Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||David Sturrock |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||c. 1846 |
|Died: ||28 March 1926 |
|Bio Notes: ||David Sturrock was born at Kilmarnock c. 1846, the second son of John Sturrock, writer and notary public from Galston, and Matilda or Martha Brown. The other members of the family were William (born c. 1844), Margaret (born c. 1852), and Amelia (born c. 1856). Of these Amelia was listed as an architect and was presumably an assistant in the Bruce & Sturrock practice, an extremely early instance of a professional rather than an amateur lady architect. |
Sturrock's initial training is unknown but was probably with a Kilmarnock architect, possibly William Railton. In late 1874 or early 1875 John Leck Bruce took him into partnership with the practice title of Bruce & Sturrock. The office was then at 137 West Regent Street where Bruce had commenced practice a year or so earlier. In c. 1876 the practice moved to number 103, and in 1877 or 1878 to number 184. In 1878 the firm was sequestrated.
Bruce was probably a Roman Catholic as from 1878 the practice began receiving smaller commissions from Archbishop Eyre, the larger ones being given almost exclusively to Peter Paul Pugin. There is no recorded work by Bruce & Sturrock after 1883: like so many others it must have suffered lack of business in the severe recession after the failure of the City of Glasgow Bank in 1878. Sturrock thereafter practised independently, retaining a small amount of archdiocesan business, until his retirement at the age of sixty-four late in 1909 or early in 1910. Work in hand was thereafter completed from his house at Newlands. The severe recession in the building trade induced by the Finance Act of 1909 was probably the catalyst for the closure of the practice.
Sturrock married at the late age of fifty-two Eva Janet Manson or Sturrock, a widow, on 28 April 1898 at 334 St Vincent Street (Eva's home). The ceremony was a Unitarian one. Up to the time of his marriage he had commuted from Kilmarnock and later Ayr, but he then set up house at 28 Gray Street, Glasgow, moving out to Newlands c. 1903. He died of asthma and cardiac failure at 63 Buchanan Drive, Cambuslang, on 28 March 1926, the death being reported by his daughter Eva M Sturrock of Bridge Street Hospital, Paisley.
NB: Sturrock should not be confused, as he has been in some sources, with David Woodburn Sturrock, born in 1860; they were first cousins on their father's side (Woodburn was their grandmother's maiden name). David Woodburn Sturrock was articled to David Thomson rather than Bruce & Sturrock.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|137, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Late 1873 or early 1874||After 1875|| |
|103, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1875||After 1880|| |
|Green House, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland||Private||1886 *||After 1888|| |
|184, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1888 *|| || |
|95, Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1888||After 1910|| |
|13, Barnes Terrace, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland||Private||Before 1890||1898|| |
|28, Gray Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1898||After 1900|| |
|Kilrenny, Aylmer Road, Newlands, Glasgow, Scotland||Private/business||Before 1904||After 1914||Initially only house, but also office by 1910|
|63, Buchanan Drive, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private||1926 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Bruce & Sturrock||Late 1874 or early 1875||1883(?)||Partner|| |
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Alexander Cosmo Smith Auld||1903||1909||Apprentice|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|Scotland Census 1881||1881|| || || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Edinburgh Gazette||20 August 1878||no.8923|| ||p.638|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Research by Iain Paterson|