Basic Biographical Details

Name: Margaret (Margot) Florence Muirhead
Born: 4 February 1912
Died: 6 May 1993
Bio Notes: Margaret Florence Muirhead, known throughout her life as Margot, was born on 4 February 1912, the daughter of Samuel Stevenson Muirhead, measurer, and his wife Grace Smith Taylor. She was death from birth and her mother taught her to lip read, allowing her to communicate in a normal manner.

She studied architecture at the Royal Technical School in Glasgow from September 1930 and then spent the summer terms of 1932 and 1933 in the office of Laird & Napier, and worked for John B McINnes of Troon from September to November 1934. She obtained her diploma in 1935 and passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in December 1936. She was admitted ARIBA on 8 March the following year, her proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and James Taylor, in whose office she was then working. Her home address was then 47 Aytoun Road, Pollokshields, and her declaration accepting her admittance was witnessed by Grace S Muirhead of the same address, probably her mother.

She joined Wylie Shanks and Wylie in June 1938, and worked there continuously until she retired in 1974. She was particularly involved in the first factories to be built on the Hillington, Newhouse and Port Glasgow Industrial Estates during the early 1940s and into the post war years.

Margaret never married, and died at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow on 6 May 1993, her last address being 39 Braeside Avenue, Milngavie.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 247, Aytoun Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1937 *1950(?) 
Item 2 of 239, Braeside Avenue, Milngavie, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate1993 *  

* 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 4Laird & NapierMid 1932Mid 1932ApprenticeFor summer term only
Item 2 of 4Laird & NapierMid 1933Mid 1933ApprenticeFor summer term only
Item 3 of 4John B McInnesSeptember 1934November 1934Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4James Taylor1936(?)After 1937Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes8 March 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Professor) William James Smith8 March 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Taylor8 March 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterAugust 1993v4, no7 Death note

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 no6351 (combined box 134) (includes death note)