Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sinclair & Ballantine
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1902
Ended: 1909
Bio Notes: George Sinclair was born in 1869 and served his articles with Bruce & Hay and subsequently took employment with Stark & Rowntree, William James Anderson, and John Campbell McKellar. He passed the qualifying exam and was admitted ARIBA on 30 November 1896, his proposers being Campbell Douglas, Thomas Lennox Watson and C J MacLean. He commenced practice on his own account shortly thereafter. In 1902, he took into partnership a former colleague at McKellar's, John Ballantine. Born in 1874, Ballantine had been articled to McKellar in 1889, remaining with him as an assistant until he joined Sinclair. He had studied at Glasgow School of Art for six years and at the Technical College for four years, and in 1894 had won the Queen's Prize for Architectural Design.

The practice was initially fairly successful, partly due to Sinclair's connections in Caithness and Sutherland. It entered a large number of competitions for libraries and public halls in which it tended to come 2nd or 3rd, its more important successes being Rutherglen Public Library and the St Vincent Masonic Halls. The bread and butter aspect of the practice was tenements, work which dried up abruptly with the Finance Act of 1909. In that year the partnership was dissolved, Sinclair having obtained an appointment with the Inland Revenue Valuation Department. Ballantine obtained a job as an assistant with George Arthur & Son and Sinclair continued the practice alone at 95 Bath Street until he moved to Haddington. Ballantine then returned to 95 Bath Street and recommenced practice.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 195, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19021909 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Ballantine19021909Partner 
Item 2 of 2George Sinclair19021909Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 11 Corn Exchange  GlasgowScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 2 of 11 Duncan & Jamiesons buildingWick CaithnessScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 11 Pollok Street UP Church  GlasgowScotlandFurther halls added - date unknown
Item 4 of 11 Templars' Association HallsWick CaithnessScotlandDate unknown
Item 5 of 11After 1902Building (tenement?) for Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotlandDate not known
Item 6 of 11After 1902Masonic Halls  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 111903Corporation Gas Works workshops  GlasgowScotlandBlackfriars Street block - Sinclair responsible
Item 8 of 111904Hamilton Municipal Buildings and Public LibraryHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAwarded 3rd prize in competition
Item 9 of 111904St Vincent Masonic HallsOvernewton GlasgowScotlandWon in competition
Item 10 of 111905Carnegie Public LibraryRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandWon competition and executed job
Item 11 of 11After 1907Public SchoolRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.