Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Begg Campbell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1882
Bio Notes: John Begg Campbell was born in 1882 and articled to David Barclay of H & D Barclay, Glasgow, entering the office in 1898 and remaining for twelve years, including one full year as Clerk of Works for Stranraer High School. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1902 to 1903 and at Glasgow Royal Technical College for six years, and later taught Building Construction in Bellahouston Academy for three sessions. By 1912 he had been appointed designer of ship interiors for the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company Ltd in Govan, and he was admitted LRIBA on 24 June of the same year, his proposers being Barclay, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and John Campbell Reid. During the inter-war years he was in partnership with Colin Sinclair who had been a fellow apprentice in the Barclay office and who had inherited the Barclay practice on David's death in 1917. This partnership of Sinclair and Begg ended in 1940 when Sinclair again became sole partner.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5202, Saracen Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1903After 1912 
Item 2 of 54, Harrison Drive, Ibrox, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1914 or 1915 *  
Item 3 of 5245, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19201924 or 1925 
Item 4 of 5440, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1924 or 1925 *  
Item 5 of 5121, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19301939 or after 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 5David Barclay1898c. 1903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5H & D Barclay1898c. 1903Apprenticeunder David Barclay
Item 3 of 5David Barclayc. 19031910Assistant 
Item 4 of 5H & D Barclayc. 19031910Assistantunder David Barclay
Item 5 of 5Sinclair & Campbellc. 19191940Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3David Barclay24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet Paterson24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Campbell Reid24 June 1912for 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 111898J & P Coats Offices  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to H & D Barclay - competitive plans submitted
Item 2 of 11After 1898Crieff Public SchoolCrieff PerthshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 3 of 11After 1898Stafford LibraryStafford StaffordshireEnglandAs apprentice/assistant to H & D Barclay - plans
Item 4 of 11Late 1900 or early 1901Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to H & D Barclay, who won competition to secure job, after being invited to submit design
Item 5 of 111901Gartmore House  PerthshireScotlandReconstruction - as apprentice to H & D Barclay
Item 6 of 11After 1903Stranraer High School and Academy BuildingsStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs Clerk of Works
Item 7 of 111907 or 1908Carnegie District Library, BaldridgeburnDunfermline FifeScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 8 of 111908Bridge Street UF ChurchAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 9 of 111908Old Monkland School Board Higher Grade SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 10 of 111909German Church  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to H & D Barclay
Item 11 of 111920Office block for Blythswood Shipbuilding CompanyScotstoun GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 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 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v23 no1875