Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Holden Peacock
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Died: November 1941
Bio Notes: John Holden Peacock was born in 1877 and articled to Carver & Symon of Arbroath from 1893 to 1898, remaining as an assistant for a further eighteen months. During that period he attended unspecified classes in Arbroath and Dundee. In 1900 he went to London to study at the Architectural Association and work in its studio, and he remained there for three-and-a-half years, also working as assistant successively to Walter Ramsay Davidson, Niven & Wigglesworth, Trant Brown & Humphreys and a further two untraced firms, those of H R Appleby and W J Answell. He returned to Scotland as a draughtsman in the Marquis of Linlithgow's estate office in 1903, spending five years there before commencing practice on his own account at 38 Commerce Street in his native Arbroath in 1908. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, with only two proposers, his former employers David Barclay Niven and Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth. His practice does not seem to have flourished in the difficult conditions following the Finance Act of 1909 as he was practising from his home at 5 Albert Street in 1914. He was, however, a member of the Council of the Dundee Institute of Architects c.1930, at which time his address was 'Shore', Arbroath.

He died in November 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 338, Commerce Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1908After 1911 
Item 2 of 35, Albert Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1911After 1914Home address only in 1911; also his business address by 1914
Item 3 of 3'Shore', Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1930 or 1931 *1939 or 1940(?) 

* 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 7Carver & Symon18931898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Carver & Symon18981900Assistant 
Item 3 of 7H R ApplebyAfter 1900Before 1903Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Niven & WigglesworthAfter 1900Before 1903Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Trant Brown & HumphreysAfter 1900Before 1903Assistant 
Item 6 of 7W J AnswellAfter 1900c. 1903Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Walter Ramsay Davidsonc. 1900Before 1903Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2David Barclay Niven20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth20 July 1911for 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 4After 1893HouseNiddrie Mains EdinburghScotlandAs assistant, probably between 1903 and 1908 when working for Marquis of Linlithgow
Item 2 of 4After 1893HouseWest Byres East LothianScotlandAs assistant, probably between 1903 and 1908 when working for Marquis of Linlithgow
Item 3 of 4After 1903Duddingston House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations - as assistant, presumably on Marquis of Linlithgow's estates
Item 4 of 4After 1908House, 5 Albert StreetArbroath AngusScotlandAddition


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder14 November 1941v161 p435 - obituary

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 v20 no1513