Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Stewart |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||18 October 1876 |
|Died: ||5 November 1945 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Stewart was born on 28 October 1876, the son of John Stewart, forrester and his wife Margaret Fraser. He was articled to Charles Stewart Still Johnston in Edinburgh in June 1893, from which he studied at the Heriot-Watt College and the School of Art. He commenced independent practice at the early age of twenty-two in the County Council offices in Lanark, where he must have had some connection (a James A Stewart was working for the Carnwath Estates in the 1890s and was probably related), and he seems to have remained there until he volunteered for war service in 1914. For a time at least from 1898 he was in partnership with John Traill with an office at 38 High Street, Lanark. On 19 August 1903 John Stewart married Margaret Isabella Henry in Turriff, Aberdeenshire. They had four children, three sons and a daughter. |
During the First World War he joined the 4th (Reserve) Battalion (Reserve) of the Royal Scots Fusiliers as Captain, probably having served previously with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. He served in France in 1916 and was promoted to Major in July 1917 and was awarded the Victory medal and the Terriirotial Decoration for his services. .
In 1920 Stewart was appointed architect to Lanarkshire Education Authority and subsequently County Architect. He was admitted FRIBA in 1931, his proposers being Ninian Macwhannel, Andrew Balfour and William Hunter McNab. At that date he still had offices at 38 High Street, Lanark and also at 20 (or 32-36?) Albert Street, Motherwell (the offices of the County Architect), his home address being Whitehouse, Lanark. He may be the Stewart who was in partnership with Frederick William Meston, who had worked as an assistant in the County Education Authority, from 1926 to 1931, but this may have been his son John Henry Fraser Stewart. His other son William Ferguson Stewart also became an architect and his third son a civil engineer. Stewart senior also held the post of Consultant Architect for the Counties of Moray and Nairn. He was awarded the MBE on 3 June 1932 for his work for the Education Authority.
Stewart senior died from pulmonary tuberculosis and cardiac failure on 5 November 1945.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Whitehouse, Crawfordjohn, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private||Before 1890 *||1931|| |
|38, High Street, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Business||1898||After 1931(?)|| |
|20, Albert Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Business||1931 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|John Henry Fraser Stewart||1920||1921||Apprentice|| |
|James Garroway Cullen||1934||1939||Apprentice||in Lanarkshire County Architect's Office|
|James Garroway Cullen||1939||1941||Assistant||in Lanarkshire County Architect's Office|
|This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|James Garroway Cullen||16 December 1941||for Associateship|
|John Henry Fraser Stewart||2 December 1935||For Licentiateship|
Buildings and Designs
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Additional information from descendant Lesley Bousbaine|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no 3557 (box 13); F no 2970 (box 14)|