Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Vallace Stevenson
Born: 30 March 1908
Died: 25 November 1978
Bio Notes: John Vallace Stevenson was born on 30 March 1908, the son of John Vallance Stevenson, teacher, and his wife Elizabeth Wright Thorburn. He may have been related to the architect Allan Stevenson who died in 1929 but John Vallance Stevenson seems to have been born and started his career in Kilmarnock so they may not be connected in any way.

John Vallance Stevenson was articled to Gabriel Andrew & Son in Kilmarnock from 3 March 1924 until November 1927 at which point he moved to Glasgow to an assistant post with Arthur & MacNaughtan and at the same time studying part-time at Glasgow School of Art. From May 1930 to August 1932 he widened his experience by working in Montreal as assistant to the architect Hugh G Jones during which time he also studied at the Montreal Ecole des Beaux Arts. In the latter month he returned Kilmarnock this time to the practice of Henry Dawes, again as assistant.

From October 1934 to February 1941 he was an assistant with Alexander Mair in Ayr. His career was interrupted by war service when he worked for the War Department as a general engineer and assistant to the Deputy Commander of the Royal Engineers. In February he formed a partnership with David Ferguson as Stevenson & Ferguson.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1956.

He continued to practice with David Ferguson until about 1975 when he became a consultant to the practice. he retired fully in 1978 and resigned his membership of the RIBA at this time.

He died in Ballochmyle Hospital, Mauchline on 25 November 1978 aged 70. He was survived by his wife Mary McGrady.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 32, Morven Drive, Troon, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 1978 
Item 2 of 320, Wellington Square, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1950s  
Item 3 of 346, Townhead Street, Cumnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Stevenson & FergusonBefore 1970 PartnerWas a consultant by 1975

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 41958Sacred Heart RC ChurchGirvan AyrshireScotlandNew facade over old one
Item 2 of 41962St Andrews Free Church and hallAyr AyrshireScotlandBrick hall added
Item 3 of 41969Supermarket, shops and officesTroon AyrshireScotlandAs consultant?
Item 4 of 41969The Old Church, AyrAyr AyrshireScotlandHalls added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersL 6735 (Box 157)