Basic Biographical Details

Name: Knowles & Johnstone
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1855
Ended: Before 1861
Bio Notes: John Johnstone was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire in 1814. He probably trained in Scotland but moved south to become clerk of works to Sir George Gilbert Scott and then William Bonython Moffatt in 1855. Later that year he entered into partnership with William A Knowles who married Sophia Preston, the daughter of a ship-owner in Newcastle in 1852. Knowles may have practised in Newcastle in the 1850s. The BAL directory states that Johnstone moved to Newcatle and formed a partnership with Knowles in 1855. However Census records show that he Knowles had moved to London by 1861 and the partnership must therefore have been dissolved by then. Johnstone seems to have remained in practice in Newcastle for the rest of his career. He was elected President of the Northern Architectural Association in 1875. He died in Newcastle in 1884.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness   

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 2William Alexander Knowles1855Before 1861Partner 
Item 2 of 2John Johnstone18551884(?)Partner 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.