Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Gordon McDonald
Born: 26 February 1916
Died: 5 December 2000
Bio Notes: George Gordon McDonald was born on 26 February 1916, the son of Edward George McDonald, automobile engineer, and his wife Jessie Telfer. From September 1931 to September 1936 he was articled in the office of Abercrombie & Maitland and studied during the evenings at Paisley Technical College, and later Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College in Glasgow. On completion of his articles he stayed with Abercrombie & Maitland for a further year as architectural assistant. In March 1937 he moved to a post in the Master of Works Office in Paisley.

During the Second World War McDonald served with the RAF and on demobilisation he returned to his old job in the Master of Works office. He sat the final exams for RIBA membership in July 1946 and was elected ARIBA on 10 December 1926, proposed by James Steel Maitland, Lockhart Whiteford Hutson and Joseph Weekes.

McDonald later became Paisley Burgh Architect. He was FRIAS. He died at the Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr on 5 December 2000, survived by his daughter, Marion. His wife, Margaret McGhee Aitchison Ure, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Brackenmill Road, Glengarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 2000 
Item 2 of 3Master of Works Office/14, Gilmour Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1946  
Item 3 of 321, Glasgow Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1946  

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 5Paisley Public Works Department  Chief Architect 
Item 2 of 5Abercrombie & MaitlandSeptember 1931September 1936Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5Abercrombie & MaitlandSeptember 1936March 1937Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Paisley Public Works DepartmentMarch 1937June 1941Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Paisley Public Works DepartmentMarch 1945 Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Gibson7 October 1970For Fellowship


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 Chartered ArchitectMarch 2001v12, no2 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8816 (Combined Box 217)