Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Galt Mitchell
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 January 1870
Died:  
Bio Notes: John Galt Mitchell was born on 31 January 1870 and educated at Paisley Grammar School. He was articled to the little-known Alexander Ross of Paisley in 1886 but in 1889 transferred to the office of Thomas Graham Abercrombie to complete his apprenticeship, remaining with him as assistant for a further year until 1892. He was then an assistant with Stark & Rowntree, Glasgow, for one year, Gavin Paterson of Hamilton for four and a half years, and to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson in Edinburgh for two and a half years prior to obtaining a salaried post in Edinburgh Burgh Engineer's Department in 1900. He was admitted LRIBA on 4 July 1910, his proposers being John Watson (suggesting that he had attended classes at the School of Applied Art), George Wilson of Sydney Mitchell & Wilson, and Alexander Hay Lamont, a colleague in the Sydney Mitchell & Wilson office. At that time he was still working in the Burgh Engineer's Office and was living at 9 Comiston Gardens.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 19, Comiston Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Alexander Ross (senior)18861889Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Thomas Graham Abercrombie18891891Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7Thomas Graham Abercrombie18911892Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Stark & Rowntree18921893Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Gavin Paterson18931897 or 1898Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Sydney Mitchell & Wilson1897 or 18981900Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's Department1900After 1910Assistant 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Hay Lamont4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Watson4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Wilson4 July 1910for 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 25 Workmen's houses, Potterrow  EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 2 of 25 Workmen's houses, West PortOld Town EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 3 of 251890Abbey PoorhousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition of hospital block, and alterations - as apprentice to T G Abercrombie
Item 4 of 251890UP ChurchLargs AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to T G Abercrombie
Item 5 of 251892Govan District AsylumGovan GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Stark & Rowntree
Item 6 of 251892Rowntree's Cocoa WorksYork YorkshireEnglandAdditions - as assistant to Stark & Rowntree
Item 7 of 25c. 1892Public SchoolLargs AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to T G Abercrombie
Item 8 of 251893Biscuit Factory of Gray, Dunn & Co, Kinning ParkKinning Park GlasgowScotlandExtension (115 Stanley Street) - as assistant to Stark & Rowntree
Item 9 of 25After 1893(?)St John's SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotlandPossibly involved, as assistant to Gavin Paterson
Item 10 of 251897(?)Victoria Place Baptist ChurchGovanhill GlasgowScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to Stark & Rowntree
Item 11 of 251897 or 1898Craigmillar Park Free ChurchCraigmillar EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 12 of 251897 or 1898Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Diamond Jubilee Pavilion  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 13 of 251898Commercial Bank of Scotland, North Bridge Branch  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 14 of 251898Glenborrodale Castle, stables and lodgeArdnamurchan ArgyllScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 15 of 251898(?)UP ChurchNewlands GlasgowScotlandPossibly involved, as assistant to Stark & Rowntree
Item 16 of 25After 1898Shieldbridge HouseArdnamurchan ArgyllScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 17 of 251899Free High Church and Free Church College  EdinburghScotlandRainy Hall - as assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 18 of 251900Elder Memorial Free ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 19 of 251900Free Church and hallMerchiston EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 20 of 25After 1900Public lavatoryHolyrood EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 21 of 25After 1900Public lavatory, Dundee StreetFountainbridge EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 22 of 25After 1900Public lavatory, Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 23 of 25After 1900Workmen's housesPortobello EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 24 of 25After 1900Workmen's houses, Cheyne Street  EdinburghScotlandWorking in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 25 of 251905High Blantyre SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to Gavin Paterson

References

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 v1 no91 (microfilm reel 29)