Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Murdoch & Lockhart
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1904
Bio Notes: Little is known of John Murdoch except that he was born c.1826 and trained as a civil engineer and that he was in practice at 48 Newmarket, Ayr in 1868, moving to no 62 in the early 1880s and finally to 62 Sandgate in the mid-1880s. His early work is dry post-late Georgian. By the late 1870s he was proficient in both Bryce-school Scots baronial and a Queen Anne inspired free Renaissance, probably as a result of having acquired a very competent draughtsman from a more up-to-date practice. In 1904 he was joined in partnership by John Whitelaw Lockhart. Lockhart was born in 1877 and articled to Morris & Hunter 1894-99. In the latter year he obtained a place in the office of James Salmon & Son as an improver which enabled him to attend the courses at Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College under Charles Gourlay.

Murdoch died in 1906 or 1907. Lockhart continued the practice under the existing title of John Murdoch & Lockhart, but like so many others he appears to have suffered from the effects of the Finance Act of 1909 as he had given up his office and was practising from home by 1914. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. He died in 1924.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 162, Sandgate Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 2John Murdoch19041907Partner 
Item 2 of 2John Whitelaw Lockhart19041924Partner 

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 33After 1904Business premises and arcade for A H Lang EsqAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 2 of 33After 1904New hall and business premises for James CraigAyr? Ayrshire?Scotland 
Item 3 of 33After 1904North of Scotland and Town & County BankAyr? Ayrshire?Scotland 
Item 4 of 33After 1904Villa for Sir William ArrolAyr? Ayrshire?Scotland 
Item 5 of 33After 1904Villa for William DouglasAyr? Ayrshire?Scotland 
Item 6 of 331906Double Cottage for William DouglasAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 331906Tenement, with shop, 217 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 8 of 33190730 Smith StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 331907Castlehill Estate, Peggieshill FarmAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - plans dated
Item 10 of 331907Crown BarAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 331907Houses and cottages for Polquhairn Coal Company, SinclairstonOchiltree AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 331907StranleurAyr AyrshireScotlandOriginal buliding
Item 13 of 331908Carrick OvalAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 331908RecliffeAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 15 of 331908Wellington ChambersAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 16 of 331909213 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 17 of 33190945 Burns Statue SquareAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 18 of 331909Shops for William FraserPrestwick AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - plans dated
Item 19 of 33191033-35 Kyle StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 20 of 3319109 Charlotte StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 21 of 331910Ashgrove, feuing planKilwinning AyrshireScotlandFeuing plans redrawn
Item 22 of 331910Castlehill, cottages for William WilsonAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 33c. 1910Bungalow, Ewenfield RoadAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 24 of 33191110 Bath PlaceAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 25 of 331911Balloch Fishing ClubBalloch DunbartonshireScotlandNew motor car house
Item 26 of 331911Double cottage for Miss Hamilton, KingcasePrestwick AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 27 of 331912204 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations: new shop, 'Miss Gibb'
Item 28 of 331912210 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 29 of 331912Farm Buildings and Cottage, Changue Barr  AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations to farm buildings, and new cottage
Item 30 of 331914AlticanePinwherry AyrshireScotlandNew water tank etc.
Item 31 of 331914Double cottage for D S GovanPrestwick AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 32 of 331916Balloch Fishing ClubBalloch DunbartonshireScotlandAdditions
Item 33 of 331923Barnhill FarmNether Rankinston AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion