Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Rennie Crawford
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 April 1874
Died: 28 July 1933
Bio Notes: Andrew Rennie Crawford was born on 16 April 1874 at 11 Callender Place, Govanhill, the son of Robert Nicholson Crawford and his wife Jeannie Rennie. He served his apprenticeship with David Thomson of Glasgow from August 1889, attending the Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College under Professors Rait, Rourdon and Gourlay and art masters Smith, Griffen, Dunlop and King. He commenced independent practice in Glasgow in 1896, seemingly initially in partnership with his father, but soon thereafter practising on his own in West Nile Street.

Around 1903 he took David Veitch into partnership, a branch office being opened at 50 Templehill, Troon. Veitch married Crawford's sister Janet at Dixon Hall, Cathcart Road, Govanhill on 22 December 1908. A R Crawford & Veitch were architects to the Burgh of Cathcart, an appointment which ended when Cathcart became part of Glasgow in the boundary extensions of 1912. The practice appears to have closed thereafter: its business had mainly been tenements, the building of which had been brought to an abrupt close by the Finance Act of 1909.

Crawford was elected LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Robert William Horn, George Sinclair and John Fairweather. Sometime thereafter he obtained the appointment of chief valuer in Glasgow City Assessor's Department, a post he held for seventeen years until his death from arterio sclerosis on 28 July 1933 at 23 Rhannan Road, Glasgow. He was buried at Cathcart and was survived by his wife Jane or Jeanie Orr, whom he had married on 23 June 1899.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 13295, Crown Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1890 *  
Item 2 of 13132, West Nile Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18961897 or 1898 
Item 3 of 137, Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1897 *  
Item 4 of 13101, West Nile Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1897 or 1898After 1911 
Item 5 of 13Markunda Villa, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1899 *  
Item 6 of 13Sir James Thomson Drive, Parkhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1899 or 1900 *  
Item 7 of 1312, Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901 or 1902 *  
Item 8 of 1324, Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1904 or 1905 *  
Item 9 of 1320, Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1907 or 1908 *  
Item 10 of 13Eldric, St James Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1909 or 1910 *  
Item 11 of 1320, Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 or 1911 *  
Item 12 of 1316, Queen's Crescent, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 13 of 1365, Clarkston Road, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4David ThomsonAugust 18891890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomson & Menzies1890c. 1893ApprenticeUnder David Thomson
Item 3 of 4Thomson & Menziesc. 18931896AssistantUnder David Thomson
Item 4 of 4Andrew Rennie Crawford & VeitchBefore 1903After 1911Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Fairweather20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert William Horn20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Sinclair20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 201889Addiewell Parish ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice to David Thomson
Item 2 of 201889Airthrey CastleBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotlandLarge additions - as apprentice to David Thomson
Item 3 of 201889Warehouse, workshops etc for William Graham & Co   ScotlandAs apprentice to David Thomson
Item 4 of 20After 1889FactoryHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to David Thomson
Item 5 of 201891Benmore HouseKilmun ArgyllScotlandEast wing etc - as apprentice to David Thomson of Thomson & Menzies
Item 6 of 201893Houston House  RenfrewshireScotlandStable offices and addition - as assistant to Thomson & Menzies
Item 7 of 201896Royal Exchange  GlasgowScotlandPartial reconstruction for the National Telephone Co - as assistant to David Thomson
Item 8 of 201896Warehouse for John Fleming  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 201896Workshop for James Meighan & Son  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 20After 1896Chalmers Parish Church  Glasgow?Scotland 
Item 11 of 20After 1896Residence for William Paterson  Glasgow?Scotland 
Item 12 of 20After 1896St Thomas Wesleyan Church Halls  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 20After 1896Williamwood Golf ClubhouseCathcart GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 20c. 1896Phoenix Cabinet Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 201901Parkhead Metal Refining Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 201904Kennyhill Bakery  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 201904Van and Lorry Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 201904Workshop for J McCrindle  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 201905Tenements, Parkhead Cross  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 201907Cathcart Parish Council ChambersCathcart GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no1202