonder Crisps Factory  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 331940sLamont's Engineering Works  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 331947Ainslie Park High SchoolPilton EdinburghScotlandPartnership formed in 1947
Item 4 of 331947Berwickshire High SchoolLangtongate, Duns BerwickshireScotland 
Item 5 of 33After 1947Property of R G Ritchie  EdinburghScotlandAlterations?
Item 6 of 331948Inchview Primary SchoolPilton EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 331949Transport Shed, LeithLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 33Late 1940sFactory for Messrs Donald Grant & SonSighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 33Late 1940sFactory for Messrs P Nimmo & Sons  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 33Late 1940sFactory for Messrs Paper Shavings LtdGranton EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 33Late 1940sFactory for Messrs Petrie (Aerated Waters Ltd)Bathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 12 of 33Late 1940sFactory for Scottish Prefaced Papers Ltd  EdinburghScotlandExtensions proposed
Item 13 of 33Late 1940sFlour mill for David Gaudie & SonPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 33Late 1940sLeith Nautical CollegeLeith EdinburghScotlandAddition of radar station
Item 15 of 33Late 1940sRoadhouseHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 33Late 1940sScottish Croast (Creast?) Lines Ltd   ScotlandProposed offices and factory
Item 17 of 331950Premises for London Scottish Lines, Ltd, Constitution StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandPrepared plans for reconstruction
Item 18 of 331951Premises, Niddrie Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 331957Maritime HouseLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 3320 June 1958Bonded Warehouse for The Drambuie Liqueur CoLeith EdinburghScotlandretained firm per Builder p1154
Item 21 of 3330 January 1959West Calder Primary SchoolWest Calder MidlothianScotlandaccepting tenders (by February 13) per Builder p253
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Item 22 of 336 November 1959Leith Hospital, Children's Wing and Heating / Electrical ContractLeith Edinburgh, MidlothianScotlandaccepting tenders for Children's wing contract per Builder p600
Item 23 of 331960Goldbergs department store  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 33c. 196012 York Place  EdinburghScotlandRear addition
Item 25 of 3310 February 1961Leith Hospital, Surgical Out-patient Dept and Phase 6 Electrical InstallationsLeith Edinburgh, MidlothianScotlandaccepting applications per Builder p295
Item 26 of 33Before 1962Gracemount School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 331970sRetail outlet for Comet Radiovision  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 331970sTimberland shopElgin MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 33Before 1981Base for Instrumentation and Kingsnorth Drilling  AberdeenScotland 
Item 30 of 33Before 1981Hotel for First Hospitality Corporation of America  AberdeenScotland 
Item 31 of 33Before 1981Meadowhead Farm for M Williams  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 32 of 33Before 1981Timberland shopInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 33 of 33Before 1981Warehousing for G & J Investments  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp127

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder1 July 1949  p26
Item 2 of 4Builder1 December 1950  p582
Item 3 of 4Builder20 June 1958  p1154
Item 4 of 4Scotsman11 April 1992  Obituary