Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Stone Craig |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||11 November 1910 |
|Died: ||30 July 1991 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Stone Craig was born in 1910, the son of John Stone Craig, joiner and his wife Agnes Smith Sleith. He was articled to John Steel in Wishaw from April 1925 until 1931 while at the same time attending Glasgow School of Art. From 1932 he was a student of civil engineering at the Royal Technical College. From 1937 he studied structures and concrete works at Heriot Watt College. From 1931-34 he was assistant civil engineer with Messrs William Binnie & Sons working on roads, concrete works and public works. In 1934 he moved to become chief architect and engineer with John A Russell, Hill Street, Glasgow where his grade was that of Principal. In 1935 he opened business on his own account in Newmains, Lanarkshire but it is unclear if this was run concurrently with his post with John A Russell. |
In 1937 or 1938 Craig moved to Edinburgh to a post as assistant architect with the British Aluminium Company. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Engineers in India and continued to be involved with the Territorial Army for many years after this.
Craig returned to the British Aluminium Company after the war, going on to become chief architect and specialising in the design of industrial buildings. He was responsible for major projects at Kinlochleven, Lochaber, Falkirk, Invergordon and elsewhere. He was admitted LRIBA in 1947, his proposers being R Carruthers Ballantyne, John Wilson Paterson and B H Cuthbertson. He was admitted ARIAS and FRIBA in 1956, his proposers being Alexander Esme Gordon, William Gordon Dey and John Ross McKay. Esme Gordon remarked in 1956 that all his work for the British Aluminium Company was 'carefully designed and well-detailed'.
Outwith his work, Craig was a longstanding elder of the church of Scotland and all his life was interested in the fabric of ecclesiastical buildings of all sorts. After he retired at the age of sixty-five in 1976 he was involved with a number of church conservation projects throughout Scotland. Andrew Merrylees appointed him as a consultant to his practice in 1985 and in this made a significant contribution.
He died on 30 July 1991. His wife, Jean Nicoll Grant, had predeceased him.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|59, Whitehouse Road, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private|| ||1991|| |
|56, Manse Road, Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private||1947 *|| || |
|78, Main Street, Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1948|| ||Builder 11 June 1948 p716|
|75, Manse Road, Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1953 *||After 1955|| |
|Grosvenor Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1975 *|| || |
|3, Grosvenor Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1979 *||c. 1980|| |
|58, Whitehouse Road, Cramond, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1980|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p229|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||11 December 1953|| || ||p946|
|RIAS Newsletter||October 1991||v3, no1|| ||Death note|
|Scotsman||16 October 1991|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMS||NMRS Architects Index|| || |
|National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMS||RIAS Collection|| ||Small number of drawings in RIAS collection in NMRS|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no6016 (Combined Box 113), F no5255 (Combined Box 66)|