Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Fraser Simpson Webster
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 April 1930
Died: 10 January 1998
Bio Notes: George Fraser Simpson Webster ('Feet') was born on 6 April 1930, the son of Charles Murray Webster, master mariner, and his wife, Annie Jones Simpson. He was educated at George Heriot's School. He spent his years of National Service with the Royal Signals. On his return he studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (he was awarded the Architecture Certificate in 1954) and worked part-time with James Mottram & Son. He was elected ARIBA in 1957. He also played rugby for Heriot's FPs. After graduating he took a post with British Rail Architects' Department in Glasgow, commuting each day from Edinburgh until his marriage 1957 to Margaret Grierson Douglas, a nurse in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. They settled in Gartocharn, near Loch Lomond. They had two daughters, Pat and Susan.

George subsequently worked in the architects' department of Dumbarton County Council and from there joined the Glasgow branch of Crudens. In 1970 he set upon his own account, initially working from home then from offices in Alexandria. The practice became Webster & Munro Associates, which undertook a wide variety of work with many extensions, new houses, shops and businesses in the area.

In his spare time George became involved in the local community where he started the 1st Gartocharn Scout Troup. The scouts prospered and, under his leadership, won the Dumbarton County Flat. He was also active in the Dumbarton Lions Club and served as president for some time. He was also a president of the Dumbarton Burns Club , an honour of which he was particularly proud. For many years he organised the Gartocharn Poachers Burns Nicht as Heid Keeper.

George was a caring family man and was devoted to his children. He died at St Margaret's Hospice, Clydebank on 10 January 1998, survived by his wife, daughters and grandson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3134, Main Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 3Ardenvohr, Church Road, Gartocharn, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1970 *1998 
Item 3 of 3Bank of Scotland Chambers/127, Main Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1980s *  

* 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 4British Railways Architects (Architects Department, British Rail)  Architectin Glasgow office
Item 2 of 4Crudens Ltd  Architect 
Item 3 of 4Dumbarton County Architect's Office  Architect 
Item 4 of 4Webster & Munroc. 1970 Partner 

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 5Before 1975Bonded warehouseAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 5Before 1975House for Mrs MacFarlaneGartocharn DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 3 of 5Before 1975RestaurantBalloch DunbartonshireScotlandRestoration
Item 4 of 5Before 1975Scout Headquarters  DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 5c. 1975House for Brigadier PearsonGartocharn DunbartonshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Lennox Herald30 January 1998   
Item 2 of 2RIAS Chartered ArchitectFebruary 1998v9, no1 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 3 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership