Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Wright Ford
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 December 1893
Died: 30 September 1958
Bio Notes: John Wright Ford was born on 19 December 1893, the son of David Ford, master grocer, and his wife May Finnie Hempstead. He was articled to George Simpson, Leith Town Architect on 14 March 1908. After completing his five-year apprenticeship he remained with Simpson as assistant. In November 1920 the Leith Town Architect's Department was incorporated into Edinburgh City Architect's Department, and Ford transferred to the latter office. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 15 December 1942, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan, John Wilson, and John Ross McKay, who wrote of Ford in his supporting statement: 'I have every confidence in his ability as an Architect and in the integrity of his personal character.' His declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed by his colleage John Mailler Scott. Ford was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and of the RIAS, having been admitted to the latter in 1922.

Ford died on 30 September 1958, survived by his wife May Armstrong and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Marmion Cottage, Ford, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate 1958This record is almost illegible in Death Register so may not be correct.
Item 2 of 2Dowiedene, Cramond, Barnton, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1942 *  

* 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 7Leith Town Architect's Office (or Leith Burgh Architect's Office)14 March 19081913ApprenticeWorking under George Simpson, Burgh Architect
Item 2 of 7George Simpson14 March 19081913ApprenticeIn Leith Burgh Architect's Office
Item 3 of 7Leith Town Architect's Office (or Leith Burgh Architect's Office)1913November 1920AssistantWorking under George Simpson, Burgh Architect
Item 4 of 7George Simpson1913November 1920AssistantIn Leith Burgh Architect's Office
Item 5 of 7James Anderson WilliamsonNovember 19201925AssistantIn Edinburgh City Architect's Department
Item 6 of 7Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)November 1920After 1950AssistantWorking initially under James Anderson Williamson and latterly under Ebenezer James MacRae
Item 7 of 7Ebenezer James MacRae1925After 1930AssistantIn Edinburgh City Architect's Department


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan15 December 1942for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay15 December 1942for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson15 December 1942for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The 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 no5253 (combined box 66)