Basic Biographical Details

Name: Horace James Dick Hamilton
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 March 1915
Died: 9 June 2007
Bio Notes: Horace James Dick Hamilton was born on 23 March 1915, the son of George Hamilton, joiner, and his wife Jessie Jane Fairgrieve. He was articled to Wylie, Wright & Wylie in October 1932, studying at Glasgow School of Architecture. He remained with the same firm for the full five years of his apprenticeship, by the end of which it had become Wylie, Shanks & Wylie, and on receiving his course certificate in June 1937 joined the office of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company as an assistant, being promoted to draughtsman the following year returning to his studies at the School of Architecture and Technical College in September 1938 to obtain his diploma. Hamilton was practising at 8 Park Avenue, Glasgow c.1939. He passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in December 1940 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 March 1941, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes and William James Smith of the Glasgow School of Architecture, and Andrew Graham Henderson. By that time he had joined the staff of Rolls-Royce Ltd in Glasgow as chief architect.

He worked on the temporary housing programme for the Ministry of Works in 1946, and from 1947 onwards practised in Motherwell as Wilson, Hamilton & Wilson. These are almost certainly Andrew Victor Wilson and his son whoc was an engineer. Andrew Victor Wilson died in 1946 and it seems very likely that Hamilton took over his practice. The other Wilson was probably Andrew James B Wilson who was an engineer and Andrew Victor Wilson's son. Hamilton retired in the 1970s, sometime before 1979. He was elected FRIBA in 1955, proposed by Alexander Wright, Lockhart Hutson and James Macneil Cowie.

He was a Fellow of the RIAS (electwed 1955). He died on 9 June 2007 at his home in Bearsden. His wife Jessie Hyne Blackie had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8Buchanan Lodge, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 2007 
Item 2 of 88, Park Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939  
Item 3 of 817, Merrick Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 4 of 8Messrs Rolls-Royce Ltd, Hillington, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19401946 
Item 5 of 8Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1947After 1955 
Item 6 of 8Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1947After 1955 
Item 7 of 85, Woodside Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1955 *  
Item 8 of 81, Springfield Avenue, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1955 *  

* 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 5Wylie, Wright & WylieOctober 19321936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1936June 1937Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5London Midland and Scottish Railway CompanyJune 1937September 1938AssistantIn Glasgow office
Item 4 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19461946Architect 
Item 5 of 5Wilson, Hamilton & Wilson1947After 1970Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6James Macneil CowieLate 1955For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson4 March 1941for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Thomas Harold Hughes4 March 1941for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Lockhart Whiteford HutsonLate 1955For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6(Professor) William James Smith4 March 1941for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Alexander WrightLate 1955For Fellowship

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 51After 1947British Road Services Depots   ScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 51After 1947Central SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandExtension
Item 3 of 51After 1947Clyde Paper MillsEastfield, Rutherglen LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 4 of 51After 1947Clyde Paper MillsMilngavie GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 51After 1947CottagesCarluke LanarkshireScotlandConversion of condemned cottages into shops and showroom
Item 6 of 51After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car Accessories  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 51After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car AccessoriesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 51After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car AccessoriesAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 51After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car AccessoriesDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 10 of 51After 1947Halifax Building Society branch  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 51After 1947Halifax Building Society branchPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 51After 1947Halifax Building Society branchMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 51After 1947Housing scheme for miners, lighhouse keepers and general needsBowmoreIslayArgyllScotland 
Item 14 of 51After 1947Motherwell StadiumMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 51After 1947Recreation groundUddingston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 51After 1947Recreation groundBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 51After 1947Recreation groundBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 51After 1947Recreation groundMossend LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 51After 1947Recreation groundHolytown LanarkshireScotland 
Item 20 of 51After 1947Recreation groundChapelhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 51After 1947Riverside Engineering WorksRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 22 of 51After 1947Rolls Royce FactoryLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandExtensions
Item 23 of 51After 1947Rolls Royce sports groundHillington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 24 of 51After 1947Rolls Royce Sports GroundCrookston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 25 of 51After 1947Rolls Royce Sports GroundEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 26 of 51After 1947SSHA housing scheme for miners, lighthouse keepers and general needsCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 27 of 51After 1947SSHA housing scheme for miners, lighthouse keepers and general needsCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 28 of 51After 1947St Bridget's Primary SchoolBaillieston GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 29 of 51After 1947St Patrick's SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandExtension
Item 30 of 511951Rolls Royce FactoryHillington GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations to factory, test beds for jet engine and other works
Item 31 of 51c. 1951Rolls Royce Factory, BlantyreBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandExtensions
Item 32 of 511954Pharmaceutical PlantDalry AyrshireScotland 
Item 33 of 511955SMT garage premisesPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlan drawn up
Item 34 of 511956Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 51195740 Mugdock RoadStrathblane StirlingshireScotland 
Item 36 of 511960sPlant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 37 of 511960Gourock High SchoolGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 38 of 511961Maukinhill Junior Secondary SchoolMaukinhill, Paisley Renfrewshire  
Item 39 of 51Before 1961Hillhouse Parish Church and hallHamilton LanarkshireScotlandHall
Item 40 of 511962Possilpark Secondary SchoolPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 511963Bellshill Public BathsBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 42 of 511964Hydraulics Components Plant for CessnaGlenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 43 of 511965Telecommunications Factory for AEI LtdGlenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 44 of 511965Telecommunications Factory for AEI LtdKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 45 of 511967Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 46 of 511968John Street Senior Secondary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 47 of 511968Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 48 of 511971Shotts Leisure CentreShotts LanarkshireScotland 
Item 49 of 511973Bellshill Leisure CentreBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 50 of 511974Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 51 of 511974Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder28 April 1961  'Glasgow Institute of Architects' p829 - Hamilton elected vice-president along with A H Livingstone and T B Main
Item 2 of 3Motherwell Times9 April 1947   
Item 3 of 3RIAS Chartered Architect2007v20, no2 Summer issue - death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7816 (stored under F5069, combined box 54); F no5069 (combined box 54)