Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Johnstone
Designation: Architect
Born: 1814
Died: 1884
Bio Notes: John Johnstone was born in 1814, in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the son of a Dunfermline contractor. He appears to have moved south in the 1840s to train as an architect and designed several buildings there including the first industrial dwellings in London. He seems to have been clerk of works to Scott & Moffatt in the 1840s (earlier than was previiously thought). In 1855 he entered into partnership with W A Knowles in Newcastle upon Tyne where he seems to have remained in practice for the rest of his career. He was particualrly successful in competitions. He was elected President of the Northern Architectural Association in 1875. He designed Elswicj Cemetery and town halls in Gateshead, Newcastle (now demolished), Bishop Auckland, Hexham and Dumfries.

He died in Newcastle on 29 September 1884 while inspecting the Walker Board Schools site.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1814Before 1855Place of birth
Item 2 of 26, Clayton Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1868 *  

* 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 3William Bonython Moffatt1840s Clerk of Works 
Item 2 of 3(Sir) George Gilbert Scott1840s Clerk of Works 
Item 3 of 3Knowles & Johnstone18551884(?)Partner 

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 1John George Crone18831884Apprentice 

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 21879Leazes Park Synagogue  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 2 of 2c. 1884Dumfries Town HallDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Building News3 October 1884  pp536-7 - obituary
Item 2 of 4Newcastle Chronicle29 September 1884  Obituary
Item 3 of 4Newcastle Chronicle30 September 1884  p3
Item 4 of 4Newcastle Journal30 September 1884  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Graham PottsInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent October 2012