Basic Biographical Details

Name: Halley & Neil
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1906
Ended: c. 1913
Bio Notes: Halley & Neil practised in Glasgow and Clydebank. Nothing is yet known of Charles James Halley, but his style suggests that, like James Mitchell White Halley, he was articled to Thomson & Sandilands. He may have been related to the Halleys of Halley's Industrial Motors Ltd, Yoker which was in business from 1906 to 27 and its predecessor firm the Glasgow Motor Lorry Co, in business between 1903 and 1906. Hamilton Neil was born in 1880, the son of David Neil, farmer and Isabella McKaig. He was articled to James Donald in Paisley from 1897 to 1904, attending the Paisley School of Design and Paisley Technical College, the Glasgow and West Of Scotland Technical College and Glasgow School of Art where he won various bursaries and prizes which enabled him to spend some time on study tours of England, Ireland, Scotland & France. Thereafter he was briefly assistant to Robert Thomson and John Bennie Wilson before joining Halley as assistant c.1905, becoming his partner in 1906.

Neil was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, of which he had become a member in 1907. Although the practice survived the Finance Act of 1909 and flourished as late as 1912, the partnership was dissolved on 31 May 1914. In 1914 Halley was practising from his home at 6 Broomhill Avenue, Partick; Neil practised independently in Glasgow throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3153, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1908c. 1913 
Item 2 of 365, Kilbowie Street, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *1914Second address at time of dissolution of partnership.
Item 3 of 3157, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1914 Address at time of dissolution of partnership

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 3Douglas M Reid 1914Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Hamilton Neil1906c. 1913Partner 
Item 3 of 3Charles James Halley190631 May 1914Partner 

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 191906Argyle Motor WorksAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 2 of 191906Dumbarton County Buildings, court and prisonDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions (new wing)
Item 3 of 19After 1906Dalmuir Police BuildingsDalmuir DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 19After 1906Dalnotter Cemetery, lodge and mortuary etcDalnotter DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 19After 1906Radnor Park Police StationRadnor Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 191907Free High Church and hallsDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 7 of 191907Free High Church and hallsGovan GlasgowScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 8 of 191907Halley's Industrial Motor Works and officesYoker GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 191908EastertonHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of dormer
Item 10 of 191908Old Kilpatrick Police BuildingsOld Kilpatrick DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 11 of 191908Police Station and OfficesClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 12 of 191908Temple Parish Church Manse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 191908Western Motor Company's offices and garage   Scotland 
Item 14 of 191909Abercorn Football Club Pavilion and GrandstandPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 191909Drapery and Furnishing WarehousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 191909Villa, Greenlaw AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 191910Renfrew Parish Council ChambersScotstoun Glasgow/RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 18 of 191912Shettleston Co-operative Premises and HallsShettleston GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 19 of 191912Shop and saloon, Neilston StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion