Basic Biographical Details

Name: Swanston & Legge
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1896
Ended: c. 1902(?)
Bio Notes: John Daniel Swanston (b. Dundee 1868) went into private practice in 1895 at 196 High Street, Kirkcaldy, having served an apprenticeship with William Simpson of Stirling, and assistantships with Leadbetter & Fairley of Edinburgh, Alexander Cullen of Glasgow and Hamilton and James Graham Fairley of Edinburgh. By 1896 he had taken George Lindsay Legge into partnership. The practice was short-lived as Legge moved to Kingussie to take up a post as Burgh Surveyor in 1903. The year before, 1902, the practice faced an action taken out by Archibald Hutchison Lachlan regarding what he considered to be poorly executed alteration work on his house in Elie called Rockview. The Sheriff found in favour of Swanston & Legge.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Burntisland, Fife, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 2196, High Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusinessc. 1896After 1901(?) 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Daniel Swanstonc. 1896c. 1902Partner 
Item 2 of 2George Lindsay Leggec. 1896c. 1902Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 161897Bain HallLeven FifeScotlandWon competition and appointed as architects for job
Item 2 of 161897HotelLeven FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 161897Property for Provost BlackKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 161897Proposed Manse  FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 161897Villa, Dalhousie StreetCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 6 of 16189830 High StreetDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 16189869 (Redholm) - 81 Milton Road and Munro StreetKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 161898New Street buildingKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 161898Tenements and double villa in Norman Road for Dysart Building CompanyDysart FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 16189931-35 High StreetDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 161899Empire Theatre of VarietiesCowdenbeath FifeScotlandCompleted by Swanston after dissolution of partnership
Item 12 of 161899Meffan InstituteForfar AngusScotlandUnsuccessful competition design exhibited
Item 13 of 161899New Port BuildingsBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 14 of 161899Tenements, High StreetKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 161900House for Dr RobertsonNew Scone PerthshireScotland 
Item 16 of 161900RockviewElie FifeScotlandAlterations

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp46

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Dr John Swanston, 11 July 1990