Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Newton Rennie |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||12 November 1928 |
|Died: ||28 July 1998 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Newton Rennie was born in humble circumstances on 12 Novermber 1928, the son of James Rennie, van driver, and his wife Margaret Jean Newton. He was educated at the village school in Kilmacolm and afterwards at Greenock High School. He then went on to study architecture part-time at Glasgow School of Art while at the same time serving his articles with Frank Burnet Boston & Partners from 1944. He was elected ARIAS in 1958. He became a partner before 1968 and was ultimately senior partner. He retired on 31 March 1995, having climbed the stairs in 180 Hope Street for more than 50 years. |
He was particularly proud of the work he had done with the National Sports Council and especially of the National Sports Centre at largs and the National Outdoor Centre at Glenmore Lodge. In 1977 he achieved a life-long ambition of designing his own house, Atrium, Kilmacolm and it was here that his concern for details in quality design is shown to its best advantage.
Outwith his proefessional life he was a keen sportsman. As a young man he had played football with the Kilmacolm amateurs and was a life-long member of Kilmacolm Golf Club and a member of Wet=stern Gailes and Turnberry. Gold was his first love and he captained the British Architects against America.
Besides sport, Rennie was interested in the arts, paintings, music, opera and books. He excelled in latter writing and photography and he kept chow dogs. He was also a generous host and enjoyed the company of friends. He was involved in the village life of Kilmacolm and was an elder of the Old Kirk there.
He died in the Western Infirmary in Glasgow on 28 July 1998, survived by his wife Elizabeth Sheila Stewart, a retired secretary and their children of whom he was immensely proud.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Atrium, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private|| ||1998|| |
|180, Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1944||1994|| |
|14, Old Hall Drive, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||1954 *|| || |
|Truro, Broomknowe, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, Scotland||Private||1957 *||After 1958|| |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Frank Burnet & Boston||1944|| ||Apprentice|| |
|Frank Burnet Bell & Partners||Before 1968||1994||Partner||Recorded in 1975 directory as sole partner.|
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p142|
|RIBA||1957||The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1987||RIBA Directory of Members 1987|| || || |
|Willis, Peter||1977||New architecture in Scotland|| || ||p15 Photograph of National Water Sports Training Centre|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Glasgow Herald||August 1998|| || ||Obituary|
|RIAS Newsletter||November 1998||v9, no9|| ||Death note|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |