Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Marshall Hunter
Born: 6 March 1881
Died: 2 July 1942
Bio Notes: John Marshall Hunter was born on 6 March 1881 and was articled to David Woodburn Sturrock of Glasgow in August 1899, attending classes at the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College. At the end of his apprenticeship in August 1903 he joined the office of Clarke & Bell. Whilst there he became an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in 1907. He remained with the same firm until November 1910, James Hoey Craigie having been taken into partnership in 1905 when the firm became Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie. On leaving that firm Hunter emigrated to Canada where he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway Architect's Department in Montreal. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911 through the Glasgow Institute of Architects, his proposers being John Bennie Wilson, William Forsyth McGibbon, and his former employer George Bell.

After leaving the Canadian Pacific Railways, Hunter moved to become as assistant in a large private firm of Montreal architects. They won the contract for the restoration of St Dunstan's Cathedral, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island after a devastating fire in 1913. Hunter was given the responsibility of supervising this large job and moved to Charlottetown and was to remain there for the rest of his career.

Shortly after 1913 Hunter formed a friendship and later professional partnership with Charles Benjamin Chappell and the practice went on to design or reconstruct many commercial, ecclesiastical and residential buildings in the province.

Hunter was active in the social life of the province. He attended Charlottetown's Kirk of St James and his family was closely connected with another ex-patriot Scott, James Robertson Burnett, editor of the local 'Guardian' newspaper.

Hunter died on 2July 1942 and was buried in Cahrlottetown's Peoples' Cemetery.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 44127, St Catherine Street, Westmount, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 4Dunara, Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911  
Item 3 of 42908, Cartier Street, Montreal, CanadaBusiness19141915 
Item 4 of 415, Grafton Street, Charlottetown, CanadaPrivateAfter 1915(?)  

* 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 4David Woodburn SturrockAugust 1899August 1903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Clarke & BellAugust 190331 December 1904Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie1 January 1905November 1910Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Canadian Pacific Railway Architect's DepartmentLate 1910   


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Bell II20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Forsyth McGibbon20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Bennie Wilson20 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 21903A & G Thomson's Warehouse  GlasgowScotlandAdditions - 2 floors added - as chief assistant to Clarke & Bell (& J H Craigie)
Item 2 of 21910Justiciary Court Houses  GlasgowScotlandComplete rebuilding retaining portico - as chief assistant to Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

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 Additional information from Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v18 no1358