Basic Biographical Details

Name: John (Ian) Shaw Boyd
Born: 1889
Died: 1959
Bio Notes: John Shaw Boyd was born on 1 December 1889 and studied at Glasgow School of Architecture 1908-1914. He was articled to Thomas Graham Abercrombie of Paisley from May 1906-1911 and remained for a further year as junior draughtsman. In May 1912 he moved as draughtsman to Salmon Son & Gillespie and after seven months moved to the office of Thomson & Menzies. From October 1914 he served with the Forces but returned to Thomson & Menzies in May 1919. He was elected ARIBA through the war exemption scheme in about June 1920, his proposers being John Gaff Gillespie, John Keppie and James Salmon. At that time his address was Ashburn, Strone, Argyll. He commenced independent practice at 65 Bath Street in 1923-24. He was a member of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in 1939-40 with a Glasgow address. He appears to have had an Argyll address in c.1926 which was perhaps his home at this date. By 1950 Boyd was still working with D Thomson & Menzies, perhaps by this time a partner.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Oakshawhead, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19081914 
Item 2 of 6Ashburn, Strone, Argyll, ScotlandPrivate1920 *1926Maybe longer?
Item 3 of 665, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  
Item 4 of 679, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19341935 
Item 5 of 6204, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1938 *1940 
Item 6 of 6248, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1950 *After 1953 

* 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 5Thomas Graham AbercrombieMay 1906May 1911Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Thomas Graham AbercrombieMay 1911September 1911Junior draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5Salmon, Son & GillespieMay 1912December 1912Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 5Thomson & MenziesDecember 1912October 1914Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 5Thomson & MenziesMay 1919c. 1923Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gaff GillespieJune 1920For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John KeppieJune 1920For Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Salmon (junior)June 1920For Associateship

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 91935GreenparkHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 2 of 91935House, 11 East Abercromby StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandPossibly collaborated with Southorn & Orr? Plans by both in Dean of Guild
Item 3 of 91939Forty-four houses on site of Rockend House, East Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 91939Fourteen houses, East Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 91951Firhill Ironworks, PossilparkPossilpark GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for new baths and other erections
Item 6 of 910 October 1952Radcliffe Church of ScotlandBridgeton GlasgowScotlandPlans to be prepared for alterations and additions
Item 7 of 91953Linthouse United Free ChurchGovan GlasgowScotlandHall added
Item 8 of 928 August 1953Parish Church, Hutton Drive  GlasgowScotlandPlans in hand for alterations and additions
Item 9 of 91954Housing, Titwood and Shawcross Housing SitePollokshaws GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder16 November 1951  p696
Item 2 of 4Builder10 October 1952  p529
Item 3 of 4Builder28 August 1953  p333
Item 4 of 4Builder23 July 1954  p157

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson - from Post Office directories and GSA rolls
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 2938 (microfilm reel 24)