Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Easton
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 May 1898
Died: 21 February 1977
Bio Notes: John Easton was born at 18 Dunard Street, Glasgow on 23 May 1898, the son of James Easton, company secretary and his wife Catherine McNiven from Renton. He was articled to Ninian Macwhannell of Macwhannell Rogerson & Reid, Glasgow on 28 September 1914; no details are known of his studies. In 1919 he became assistant to William Inglis, moving four years later to join Hamilton Neil as chief assistant. He was subsequently chief assistant to William Baillie (1925 to 1929) and Albert V Gardner (1929 to 1932), and lectured on Building Construction for the Glasgow Education Authority from 1925 to 1934. He commenced practice as a principal in Glasgow in 1932, initially at 1 Blythswood Square, and was admitted LRIBA on 2 December 1935, his proposers being Macwhannell, William John Blain and William James Smith. By that time he had moved his office to 248 West George Street and was living at 98 Lincoln Avenue.

Easton married Elizabeth McNeil. He died of heart failure and cancer of the colon at the Western Infirmary on 21 February 1977.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 51, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1934 *1935 
Item 2 of 598, Lincoln Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1935 *  
Item 3 of 5248, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1935After 1950 
Item 4 of 5135, Wellington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1965 *  
Item 5 of 51615, Great Western Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1977 *  

* 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 5Macwhannell Rogerson & Reid28 September 19141919ApprenticeUnder Ninian Macwhannell
Item 2 of 5William Beresford Inglis19191923Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Hamilton Neil19231925Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5William Baillie19251929Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Albert Victor Gardner19291932Chief AssistantPossibly in the firm of Gardner & Glen


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William John Blain2 December 1935for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Ninian Macwhannell2 December 1935for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith2 December 1935for 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 151931Garage, Cathcart Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 151931Railway Mission HallMaryhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 151934Tollcross Young Men's Christian Association InstituteTollcross GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 151935CinemaIbrox GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 151936Shawfield Racing Stadium  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 151947Premises, 273-279 Pollockshaw Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 7 of 151947Russell & Company Limited  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 151948Garage Offices and other Buildings   GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 151948John Allan Factory   Scotland 
Item 10 of 151949Premises, 267-269 Pollockshaw Road  GlasgowScotlandproposed addition and alterations.
Item 11 of 151950Dunard Street School  GlasgowScotlandFor alterations and additions
Item 12 of 151953Departmental buildings of Lynn Proofing Co Ltd, Amulree StreetParkhead GlasgowScotlandPlans in hand for new buildings
Item 13 of 151961Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day SaintsDrumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 151962Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day SaintsAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 151963Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day SaintsKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Aberdeen Journal3 September 1875   
Item 2 of 6Builder22 July 1949  p123
Item 3 of 6Builder4 August 1950  p172
Item 4 of 6Builder15 May 1953  p776
Item 5 of 6Building29 August 1975   
Item 6 of 6RIBA JournalSeptember 1975 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4501 (combined box 18)