Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hamilton Neil
Designation: Architect
Born: 1880
Died: 7 December 1932
Bio Notes: 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 Charles James Halley as assistant c.1905, becoming his partner in 1906. They practised in Glasgow and Clydebank.

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, but the partnership was dissolved on 31 May 1914, Neil practising independently in Glasgow throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He was elected FRIBA in early 1921, his proposers being William Aitken Thomson, John Keppie and William Brown Whitie.

Neil married Elizabeth McLean. He died in Brabloch nursing home, Paisley on 7 December 1932 as a result of being knocked down by a motor car.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7153, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 76, Bouverie Avenue, Yoker, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 3 of 711, Kilbowie Road, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 4 of 765, Kilbowie Street, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911 *1914 
Item 5 of 7157, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1914 *After 1919Neil retained the St Vincent Street office after the dissolution of the partnership.
Item 6 of 7Gateside, Renfrew Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1920 *  
Item 7 of 7163, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1924After 1934 

* 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 6James Donald18971902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John McLean (or Maclean) Crawford19021904Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Robert Thomson1904c. 1905Assistant 
Item 4 of 6John Bennie Wilson1904c. 1905Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Charles James Halleyc. 19051906Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Halley & Neil1906c. 1913Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 10John Austin Dempster1908 or 19091913 or 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 10Edward Hamilton Bloomfield1913c. 1917Apprentice 
Item 3 of 10Edward Hamilton Bloomfieldc. 19171918Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 10John William MacDonald (or McDonald)1919c. 1924Apprentice 
Item 5 of 10John Easton19231925Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 10John William MacDonald (or McDonald)c. 1924 Assistant 
Item 7 of 10John Jeffrey19251927Senior Assistant 
Item 8 of 10James Symington Houston19271928Assistant 
Item 9 of 10John James Bayne GibbMarch 1928After 1930Chief Draughtsman 
Item 10 of 10John William MacDonald (or McDonald)Late 1920s Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4John KeppieEarly 1921for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4William Aitken ThomsonEarly 1921for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4William Brown WhitieEarly 1921for Fellowship
Item 4 of 4John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Edward Hamilton BloomfieldLate 1921 or early 1922for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John James Bayne GibbLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Jeffrey4 June 1928For Associateship

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 341905Argyle Motor WorksAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 2 of 341906Dumbarton County Buildings, court and prisonDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions (new wing)
Item 3 of 34After 1906Dalmuir Police BuildingsDalmuir DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 34After 1906Dalnotter Cemetery, lodge and mortuary etcDalnotter DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 34After 1906Radnor Park Police StationRadnor Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 341907Free High Church and hallsDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 7 of 341907Free High Church and hallsGovan GlasgowScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 8 of 341907Halley's Industrial Motor Works and officesYoker GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 341908EastertonHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of dormer
Item 10 of 341908Old Kilpatrick Police BuildingsOld Kilpatrick DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 11 of 341908Police Station and OfficesClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 12 of 341908Temple Parish Church Manse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 341908Western Motor Company's offices and garage   Scotland 
Item 14 of 341909Abercorn Football Club Pavilion and GrandstandPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 341909Drapery and Furnishing WarehousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 341909Villa, Greenlaw AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 341910Renfrew Parish Council ChambersScotstoun Glasgow/RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 18 of 341912Louvre TheatreParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 341912Louvre TheatreParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 341912Shettleston Co-operative Premises and HallsShettleston GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 21 of 341912Shop and saloon, Neilston StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 341913Moorpark SchoolRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 341914Renfrew Parish Council ChambersRenfrew RenfrewshireScotlandEntry in 'Who's who 1923' suggests that that Hamilton Neil and partner Halley did not get this job.
Item 24 of 341916Blythswood Testimonial School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 341919La Scala TheatrePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 26 of 341919Moorpark Housing scheme for Renfrew CorporationRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 341920Loanhead Housing SchemeRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 28 of 341922Renfrew War MemorialRenfrew RenfrewshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 29 of 341925Sherwood Free Church and church hallPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandLarge hall added .
Item 30 of 341931CinemaStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 31 of 341931Florida CinemaKing's Park GlasgowScotlandNew plans drawn up and scheme modernised
Item 32 of 341931Paisley Wolesale Manufacturing Company premisesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 33 of 341935Housing, Tinto SquareRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 34 of 34c. 1935Paisley Co-operative Society premisesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Gazette6 April 1915  p529

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information (parentage, marriage, death and addresses) from research by Iain Paterson