Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Henry Fraser Stewart
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 December 1904
Died: 9 June 1945
Bio Notes: John Henry Fraser Stewart was born on 13 December 1904, the son of the Lanark architect John Stewart and his wife Margaret Isabella Henry. He was educated at Lanark Grammar and from September 1920 he was in Lanark, presumably working in his father's office. From September the following year, 1921, he states that he was in Lanark, Motherwell and Glasgow and from then until 1925 he attended day classes at Glasgow School of Art. In 1925 he set up practice in his father's old office at 38 High Street, Lanark. (He is probably not the Stewart who was in partnership with Frederick William Meston from 1926 to 1931.) He would appear to have travelled on the Continent in 1926 visiting Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Genoa, Anjou and Nimes. He was elected LRIBA on 2 December 1935, his proposers being John Maurice Arthur, James Lochhead and his father, John Stewart. He was an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and a Licentiate of the RIBA in 1939-40.

During the Second World War he served as Captain in the 155 (The Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. He was stationed in the Far East and was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese, probably at the fall of Singapore in 1942 and was a POW in Taiwan mainly held at the notorius Kinkaseski camp. After he fell ill in 1945 he was transferred to the Shirakawa camp where he died on 9 June of that year. After the cease of hostilities his body was recovered and he was reinterred at the Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong. He was survived by his widow and two daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Whitehouse, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1935  
Item 2 of 238, High Street, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  

* 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 2John Stewart19201921Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Meston & Stewart1926(?)1931(?)Partner(?)Uncertain which Stewart was the partner in this practice

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John McFarlane (or Macfarlane) Whyte (misspelt White)22 May 1930c. 1935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John McFarlane (or Macfarlane) Whyte (misspelt White)After 19351940Head DraughtsmanWhyte remained with Stewart after his apprenticeship, ultimately becoming Head Draughtsman (though probably not as early as 1935)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Maurice Arthur2 December 1935For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Lochhead2 December 1935For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Stewart2 December 1935For Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John McFarlane (or Macfarlane) Whyte (misspelt White)20 July 1943For 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 91930sBlackwood SchoolBlackwood LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 91930sElgin County BuildingsElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 3 of 91930sHotelAbington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 91930sLanark Grammar SchoolLanark LanarkshireScotlandAdditions? Alterations?
Item 5 of 91930St Andrews Church HallCarluke LanarkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 91932St Mary's RC SchoolLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 91935Carnwath Recreation Park, layout and sports pavilionCarnwath LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 91936CinemaCarluke LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 91936New Picture HouseLesmahagow LanarkshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 4509 (Combined Box 18)