Basic Biographical Details

Name: Malcolm Sinclair McCallum
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1887
Died: March 1928
Bio Notes: Malcolm Sinclair McCallum was born c.1887 and was articled to Alexander Cullen of Hamilton on 4 September 1900. He completed a five-year apprenticeship and remained with Cullen as assistant for a further five years, the firm being known as Alex Cullen, Lochhead & Brown after 1908. Throughout this period he attended evening classes, initially at the Royal Technical College and Glasgow School of Art, and latterly at Glasgow School of Architecture which had been formed as an amalgamation of the classes at the aforementioned institutions. His travels during these early years included visits to France in 1905 and 1909, and to Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1906.

In January 1910 he accepted a post as architect to the Arran Estates Office in Arran, and in October 1913 moved to a similar post in Cullen, Banffshire under the Seafield Estates. In this latter post he was also able to undertake private work. He was responsible for extensions to the hospitals at Portsoy and Grantown-on-Spey, Ruthven RI Hall, Whitehills War Memorial, and numerous villas and bungalows. He was admitted ARIBA in late 1920 or early 1921 under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being James Lochhead, William Brown Whitie and John Watson.

In October 1927, McCallum was involved in a motor accident; he died as a result early in 1928.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Arran Estates Office, Arran, Bute, ScotlandBusiness4 January 19106 October 1913 
Item 2 of 3Seafield Estates Office, Cullen, Banffshire, ScotlandBusiness6 October 1913 *After 1920 
Item 3 of 3The Lodge, Cullen, Banffshire, ScotlandPrivate1920 *  

* 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 3Alexander Cullen4 September 19001905Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Alexander Cullen19051908Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Alex Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19081910Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James LochheadLate 1920 or early 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John WatsonLate 1920 or early 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown WhitieLate 1920 or early 1921for Associateship

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 4 Ruthven RI HallRuthven BanffshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 4c. 1920Whitehills War MemorialWhitehills BanffshireScotland 
Item 3 of 4c. 1923Ian Charles HospitalGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotlandExtension including new maternity wing
Item 4 of 41924Lower Banffshire Joint Infectious Diseases HospitalPortsoy BanffshireScotlandExtension


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder23 March 1928  Obituary p484
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal9 June 1928 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p535

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3161 (microfilm reel 25)