Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Douglas
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 November 1892
Died: 18 October 1957
Bio Notes: Andrew Douglas was born on 9 November 1892, the son of William Douglas, gardener, and his wife Jane Sime. He was apprenticed to James Kennedy Hunter of 51 Sandgate, Ayr in May 1908, remaining there thereafter with the exception of three-and-a-half years' war service. He studied at Ayr Academy, attending construction classes for five years and art classes for three. Hunter died on 13 February 1929, leaving his practice to Douglas and his fellow assistant Henry Sloan McNair, who continued the firm in partnership under the name of James K Hunter Architects. Douglas and McNair were both admitted LRIBA on 15 October 1930, their proposers being James Archibald Morris, George Arthur Boswell and William Maclean, who was then secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At that time the firm's office was still at 51 Sandgate, and Douglas was living at 10 Seaforth Road, Ayr.

He died on 18 October 1957 at the Northern General Hospital, Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife Esther O'Neill.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 332, Tyler's Acre Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1957 
Item 2 of 351, Sandgate, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness19081939 or after 1940At least until this date
Item 3 of 310, Seaforth Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 4McNair & Douglas  Partner 
Item 2 of 4James Kennedy HunterMay 1908c. 1913Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4James Kennedy Hunterc. 191313 February 1929Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 4James K Hunter Architects13 February 1929 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2George Arthur Boswell15 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2James Archibald Morris15 October 1930for 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 31929Ayr Public LibraryAyr AyrshireScotlandChildren's Library added at rear
Item 2 of 31932Ayr Public LibraryAyr AyrshireScotlandLecture Theatre added (now Reference Library)
Item 3 of 31952Muirkirk Parish ChurchMuirkirk AyrshireScotlandInterior reconstructed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3428 (box 11)