Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald McInnes
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 July 1932
Died: 21 April 2019
Bio Notes: Donald McInnes studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He was elected ARIBA in 1957. He joined the practice of Wheeler & Sproson as partner in 1964 and was elected ARIAS in 1965. In 1975 he left and joined T Harley Haddow & Partners. He was still there in the late 1980s but had retired before 1994.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 334, Spencer Place, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1965 *  
Item 2 of 35, Lygon Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1979 *  
Item 3 of 38, Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1987 *  

* 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 2Wheeler & Sproson1964After 1975Partner 
Item 2 of 2T Harley Haddow & Partners1975(?)Late 1980sPartner 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Frank Sproson4 February 1970For Fellowship

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 80 St Mary's RC Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 2 of 80 Stirling Road housing (42 houses)Milnathort Kinross-shireScotland 
Item 3 of 80 Transport and storage depot for Yeoman Propriety [sic]  EdinburghScotlandUncertain if involved in 1960s
Item 4 of 80After 1955116 houses for Leslie Town CouncilLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 801960s263 housesGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 801960sH M Detention Centre and Staff housingAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 7 of 801960sMarried quarters for MPBWRosyth FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 801960sResearch laboratory and offices for Tullis RussellMarkinch FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 801964Married officers quarters for MPBWElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 10 of 801964Married quarters for MPBWRhu DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 11 of 801964Married quarters, CoulportCoulport ArgyllScotland 
Item 12 of 801964Royal Navy Base, Married quarters for MPBWFaslane ArgyllScotland 
Item 13 of 801964Whitburn AcademyWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 14 of 801965Boghall Parish ChurchBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 15 of 801965Dysart redevelopment (including 162 houses)Dysart FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 801965Housing development, Langlee EstateGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 801965Housing in old Buckhaven (180 houses)Buckhaven FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 801965Kinghorn redevelopmentKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 19 of 801965RNAS Pinefield, BarracksElgin MorayshireScotlandMarried quarters
Item 20 of 801965Springfield Housing Development (144 houses), West BarnsDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 21 of 801965The AnchorageDysart  FifeScotlandRestoration and new houses
Item 22 of 801965Torbain Parish ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 801966Youth and Community CentreBlackburn West LothianScotland 
Item 24 of 80After 1966Morrison's AcademyCrieff PerthshireScotlandBoys' and girls' primary departments and gymnasium blocks
Item 25 of 801967Balbirnie Paper MillMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations to water purification plant; new research and physics laboratory added; alterations to offices
Item 26 of 801967Grangemouth Central Area redevelopment with shopping centreGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 801967The TowersDysart FifeScotlandRestoration as housing
Item 28 of 8019682270 low rise housing units for SSHA   Scotland 
Item 29 of 801968Adamson HospitalCupar FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 801968Blackburn Town CentreBlackburn West LothianScotland 
Item 31 of 801968Broxburn Old Town redevelopment (250 houses)Broxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 32 of 801968Fife and Kinross District AsylumSpringfield, Cupar FifeScotlandPsychiatric inpatient unit for adolescents. administration and central blocks, classrooms and dormitory wing
Item 33 of 801968Four houses, AbronhillCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 34 of 801968Macdonalds buildingsCulross FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 801968West ChurchCowdenbeath Fife Scotland 
Item 36 of 801968Wood's HospitalUpper Largo FifeScotlandConversion into Cottage housing
Item 37 of 80c. 1968St John's Church, LangleeGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 38 of 801969370 houses for Cumbernauld Development Corporation, Abronhill 4Cumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 39 of 80Before 1969University of St Andrews, Students' UnionSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 40 of 80Late 1960s(?)Housing for SSHACulross FifeScotland 
Item 41 of 801970sAberdeen Royal InfirmaryForesterhill Aberdeen Staff housing added
Item 42 of 801970sEdinburgh Royal Infirmary  EdinburghScotlandExtensions
Item 43 of 801970sHeron House, St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandModifications
Item 44 of 801970sHoustoun HouseUphall West LothianScotlandExtensions
Item 45 of 801970sNinewells Hospital and Medical School  DundeeScotlandStaff housing. In the RIBA Directory of 1975 this is given as 'nurses' quarters for SSHA'. Unclear if this is actually an error for ERHB or SERHB.
Item 46 of 801970Bank of ScotlandCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 47 of 801971Housing, BorrowfieldMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 48 of 801972Edinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building  EdinburghScotland 
Item 49 of 801972H M Naval Dockyard, technical and accoustic workshops and officesRosyth FifeScotlandPerhaps not involved?
Item 50 of 801972St John's ChurchGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 51 of 801972Technical and accoustic workshops and offices for DOEStranraer WigtownshireScotlandPerhaps not involved?
Item 52 of 801974Govanhill and Crosshill Burgh HallGovanhill and Crosshill GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 53 of 801974Hawthornbank House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 54 of 801974Housing, Harbour PlaceBurntisland FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 55 of 801974Leith Academy Secondary SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandUpgrading
Item 56 of 801974RC Church Bathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 57 of 801974Transportable classrooms for Edinburgh Corporation  EdinburghScotland 
Item 58 of 801975Large panel timber system for SSHA   Scotland 
Item 59 of 801975Strathclyde Omnibus Depot, Great Western RoadAnniesland GlasgowScotlandRedevelopment
Item 60 of 801975Timber volume system for R B Farquhar  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 61 of 801975Wood's HospitalUpper Largo FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 62 of 80Before 1975Alliance Building SocietyDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 63 of 80Before 1975Alliance Building SocietyKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 64 of 80Before 1975Factories for Fife County CouncilHillend FifeScotland 
Item 65 of 801976St Peter's Episcopal ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 66 of 801977Bank of ScotlandDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 67 of 801978Housing for Viewpoint Housing AssociationColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 68 of 801979Tourist Information CentreStranraer WigtownshireScotland 
Item 69 of 801980Bannockburn Heritage CentreBannockburn (Whins of Milton) StirlingshireScotland 
Item 70 of 801980Bell's Brewery  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 71 of 801980Sandport Industrial Estate, factoryLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 72 of 801981Sheltered housing, WoodthorpeColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 73 of 80c. 1981Kinmount HouseAnnan DumfriesshireScotlandConversion of N range of stable to house
Item 74 of 801983Free ChurchBurntisland FifeScotlandConversion to sheltered housing
Item 75 of 80c. 1983Viewpoint sheltered housingSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 76 of 801984Glamis House (Cheshire Home)Glenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 77 of 801986Block of buildings 34 High Street  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment for Castlerock Housing Association
Item 78 of 801986Community outdoor and education centreLinlighgow West LothianScotland 
Item 79 of 801988Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Students' UnionRiccarton MidlothianScotland 
Item 80 of 801991Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Leonard Horner Hall  MidlothianScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp141
Item 2 of 7Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp14 Dysart Housing Scheme
p35-6 Stirling Road
p38 Torbain Parish Church
p112 Photograph of The Towers
p114 Backcauseway, Culross
p156 Dysart Redevelopment
Item 3 of 7Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp381, Gazetteer 2
Item 4 of 7Miles Glendinning, Diane Watters, David Whitham Docomomo Scotland Leaflet  p228 Image of Dysart Housing Scheme
Item 5 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   
Item 7 of 7Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p8 Dysart Redevelopment
p92-5 Ninewells Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architects Journal14 February 1962  p338 Dysart Housing Scheme
Item 2 of 3Architectural ReviewApril 1967  p277-9 Dysart Housing Scheme
Item 3 of 3Housing ReviewAugust 1967  7/8-1967 Dysart Housing Scheme

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership