Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Eaglesham
Born: 27 December 1855
Died: 18 May 1922
Bio Notes: John Eaglesham was born in Ayr on 27 December 1855, the son of Robert Eaglesham and Jane McDowall, and was a pupil and principal assistant to John Mercer of Ayr from 1 November 1871. He worked in Brazil in 1881 and passed the qualifying exam in 1885. He was admitted ARIBA on 8 June that same year, his proposers being John Honeyman, Campbell Douglas and John Burnet. He succeeded Mercer as Burgh Surveyor but resigned in 1899 to join his younger brother Henry Vincent Eaglesham (born 1861), already in practice in Ayr and principally an engineer, as senior partner in the firm of J & H V Eaglesham. About 1900 the practice was joined by William Cowie, born in 1867, as chief draughtsman: Cowie had been articled to A & W Reid in Elgin and had been assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson in Edinburgh and to Clarke & Bell in Glasgow.

Henry died suddenly in Florence in 1901 and Cowie left to commence his own practice in 1904. After his brother's death, John practised alone, although the partnership name was retained. John died in a nursing home in Ayr on 18 May 1922.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Town Chambers, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1885 *  
Item 2 of 454, Fort Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1895  
Item 3 of 424, Wellington Square, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 19041914 or 1915 
Item 4 of 420, Cathcart Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1914 or 19151922 

* 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 3John Mercer1 November 1871c. 1876Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Mercerc. 1876Before 1881Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 3J & H V Eaglesham1899(?) Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Charles Henry Greig1894 or 18951897Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 2William McClelland18951896Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3David Morton Brown20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Rutherford Johnstone20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William McClelland20 July 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 23c. 1880Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design entered under the pseudonym In honour true
Item 2 of 231897Bangour Village AsylumUphall West LothianScotlandCompetition design for asylum, entered jointly with his assistant, Charles Henry Greig - not successful, though was awarded a premium
Item 3 of 231897Business premises, High StreetAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 231897Carrick Lodge StableAyr AyrshireScotlandThis building may not be by John Eaglesham - drawing not signed but from Wellington Chambers
Item 5 of 231897Steel Girder Bridge near Content HouseAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 231897Wheatfield HouseAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations and additions?
Item 7 of 231899Turners BridgeAyr AyrshireScotlandBuildings of Scotland attributes this to John Eaglesham on his own.
Item 8 of 2319009-15 Burns Statue SquareAyr AyrshireScotlandWith William Cowie
Item 9 of 231900New ChurchAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 2319014-8 Garden StreetDalrymple AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 231901Girls' High SchoolPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 231902Annbank Primary SchoolMossblown AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 231902Newton Park SchoolAyr AyrshireScotlandJob secured in competition as highest placed Ayr architect, although John|Arthur had been placed first by the assessors
Item 14 of 231904Board School and adjacent housesTarbolton AyrshireScotlandTwo new houses and additions to school
Item 15 of 231904Tenement building with Plough Inn, 237 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 231905Monkton & Prestwick Joint CemeteryPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 231906Burgh of Ayr Infectious Diseases HospitalAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 231907Barrhill SchoolBarrhill AyrshireScotlandSchoolmaster's house
Item 19 of 231907Public house, Smith StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 231911Loch Bradan WaterworksLoch Bradan AyrshireScotlandPlan of Water Supply District
Item 21 of 231912Board School and adjacent housesTarbolton AyrshireScotlandAdditions to each end of school
Item 22 of 231912EsplanadeTroon AyrshireScotlandFirst drew up plans in 1899
Item 23 of 231912Fisherton Church, Heads of AyrFisherton AyrshireScotlandReconstruction


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 2 of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: Website 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder2 June 1922   Obituary
Item 2 of 2Scotsman18 May 1922  p4 - death notice

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 A v9 p92