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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hugh Sinclair Macdonald
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 June 1903
Died: 1 May 1979
Bio Notes: Hugh Sinclair Macdonald was born on 18 June 1903, the son of Sinclair Barbaretus Macdonald of Thurso and his wife Merrit Galloway. He commenced his apprenticeship in his father's office in October 1921, transferring two years later to that of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd in Edinburgh, which enabled him to study at the College of Art under John Begg. He was a successful student, achieving exemptions from both Intermediate and Final exams, and he qualified in June 1929 after three years' part-time and three years' full-time study. He was awarded the RIAS's Rowand Anderson Travelling Studentship in 1929, and by the time he was admitted ARIBA in early 1930 - his proposers being John Begg, Charles Denny Carus-Wilson and Frank Charles Mears - he had spent ten weeks travelling in Scotland, twelve in England, two each in Holland and Belgium, and one in France. In 1930 he appears to be in temporarily living in the Cambourne Hotel in London.

On 24 July 1937 at theOld Parish Church, Kirkcaldy Hugh married Christina Forsyth, who was born in London of Scottish parents. The family had later moved to Kirkcaldy when her father was appointed manager of a bank in the town. Hugh had met her at Edinburgh College of Art where she had studied silversmithing, stained glass, and lettering & illumination. They had two sons, Robin Forsyth Macdonald, (born 1940), and .Alasdair Sinclair (born 1943) who became an architect.

Hugh soon returned to Thurso to join his father in practice, and was taken into partnership in 1931. James Constable Leed joined the firm in the 1930s, and a further partner, Archibald James Baxter, was taken on in 1935. During those years the practice maintained a branch office in Wick. His address is given as Wick in 1939.

Hugh Sinclair Macdonald continued the firm as senior partner after his father's death on 15 January 1936. He served in the Second World War, returning to the office in 1945. He was admitted FRIBA in 1955, his proposers being Sir William Kininmonth, John Ross McKay and Alexander Cullen (junior). Kininmonth noted that the harbour scheme in Thurso by Macdonald 'is well-designed and handled in a most sympathetic way' and 'might have qualified for a Saltire Award if it had been entered'.

In the later 1940 and 1950s the practice untertook a wide range of work including housing, new and reconstructed farmsteadings, farm houses for the Commissioners of Crown Lands and for private clients and electricity substations for the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board.

In 1960 two new partners were taken on by Hugh: James Campbell and John Barnie. Alasdair joined the firm as 'junior partner' in 1974 opening a new office in South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh. However he resigned one year later, going to Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil to work on CAD and other city planning related computing projects for the City Planning Foundation (FIDEM). During the period 1966-74 the practice was inundated with new work and had difficulty appointing new staff for the Thurso office. As a result the early stages of several projects were farmed out to Alasdair, who was working for Irvine Development Corporation at that time, and his colleagues.

Macdonald died on 1 May 1979. He was survived by his wife and his two sons. Robin's son Alan now practises as an architect in Longforgan, Dundee, and Alasdair's son, Patrick, is a graduate of the Mackintosh School and works as a 3D modeller and animator. James Campbell and John Barrie continued the practice.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5The Rowans, Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, ScotlandPrivate1903After 1930 
Item 2 of 518, Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, ScotlandBusinessc. 1929After 1955 
Item 3 of 5Cambourne Hotel/63, Leicester Square, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1930 *  
Item 4 of 5Wick, Caithness, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 5 of 5Hillcroft, Princes Street, Thurso, Caithness, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1953 *1979 

* 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 4Barbaretus Sinclair Macdonald (or Sinclair Macdonald)October 19211923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd19231926Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Barbaretus Sinclair Macdonald (or Sinclair Macdonald)c. 19291931Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 4Sinclair Macdonald & Son1931After 1955Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John BeggEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Charles Denny Carus-WilsonEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Alexander Cullen (junior)Late 1955for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth Late 1955for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John Ross McKayLate 1955for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6(Sir) Frank Charles MearsEarly 1930for 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 3551928Dunbeath, HousesDunbeath CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 2 of 3551928Dunnet, HousesDunnet CaithnessScotland 
Item 3 of 3551928House for Mr Walter RyrieDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 4 of 3551928HousesJohn O' Groats CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 5 of 3551928Houses, HalkirkHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 6 of 3551928Latheron, Houses  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 7 of 3551928Lower Dounreay, Farmhouse and steading  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 8 of 3551928St Magnus Bay HotelHillswickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 9 of 3551928Thurso Burgh Housing Scheme, Pentland CrescentThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 10 of 355c. 1928Drill HallHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 11 of 355c. 1928Dunbar HospitalThurso CaithnessScotlandAdditions and alterations including mortuary
Item 12 of 355c. 1928Dunbeath, HousesDunbeath CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 13 of 355c. 1928East Mey, Houses  CaithnessScotlandReconditioning of houses
Item 14 of 355c. 1928Halkirk School and schoolhouseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandProposed alterations
Item 15 of 355c. 1928Harpsdale School and schoolhouseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations and repairs
Item 16 of 355c. 1928Houses and holding in BroughBrough CaithnessScotland 
Item 17 of 355c. 1928Latheron PoorhouseLatheron CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 18 of 355c. 1928Lybster, Houses  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 19 of 355c. 1928Lythmore Farmhouse and offices and farm servants' cottagesBridge of Westfield CaithnessScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 20 of 355c. 1928Melvich HotelReay CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 355c. 1928Northcote HouseWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions, including new sanitary annexe and operation room
Item 22 of 355c. 1928Pentland HotelThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 23 of 355c. 1928Pultneytown Parish ChurchWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions aincluding addition of ante rooms
Item 24 of 355c. 1928Reay Primary School and schoolhouseReay CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 25 of 355c. 1928Royal HotelThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 26 of 355c. 1928Royal HotelKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotlandAlterations - begun by Sinclair Macdonald alone
Item 27 of 355c. 1928Station HotelThurso CaithnessScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 28 of 355c. 1928Thurster MainsWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 29 of 355c. 1928Town HallWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 3551929Canisbay, HousesCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 31 of 3551929Strath House   ScotlandMinor alterations and new engine room and dairy and dairy maid's cottage
Item 32 of 355c. 1929Houses, WesterdaleHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 33 of 355c. 1929Inkstack, housesDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 34 of 355c. 1929Olicate (Thurmster Estate), farm buildingsWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 35 of 355c. 1929Premises for Mr A KiddThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 355c. 1929South SchoolWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 37 of 355c. 1929Spital School and schoolhouseSpital CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 38 of 355c. 1929Westfield Drill HallLieurary CaithnessScotlandAdditions
Item 39 of 355c. 1929Weydale, HousesWeydale CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 40 of 3551930Bettyhill HotelBettyhill SutherlandScotlandHouse and extension to hotel
Item 41 of 3551930Janetstown Primary SchoolThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 42 of 3551930Munro's Buildings, garage and wallsThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 43 of 3551930Scarfskerry, Houses  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 44 of 3551930Springpark Housing DevelopmentThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 45 of 3551930Stanstill, farmhouse, steading, farm servant's house and farm cottagesStanstill CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of farm cottages
Item 46 of 3551930Watten Mains, Farmhouse and farm cottagesWatten CaithnessScotlandNew cottages Also alterations to house and cottages?
Item 47 of 3551930Watten, HousesWatten CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 48 of 355c. 1930Altnabreac School and schoolhouseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations to schoolhouse
Item 49 of 355c. 1930ARP HeadquartersBylbster CaithnessScotlandAlterations? New build?
Item 50 of 355c. 1930BowermaddenBower CaithnessScotland 
Item 51 of 355c. 1930Broubster, School and schoolhouseBroubster CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 52 of 355c. 1930Burgh HousingStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 53 of 355c. 1930Canisbay School and schoolhouseCanisbay CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 54 of 355c. 1930Corseback HouseDunnet CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 55 of 355c. 1930DeskfordThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 56 of 355c. 1930Dingwall AcademyDingwall Ross and CromartyScotlandUncertain role in this project
Item 57 of 355c. 1930Dorrery LodgeHalkirk CaithnessScotlandKeeper's cottage and byre. Also boathouse and shelter
Item 58 of 355c. 1930Drill HallCastletown CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 59 of 355c. 1930Durran Mains, Farmhouse, steading and cottages  CaithnessScotlandAdditions - begun by Sinclair Macdonald alone
Item 60 of 355c. 1930Fish mart and harbour officesStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 61 of 355c. 1930Halkirk Junior Secondary SchoolHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 62 of 355c. 1930Halkirk, HousesHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 63 of 355c. 1930Hillhead Farm  CaithnessScotlandCattle court
Item 64 of 355c. 1930Hollandmake, HouseDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 65 of 355c. 1930House, Bridge StreetWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 66 of 355c. 1930House, Princes StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 67 of 355c. 1930House, Sinclair StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 68 of 355c. 1930Houses, BarrockDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 69 of 355c. 1930Houses, Henrietta StreetWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 70 of 355c. 1930Houses, LandhallowLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 71 of 355c. 1930Houses, ReayReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 72 of 355c. 1930Housing scheme for Caithness County CouncilAchingale CaithnessScotland 
Item 73 of 355c. 1930Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilPapigoe CaithnessScotland 
Item 74 of 355c. 1930Housing, Wilson StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 75 of 355c. 1930Library and MuseumThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 76 of 355c. 1930Miller's InstitutionThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 355c. 1930Milton, houseReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 78 of 355c. 1930Murkle, Westburn, FarmhouseThurso CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 79 of 355c. 1930Murza, houseBower CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 80 of 355c. 1930Mutual Service ClubWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 81 of 355c. 1930Property, Traill StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 82 of 355c. 1930Sandside House, Home Farm, housesReay CaithnessScotlandCottage for Underkeeper and Mr Thomas Pilkington etc
Item 83 of 355c. 1930Shop front, Traill StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 84 of 355c. 1930Shop, Rotterdam StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 85 of 355c. 1930Slaughter HouseThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 86 of 355c. 1930St Clair Bakery, shop and tea roomWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 87 of 3551931Barrock House and Barrock Mains Home Farm  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of house and alterations to farmhouse
Item 88 of 3551931Bungalow, BroraBrora SutherlandScotland 
Item 89 of 3551931House, Castle StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAdditions
Item 90 of 3551931House, CourtfallDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 91 of 3551931Housing scheme for Caithness County CouncilLybster CaithnessScotland 
Item 92 of 3551931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilReay CaithnessScotland 
Item 93 of 3551931Kirkstyle, housesCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 94 of 3551931Little Houstry, houseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 95 of 3551931Pultneytown AcademyWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 96 of 3551931Scrabster Harbour HouseScrabster CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 97 of 3551931Shepherd's house, Ulbster Estate  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 98 of 3551931Smerlie, houseLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 99 of 3551931Swiney, houseLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 100 of 3551931Tayfield, Charity Farm, cottagesWick CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 101 of 3551931Westbanks School and schoolhouseWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 102 of 355c. 1931Castletown Primary SchoolCastletown CaithnessScotlandAlterations and addtions
Item 103 of 355c. 1931Forss School and schoolhouse  CaithnessScotlandNew portable classroom etc.
Item 104 of 355c. 1931Garage for Mr William WilsonThurso CaithnessScotlandExtensions to garage and workshop
Item 105 of 355c. 1931Gladstone CottageCastletown CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 106 of 355c. 1931Halkirk Free ChurchHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 107 of 355c. 1931Halkirk Parish Church ManseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations including new door in vestibule
Item 108 of 355c. 1931Houses, Hempriggs Estate  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 109 of 355c. 1931Housing scheme for Caithness County CouncilLatheronwheel CaithnessScotland 
Item 110 of 355c. 1931Housing scheme for Caithness County CouncilBardnaclaven CaithnessScotland 
Item 111 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilCastletown CaithnessScotland 
Item 112 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilKeiss CaithnessScotland 
Item 113 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilWatten CaithnessScotland 
Item 114 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilDunbeath CaithnessScotland 
Item 115 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilLatheron CaithnessScotland 
Item 116 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 117 of 355c. 1931Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilThrumster CaithnessScotland 
Item 118 of 355c. 1931John O' Groats laundryWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 119 of 355c. 1931Mey Primary School  CaithnessScotlandSite and feu plans; plans sections and details as existing and as proposed
Item 120 of 355c. 1931Nethercliffe HotelWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 121 of 355c. 1931North Wick Public SchoolWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 122 of 355c. 1931Shop, Traill StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 123 of 355c. 1931Stroma, Public School and schoolhouseCanisbay CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 124 of 3551932Achvarasdal House  CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 125 of 3551932Bank of ScotlandThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 126 of 3551932British Linen BankThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 127 of 3551932Free Presbyterian Church and ManseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 128 of 3551932Garage for Bert MowatThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 129 of 3551932Gille, housesGills CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 130 of 3551932Hempriggs House  CaithnessScotland 
Item 131 of 3551932House, SwineyLatheron CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 132 of 3551932Houses, StrathyLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 133 of 3551932Housing, Marine TerraceThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 134 of 3551932Keiss Estate, Farm workers' housesKeiss CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 135 of 3551932Lower Greenland, shepherd's houseDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 136 of 3551932Police HousingWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 137 of 3551932SeacliffeDunnet CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 138 of 3551932Shop and stores, Kirk's LaneWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 139 of 3551932Shop, Princes StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations? New build?
Item 140 of 3551932Shops, Traill StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 141 of 3551932Slaughterhouse, Castletown Mill site  CaithnessScotland 
Item 142 of 3551932Station HotelWick CaithnessScotlandAdditions and alterations including interior work and new annexe
Item 143 of 355c. 1932Grain storeThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 144 of 355c. 1932Houses, AchreamieReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 145 of 355c. 1932Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilJanetstown CaithnessScotland 
Item 146 of 355c. 1932Ladies Rest RoomThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 147 of 355c. 1932Whalligoe, mill  CaithnessScotland 
Item 148 of 3551933Barrock Estate, Myrtle CottageDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 149 of 3551933House for Mrs James McAdieWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 150 of 3551933House, Coronation StreetWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 151 of 3551933House, West Bank AvenueWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 152 of 3551933Machine Gun RangeJanetstown CaithnessScotlandExtension
Item 153 of 3551933Rifle RangeOld Wick CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 154 of 3551933Store, Pentland CrescentThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 155 of 3551933Thurso Lawn Tennis ClubThurso CaithnessScotlandFeu plan and addition to clubhouse
Item 156 of 355Before 1933Housing scheme for Caithness County CouncilCanisbay CaithnessScotland 
Item 157 of 355c. 1933Belgrave ArmsHelmsdale SutherlandScotland 
Item 158 of 355c. 1933Calder, Burnside, SteadingHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 159 of 355c. 1933Houses, BurrigillLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 160 of 355c. 1933Housing schemes for Caithness County Council  CaithnessScotlandSpecifications, plans etc dated
Item 161 of 355c. 1933Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilGillock CaithnessScotland 
Item 162 of 355c. 1933Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilStaxigoe CaithnessScotland 
Item 163 of 355c. 1933Housing schemes for Caithness County CouncilBorlum CaithnessScotland 
Item 164 of 355c. 1933National Bank of Scotland, Thurso BranchThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 165 of 355c. 1933Northern Sands HotelDunnet CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 166 of 355c. 1933Police StationCastletown CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 167 of 355c. 1933Post OfficeLatheron CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 168 of 355c. 1933Restaurant, Olrig StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 169 of 355c. 1933Shebster, housesReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 170 of 355193420 Dempster StreetWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 171 of 3551934Achvarasdal Home FarmReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of byres
Item 172 of 3551934Cottage for Captain MacKenzieScarfsferry CaithnessScotland 
Item 173 of 3551934House for Mr H D GerryThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 174 of 3551934House, West Church StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 175 of 3551934Lybster SchoolLybster CaithnessScotland 
Item 176 of 3551934Lyth, Barrock, keeper's houseBower CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 177 of 3551934Lyth, Howe, housesWick CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 178 of 3551934Mey, East LodgeCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction? Alterations?
Item 179 of 3551934Mey, housesCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 180 of 3551934Miller AcademyThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 181 of 3551934Sarclet, houseWick CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 182 of 3551934Savings BankWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations - in conjunction with Tweedie and Thomson
Item 183 of 3551934Stroma, house for district nurseCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 184 of 3551934Thurso Town HallThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 185 of 355c. 1934Commercial HotelHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 186 of 355c. 1934Cottage for Sheriff D B KeithThurso CaithnessScotlandAddition
Item 187 of 355c. 1934Glebe Housing DevelopmentThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 188 of 355c. 1934Houses, DurranOlrig CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 189 of 355c. 1934Latheron, HousesLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 190 of 355c. 1934Reaster, housesReaster CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 191 of 355c. 1934Tannach School and schoolhouseWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations to school and schoolhouse
Item 192 of 355c. 1934Thurso East MainsThurso CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 193 of 355c. 1934Watten Drill HallWatten CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 194 of 355c. 1934Westerdale, Dale HouseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations and Power house
Item 195 of 355c. 1934Wick High SchoolWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 196 of 3551935Achvarasdal Home FarmReay CaithnessScotlandNew offices
Item 197 of 3551935Crossroads Primary SchoolDunnet CaithnessScotlandAlterations to school and schoolhouse
Item 198 of 3551935Dounreay Primary SchoolDounreay CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 199 of 3551935Drill HallLybster CaithnessScotland 
Item 200 of 3551935Harpsdale, houses  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 201 of 3551935House, CorsbackDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 202 of 3551935Houses, HalkirkHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 203 of 3551935Juvenile Instruction CentreWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 204 of 3551935Shop, 49 Princes StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 205 of 3551935Shurrery Lodge  CaithnessScotlandMain lodge (alterations?- including water supply), keeper's house, offices and garage
Item 206 of 3551935Tister, Farmhouse, Steading and cottagesBower CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of house, steading and cottages
Item 207 of 3551935Ulbster, HousesUlbster CaithnessScotlandReconditioning of houses
Item 208 of 355c. 1935Achscrabster, cottage for Mr George McLeodAchscrabster CaithnessScotland 
Item 209 of 355c. 1935Clinic, Bank StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 210 of 355c. 1935Drill HallWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 211 of 355c. 1935House, SibsterHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 212 of 355c. 1935House, WillowbankWick CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 213 of 355c. 1935Killimster Primary School and schoolhouseWick CaithnessScotlandAddition of bathroom
Item 214 of 355c. 1935Police Station and constable's houseMey CaithnessScotlandAlterations to police station
Item 215 of 355c. 1935Scrabster HotelThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 216 of 355c. 1935Spittal Mains, workers' housesHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 217 of 355c. 1935Stemster Primary SchoolBower CaithnessScotlandAlterations and new heating system
Item 218 of 3551936Buckies, farm servant's houseThurso CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 219 of 3551936Dunbeath Primary SchoolDunbeath CaithnessScotland 
Item 220 of 3551936Dunveaden HouseBettyhill SutherlandScotlandAlterations
Item 221 of 3551936Greenland, houseDunnet CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 222 of 3551936Housing for Orkney County Council (Three and four apartment blocks)  OrkneyScotland 
Item 223 of 3551936North Calder, Farmhouse and farm servants' cottages  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of houses
Item 224 of 3551936Ormlie Lodge HotelThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions and garages
Item 225 of 3551936Salvation Army HallThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 226 of 3551936Shop front, High StreetWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 227 of 3551936Shop premisesWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 228 of 3551936Thurso Burgh Housing Scheme, High StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 229 of 3551936Union Bank of ScotlandWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 230 of 355c. 1936Aberdeen Town and County BankWick CaithnessScotlandInternal alterations
Item 231 of 355c. 1936Butcher's shopHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 232 of 355c. 1936Castletown Public Hall and Reading RoomCastletown CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 233 of 355c. 1936Child Welfare ClinicThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 234 of 355c. 1936Dunbar HospitalThurso CaithnessScotlandOperating theatre, kitchen and ambulance garage and other additions
Item 235 of 355c. 1936Houses, BrabsterBower CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 236 of 355c. 1936Housing, Shore StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandHouses designed and built
Item 237 of 355c. 1936Mount Vernon Cemetery, Lodge and GatehouseThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 238 of 355c. 1936Public convenience, Campbell StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 239 of 355c. 1936Thurso Burgh Housing SchemeThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 240 of 3551937Baillie, FarmhouseReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 241 of 3551937Byre, Rose StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 242 of 3551937Dunnet, Primary School and schoolhouseDunnet CaithnessScotlandFurther alterations?
Item 243 of 3551937House, 77 Princes StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 244 of 3551937Knockglass FarmHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions to farmhouse
Item 245 of 3551937Optician's shopWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 246 of 3551937Rural Housing (Elvie etc)   Scotland 
Item 247 of 3551937Sandside House, Home Farm, housesReay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 248 of 3551937Shop and storehouse premises, Princes StreetThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 249 of 3551937Temperance HallLybster CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 250 of 3551937Tister, Farmhouse, Steading and cottagesBower CaithnessScotlandNew cattle court
Item 251 of 3551937Westfield LodgeWestfield/Knockglass CaithnessScotland 
Item 252 of 355c. 1937Altnabreac School and schoolhouseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAdditions to schoolhouse
Item 253 of 355c. 1937Barrock, ManseDunnet CaithnessScotlandAlterations and repairs
Item 254 of 355c. 1937Estate for Mrs Johann SinclairHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 255 of 355c. 1937Garage at Sawmills, BridgendThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 256 of 355c. 1937Halcro (Southdun Estate), farm building and houses  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of houses
Item 257 of 355c. 1937House for Mr Hugh S MacdonaldThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 258 of 355c. 1937Houses, FreswickCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 259 of 355c. 1937Police StationWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 260 of 355c. 1937Post OfficeBettyhill SutherlandScotland 
Item 261 of 355c. 1937Power Station and OfficesThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations and reconditioning
Item 262 of 355c. 1937Ruther FarmWatten CaithnessScotland 
Item 263 of 3551938Aukingill School and schoolhouseCanisbay CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 264 of 3551938Carsgoe, Cottages  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 265 of 3551938House for Miss A D SinclairThurso CaithnessScotlandAdditions
Item 266 of 3551938House, Princes StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 267 of 3551938Houses, JanetstownLatheron CaithnessScotlandAdditions
Item 268 of 3551938Lyth, HallLyth CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 269 of 3551938Mybster(or Nybster), houseHalkirk CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 270 of 3551938North SchoolWick CaithnessScotlandConversion to Air Raid Precautions Centre
Item 271 of 3551938Nurse's houseHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 272 of 3551938Old Calder Estate, small holdings and cottages  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of cottages
Item 273 of 3551938Ormlie, farmhouseThurso CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 274 of 3551938Pennyland, aircraft batteryThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 275 of 3551938Premises (shops and houses?), Bank RowWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 276 of 3551938Premises, 5 Olrig StreetThurso CaithnessScotlandExtension to store
Item 277 of 3551938Premises, Davidson's LaneThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 278 of 3551938Shop and tea roomWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 279 of 3551938Shop for Colonel J RobertsonWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations?
Item 280 of 3551938Shop, Bridge StreetWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 281 of 3551938St Clair Arms HotelCastletown CaithnessScotlandAdditions
Item 282 of 3551938St Mary's Church ManseLybster CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 283 of 3551938Stanstill, Old SchoolStanstill CaithnessScotlandWater supply
Item 284 of 3551938Strathy InnFarr SutherlandScotlandAlterations
Item 285 of 3551938West Mey, housesCanisbay CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 286 of 3551938Weydale Primary School and schoolhouseWeydale CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 287 of 355c. 1938'Shrubbery Bank'Thurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 288 of 355c. 1938Broubster, CottageBroubster CaithnessScotland 
Item 289 of 355c. 1938Business premises for Mr W ShearerWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 290 of 355c. 1938Doctor's HouseLybster CaithnessScotland 
Item 291 of 355c. 1938Drill HallThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 292 of 355c. 1938Farm cottages, LynegarWatten CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 293 of 355c. 1938Greenland, School and schoolhouseDunnet CaithnessScotlandAlterations to schoolhouse
Item 294 of 355c. 1938House for Miss BanksThurso CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of houses
Item 295 of 355c. 1938House for Mr Donald DallasWeydale CaithnessScotlandAddition of porch
Item 296 of 355c. 1938House, Thurso RoadWick CaithnessScotlandNew porch
Item 297 of 355c. 1938John O'Groats House HotelCanisbay CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 298 of 355c. 1938Philips Mains, steading, farmhouse and farm offices  CaithnessScotlandReconstruction of farmhouse, steading and turnip shed
Item 299 of 355c. 1938Quoys of Reiss FarmWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 300 of 355c. 1938RosebankBrora SutherlandScotlandFurther alterations?
Item 301 of 355c. 1938Scotscalder Public SchoolScotscalder CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 302 of 355c. 1938Stemster HouseBower CaithnessScotlandReport on delapidations
Item 303 of 355c. 1938Thurso Burgh Housing SchemeThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 304 of 355c. 1938Thurso Burgh Housing Scheme, Durness Street, Freswick GardensThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 305 of 3551939Achavanich School and schoolhouse  CaithnessScotlandSite plans and sketch survey
Item 306 of 3551939Berridale, Bank HouseLatheron CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 307 of 3551939Boys Brigade HallWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations? New build?
Item 308 of 3551939Bylbster, farmsteadWatten CaithnessScotlandByre
Item 309 of 3551939Covinstown LodgeGillock CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 310 of 3551939Forss HouseThurso CaithnessScotlandAlterations, conservatory, kennels and keeper's house
Item 311 of 3551939Gothigill, housesOlrig CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 312 of 3551939Haster, farm cottageWick CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 313 of 3551939House for Mrs MacKenzieStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 314 of 3551939Nybster CottageBettyhill SutherlandScotland 
Item 315 of 3551939Olrig, Damside, houseOlrig CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 316 of 3551939Paddockfield, Farmhouse (and steading?)Watten CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 317 of 3551939Royal Hotel, LonghopeHoyHoyOrkneyScotlandAlterations
Item 318 of 3551939Scrabster, House for John MillerScrabster CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 319 of 3551939Tain, house for Mr Fairweather and cottage for Mrs CarsonOlrig CaithnessScotlandReconstruction
Item 320 of 355May 1939Plumber's premises, Francis StreetWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 321 of 355c. 1939Fish mart and harbour officesStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandReconstruction
Item 322 of 355c. 1939Oldhall HouseWatten CaithnessScotlandAlterations and reconditioning
Item 323 of 355c. 1939Staxigoe School and schoolhouseStaxigoe CaithnessScotlandAlterations to school and schoolhouse
Item 324 of 355c. 1939Store for the Lochbroom Trading CoScrabster CaithnessScotland 
Item 325 of 3551945Wick Town and County HospitalWick CaithnessScotlandFurther work
Item 326 of 3551946Castle of MeyCanisbay CaithnessScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 327 of 3551946North Calder, Farmhouse and farm servants' cottages  CaithnessScotlandAlterations to farmhouse and reconstruction of cottages
Item 328 of 355After 1946HousingWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 329 of 355After 1946SSHA Housing for Atomic Energy AuthorityThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 330 of 355c. 1948Aberdeen Town and County BankWick CaithnessScotlandInternal alterations
Item 331 of 3551949Manse Park HousingKirkwall  Scotland 
Item 332 of 3551950sCastletown Road and Queen's Terrace HousingThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 333 of 3551950Pentland HotelThurso CaithnessScotlandEmergency staircases inserted
Item 334 of 3551951Buttquoy HousingKirkwall  Scotland 
Item 335 of 3551951Seaview Housing Development, Thurso Burgh Housing SchemeThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 336 of 355c. 1951Thurso Burgh Housing Scheme, Beach RoadThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 337 of 355c. 1951Thurso Burgh Housing Scheme, Teacher's housesThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 338 of 3551954Dounreay Power Station, workers' housingThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 339 of 3551963Tollemache HouseThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 340 of 3551966Waterfront housing, Grey's NoustStromness OrkneyScotland 
Item 341 of 355After 1966Grieveship housingStromness OrkneyScotland 
Item 342 of 3551967British Legion ClubroomsThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 343 of 3551967Housing, Palace RoadKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 344 of 3551967Mayburn CourtStromnessMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 345 of 3551967Swimming PoolThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 346 of 3551968Ben Loyal HotelTongue SutherlandScotlandExtension
Item 347 of 3551968House for Dr D H A BoydWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 348 of 3551968Park HotelThurso CaithnessScotlandExtension
Item 349 of 3551968Presbytery and guild roomThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 350 of 3551969Central DevelopmentThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 351 of 3551969Fire StationWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 352 of 3551969Papdale HousingKirkwall  Scotland 
Item 353 of 3551970Housing, Palace Road and Broad StreetKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotlandConversion to sheltered housing
Item 354 of 355197260 rental houses, OrmlieThurso CaithnessScotlandExecutive architect
Item 355 of 3551976Spence's SquareKirkwall  ScotlandRestoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp25
Item 2 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 4North Highland ArchivesSinclair MacDonald Collection Plans etc
Item 3 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4467 (stored under F5022, combined box 51); F no5022 (combined box 51)


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