Collection DC 088 - Material relating to former GSA student, Kenneth Murray Fraser

Facade for an Art Gallery Student work by James Lovat Hosack Fraser

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DC 088


Material relating to former GSA student, Kenneth Murray Fraser


  • c1910s-1960s (Creation)

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27 Items

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Scope and content

Collection of drawings relating to the student and commerical work of Kenneth Murray Fraser and his brother, fellow architect James Lovat Hosack Fraser.

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System of arrangement

The collection has been arranged into four parts: Kenneth Murray Fraser's student architectural work; student life drawings; commercial architectural work in which he was likely involved; and a single architectural drawing by his brother, James Lovat Hosack Fraser.

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Biographical history

Kenneth Murray Fraser was born on 19 October 1906, the son of Dr John Hosack Fraser, a medical practitioner who was in charge of the Keir Auxilliary Red Cross Hospital throughout WW1. He was awarded the War Medal of the British Red Cross by Queen Alexandra, and the Medaille du Roi Albert by the King of the Belgium. His wife, Christina Reid, and he had 5 sons & 3 daughters.
From 1924-1929 Kenneth Fraser served his articles with Stewart & Paterson while at the same time taking the certificate course at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College. After the completion of his articles he remained with Stewart & Paterson as an assistant but left to undertake war service in August 1940.
In his Nomination Paper he does not specify the reason but his war service finished in June 1941. He then was required to carry out War Damage work, as Architect in "reserved profession". He was also a Special Constable. He then took a post as senior assistant (later deputy chief assistant) with Sam Bunton Associates. Subsequent to wide general experience he served on the War Damages Staff with Sam Bunton who was architect and town planning consultant to Clydebank Town Council in the early 1940s. Following completion of this he continued with staff engaged on the reconstruction and development of the entire burgh, involving about 4000 houses as well as communal and public buildings. He remained with Bunton and was admitted LRIBA in 1948, proposed by Jack Coia, John Stewart and William McCrea.
At this time he was engaged on the development of the burgh which includes an extension of about 600 acres with 5000 houses. By this date he had gained wide experience and knowledge of Local Authority housing using traditional and non-traditional methods. At some point he became an Associate with Sam Bunton. Later he formed a partnership with James Hastie MacLeod as MacLeod & Fraser. By 1974 he had retired from business and wished to resign from RIBA.
He was married to Bridget Hughes (1910-2003) and had one son, John Kenneth Fraser (born 1943, RICS Scotland Chair 2002/3). His best man was also an Architect (John (Jack) Allan), who worked with him at Sam Bunton's and may have been at GSA. Another contemporary, who may have been at GSA was Sheila Neil O'Shaughnessy, an artist and great friend of the family.
He died on 26 December 1988 at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

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Biographical history

James Lovat Hosack Fraser was born in Bridge of Allan, the eldest of the three sons and three daughters of John Hosack Fraser, physician and surgeon and his wife Christina. He was educated at Stirling High School and the Edinburgh Academy. He joined the practice of Rowand Anderson & Paul. During this period he was a member of the 9th Royal Scots and was called up at the outbreak of the First World War. He received a commission in 1915 and was transferred to the Cameron Highlanders. In July 1916 he was attached to the Machine Gun Corps and went with his unit to France at the end of September. He was continually in the trenches from this time until he was fatally wounded on 18 February 1917, having reached the rank of lieutenant.

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Deposited in 2015.

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  • English

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  • Catalogued in May 2017 by Alborz Dianat, work placement student from the University of Edinburgh.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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