Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Strachan Fraser
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 March 1908
Died: 24 March 1990
Bio Notes: John Strachan Fraser was born on 14 March 1908, the son of John Fraser of Dunfermline and his wife Barbara Campbell. He attended day classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from 1925 to 1928, gaining his certificate in the latter year and with it an exemption from the RIBA intermediate examination. He worked in the office of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd from August 1928 to October 1930, continuing to study at the College of Art, and travelling around Scotland and to Oxford and the Cotswolds during his holidays. He gained his diploma in June 1931 and passed the Professional Practice exam the following month, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being John Begg, Frank Charles Mears and Charles Denny Carus-Wilson. By that time he had joined his father's practice at 3 Randolph Street, Dunfermline and was living at 24 Woodmill Road in the same town. He was taken into partnership later in the 1930s.

In 1950 he gave the practice address as 11 Maygate Dunfermline which is also the address of Shearer & Annand at that date. It is not yet clear what if any association there was between the practices. He was elected FRIAS in 1964 and FRIBA at some point after this. It is not yet known when he retired. He is still listed as sole partner in the practice in 1980, though by this date he would be in his 70s.

Fraser died on 24 March 1990, survived by his wife Kathleen Mabel Irwin and his son John.

The National Monuments Record of Scotland holds a collection of his student work which dates from 1928-30.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 424, Woodmill Road, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 43, Randolph Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1931 *  
Item 3 of 411, Maygate, Dunfermine, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  
Item 4 of 46, Orchard Lane, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19641990 

* 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 2J M Dick Peddie & Walker ToddAugust 1928October 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John Fraser & Sonc. 1938(?)After 1980(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John BeggEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Denny Carus-WilsonEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles MearsEarly 1932for Associateship

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 81933Houses for Fife County CouncilKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 81935Dunfermline Public ParkDunfermline FifeScotlandNew bandstand? Decorative panel exhibited this year
Item 3 of 81938Houses, BraeheadAlva ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 4 of 81938St Leonard's HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandConversion to teacher training hostel
Item 5 of 81939Ice RinkDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 81947Reinforced Concrete Paddling Pool, Pittencrief Park Dunfermline  Scotland 
Item 7 of 8Early 1970sDunfermline Cottage HospitalDunfermline FifeScotlandFlats for married doctors and upgrading wards and nurses' quarters.
Item 8 of 8Early 1970sPavilion for Dunfermline Sports clubDunfermline FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterApril 1990v1, no10 Death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4820 (combined box 37)