Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Barbour
Born: c. 1878
Bio Notes: John Barbour was born about 1878, the son of Hugh Barbour, auctioneer and his wife Agnes McKnight. (Hugh Barbour married twice, his second wife being Wilhelmina Johnstone). He was articled to William H Howie 1894 to 1899 and attended Glasgow Technical College and School of Art from 1894-1900. He was briefly assistant to the Glasgow and South Western Railway Architects' Department and then to Gavin Paterson of Hamilton between 1899 and 1900, and in the latter year became assistant to Messrs George Arthur & Sons of Airdrie. Thereafter he worked in H M Office of Works in Edinburgh from 1903 to 1904 and then as assistant to William Henry White from 1904 to 1905. In 1906 he commenced independent practice in Glasgow and was estblished at 7 Bath Street by 1908 or 1909. He was elected LRIBA in early 1911, his proposers being John Bennie Wilson, James Lochhead and John Fairweather; by that date he had also been made a Fellow of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

After the First World War he practised only from his home address at 42 Polwarth Gardens, Hyndland until 1939 or 1940; he may also have been employed as an assistant during that period.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5152, Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate18941896 
Item 2 of 5148, Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate18961899 
Item 3 of 547, Campbell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate18991900 
Item 4 of 57, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1914 
Item 5 of 542, Polwarth Gardens, Hyndland, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19111940At least until 1940

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 5Gavin Paterson  Assistant 
Item 2 of 5William Holmes Howie18941899Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5George Arthur & Son19001903Assistant 
Item 4 of 5William Henry White19041905Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Walter Wood Robertson1905 AssistantAssistant to Robertson in the Office of Works


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John FairweatherEarly 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James LochheadEarly 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Bennie WilsonEarly 1911for 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 14After 1899Post Office  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - unclear to whom or when
Item 2 of 141899 or 1900Station buildings for Glasgow and South Western Railway Company  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 3 of 141901British Linen BankAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to George Arthur & Son
Item 4 of 141902British Linen BankCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to George Arthur & Son
Item 5 of 141903Wilson Memorial HallsAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to George Arthur & Son
Item 6 of 141904 or 1905Flats, Great Portland Street  LondonEnglandAs assistant to William Henry White
Item 7 of 141904 or 1905Town house, Weymouth Street  LondonEnglandAs assistant to William Henry White
Item 8 of 141905Post OfficeAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant - presumably to W W Robertson in H M Office of Works
Item 9 of 14After 1906Corner block of shops and dwelling housesPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 14After 1906TenementsKilwinning AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 14After 1906Tenements at CamelonFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 14After 1906Terrace housesOld Kilpatrick DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 13 of 14After 1906Terrace housesTollcross GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 141919Brucefield Housing SchemeDunfermline FifeScotlandTo design 20 four-apartment houses


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of John McKnightInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent December 2014
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Iain Paterson.
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v10 no 608 (microfilm reel 33)