Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Charles Edward Whitelaw |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||2 November 1869 |
|Died: ||17 November 1939 |
|Bio Notes: ||Charles Edward Whitelaw was born in Bath Street, Glasgow on 2 November 1869, the son of James Thomas Whitelaw, merchant, who had married Elizabeth Rodgers in Liverpool in February of the same year. The family background was in cotton manufacturing. Charles was articled to Campbell Douglas & Sellars from 1887 to 1888 and on Sellars's death followed John Keppie to the newly formed partnership of Honeyman & Keppie to complete his apprenticeship. Throughout this period he studied at Glasgow School of Art. He then enrolled at the Atelier Pascal with an introduction from Keppie, spending about fifteen months there and travelling in France, Italy, Germany and Austria for some seven months. On his return he became head draughtsman first to Thomas Lennox Watson and then to Alexander Nisbet Paterson, also formerly of Pascal's atelier. He commenced practice in Glasgow in January 1900, merging it with that of Henry Mitchell in 1902 whilst pursuing a further year's study at the School of Art, 1902-3. |
The Mitchell & Whitelaw partnership was moderately successful, mainly through Whitelaw family connections (although it is not clear what connections these were) and ship interior work, and had Vernon Constable as assistant. Some part-time assistance was also provided by Alexander Wright. The partnership lasted until about 1908 or 1909 when Thomas Lennox Watson, with whom Mitchell had worked briefly on the interiors of the Steam Yacht Margarita and on competition designs for the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College at the beginning of the century, offered Mitchell a partnership.
Whitelaw was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. His nomination papers contain self-contradictory information regarding the dates and timeframes of his assistantships; and they contain no mention of the partnership, despite citing works carried out whilst it was in existence. He remained in practice in Glasgow until 1914, living in some grandeur at Southpark House, Hillhead and acting as a member of the local committee assisting the Scottish National Monuments Commission. He was a member of the Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He was also President of the Provandís Lordship Club and took an active interest in the conservation of this building. He married (Leila) Graham Callander on 21 December 1921 in Tibbermore, Perthshire. They had one son James H Whitelaw (born 16 February 1923) and one daughter, Elizabeth Graham Whitelaw, (born 11 November 1928). Shortly after the birth of their son, the Whitelaw family moved to ĎThe Laurelsí, Bridge of Weir, though it is not clear if this was rented or purchased. In 1926 or 1927 they moved to 22 Midmar Gardens, Edinburgh.
Whitelaw died of coronary thrombosis and chronic myocarditis on 17 November 1939, leaving moveable estate of £1,858 8s 5d. His widow remained at 22 Midmar Gardens until 1954.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|168, Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1887||After 1902|| |
|219, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1904||After 1915|| |
|Southpark House, Ann Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1911||After 1914|| |
|141, Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1919 *|| || |
|The Laurels, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||1924 *|| || |
|22, Midmar Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1930 or 1931 *||1940s|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|John Bennie Wilson||20 July 1911||for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects|
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|British Architectural Library, RIBA||2001||Directory of British Architects 1834-1914|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of Charles Whitelaw's son, James.||Information sent via DSA website|| ||Sent June/July 2009|
|National Records of Scotland (formerly SRO, later NAS)||Ministry of Works files||MW1/848|| |
|New Register House||Wills and Testaments|| || |
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Personal information from Alexander Wright; research on family and death date from Iain Paterson|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v21 no1672|