Basic Biographical Details

Name: John McFarlane (or Macfarlane) Whyte (misspelt White)
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1912
Died: 6 June 1994
Bio Notes: John McFarlane (or Macfarlane) Whyte (erroneously spelt White) was born on 25 February 1912, the son of Andrew Whyte, capenter and his wife, Jean McFarlane. He was articled to John Fraser Stewart from 22 May 1930 and attended Hamilton Technical School followed by Glasgow School of Architecture. In September 1937 he made a study tour to Holland. Whyte remained with Stewart latterly becoming head draughtsman whilst at the same time having a salaried post at Lanark Technical School as lecturer in building construction, engineering, drawing and descriptive geometery. He left in 1940 when he was called up for military service with H M Forces.

Whyte was an associate of the RIAS from 7 June 1940 and was admitted LRIBA on 20 July 1943, his proposers being John Stewart, Jack Coia and Alexander Wright. By 1950 he was in partnership with ___ Barrie (possibly James Barrie) and was practising from 38 High Street, Lanark. He was elected FRIAS in 1955.

He was still practising in about 1970 but died on 6 June 1994 at his home, 13 Jerviswood Road, Lanark. He was survived by his wife, Grace Georgina Dorn Murray.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Bloomgate House, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1943 *  
Item 2 of 338, High Street, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1943 *After 1955Sources vary as to the number in High Street of this address. 35? 38?
Item 3 of 3Municipal Chambers, The Cross, Hamilton, LanarkshireBusiness1952 *  

* 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 3John Henry Fraser Stewart22 May 1930c. 1935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Henry Fraser StewartAfter 19351940Head DraughtsmanWhyte remained with Stewart after his apprenticeship, ultimately becoming Head Draughtsman (though probably not as early as 1935)
Item 3 of 3Whyte & Barrie1950 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia20 July 1943For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Henry Fraser Stewart20 July 1943For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Wright20 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 201948 Factory ReconstructionLanark LanarkshireScotlandAdditions and Reconstruction
Item 2 of 201950Housing, Kildare FarmKildare Farm LanarkshireScotlandAs County Architect?
Item 3 of 201951Housing, KildareKildare LanarkScotlandPrepared plans
Item 4 of 201952Housing, Ulster-HillcourtHamilton LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans
Item 5 of 201952Kildare Housing Site, LanarkLanark  ScotlandTo prepare plans for scheme of new houses
Item 6 of 201953Lanarkshire Corporation Housing, Delves and BankheadDelves, Bankhead LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand
Item 7 of 202 January 1953Corporation Housing, LanarkLanark LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand for 70 houses
Item 8 of 203 July 1953Braefield Housing Site, LanarkLanark LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand for housing scheme
Item 9 of 201954Kildare Housing Site, LanarkLanark  Scotland 
Item 10 of 20c. 1958Mansfield Filling StationLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 201950s or 1960sEsso Filling StationCarluke LanarkshireScotland 
Item 12 of 201950s or 1960sWynedales House HotelSymington LanarkshireScotlandConversion of house to hotel
Item 13 of 20c. 1962Greenmantle HotelBroughton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 20c. 1963House, Lee Meadow RoadBraidwood LanarkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 20Early 1960sFilling Station adjoining the A74 bypassAbington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 20Early 1960sLarge farmhouse near Craignethan Castle  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 20Early 1960sPrivate House, Beeches Road and Hyndford Road cornerLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 20Early 1960sPrivate house, Blair RoadCrossford LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 20Early 1960sTwin filling stations on A74 Crawford bypassCrawford LanarkshireScotland 
Item 20 of 20Early 1960sVolunteer Fire StationAbington LanarkshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Builder19 October 1951  p535
Item 2 of 8Builder25 January 1952  p169
Item 3 of 8Builder8 February 1952  p240
Item 4 of 8Builder19 December 1952  p925
Item 5 of 8Builder2 January 1953  p33
Item 6 of 8Builder15 May 1953  p776
Item 7 of 8Builder3 July 1953  p40
Item 8 of 8Builder18 June 1954  p1091

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5470 (box 81)