Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter Robert McLaren
Designation: Architect
Born: 1862
Died: 3 December 1951
Bio Notes: Peter Robert McLaren was born in 1862 and articled to Cousin & Ormiston, Edinburgh in 1877, remaining as assistant until 1886 (Nomination Papers give these dates - RIBA obituary says 1876-85). Perhaps because of the recession he became assistant architect to 'a large builders firm', perhaps John Watherston & Sons, and remained with them until 1898 when he commenced independent practice at 34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. His RIBA obituary credits him with 'a number of flats and houses in Edinburgh, numerous shops both in Princes Street and elsewhere'.

He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, at which date his home address was at 20 Lismore Crescent.

McLaren was a member of the Council of the Edinburgh Architectural Association c.1930. He died on 3 December 1951.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 434, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1898After 1940 
Item 2 of 413, Wilfrid Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1903  
Item 3 of 420, Lismore Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1907 *c. 1918 
Item 4 of 421, Regent Terrace ('Street' in RIBA Kalendar 1950-5, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1920After 1950 

* 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 2Cousin & Ormiston1877c. 1882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Cousin & Ormistonc. 18821886Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Alec Nisbet8 October 19061911Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alexander Nisbetc. 1906 Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association

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 261896Corner tenement with shopsGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 261896Rosneath Terrace and Rosneath Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 261898Houses on the north side of Braid Crescent, eastern section  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 26After 1898Cluny Estate, single and double villasMorningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 26After 1898Commercial building, Calton Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 26After 1898Commercial building, McDonald Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 26After 1898Commercial building, North Bridge Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 26After 1898Commercial building, Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 26After 1898Commercial building, St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 26After 1898Craigentinny Estate, feuing and single, double, continuous and flatted villasCraigentinny EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 26After 1898Craigmillar Estate, 40 villasCraigmillar EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 26After 1898Seven large villasCramond Bridge EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 26189942 Braid Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 261900PeelwallsAyton BerwickshireScotlandRedecoration
Item 15 of 261901Frosts, 67-81 Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotlandUpper floors of 77-81
Item 16 of 261904Houses on then north side of Braid Crescent, western section  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 261904Villas, Cammo Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 261912176 - 198 Braid Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 26191241-51 Greenbank Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 261912Houses in Pentland Terrace, between Riselaw Place and Riselaw Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 261921W H Hunter's Garage  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 261922Restalrig Parish Church, War Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 261930Waverley Garage  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 261933Bungalows and shops, Britwell Crescent and Vandeleur Avenue  EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 261938Three bungalows in Sydney Terrace and corner of Moira Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 26Before 1951Miners' welfare homes  Glasgow (near)Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal3 December 1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp305

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 v19 no1437