Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Simpson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1863
Died: 1 November 1926
Bio Notes: George Simpson was born in 1863, the son of George Simpson, baker and Elizabeth McLintock. He was educated at Annfield Academy, and was articled to William Spence & Son from 1879 to 1882, taking classes at the Andersonian College and Glasgow Athenaeum. Thereafter he was assistant to H & D Barclay (1882-85), and then to John Hamilton, prior to commencing independent practice in 1887. From 1899 his office was at 233 St Vincent Street.

He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. No works are known from his early years in practice, the job list section of his nomination papers being empty save for the statement: 'I have never been without work which is very varied but I consider not of sufficient importance to here relate'.

He died of malignant tumours on the liver and stomach on 11 November 1926 at 6 Milner Road, Glasgow, leaving moveable estate of 8,632 7s 4d.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 398, Great Hamilton Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1897  
Item 2 of 3233, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1899After 1925 
Item 3 of 36, Milner Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19111926 

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 3William Spence & Son18791882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3H & D Barclay18821885Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John H Hamilton18851887Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 151895Glasgow Rubber WorksNorth Kelvinside GlasgowScotlandVarious buildings and alterations?
Item 2 of 151897Seven tenements, Elderpark Street, Langlands Road, Uist Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 151899Bellfield Sawmills  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 151899Blackie & Son Printing Works  GlasgowScotlandBlock on the corner of Taylor Street
Item 5 of 1519006 Victoria CircusDowanhill GlasgowScotlandAddition to west
Item 6 of 1519006 Victoria CircusDowanhill GlasgowScotlandTwo-storey addition
Item 7 of 151900Cooperage  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 151905Working Men's HotelGovan GlasgowScotlandSection toward Govan Road heightened for telephone exchange
Item 9 of 151906Warehouse for Blackie & Son, printers and publishers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 151906Warehouse for Blackie & Son, printers and publishers  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 11 of 151909Bloomvale Carpet Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 151909Oil store for P W Hall  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 13 of 151910Partick Congregational ChurchPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 151911Possilpark District LibraryPossilpark GlasgowScotlandWon design competition to secure job
Item 15 of 151913Langside District LibraryLangside GlasgowScotlandSecond premiated competition design; appointed for job after first premiated design proved too costly


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal26 November 1927 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsDeath notice p60

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1586
Item 3 of 3Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of GuildH-Gov 37/427