Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert McLachlan II
Born: 1816
Died: 1885
Bio Notes: Robert McLachlan (known as Robert McLachlan II) was born in 1816, the son of Robert McLachlan, architect and builder in Ayr, and his wife Janet Boyd. He was primarily a builder but probably designed some of the buildings for which he contracted. In 1844 at Dundonald he married Jane Muir Jack, daughter of Hugh Jack, land agent and overseer at Shewalton Mains, Dundonald.

In 1850 Robert II merged his father's business with that of his wife's brother George Jack as Jack & McLachlan, the practice being based in Troon. The 1851 Census lists Robert as a Master Builder, and at that time he was employing five men and living at Muirhead, Dundonald, still working in partnership with Jack.

Jack died in 1858 and in the same year McLachlan moved to Glasgow. He built mainly in the Rhu, Lanark and Beith areas. He died in Greenock in 1885 and was buried in Ayr. His son Robert Boyd McLachlan (also known as Robert McLachlan III), born 1846 at Corraith, Dundonald, continued the business only as a sculptor undertaking the war memorials at Beith, Patna, Kirkoswald and Minishant, and gravestones all over Ayrshire. Robert III died in 1921 and is commemorated by a Carrara marble font in Trinity Church, Beith. His sons William and Hugh continued the business in Johnstone and Ayr respectively until 1990.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Muirhead, Dundonald, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)Before 1846After 1854 
Item 2 of 7Feu no 116, West Portland Street/St Clair Terrace, Troon, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1850After 1851 
Item 3 of 7Rhu, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1853 *  
Item 4 of 7Shandon, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1853 *  
Item 5 of 7Millheugh House, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1855 *  
Item 6 of 7Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1858  
Item 7 of 7Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1885 *  

* 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 1Jack & McLachlan1850Before 1858Partner 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Gardiner S McLachlan, great-great-grandson of Robert McLachlan II (emails October 2006).