Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Turnbull
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 September 1888
Bio Notes: John Turnbull was born on 27 September 1888 and was articled to J & H V Eaglesham of Ayr in 1906, attending classes at the Glasgow School of Architecture and Glasgow Technical College. On completing his apprenticeship he joined John Rutherford Johnstone of Troon, who had briefly been a colleague in the Eaglesham office, as an assistant, but the following year he emigrated to Montreal. There he worked for E & W S Maxwell for three years before undertaking military service in France. On his demobilisation in 1919 he returned to the Maxwell firm, transferring a year later to the office of James Cecil McDougall, who had been an assistant in the Maxwell firm immediately prior to Turnbull's arrival, and moving again in 1923 to that of Philip John Turner, also of Montreal. Turnbull went to New York in 1926 to work for Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue for three years, returning to McDougall's office in 1929. From there he passed the qualifying exam in July 1930, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Turner, William Sutherland Maxwell and Ramsay Traquair. Alos in 1931 he joined the Quebec Association of Architects.

Turnbull had returned to the the United Kingdom at some point before 1937. He sailed for Montreal on 14 May 1937. He retired from practice in 1965 and almost certainly died in Canada.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4984, Cote des Neiges Road, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1930 *  
Item 2 of 41221, Osborne Street, Montreal, CanadaBusiness1930 *  
Item 3 of 45052, Victoria Avenue, Montreal, CanadaBusinessBefore 1950After 1960 
Item 4 of 44655, Bona Vista Avenue, Montreal, CanadaPrivatec. 1963  

* 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 7J & H V Eaglesham19061911Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7John Rutherford Johnstone19111912Assistant 
Item 3 of 7E & W S Maxwell19121920AssistantWith the exception of war service, 1915-19
Item 4 of 7James Cecil McDougall19201923Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Philip John Turner19231926Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue19261929Assistant 
Item 7 of 7James Cecil McDougall1929After 1930Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Sutherland MaxwellEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Ramsay TraquairEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Philip John TurnerEarly 1931for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3  Migration records
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4662 (combined box 27)