Basic Biographical Details

Name: J & F Johnston & Partners
Born: 1961
Bio Notes: James Stewart Johnston was born on 22 April 1901, the elder son of architect Joseph Marr Johnston. Like his father he was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh. He commenced his training in his father's office in 1918 but moved two years later to undertake a full five-year apprenticeship with Henry & Maclennan, studying at Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg and at Heriot-Watt College. He returned to his father's firm in January 1926 as an assistant, and during his time in that post made biennial trips abroad which took him to France, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland.

He was taken into partnership by his father in 1930, and was admitted LRIBA on 14 May 1934, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan, George Washington Browne and the then secretary of the RIAS. When his father died three months later, he was left as sole partner. He was admitted FRIBA on 9 October 1939, proposed by Maclennan, John Ross McKay and Leslie Grahame-Thomson. He continued to practise alone until 1947 when he took his younger brother Frank W Johnston (born 1906) into partnership, the firm name becoming J & F Johnston. Thomas Inglis was assumed into partnership in 1959, followed in 1961 by Donald Cattanach and Alexander M Brown. At this date the practice name changed to J & F Johnston & Partners.

In 1974 John McLaren and Thomas Craig were taken into partnership. Subsequently the practice name changed to J & F Johnston Limited and in 1994 J & F Johnston Emirates was established in Abu Dhabi.

James Stewart Johnston died in April 1992.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 447, Queen Charlotte Street, Leith, EdinburghBusinessBefore 1961  
Item 2 of 45, St John's Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1964c. 1985 
Item 3 of 4Timberbush, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1968 Annexe office operating simultaneously with the one in Queen Charlotte Street.
Item 4 of 436, Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1981 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 15Alexander ('Sandy') MacCallum (or McCallum) BrownJune 1959 Partner1957 given in Scotsman obituary- but this must be incorrect.
Item 2 of 15James Stewart Johnston1961 Partner 
Item 3 of 15Frank Wood Johnston1961 Partner 
Item 4 of 15Thomas Inglis1961 PartnerUntil retirement
Item 5 of 15Donald Hood Cattanach1961 Partner 
Item 6 of 15William Barclay19611962Architect(?) 
Item 7 of 15Donald N Fraser1970s Architect 
Item 8 of 15Thomas P Craig1974 Partner 
Item 9 of 15John Harvey McLaren1974After 1987Partner 
Item 10 of 15George HutcheonBefore 1979May 1981Partner 
Item 11 of 15Bruce M SheerinLate 1970sEarly 1980sArchitect 
Item 12 of 15David I Carpenterc. 1980 Architect 
Item 13 of 15Ronald Thomson MorrisonJune 1981 Office Manager 
Item 14 of 15John Harvey Maclaren1989 Architect 
Item 15 of 15Frederic (Derry) James Alexander GilmourLate 1980s1990sArchitect 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 941960sGarage for SMTDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 2 of 941960Golden Wonder Crisps Factory  EdinburghScotlandExtensions to factory
Item 3 of 941961Esk Valley Technical College, LugtonLugton, Dalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 4 of 941961Golden Wonder crisps factoryBroxburn West LothianScotlandNew Build
Item 5 of 941961Golden Wonder crisps factoryCorby NorthamptonshireEngland 
Item 6 of 941961Golden Wonder Crisps FactoryWidnes LancashireEnglandNew factory
Item 7 of 941963Telectra House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 941964Roxburghe Hotel  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction - total cost 250,000
Item 9 of 941964St David's High SchoolDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 10 of 941966Ardler Primary School  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 941966Car showroom and repair shop for James Ross & Sons  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 941966Central Area Redvelopment with shopping precinct, Regent StreetHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 941966Engineering works for Brown Brothers & Co Ltd  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction after fire damage of light engineering factory, including office block, drawing offices and workshops.
Item 14 of 941966Housing, BonnyriggBonnyrigg MidlothianScotland 
Item 15 of 941966Housing, Holyrood area  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 941966Housing, SpencerfieldInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 941966Housing, StoneyburnStoneyburn West LothianScotland 
Item 18 of 941966Industrial EstateBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 19 of 94c. 1966College of CommerceSighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 941967Ainslie Park High SchoolPilton EdinburghScotlandBoys Vocational Unit
Item 21 of 941967Bottling plant for Arthur Bell & Son, East MainsBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 941967Finance House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 941968Administration Tower for the Forth Ports AuthorityLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 941968Comprehensive SchoolSouth Queensferry West LothianScotland 
Item 25 of 941968Department store for Leith Provident Co-operative Society  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 941968Golden Wonder crisps factoryCorby NorthamptonshireEnglandLarge extension of storage facilities.
Item 27 of 941968Lamont's Engineering Works  EdinburghScotlandCompletion of new factory and canteen
Item 28 of 941968Printing works of A B Fleming & Co.  EdinburghScotlandOffice block and factory - Cattanach mainly responsible.
Item 29 of 94c. 1968Central area redevelopment  EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 94c. 1968Central development of 114 house with youth club facitilites  FifeScotlandWith Alexander MacCallum Brown as partner in charge
Item 31 of 94c. 1968Electronics Factory  FifeScotland 
Item 32 of 94c. 1968Factory for timber components manufacturing  West LothianScotland 
Item 33 of 94c. 1968Factory, Golden Wonder crisp manufacturer   HollandNew storage facility
Item 34 of 94c. 1968Golden Wonder Crisps FactoryWidnes LancashireEnglandNew office
Item 35 of 94c. 1968New office block for insurance company  EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 941969Stevenson CollegeSighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 37 of 941970sAbbeyhill HousingAbbeyhill EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 941970sAirport base for Danair  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 941970sApacte Base for Santa FeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 40 of 941970sBank of Scotland, New Pitsligo branchNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandRenovation
Item 41 of 941970sBottling plant for Pentland Bonding and GlobeLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 42 of 941970sCala Homes Headquarters  EdinburghScotland 
Item 43 of 941970sDevanha Gardens Nursing Home  AberdeenScotlandExtension
Item 44 of 941970sEngineering, research, training unit, dormitories, squash courts for Comex  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 941970sFactory for Edinburgh CrystalPenicuik West LothianScotland 
Item 46 of 941970sFactory unit for Standard LifePortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 47 of 941970sFactory unit for Standard Life, Belleknowes Industrial EstateInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 48 of 941970sHarlaw HouseInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 49 of 941970sHeadquarters for Wharton Williams Diving Dyce AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 50 of 941970sHeavy Goods Vehicle depot  AberdeenScotland 
Item 51 of 941970sHopefield Terrace DevelopmentLeith Edinburgh Scotland 
Item 52 of 941970sIndustrial Estate Portobello EdinburghScotlandPlanning of estate
Item 53 of 941970sOffices and warehousing for Farquhar Builders  AberdeenScotland 
Item 54 of 941970sOffshore modules for Ninian Northern Platforms  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 55 of 941970sOperations Centre for Lockheed PetroleumLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 56 of 941970sOperations Centre for Santa FeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 57 of 941970sPipeline Spooling Base for Santa FeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 58 of 941970sPrivate housing for Bacal  EdinburghScotland 
Item 59 of 941970sPrivate housing for ThainCraigmounthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 60 of 941970sPrivate housing for Whatlings  GlasgowScotland 
Item 61 of 941970sPrivate housing for WhatlingsErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 62 of 941970sPrivate housing for Whatlings   Bahrain 
Item 63 of 941970sPrivate housing for Whatlings  Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates 
Item 64 of 941970sPrivate Housing, Whitehouse Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 65 of 941970sRetail outlet for Comet Radiovision  DundeeScotland 
Item 66 of 941970sStandard Life offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 67 of 941970sTimberland shop  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 68 of 941970sUnderwater instrumentation base  AberdeenScotland 
Item 69 of 941970sWestings HotelLerwick (near)MainlandShetlandScotlandAlterations and extension
Item 70 of 941974Harlaw HouseHarlaw AberdeenshireScotlandInternal refurbishment
Item 71 of 941974Kelso Central AreaKelso RoxburghshireScotlandRedevelopment and restoration.
Item 72 of 941975Leith Nautical College and halls of residence  EdinburghScotland 
Item 73 of 94After 1975Sheltered housing for Roxburgh District CouncilKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 74 of 94After 1975Town centre developmentKelso RoxburghshireScotlandRestoration and conservation
Item 75 of 94Before 1975Factory for William Thyne (Plastics)Penicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 76 of 94Before 1975Fox Covert Primary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 77 of 94Before 1975Glass & furniture warehouse for MacGregor & Co.  EdinburghScotland 
Item 78 of 94Before 1975Offices for Lloyds & Scottish  EdinburghScotland 
Item 79 of 94Before 1975Primary SchoolPrestonpans East LothianScotland 
Item 80 of 94Before 1975Private housing for Albert ThainBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 81 of 94Before 1975Private housing for Albert ThainCurrie EdinburghScotland 
Item 82 of 94Before 1975Showrooms and workshops for Ford  DundeeScotland 
Item 83 of 94Before 1975Showrooms and workshops for Ford  EdinburghScotland 
Item 84 of 94Before 1975Showrooms and workshops for FordPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 85 of 94Before 1975Showrooms and workshops for FordKendal CumbriaEngland 
Item 86 of 94Before 1975Whitfield Primary SchoolWhitfield DundeeScotland 
Item 87 of 94197826-30 Dublin Street  EdinburghScotlandRestoration.
Item 88 of 941978Midmar CastleEcht AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration.
Item 89 of 941980Headquarters for Arthur Bell & Sons, whisky blenders, CherrybankPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 90 of 941981Browns of the Mound  EdinburghScotlandRestoration.
Item 91 of 941983Bieldside MillWest Barns East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 92 of 941989Block of buildings, High Street and Castle StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 93 of 941990Headquarters for Arthur Bell & Sons, whisky blenders, CherrybankPerth PerthshireScotlandAddition
Item 94 of 941994Longmore Hospital for IncurablesNewington EdinburghScotland3-storey U-plan range added to form enclosed courtyard to rear. Conversion to offices.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp127-8
Item 2 of 2Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965