Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter Sinclair
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 May 1881
Died: 6 September 1969
Bio Notes: Peter Sinclair was born on 26 May 1881, the son of John Sinclair, commission merchant and his wife Catharine Wilkie Sibbald. He was articled to James Sibbald, architect and engineer, who was presumably a relative of his mother, from September 1895, remaining with him as assistant after the completion of his articles until 1904. During this period he studied at Dundee Technical College where he was a medallist in building construction and was awarded Lord Camperdown’s prize in architecture. He also received prizes in modelling and (illegible) and was awarded a first class honours in surveying and levelling from the University of Dundee.

From 1906 he had a post as assistant architect with Perth town Council moving in 1913 to become Burgh Surveyor of Canonbie, Dumfriesshire and from 1921 to a similar post with Buckhaven Town Council. At the same time he would seem to have started business on his own account.

He was a Fellow of the Dundee Institute of Architects by 1930 or 1931, at which time his address was 305 Wellesley Road, Methil, Fife. By 1934 he was described as of Leven. He was elected LRIBA in 1947, proposed by William Salmond, Donald Mills and Charles Soutar. By the 1960s he was in practice in Methil with Robert B Watt.

Sinclair died at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy on 6 September 1969. His wife, Lillias Charlotte Reid, had predeceased him. The couple had at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2305, Wellesley Road, Methil, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1930 *After 1950(?) 
Item 2 of 2Leven, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1934 *  

* 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 6Sinclair & Watt  Partner 
Item 2 of 6James Sibbald1895c. 1900Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6James Sibbaldc. 1900c. 1904Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Perth Town Council Architect's Office1906 Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Canonbie Town Council19131921Surveyor 
Item 6 of 6Buckhaven and Methil Burgh1921 Surveyor 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Arthur Shields Fitzgerald19211923Assistant 
Item 2 of 2David FergusonAugust 1924August 1929Apprentice 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Donald Mills14 October 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Salmond14 October 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar14 October 1947For 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 321925Miners' Welfare InsituteBuckhaven FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 321928Twelve houses, Church Street, for Town CouncilLadybank FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 321930Houses for the Town Council, Bank Place siteLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 321931Denbeath ChurchBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 321933Houses for Buckhaven and Methil Town CouncilBuckhaven FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 321933Ten houses for Buckhaven and Methil Town CouncilBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 321934Forty houses for Buckhaven and Methil Town Council, Herriot StreetMethil FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 321934Houses in Factory Road for Buckhaven and Methil Town CouncilBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 321934St Andrew's Church HallBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 321935Fifty houses for Leslie Town Council, Maryfield siteLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 11 of 321935Forty houses for Buckhaven and Methil Town Council, Herriot StreetMethil FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 321935Three hundred and eighty houses for Town CouncilBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 321935Twenty houses for Buckhaven and Methil Town CouncilBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotland 
Item 14 of 321936East Wemyss Parish ChurchEast Wemyss FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 321936Houses, Hill Street, for Town CouncilLadybank FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 321936Housing schemeLadybank FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 321937Seventy-four houses for the Town CouncilBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 321937Troxy CinemaLeven FifeScotlandArchitect and date given in list sent by Janet McBain to DMW. No source given.
Item 19 of 321938Fourteen houses for Buckhaven and Methil Town Council, Lindsay SquareMethil FifeScotland 
Item 20 of 321938Housing estateCrossroads FifeScotland262 houses - in conjunction with Edmond Forsyth
Item 21 of 321938Physical Training pavilionMethil FifeScotland 
Item 22 of 321939Houses for Leslie Town CouncilLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 321953St Margaret's Parish Church and Church CentreWoodside, Glenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 3212 May 1961Council housingTayport FifeScotlandper Builder p927
Item 25 of 321970sFuneral parlour for Mr McLarenCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 26 of 321970sHousing and farm buildings for National Coal BoardKirkconnel DumfreisshireScotland 
Item 27 of 321970sHousing and farm buildings for National Coal BoardShotts LanarkshireScotland 
Item 28 of 321970sHousing and farm buildings for National Coal BoardBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 29 of 321970sMasonic ClubInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 30 of 321970sResidence for Verona Fathers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 321970sWarehousing for P McKenna & SonsAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 32 of 321974Johnston CentreSt Andrews FifeScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no 6159 (Combined Box 122)