Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sidney Wesley Birnage
Born: 23 September 1911
Died: 4 May 1984
Bio Notes: Sidney Wesley Birnage (sometimes misspelled Birnade) was born on 23 September 1911, the son of Joseph Birnage, cashier, and his wife Helen Foster. He was articled to H & D Barclay in January 1929, carrying out preliminary university studies in building construction. He transferred to the office of William Baillie in November 1932 and in that year commenced the certificate course at Glasgow School of Architecture. Whilst still pursuing these studies he joined Glasgow Corporation Education Department in August 1935. Whilst there he passed the final exam in late 1936 and was admitted ARIBA on 6 March 1937, his proposers being William James Smith, Daniel Walter MacMath, and Colin Sinclair, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'I know that he was a student of the greatest diligence and of high excellence in the various branches of his studies.' Birnage was also an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

He died aged 72 on 4 May 1984, his last address being 42-44 Union Street, Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. He was married twice, first to Nancy Jenkins and second to Jean Ahlers. He was survived by his second wife and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 411, Carrington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 413, Clydesdale Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 3 of 4The Cottage, Union Street, Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/business19501984May be the same as 42-44 Union Street.
Item 4 of 442-44, Union Street, Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 19531984 

* 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 4H & D BarclayJanuary 1929November 1932Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4William BaillieNovember 1932August 1935Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Glasgow Corporation Education OfficeAugust 1935After 1937Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Birnage & Dickson1960s Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Daniel Walter MacMath8 March 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Dr) Colin Sinclair8 March 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith8 March 1937for 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 59 January 1953New halls, Northfield AvenueShotts LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared for new halls
Item 2 of 51955Premises of Agnew & Simpson Ltd, Burnside StreetTannochside LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 529 March 1957Offices and Showrooms for Taggart (Motherwell), Ltd  LanarkshireScotlandper Builder p614 (mis-spelled 'W. Birnade')
Item 4 of 51960sSt Andrews ChurchDrumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 5Before 1961Hillhouse Parish Church and hallHamilton LanarkshireScotlandArchitect of church


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder9 January 1953  p108
Item 2 of 3Builder4 December 1953  p903
Item 3 of 3Builder11 February 1955  p276

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6301 (combined box 131)