Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Sibbald McKay
Designation: Architect
Died: 5 September 1938
Bio Notes: John Sibbald McKay was born and brought up in Dumbarton, the son of James McKay, Jamesfield, Glasgow Road, Dumbarton and his wife. He studied at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1907 until 1911 and was articled to Alexander Cochrane Denny from 1906 remaining as assistant with the practice, which by 1911 had become Denny & Blain. From 1913 to 1915 he was an assistant with Andrew Granger Heiton in Perth. After the First World War in 1920 he took a position as assistant with John Burnet Son & Dick where he remained for two years. In 1922 he was taken into partnership by Andrew Granger Heiton when Heiton's ill-health was making it increasing difficult for him to produce drawings for clients. McKay was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme on 11 June 1923, his proposers being Charles Gourlay, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and William John Blain.

Heiton died on holiday at Harrogate in June 1927, and McKay continued the practice thereafter. As well as being an Associate of the RIBA he was a Fellow of the Dundee Institute of Architects by 1930 or 1931, at which time his address was 72 George Street, Perth.

McKay left the architectural profession in 1932 to train for the ministry and from 1934 was the minister of Galashiels Congregational Church. He died on 5 September 1938. He was survived by his widow Nessie Stirling.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 473, Glasgow Road, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1923 *  
Item 2 of 472, George Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1923After 1930 
Item 3 of 4High Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1930  
Item 4 of 415, South Tay Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 or 1940 *  

* 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 5Alexander Cochran Denny19061911Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Denny & Blain19111913Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Andrew Granger Heiton (or Andrew H Heiton Granger)19131915Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Burnet, Son & Dick19201922Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Heiton & McKay1922 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William John Blain11 June 1923For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Gourlay11 June 1923For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Nisbet Paterson11 June 1923For 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 51923War MemorialKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 51925Kirkcaldy Museum, Art Gallery and Public LibraryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandMain building
Item 3 of 51926Priory Park, sports pavilion and recreation groundKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 51928Hillside HousePerth PerthshireScotlandAdditions to south
Item 5 of 51928Kirkcaldy Museum, Art Gallery and Public LibraryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandEast wing and lodge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Perthshire Advertiser10 September 1938  p9

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 no3673 (microfilm reel 27)