Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Whitelaw
Designation: Architect
Born: 1827 or 1828
Died: 12 August 1903
Bio Notes: John Whitelaw was born in 1827 or 1828, the son of John Whitelaw, showmaker, and his wife, Jean Longmuir. He practised in Edinburgh. His only known work is in Cowdenbeath and Dalgety, Fife. Information from the 'Buildings of Scotland' research notes suggest that he began as a mining engineer and was manager of the Fordell Colliery. Thereafter he appears to have designed Mossgreen Manse in Dalgety in the 1870s. In the mid 1870s he appears in Edinburgh Post Office directories as a ' civil engineer, mining engineer and architect'. He seems to have retired or died by about 1902.

He died from chronic nephritis and syncope aged 75 on 12 August 1903 . He was survived by his wife, Mary Henderson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Tintoma, Symington, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate 1903 
Item 2 of 519, London Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1875  
Item 3 of 5118, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1876c. 1896 
Item 4 of 531, Albany Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1898c. 1900 
Item 5 of 546, Albany Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1901c. 1903 

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 151873Mossgreen ManseDalgety FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 151881Public School, Broad StreetCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAddition
Item 3 of 15c. 1881Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandSubmitted competition design under pseudonym B (in a circle)
Item 4 of 151884Beath ChurchCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 5 of 151885Reading Room and LibraryCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 151889UP ManseCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 151892Cowdenbeath UP ChurchCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 151892Lumphinnans SchoolCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 151895Foulford SchoolCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 151896Cowdenbeath Parish ChurchCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 11 of 151897Formation of Chapel StreetCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 151900Foulford SchoolCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 13 of 151901Public School, Broad StreetCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 14 of 151901Tenement for A HodgeCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 151901Villa, stable and boundary walls for John Finlay, EsqCowdenbeath FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register