Basic Biographical Details

Name: J W Laird & J Laird
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1901
Ended: 1925(?)
Bio Notes: John William Laird was born at 137 Greenhead Street, Glasgow, on 30 March 1880, the son of George Laird, upholsterer, joiner and cabinetmaker, and his wife, Margaret Donald.

Laird studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1897 until 1901 but it is not yet known to which practice he was articled. He commenced independent practice at 93 Hope Street at the early age of twenty in 1900 or 1901, but by 1903 or 1904 he had taken his much older brother, John, born 1868 into partnership as J W & J Laird.

The partnership of J W & J Laird was dissolved in 1925 when John left to form a partnership with his son, George. Shortly thereafter James took James Napier from Burnet Son & Dick's office into partnership as J W Laird & Napier.

James William Laird married Elizabeth Stevenson: they had a daughter, Dorothy. Laird died on bronchial pneumonia at 1554 Barrhead Road Glasgow on 23 December 1939.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 393, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19011905 
Item 2 of 3163, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19091915 
Item 3 of 3219, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19241925And Lair & Napier afterwards

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 5Gordon Wallet JacksonAfter 1900Before 1910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James William Laird19011911(?)Partner 
Item 3 of 5John Laird19011911(?)Partner 
Item 4 of 5David James Moir19071911Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Walter Alison19081910Draughtsman 

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 2219073rd VB Argyll and Southern Highlanders HeadquartersPollokshields (or Pollokshaws) GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 221907Aerated Water Factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 221907Bramwell LodgeHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of room
Item 4 of 221907Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 5 of 221907Masonic hallHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 6 of 221907Old ManseBower (near Wick) CaithnessScotland 
Item 7 of 221907Tarbat UF MansePortmahomack Ross & CromartyScotlandProvided standard design
Item 8 of 221907UF Church manses in the Highland area   Scotland 
Item 9 of 221907(?)UF ManseSymington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 10 of 22c. 1907Kiltarlity UF ManseKiltarlity Inverness-shireScotlandProvided standard design
Item 11 of 22c. 1907Olrig UF Church and manseCastletown CaithnessScotlandProvided plans for church - Sinclair MacDonald as executant architect
Item 12 of 22c. 1907UF ManseDrumnadrochit Inverness-shireScotlandProvided standard design
Item 13 of 22c. 1907UF ManseAultbea Ross & CromartyScotlandProvided standard design
Item 14 of 221908Farr Free ChurchBettyhill SutherlandScotlandWith Sinclair MacDonald acting as executant architect
Item 15 of 221909Scotstoun Flour Mills  GlasgowScotlandBlock to Thurso Street added
Item 16 of 22c. 1909UF ManseLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotlandProvided standard design
Item 17 of 221910St Catherine's Leather Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 221911Glasgow Glass Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 221911Star PalaceBridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 221913Cold Store, Melbourne Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 221913Motor Garage, Alexandra Parade  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 221914Greenhead Brewery  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction

References

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Iain Pateson