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Henry Neil Whimster was born in Glasgow on the 28th December 1890, one of five children of Edith Annie Tipping Whimster and Thomas Williamson Whimster, a ship owner. Whimster attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1908 to 1914 and also from 1919 to 1920 as a part time student and apprentice of architecture, under Eugène Bourdon. His sisters Nellie and Annie also attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1907 and 1919 respectively. Before the war, Whimster was articled to Leiper and McNab for five years. He continued as a draughtsman for a year after completing his apprenticeship. He then became a draughtsman for Stewart and Paterson. During the First World War, Whimster served as a 2nd lieutenant of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion. After the war, he returned to work for Stewart and Paterson and was admitted ARIBA in 1920. In 1932, he married Isabel Spence in Paisley. Whimster died on the 18th August 1966 in Uplawmoor. Whimster is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; The Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/index.php