Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Hunter McCartney (sometimes misspelt MacCartney)
Born: 18 January 1911
Died: 14 March 1997
Bio Notes: Archibald Hunter McCartney was born in Glasgow on 18 January 1911, the son of William McCartney, company director and his wife Jane Hunter. He studied at Glasgow School of Architecture and the Royal Technical College. He was articled to Gardner & Glen and from 1935 to 1937 later worked as an assistant with the Associated British Cinemas in London. Between 1937 and 1939 he worked for the Ministry of Works, initially in the Reference Section in Whitehall and later at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Bishopton, Renfrewshire. In the latter year he became a 1st grade architectural assistant in the Office of Public Works, Civil Defence Section in Glasgow. He served in the 35 Squadron of the RAFVR and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1945.

After the cease of hostilities he obtained a post as senior assistant with Renfrewshire County Council transferring to the the County Architect's Office in Dumbarton County Council in 1951. He was elected LRIBA in 1954, proposed by John Ross McKay, Frank Wood and William Archibald Jack and ARIAS in 1964.

He retired in later 1974 and died on 14 March 1997 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley. He had been married twice, first to Mary Taylor and second to Mary Richardson Scott or Hill, a retired nurse. He was survived by at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 396, Henderson or Henderland Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1950c. 1953 
Item 2 of 3County Architect's Office, Ferry Road, Old Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1954  
Item 3 of 388 (or 83?), Methuen Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1964 *After 1970 

* 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 7Gardner & Glenc. 1926c. 1931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Associated British Cinemas, architects department19351937Assistant 
Item 3 of 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19371939Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)1939 Assistant Architect1st grade architectural assistant
Item 5 of 7Renfrewshire County Council1948(?)1951Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Dumbarton County Architect's Office1951 Architect 
Item 7 of 7Dumbarton County Architect's Office1951 Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia12 October 1954For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Ninian Rutherford Jamieson Johnston12 October 1954For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Watson (junior)12 October 1954For Licentiateship

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 11949Office Buildings for CF Sachs & Co  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder21 January 1949  p109
Item 2 of 2Scotsman22 May 1945  p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersL6588 (Box 148)