Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lennox & MacMath
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1906
Ended: 1958
Bio Notes: Gavin Lennox was born at Blackburn Hills, East Kilbride on 21 February 1878, the son of Gavin Lennox, farmer and his wife Margaret Allan who came from Hamilton. He was articled to James Smart of Perth in 1894. At the end of his apprenticeship he moved to Glasgow to work for Thomas Lennox Watson for eighteen months, 1900-1901, the civil engineers Formans & McCall for another eighteen months, c.1901-02, and finally Thomson & Sandilands for three years, 1903-06, which enabled him to study at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College under Charles Gourlay.

In 1906 he formed a partnership with a colleague in Thomson & Sandilands' office, Daniel Walter MacMath, with an office at 103 Bath Street, Glasgow. MacMath had been born in England in 1880, the son of David McMath, sketchmaker and calico printer from Eastwood and Margaret McLean Clark from Strathaven, and had been articled to A Lindsay Miller from 1895 to 1900 before joining Thomson & Sandilands, where he had been an assistant for six years. Both partners were admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. The practice specialised in cinema and petrol station work, the firm being regional architects for the Regent Oil Company.

Lennox married Elizabeth Brough, a nurse at Stobhill Hospital, on 29 April 1913 at Maryhill Parish Church and a son, Gavin Strathearn Allan, was born on 8 October the following year. MacMath married Janet Bisket Clark, with whom he had at least one son.

Both Lennox and MacMath were admitted FRIBA in 1928, their proposers being James Kennedy Hunter, James Lochhead and William Brown Whitie. Lennox's son joined the practice in January 1939. MacMath died of coronary thrombosis at Groveside, Ayr Road, Whitecraigs on 1 December 1948, Lennox continuing the practice thereafter until his death of hypertension at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on 30 July 1956. His son Gavin Strathearn Allan Lennox continued the practice briefly, closing it in 1958.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3103, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1906After 1940 
Item 2 of 3140, Blythswood Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1949 *  
Item 3 of 338, Berkeley Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1954After 1956 

* 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 8Daniel Walter MacMath19061948Partner 
Item 2 of 8Gavin Lennox19061956Partner 
Item 3 of 8William Baillie19101915Apprentice 
Item 4 of 8Helen Lily Jackson (Mrs Johnston)19311931ApprenticeThree months only
Item 5 of 8Helen Lily Jackson (Mrs Johnston)19321932ApprenticeThree months only
Item 6 of 8(Sir) Harry Anthony Wheeler (or simply Sir Anthony Wheeler)September 1937September 1939Apprentice 
Item 7 of 8Gavin Strathearn Allan LennoxJanuary 1939Before 1956Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Gavin Strathearn Allan LennoxBefore 19561958Partner 

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 55After 1906High SchoolBarrhead RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 55After 1906Housing scheme for Messrs Smith & Mclean Ltd   Scotland 
Item 3 of 55After 1906Housing scheme for the Burgh of BarrheadBarrhead RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 55After 1906Masonic HallGarnkirk GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 55After 1906Pollokshaws UP ChurchPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 55After 1906St Andrew's ChurchGartcosh GlasgowScotlandHall and extensions to church
Item 7 of 55c. 1906Cadder Elementary SchoolCadder LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 55c. 1906Nitshill Public HallNitshill GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 55c. 1906Oakbank Buildings, MuirheadChryston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 10 of 55c. 1906Smallpox hospital for the County of Renfrew  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 55c. 1906Villa at GiffnockGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 551907Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 13 of 551909Cairns HallsMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 551910Masonic TempleBarrhead RenfrewshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 15 of 551913Co-operative Central OfficesKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 16 of 551914Bridgend SchoolCadder LanarkshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 17 of 55After 1918War memorialChyrston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 551920Picture HouseAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 19 of 551922Housing scheme, Lower Ward  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 20 of 551922Thornliebank War MemorialThornliebank RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 551924Castlehill Estate, feuing planAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 22 of 55c. 1924Gartcosh SchoolGartcosh LanarkshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 23 of 551927Oxford PlayhouseSpringburn GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 551929Balornock School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 551929Florida CinemaKing's Park GlasgowScotlandFirst proposals
Item 26 of 551930Crown CinemaGorbals GlasgowScotlandRebuilding
Item 27 of 551930Masonic HallRiddrie GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 551930Roxy Cinema  GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 551931Masonic TempleRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 30 of 551932New Bedford Picture House, Eglinton Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 551933War Memorial Cottage (for nurse)Cadder LanarkshireScotland 
Item 32 of 551934Cabinet Factory for Messrs John McGregor & Sons LtdRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 33 of 551935Granada CinemaParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 551935HallsBarrhead RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 35 of 551936Port Glasgow CinemaPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 36 of 551936Regal CinemaDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 37 of 551936Samuel Dow's Bar  GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 551936Tudor CinemaGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 39 of 551937Blythswood Cinema  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and additions
Item 40 of 551937ClinicBarrhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 551937HouseChrtyston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 42 of 551937HouseBishopbriggs LanarkshireScotland 
Item 43 of 551937Salisbury Cinema  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction and additions
Item 44 of 551938Regal CinemaMuirkirk AyrshireScotland 
Item 45 of 551938Rex CinemaNewmilns LanarkshireScotland 
Item 46 of 551939Globe CinemaJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 47 of 551940Eaglesham SchoolEaglesham RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 48 of 551948Hoxton & Walsh Limited, Colvand Street   GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 49 of 551948New Stables Offices and Stores.not identified LanarkshireScotland 
Item 50 of 551948Premises York Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 51 of 551948Premises, Millbrae Road  GlasgowScotlandAdditions and Reconstruction
Item 52 of 551954Cardonald Public School, Paisley Road WestCardonald GlasgowScotland 
Item 53 of 551954Premises of Messrs Black, Lindsayberg RoadMuirhead LanarkshireScotland 
Item 54 of 5519 February 1954Premises of Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd, Brown StreetAnderston GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for new offices, garage, repair department, and boundary walls
Item 55 of 551955Premises of Braids & Co Ltd, St Georges RoadSt Georges Cross GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press 
Item 2 of 2Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygon 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder19 February 1954  p346
Item 2 of 5Builder4 June 1954  p1007
Item 3 of 5Builder9 July 1954  p78
Item 4 of 5Builder4 February 1955  p236
Item 5 of 5RIBA JournalMarch 1949 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of MacMath

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLennox & Mcmath Personal Papers