Basic Biographical Details

Name: David McBean (or David MacBean)
Designation: Architect
Born: 1852 or 1853
Died: 15 July 1916
Bio Notes: David McBean (or MacBean - sources vary) was born at Rosemarkie, Ross-shire in 1852 or 1853, the son of David McBean/MacBean, farmer and Janet Junor. He entered the Glasgow Office of Public Works as assistant to John Carrick sometime before 1879-80 when he prepared the outline plans for the first municipal buildings competition. He is stated by Gildard to have altered the City Hall, connecting the old and new staircases; whether this was part of the 1882 work or a slightly later amendment to Carrick's scheme is unclear. He remained in the same office until at least the early 1890s, Alexander Beith McDonald succeeding Carrick as City Architect in 1890.

He married Isabella M Henderson from Dundee at the Alexandra Hotel, Bath Street, Glasgow on 25 April 1888. They had two daughters, Annie Mary (born c.1890 in Cathcart) and Janet.

McBean/MacBean became a member of the Society of Architects in 1895. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage at Brackenbrae, Kingussie on 15 July 1916, his usual address being 8 Park Terrace, Queen's Park. His death was reported by his brother Daniel of Cradlehall, Inverness.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4509, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 18811888Lodgings
Item 2 of 474, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1888  
Item 3 of 43, Marchmont Crescent, Queens Park, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 4 of 48 Park Terrace, Queens Park, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1916 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3John CarrickBefore 18791890AssistantIn Office of Public Works; latterly worked as office manager
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)Before 1879After 1891AssistantWorking under John Carrick and latterly Alexander Beith McDonald, City Architects
Item 3 of 3Alexander Beith McDonald1890After 1891AssistantIn Office of Public Works

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 41879Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandOutline plans for first competition
Item 2 of 4c. 1887City Halls and BazaarCandleriggs GlasgowScotlandAlterations connecting old and new staircases
Item 3 of 41890City Improvement Trust tenement, Graeme Street  GlasgowScotlandMainly responsible - as assistant in City Architect's Department
Item 4 of 41894Tenements on King Street, Parnie Street and Osborne Street  GlasgowScotlandUnder the supervision of A B McDonald


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Gildard, Thomas1895An Old Glasgow Architect on some Older OnesXXVIProceedings of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow 
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder28 July 1916  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on birth, marriage, death and addresses per Iain Paterson