Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Forsyth McIlwraith
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 September 1873
Bio Notes: John Forsyth McIlwraith was born on 1 September 1873, probably in Ayr. He was articled to Allan Stevenson of Ayr from 1889 until 1896 when he moved to Burnet Son & Campbell's in Glasgow as an improver and then assistant. From there he moved to the office of Gibbs & Flockton in Sheffield in 1898, and then to Alfred Waterhouse & Son in London in 1900. In 1902 he moved yet again to the office of Aston Webb & E Ingress Bell, obtaining a salaried post with the War Office Architects' Department in 1904. About this time he seems to have formed a partnership with an as yet unidentified Mr Muir and conducted a small private practice in his spare timeconcentrating on residential houses, particularly in Hampshire. In his Nomination Paper he describes himself as the sole London partner, with Muir remaining in Scotland. He continued with the War Office for his main employment until 1911 when he moved as manager to Messrs Bidwell & Sons, Cambridge, surveyors to the College estate. Sometime before 1911 he wrote a book entitled 'Land Tax Valuation' as well as writing various papers and presenting lectures on architectural and surveying subjects. He was admitted LRIBA on 22 April 1912, his proposers being James Lochhead of Hamilton, and James Black Fulton and Bertram Drummond, both of London. It is not clear how he came to know any of his proposers.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211, Bennet Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, EnglandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 2Ranmoor, De Freville Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, EnglandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 9Allan Stevenson18891896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Burnet Son & Campbell18961897Improver 
Item 3 of 9John Burnet & Son18971898Improver 
Item 4 of 9Flockton & Gibbs18981900Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Alfred Waterhouse & Son19001902Assistant 
Item 6 of 9(Sir) Aston Webb & E Ingress Bell19021904Assistant 
Item 7 of 9War Office Architects Department19041911Architect 
Item 8 of 9Muir & McIlwraithc. 1904Before 1911Partner 
Item 9 of 9Bidwell & Sons1911 Manager(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Bertram Drummond22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Black Fulton22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Lochhead22 April 1912for Licentiateship

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 6After 1900HouseDulwich LondonEngland 
Item 2 of 6After 1900HousesChandlers Ford, Southampton HampshireEngland 
Item 3 of 61902South Kensington MuseumSouth Kensington LondonEnglandAs assistant to Sir Aston Webb
Item 4 of 6c. 1902University of LeedsLeeds YorkshireEnglandExtensions - as assistant to Waterhouse
Item 5 of 6c. 1902University of Liverpool  LiverpoolEnglandExtensions
Item 6 of 6c. 1902University of ManchesterChorlton-on-Medlock ManchesterEnglandExtensions - as assistant to Waterhouse & Son


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 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 L v22 no 1796