Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Andrew MacAra
Designation: Architect
Born: Late 1861 or 1862
Died: 8 November 1893
Bio Notes: John Andrew MacAra was born in late 1861 or 1862, the son of James Findlay MacAra, the Free Church Minister at Kinloss, and his wife Elizabeth McLaren. He was articled to James Salmon & Son, Glasgow, from 1879 to 1885. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Civil Engineering, and attended the South Kensington Schools before passing the qualifying exam in 1888. He commenced practice at 571 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow in the latter year and was admitted ARIBA on 13 January 1890, his proposers being William Forrest Salmon, John Burnet Senior and Thomas Lennox Watson. He worked more as civil engineer than architect during his short career: he died of peritonitis at 250 Renfrew Street on 8 November 1893, at the early age of thirty-one. No work by him is known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1571, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1888After 1893 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Burnet (senior)13 January 1890for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Forrest Salmon13 January 1890for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Lennox Watson13 January 1890for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v11 p3 (microfiche 45/D5)