George Gordon MacFarlane

Biography of George Gordon MacFarlane

George Gordon Macfarlane
George Gordon Macfarlane

George Gordon Macfarlane was born on 22 March 1885 in Glasgow. His father, also named Geroge, was a merchant. He first matriculated at the University aged 17 to study for a Science degree. He was the brother of fellow alumnus and famous novelist Catherine Carswell.

Macfarlane studied a wide variety of subjects during his time here. In his early years he took classes in subjects such as Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. Towards the end of his degree he focused on Engineering, taking classes in subjects such as Analytical Geometry, Higher Mathematics and Technical Drawing. After graduating from the University BSc in 1906, Macfarlane began studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture and became a pupil of Sir John James Burnet. His architectural work took him around the world, working as architect to the Wellcome archaeological expeditions in the Sudan before undertaking four years' war service.

At the end of the war, Macfarlane established his own practice in in London. He was appointed chief architect to brewers Watney Combe Reid & Co in July 1925. In 1930 he was admitted FRIBA (now RIBA). Like his sister, Macfarlane was a keen writer and published many novels under the pseudonym of Patrick Miller such as include The Deep End (1927), The Magic Circle (1933) and Ana the Runner (1937). He died in Capri in January 1949 after a brief illness.


George Gordon MacFarlane

Born 22 March 1885.
Died 7 January 1949.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1906;
Honours: Military Cross
Occupation categories: architects
Additional Information: He was awarded the Military Cross for his service in the 1914-18 war; writter of novels;
Record last updated: 11th Jul 2017

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