Basic Biographical Details

Name: John McLintock Bowie
Born: 1871
Died: 1957
Bio Notes: John McLintock Bowie was born in Stirling in 1871 and articled to Thomas Frame & Son of Alloa in 1886, remaining with them as assistant until early 1895 when he undertook a study tour in England and Scotland which extended into the following year. He became an assistant to James Barbour of Dumfries in spring 1896 and commenced practice on his own account in 1899, designing a number of villas in and around Dumfries although still assisting Barbour with some projects. He married Amelia Denholm McKie in 1901, and the following year joined Barbour in partnership. Although now advanced in years Barbour remained active in the practice, particularly in respect of works of an antiquarian or ecclesiastical nature. Bowie was elected FRIBA on 2 December 1907, his proposers being Neil Campbell Duff, Horatio Kelson Bromhead of Glasgow and Percivall Currey of London.

Barbour died of paralysis (probably a stroke) on 5 May 1912 while on holiday with his daughter in Harrogate, his library and collections being sold by Peter Stobie in November. The practice was continued by Bowie, who moved office from Buccleuch Street to 27 Castle Street in 1919, and in the same year took his former chief assistant David Robertson into partnership following the latter's return from war service. Robertson left in 1924, but another partner, C M Middleton, was taken on in 1940, the practice still retaining the style of Barbour & Bowie until 1946 when it was merged with that of M Purdon Smith, originally established in Lockerbie in 1922. Smith died in 1954.

At some time prior to 1938 Bowie was a lecturer in building construction at Dumfries Academy Continuation School. He had retired from practice sometime before 1950. He was a keen golfer, participating in the championships of the Alloa Golf Club and Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club and winning the Brook Cup at Powfoot Golf Club four times. His other recreations included motoring, tennis and badminton. He died in 1957.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 18861895 
Item 2 of 6Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1896  
Item 3 of 62, Braehead Terrace, Troqueer, Dumnfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1901 A lodger at this address
Item 4 of 653, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusiness1907 *c. 1931 
Item 5 of 627, Castle Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1931c. 1940 
Item 6 of 6Byrlaw, Dakbeattie Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 4Thomas Frame & Son18861891Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Frame & Son1891Early 1895Assistant 
Item 3 of 4James BarbourEarly 1896 AssistantBecame partner in 1899
Item 4 of 4Barbour & Bowie19021946Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Horatio Kelson Bromhead2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Percivall Currey2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Neil Campbell Duff2 December 1907for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 8William Bell29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 2 of 8James Ferguson 9 October 1956For Licentiateship (name deleted as perhaps unable to give reference)
Item 3 of 8Arthur Hunter11 February 1947for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 8Stuart Veitch SmithEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 8Stuart Veitch Smith18 April 1944for Fellowship
Item 6 of 8Ambrose Martin Thomson24 June 1947For Licentiateship
Item 7 of 8George Samson Tosh25 June 1946For Licentiateship
Item 8 of 8William Liston Walker11 March 1947For 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 1301895Townfoot FarmGlengaber SelkirkshireScotlandAssisted Barbour
Item 2 of 1301896GreensandsDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 3 of 1301899? Park, AnnanAnnan DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 4 of 1301899Crichton SchoolSanquhar DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 1301899Dalbeattie Public SchoolDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandNew block (as assistant)
Item 6 of 1301899Kinmount HouseAnnan DumfriesshireScotlandBalustraded parapets, conservatory etc added and stables remodelled - as assistant to James Barbour
Item 7 of 1301899Martingarth, KirkconnelKirkconnel DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 8 of 1301899Ruthwell School HouseRuthwell DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 9 of 1301899St Andrews RC Pro-CathedralDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 1301899Terregles Parish ChurchTerregles KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 11 of 1301899Tundergarth Parish ChurchTundergarth DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 12 of 1301899Villa in Old Edinburgh Road   Scotland 
Item 13 of 1301900Annandale Dairy Company  Dundee/DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 14 of 1301900Auchencruft Farm, Carnsalloch EstateKirkmahoe DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 15 of 1301900Buittle Parish ChurchBuittle KirkcudbrightshireScotlandChancel and vestry added - as assistant to James Barbour
Item 16 of 1301900Comlongon Castle and mansion houseComlongon DumfriesshireScotlandWorking drawings, details etc (general idea by James Barbour)
Item 17 of 1301900Eskdale Infectious Diseases Hospital  DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 18 of 1301900Firthhead stablesDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 19 of 1301900House at CraigdarrochCraigdarroch DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 20 of 1301900Irving Street Congregational ChurchDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 1301900Lann Hall  DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations - as assistant to James Barbour
Item 22 of 1301900Lochmaben Parish ChurchLochmaben DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations to accommodate organ installed 1903
Item 23 of 1301900Main Street School, KirkconnelKirkconnel DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 24 of 1301900Post OfficeDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandDesign drawn - as assistant - but not executed
Item 25 of 1301900Rosebank gate lodgeLockerbie DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 26 of 1301900Rosebank HouseLockerbie DumfriesshireScotlandFurther work - as assistant, then partner of James Barbour
Item 27 of 1301900Ruthwell water supply  DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 28 of 1301900Sanquhar SchoolSanquhar DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 29 of 1301900Underwood stables   ScotlandAs assistant to James Barbour
Item 30 of 1301902Kirkpatrick-Irongray Parish ChurchKirkpatrick-Irongray KirkcudbrightshireScotlandWork at churchyard
Item 31 of 1301902Lockerbie Police StationLockerbie DumfriesshireScotlandFurther work
Item 32 of 1301902Newlands HouseKirkmahoe DumfriesshireScotlandExtensive additions
Item 33 of 1301902Newlands, gardener's cottageNewlands DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 34 of 1301902Premises for MacaraMoniaive DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 35 of 1301904Brydekirk waterworksAnnan DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 36 of 1301904Colvend ChurchColvend KirkcudbrightshireScotlandDesign drawn - presumably not executed
Item 37 of 1301904Corbieton  KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 38 of 1301904Cowhill TowerHolywood DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 39 of 1301904Crichton Royal Institution, Low LodgeDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 40 of 1301904Crichton Royal Institution, Upper Brownhall LodgeDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 41 of 1301904Dumfries and Galloway Royal InfirmaryDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 42 of 1301904Dumfries Sheriff CourtDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 43 of 1301904House for William RaeMoffat DumfriesshireScotlandFurhter work?
Item 44 of 1301904Irving Street Congregational ChurchDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandReroofing and redecoration
Item 45 of 1301904Middlebie ManseMiddlebie DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations to recessed wings
Item 46 of 1301904Middlebie Parish ChurchMiddlebie DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 47 of 1301904Moffat Police StationMoffat DumfriesshireScotlandFurther work
Item 48 of 1301904Morton Parish ChurchThornhill DumfriesshireScotlandAddition of vestry
Item 49 of 1301904Premises for T & W CarlyleDumfries? DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 50 of 1301905Anwoth Parish ChurchAnwoth KirkcudbrightshireScotlandNew roof, furnishing and gallery
Item 51 of 1301905BengairnCastle Douglas (near) KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAdditions
Item 52 of 1301905Chicken's BakeryDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 53 of 1301905Cottage at NewlandsNewlands DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 54 of 1301905Hardgate SchoolHaugh of Urr KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 55 of 1301905High TownheadsDalswinton DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 56 of 1301905Noble Hill   Scotland 
Item 57 of 1301905Ruthwell Parish ChurchRuthwell DumfriesshireScotlandRecasting of building
Item 58 of 1301905St Bride's MansionSt Bride's PembrokeshireWalesExtensive additions, including new water pumping and drainage scheme, electric light etc.
Item 59 of 1301905Stables (for Rotchell House?)Maxwelltown, Dumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 60 of 1301905Villa, Gillespie RoadColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 61 of 1301906Allanton Mansion HouseAuldgirth (near) DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations/additions?
Item 62 of 1301906Dalbeattie Primary SchoolDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 63 of 1301906Ecclefechan water supplyEcclefechan DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 64 of 1301906Foxwood   Scotland 
Item 65 of 1301906Gretna Parish ChurchGretna DumfriesshireScotlandDesigns for alterations
Item 66 of 1301906High LawLockerbie DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 67 of 1301906Industrial SchoolDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAdditions
Item 68 of 1301906KinharvieNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations
Item 69 of 1301906Luffness HouseDrem East LothianScotlandAddition - billiard room
Item 70 of 1301906OvertonNew Galloway KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 71 of 1301906T Biggar & Sons StoresDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 72 of 1301906Torthorwald ManseTorthorwald DumfriesshireScotlandAddtions
Item 73 of 1301906Wallace Hall AcademyCloseburn DumfriesshireScotlandFurther work
Item 74 of 1301907KinharvieNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotlandFurther alterations
Item 75 of 1301907Mansion HouseDumfries (near) DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 76 of 1301907RC SchoolDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 1301907School for BoysDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 78 of 13019085 Portland Place, MaxwelltownDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 79 of 1301908Eaglesfield water supplyMiddlebie DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 80 of 1301908Free ChurchDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 81 of 1301908Thornhill Police stationThornhill DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 82 of 1301909Closeburn SchoolCloseburn DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 83 of 1301909CraigBalmaclellan KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 84 of 1301909Dalbeattie Public SchoolDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandNew block
Item 85 of 1301909Free ChurchDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandFurther work
Item 86 of 1301909Friars Carse HouseDunscore DumfriesshireScotlandAddition
Item 87 of 1301909GlaistersCorsock KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 88 of 1301909House, Albert RoadDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 89 of 1301909Kells Parish ChurchNew Galloway KirkcudbrightshireScotlandRemodelling
Item 90 of 1301909Moat House Hostel   Scotland 
Item 91 of 1301909Wallace Hall AcademyCloseburn DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 92 of 1301910133 High StreetDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 93 of 1301910Borgue AcademyBorgue KirkcudbrightshireScotlandRemodelling and enlargement
Item 94 of 1301910Buccleuch BuildingsDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 95 of 1301910Clarencefield Police StationClarencefield DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 96 of 1301910House at DrumstinchallDrumstinchall KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations
Item 97 of 1301910Mabie HouseCargen Bridge (near) KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations and additions, including probably porch and bay windows
Item 98 of 1301911Corbieton FarmCastle Douglas KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 99 of 1301911Dumfries and Galloway Royal InfirmaryDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 100 of 1301911Glenae HouseAmisfield (near) DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 101 of 1301911Kingholm QuayDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 102 of 1301911Neptune ParkKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 103 of 1301911New Abbey Parish ChurchNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations
Item 104 of 1301911Nurse's CottageDunscore DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 105 of 1301911Premises for T & W CarlyleDumfries? DumfriesshireScotlandFurther work
Item 106 of 1301911St Bride's MansionSt Bride's PembrokeshireWalesFurther work - large new service wing, heightening of two bays as tower and bay window on east side
Item 107 of 1301911Wesleyan Methodist ChurchCastle Douglas KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations
Item 108 of 1301912Assembly RoomsDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 109 of 1301912BeechwoodKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 110 of 1301912Free Church houseDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 111 of 1301912Hermitage FarmDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations ? New building?
Item 112 of 1301912InstituteMaxwelltown DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 113 of 1301912Kirkmichael House  DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 114 of 1301912Rosefield MillsDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 115 of 1301912St Andrews RC Pro-CathedralDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations, including baptistery
Item 116 of 130After 1912Brocklehirst House  DumfriesshireScotlandRemodelling and extension
Item 117 of 130After 1912Farm buildings for H Keswick Esq, including piggeries and cottages  DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 118 of 130After 1912Housing SchemeMaxwelltown, Dumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 119 of 130After 1912Shooting LodgeKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 120 of 1301914Barjarg Tower  DumfriesshireScotlandMajor remodelling
Item 121 of 1301915Memorial InstituteMoniaive DumfriesshireScotland Conversion from United Associate Meeting House
Item 122 of 1301915RockhallMouswald DumfriesshireScotlandNew armorial doorpiece
Item 123 of 1301918County Police Station Annan DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 124 of 1301919Dalswinton HouseDalswinton DumfriesshireScotlandMajor remodelling and additions
Item 125 of 1301922Cowhill Estate creamery  DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 126 of 1301922Kinmount HouseAnnan DumfriesshireScotlandAddition of garden gateways
Item 127 of 1301923Town house of the Gilchrists of SpeddochDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandRenovation
Item 128 of 1301929Middlebie Parish ChurchMiddlebie DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 129 of 1301929Mouswald Parish ChurchMouswald DumfriesshireScotlandHeightening and addition of chancel to church
Item 130 of 1301937Conheath House  DumfriesshireScotlandProposed internal alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v19 p5 no1354 (microfilm reel 12)