Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis and William Mackison
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1858
Ended: 1868
Bio Notes: Francis Mackison was born in Stirling in 1822 and practised as a civil engineer and architect there from the late 1840s. His nephew William Mackison was born in Stirling in 1833 and moved to Dundee in 1844, his father of the same name having been appointed governor of Dundee Prison. He was educated at Dundee High School and spent some time in a Dundee solicitor's office before being articled to his uncle and taken into partnership by 1858, the firm becoming F & W Mackison. For a time William Mackison was Master, Burgh Surveyor and Town's Architect of Stirling, but this appointment, still held in 1864 had been terminated by the time of the Architect's Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory of 1868. On 20 November 1865 he became the second resident Scottish architect to be admitted FRIBA (David Bryce had been the first, in 1845; William Smith the first associate admitted 1842), the fellowship being conferred on the strength of his work at Cambuskenneth.

Francis Mackison married twice: first to Jessie (Miller?) who died on 10 August 1857, leaving a three month old daughter, Mary Miller Mackison, and second to Margaret Glover in 1866. There were two further daughters from his second marriage: Maragret de Lancaster Mackison born about 1868 and Catherine Violet Mackison born 1869.

In 1868 William Mackison withdrew from the partnership having been appointed burgh engineer of Dundee. Francis Mackison continued the Stirling. By 1883 he was in financial difficulty as a result of being one of the principal promoters of Callander Hydropathic, and died 13 February 1884.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness   

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 Mackison18581868Partner 
Item 2 of 2Francis Mackison18581868Partner 

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 241858Viewfield UP ChurchStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 2 of 2418605-15 Clarendon PlaceStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 241860West UP ChurchLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 24c. 1860BeechcroftStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 5 of 24c. 1860EastwellBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 6 of 24c. 1860Mission SchoolStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 24c. 1860Raploch Model Steading and Workmen's housesRaploch StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 24c. 1860Union HallStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 241861Well HouseBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 2418631 Queen's RoadStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 241864Cambuskenneth AbbeyCambuskenneth StirlingshireScotlandRestoration and excavation
Item 12 of 241864Villa for John ChristieStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 241865Callander LodgeCallander PerthshireScotland 
Item 14 of 241866Old Sauchie farm officesOld Sauchie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 241867Blair Drummond, factor's house  PerthshireScotlandAddition
Item 16 of 24Before 1868Blooming VillaBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 24Before 1868Callander WaterworksCallander PerthshireScotland 
Item 18 of 24Before 1868Doune Free ChurchDoune PerthshireScotland 
Item 19 of 24Before 1868Ferniebank HouseBlairforkie, Bridge of Allan? StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 24Before 1868Rednock WaterworksRednock StirlingshireScotland 
Item 21 of 24Before 1868Sauchie WaterworksSauchie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 22 of 24Before 1868Stirling WaterworksTouch Hills StirlingshireScotland 
Item 23 of 24Before 1868Villa de LancasterBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 24 of 24Before 1868VillafrancaBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect23 February 1884  Obituary of Francis Mackison
Item 2 of 2Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers*  pp360-1

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 Information courtesy of Elma Lindsay, Stirling Council, from gravestones, local papers etc