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Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Salmond
Designation: Architect
Born: 1876
Died: 1 September 1938
Bio Notes: David Salmond was born in 1876 at Errol, Mains of Errol, Perthshire, the son of David Salmond Salmond [sic], described as a 'farmer and agent' and later of the Union Castle Shipping Line, and his wife, Hannah Kennedy Millar (or Gilbert; sources vary), who were prominent in literary and musical circles in Glasgow and South Africa where the elder Salmond had business connections. He was articled to John Gordon in Glasgow from 1891 to 1896 and attended classes at Glasgow School of Art under William James Anderson and at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. After the period of his apprenticeship he spent a year working in the office of Niven & Wigglesworth in London before leaving for South Africa, perhaps with a view to settling there; but following the outbreak of the Boer War he returned to Glasgow where he worked briefly in various as yet unidentified offices before commencing practice on his own account in 1899, in partnership with John Watson (born 1872), a former colleague from the Niven & Wigglesworth office.

Salmond was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which he had joined in 1907. He sought elevation to Fellow as quickly as possible, being admitted on 9 June 1913, his proposers being Henry Edward Clifford, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth.

In 1914 Watson & Salmond took into partnership another employee of Niven & Wigglesworth, James Henry Gray (born 1885), the practice having won the competition for the extension of Glasgow City Chambers. It was for this accomplished French Renaissance design that in 1927 the firm was awarded the first RIBA Scottish Architecture medal for the best city building completed within the preceding five years. Much of the work of the practice was in Glasgow but further afield they won commissions for factories and other works in the Midlands and the south west of Scotland.

In 1925 Henry Edward Clifford retired and his practice was merged with that of Watson Salmond & Gray, making them architects to the Victoria Infirmary. Salmond was fairly well off and retired early in 1933 to concentrate on his musical interests, being among other things on the management committee for the Scottish Orchestra, but his retirement was brief as he died at his home, Auchlyne, Fairlie, on 1 September 1938. He left moveable estate of 10,126 4s 9d in the UK and was survived by his wife Dorothy Gamble Herbert.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8231, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18981902 or 1903 
Item 2 of 8225, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1902 or 19031913 
Item 3 of 820, Darnley Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 4 of 8242, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19131933 
Item 5 of 8242, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1929c. 1933 
Item 6 of 8Auchlyne, Redburn Drive, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1930After 1934 
Item 7 of 8111, Union Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1938 *  
Item 8 of 8Auchlyne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1938 *  

* 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 4John Gordon18911896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Niven & Wigglesworth18961897Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Watson & Salmond18991914Partner 
Item 4 of 4Watson, Salmond & Gray1914Early 1933Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Henry Edward Clifford9 June 1913for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4Alexander Nisbet Paterson9 June 1913for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth9 June 1913for 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 22William John BlainEarly 1921for Fellowship
Item 2 of 22Robert BrodieJune 1920For Associateship
Item 3 of 22Albert Dick CordinerDecember 1928for Associateship
Item 4 of 22Alexander MacLauchlan DuncanLate 1915 or early 1916For Associateship
Item 5 of 22Thomas Charles HardyLate 1920for Associateship
Item 6 of 22James Maclaren HoneymanMid 1919for Associateship
Item 7 of 22Robert Govan Lindsay30 November 1931for Associateship
Item 8 of 22Alexander Ernest Christian Lipp4 June 1928For Associateship
Item 9 of 22Alfred Ian Duncan MacdonaldLate 1930for Associateship
Item 10 of 22Alexander Hood MacLeod24 February 1932for Licentiateship
Item 11 of 22Robert Mackison McNaughtLate 1922for Associateship
Item 12 of 22Forbes MurisonLate 1931for Associateship
Item 13 of 22Norval Rowallan PaxtonMid 1923for Associateship
Item 14 of 22Andrew Robertson5 March 1923for Fellowship
Item 15 of 22David RobertsonMid 1919for Associateship
Item 16 of 22William Ross3 December 1923For Associateship
Item 17 of 22David Reekie SmithEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 18 of 22John Forrest Steel (or John Forrester Steel?)Late 1920for Fellowship
Item 19 of 22William Fraser Tytler Stewart7 March 1931for Fellowship
Item 20 of 22James TaylorLate 1931for Fellowship
Item 21 of 22John Watson (junior)29 November 1926For Associateship
Item 22 of 22James Miller WhalleyEarly 1932for 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 681899Cottage for W Lang Edgar     
Item 2 of 681899Cottages for D S SalmondGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 681899Semi-detached cottagesBrookfield RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 681899Springburn & Cowlairs District HallsSpringburn GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 5 of 68After 1899Capelrig House   Scotland 
Item 6 of 68After 1899HouseWhistlefield DunbartonshireScotlandProbably 1911
Item 7 of 681901Busby SchoolBusby LanarkshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 8 of 681901Netherton Farmhouse  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 681901Steading for Andrew ClementNetherton  Scotland 
Item 10 of 681901Tollcross Park UF Church Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 681901Westdene  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 681902Girvan Methodist ChurchGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 681902House for A CunninghamStewarton AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 681902House for J Reid BennieBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 681902Pollokshields Congregational ChurchPollokshields GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 16 of 681903Tarbet HotelTarbet DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 17 of 681903(?)Tulliallan Castle, gardens and lodgeKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotlandAlterations to castle, and new gateway and lodge built. Also further additions 1913.
Item 18 of 681903Unspecified Glasgow Free Library  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 19 of 681904House for Mrs M SteenSkelmorlie AyrshireScotland 
Item 20 of 681904Montrose Public LibraryMontrose AngusScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 21 of 681904Partick Methodist ChurchPartick GlasgowScotlandAlterations, removal of spire and curved parapet
Item 22 of 681904St Vincent Street UP Church  GlasgowScotlandOrgan case
Item 23 of 681904UF ChurchLochgilphead ArgyllScotland 
Item 24 of 681904Wesleyan Methodist Central HallsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 25 of 68October 1904Blairvadach Row, engineer's cottageShandon DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 26 of 681906Overtoun Park, lodge (superintentent's house), gates and layout of parkRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 27 of 681906Tenements, Dunn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 28 of 681906Tenements, off Carriagehill DrivePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 681906The Tudor HouseSkelmorlie AyrshireScotlandBuildings of Scotland gives 1904-05
Item 30 of 681907Paisley Mission HallsPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 31 of 681907Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandUnsucessful competition design
Item 32 of 681908Two pairs of semi-detached cottagesHouston RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 33 of 681909DalriadaPortincaple ArgyllScotland 
Item 34 of 681910Craigton SchoolCraigton GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 681910Stable, Mart Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 36 of 681911Barcapel House  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 37 of 681911Butler's CottageKilcreggan DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 38 of 68January 1911Design for a small houseNewtonmore InvernesshireScotland 
Item 39 of 681913Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job for extension. Begun but never completed
Item 40 of 681914Barcaple HouseRingford, Castle Douglas? Kirkcudbrightshire?Scotland 
Item 41 of 681914Tom-na-MonachanPitlochry PerthshireScotlandInterior work
Item 42 of 68Before 1914(?)CottageBurnmouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 43 of 68c. 1914HouseBurnside GlasgowScotland 
Item 44 of 681919Davidson Memorial Cottage HospitalGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 45 of 681920202 Bath Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterstions
Item 46 of 68June 1920House for Herr OswaldMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandChauffeur's cottage
Item 47 of 68c. 1920Methodist HallsMaryhill GlasgowScotlandHS attribution
Item 48 of 681921Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandScheme for enlargement of council chamber with giant Corinthian portico on George Square, to match Banqueting Hall on George Street and to complement Burnet's war memorial; canvas mock-up proposed by council which Watson declined to agree to; unexecuted
Item 49 of 681922Castle LevanGourock RenfrewshireScotlandSurvey and alterations
Item 50 of 681922Cathkin HouseCarmunnock LanarkshireScotlandAlterations including entrance door
Item 51 of 681922Pollokshields Free ChurchPollokshields GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 52 of 681922Waverley CinemaShawlands Cross GlasgowScotland 
Item 53 of 681923Eastern District Hospital, Nurses' Home  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 54 of 681923GracefieldPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 55 of 68October 1923Bungalow for Charles GrayBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 56 of 681925Cathcart Established Church and manse  GlasgowScotlandCompletion to Clifford's design
Item 57 of 681925Philipshill Auxiliary HospitalThorntonhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 58 of 681925Victoria InfirmaryLangside GlasgowScotlandCompletion of new ward pavilion designed by H E Clifford
Item 59 of 681927101-103 St Vincent Street  GlasgowScotlandNew shop front
Item 60 of 681927Glenfeulan, chauffeur's cottageShandon DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 61 of 681927House for Mrs GrayTayvallich ArgyllScotland 
Item 62 of 681928Philipshill Auxiliary Hospital, nurses' homeThorntonhall GlasgowScotland 
Item 63 of 681929Glasgow Academy  GlasgowScotlandScience block
Item 64 of 681929House at WhitecraigsWhitecraigs GlasgowScotland 
Item 65 of 681929Unspecified bank and offices   ScotlandCompetition design (presumably)
Item 66 of 681930Victoria InfirmaryLangside GlasgowScotlandPaying patients' annexe
Item 67 of 681930Victoria Infirmary, private annexeLangside GlasgowScotland 
Item 68 of 681931Philipshill Auxiliary Hospital, John Innes Memorial ChapelThorntonhall LanarkshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder9 September 1938  Obituary - CHECK for further info, page no etc
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Herald3 September 1938  Obituary

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 information (family history and addresses) from research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1568; F v22 no1517 (microfilm reel 13)


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