Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Burnet, Son & Partners
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1919
Ended: 1920 or 1921
Bio Notes: After the First World War, Thomas Harold Hughes was offered a partnership in the Glasgow office of John Burnet & Son, his time there being chiefly spent on war memorials. Incompatibility with Burnet's more senior Glasgow partner, Norman Aitken Dick, who referred to him as 'that College of Art b****r' for all the staff to hear, caused him to work alone in an upstairs office. Matters became much worse when the Glasgow practice ran into serious financial difficulties as a result of the unauthorised withdrawal of clients' fund due to contractors by the chief clerk, Duncan, who had absconded. To preserve the good name of the firm, the police were not called and the partners had to make good the loss. In the event most of the money was provided by Dick when he repurchased his partnership in 1920. This event resulted in Hughes resigning his partnership to teach at the Glasgow School of Architecture where he succeeded James Black Fulton as Professor and Director when the latter died in April 1922.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5(Sir) John James Burnet19191920 or 1921Partner 
Item 2 of 5Norman Aitken Dick19191920 or 1921Partner 
Item 3 of 5Thomas Harold Hughes19191920 or 1921Partner 
Item 4 of 5Alan CrombieJuly 19191920 or 1921Apprentice(?) 
Item 5 of 5Joseph Addison19201921Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 81920Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotlandFurther work
Item 2 of 81920Arbroath Parish ChurchArbroath AngusScotlandWar memorial
Item 3 of 81920Dumbarton War MemorialDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 81920Trochraigue HouseGirvan AyrshireScotlandInterior work
Item 5 of 81920University of Glasgow, Engineering Building  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 6 of 81920Wallace Scott Tailoring InstituteCathcart GlasgowScotlandFormal garden, pergola and retaining walls executed
Item 7 of 81920Wellington UF Church, War Memorial  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 81920Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandMassage building, x-ray department

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Rankin, Robert B1953Sir John Burnet RA, RSA, LLD and his works in RIAS Quarterly no 94, November 1953