Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Bothwell Steel
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 January 1880
Bio Notes: John Bothwell Steel was born on 29 January 1880 and articled to James Salmon & Son from 1895 to 1900, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. At the end of his articles he became an assistant first to John Hutchison for three years, then to John Bennie Wilson for one. He then joined C J Zamorski as head draughtsman, and four years later he moved to the office of Bryden & Robertson as assistant, being promoted to chief draughtsman two years later. He was admitted LRIBA in late 1910, his proposers being Alexander McGibbon, William Forest Salmon and Andrew Robertson, and his nomination papers draw particular attention to his 'complete knowledge of steel construction'. He was still with the Bryden & Robertson practice in 1914, his office address being 147 Bath Street and his home address 9 Airlie Gardens, Hyndland.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Richmond Chambers/147, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1910After 1914 
Item 2 of 29, Airlie Gardens, Hyndland, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1910After 1914 

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 6James Salmon & Son18951900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John Hutchison19001902 or 1903Assistant 
Item 3 of 6John Bennie Wilson1902 or 19031903 or 1904Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Casimir James Zamorski (or Charles James Zamorski)1903 or 19041908Chief Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 6Bryden & Robertson19081910Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Bryden & Robertson1910After 1914Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander McGibbonLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Andrew RobertsonLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Forrest SalmonLate 1910for 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 16After 1895House for Archibald WalkerLenzie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant, probably to Bryden & Robertson or James Salmon & Son
Item 2 of 161897Mercantile Chambers  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to James Salmon & Son
Item 3 of 161902 or 1903Burntisland UP ChurchBurntisland FifeScotlandAs assistant to John Bennie Wilson
Item 4 of 161902 or 1903Cairns UF ChurchMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandAs assistant to John Bennie Wilson
Item 5 of 161902 or 1903Stoneykirk Parish ChurchStoneykirk WigtownshireScotlandAlterations - as assistant to John Bennie Wilson
Item 6 of 161904St Rollox Co-operative Society Warehouse, Lister Street  GlasgowScotlandAs head draughtsman to C J Zamorski
Item 7 of 161908Elementary SchoolBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAddition - as assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 8 of 161908Glasgow Maternity Hospital  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 9 of 161908Premises for James Howden  GlasgowScotlandAdditions? - as assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 10 of 161908Quarrier's Homes, Consumptive HospitalBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandThird block - as assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 11 of 161908Quarrier's Homes, Epileptic ColonyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandHome No 2, for women - as assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 12 of 16After 1908Belmont HouseSpringburn GlasgowScotlandAdditions/alterations? - as assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 13 of 16After 1908Isle of Man Industrial Home for Orphan and Destitute ChildrenGlencrutchery DouglasIsle of ManAs assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 14 of 161910Higher Grade Secondary SchoolDuns BerwickshireScotlandAdditions - as head draughtsman to Bryden & Robertson
Item 15 of 161910Quarrier's Homes, Epileptic ColonyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandGymnasium, recreation hall and workshop for men - as chief assistant to Bryden & Robertson
Item 16 of 161910Quarrier's Homes, Mount Zion ChurchBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant to Bryden & Robertson


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 v5 no319 (microfilm reel 30)