Basic Biographical Details

Name: Allan Stewart McNair
Born: 7 September 1890
Bio Notes: Allan Stewart McNair was born in Paisley on 7 September 1890. On 19 December 1904 he was articled to J Craig Barr & Cook, remaining there as chief draughtsman after completing his apprenticeship, and studying at Paisley Technical College. He moved to Coatbridge in October 1912 to become chief draughtsman to James Davidson & Son, leaving to take up a position as assistant valuer for the Inland Revenue Land Valuation Department in June the following year.

He left the Inland Revenue in November 1915 and in 1916 commenced military service, probably in the Far East as on completion of his duties in May 1919 he joined the firm of Stark & McNeill in Penang, Malaysia, being given full charge of their branch office in Ipoh and also acting as building inspector to the Kinta Sanitary Board there. A deterioration in his health forced him to resign in July 1921 and by August 1922 he had returned to Scotland and taken employment as a temporary architectural draughtsman with the Greenock Corporation. In November the following year he was appointed chief draughtsman to James Milne Monro & Son in Glasgow, where he remained for a year. His movements from November 1924 to February 1925 are unknown but in the latter month he became Housing Architect for the Stirling Corporation, where in June 1926 he was promoted to the post of Chief Assistant Burgh Surveyor, Master of Works, Water Engineer and Architect. He was admitted LRIBA on 5 February 1934, on the strength of testimonials from past and present employers rather than the support of existing RIBA members. He remained in his Stirling Corporation post until at least 1939, by which time he had become a Fellow of the Stirling Society of Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Municipal Buildings, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1925(?)After 1939 
Item 2 of 21, Abbotsford Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1933 *After 1950 

* 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 8J Craig Barr & Cook19 December 1904December 1909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8J Craig Barr & CookDecember 1909October 1912Chief Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 8James Davidson & Son9 October 191230 May 1913Chief Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 8Stark & McNeillMay 1919July 1921Chief AssistantIn charge of Ipoh branch office
Item 5 of 8Greenock CorporationAugust 1922November 1923Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 8J M Monro & SonNovember 1923November 1924Chief Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 8Stirling County Council Architects' DepartmentFebruary 1925June 1926ArchitectHousing Architect
Item 8 of 8Stirling County Council Architects' DepartmentJune 1926After 1939Chief ArchitectChief Assistant Burgh Surveyor, Master of Works, Water Engineer and Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The 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 L no4351 (combined box 9)