10 Dec

Lorne Stewart Weir

Archive, People of the Picture House

Lorne Stewart Weir’s father, Robert Weir, was a master builder who in 1881, employed 87 men. The company was called “Robert Weir and Son”. By 1881 Lorne’s eldest brother, James, was working in his Father’s business. Lorne began his career as a Clerk but it is unknown when Lorne joined his Father’s business  as a joiner journeyman. In 1932, after the death of his Father, Lorne took over the family business still called “Robert Weir and Son.”

“Robert Weir and Son” was one of the main building contractors in Campbeltown and responsible for many of Campbeltown’s buildings:


  • 1865: Main contractor for remodeling and extending town buildings
  • 1878: Millknowe Road Houses, designed and built by Weir and Son.
  • 1869- 1871: Main contractor for the building of the Sheriff Court at Castlehill
  • 1885: Built the Episcopal Church Rectory
  • 1896: Built “Redholm” Kilkerran Road, Campbeltown
  • 1896: Built “The Gentlemen’s Club” Main Street, Campbeltown
  • 1900: Built The Argyll Hotel, Main Street, Campbeltown
  • 1906: Built Campbeltown Bowling Club
  • 1934: Reconstruction and extension of Campbeltown Picture House, contracts for brick and masonry work

Biography File: People of Campbeltown Picture House
Full NameLorne Stewart Weir
Maiden name / other names
Birth dateFebruary 16, 1872Birth place: Campbeltown
Death date1946Death place: Campbeltown
Father’s full nameRobert Weir (master builder)
Mother’s full name
(maiden name in brackets)
Martha Greenlees
Spouse(s)Mary Hogarth Cook, married April 18th 1905, Free Church, Glebe St, Campbeltown.
Children
Places of residence
  • 1881: 77 Longrow, Campbeltown
  • 1891: 45 Buccleugh Street, Blytheswood
  • 1901: 6 Corunna Street, Glasgow
  • 1903: 81 Longrow, Campbeltown
  • 1905: 95 Longrow, Campbeltown
  • 1912: Witchburn Terrace, Campbeltown
Occupation history
  • 1891: Mercantile Clerk
  • 1901: Joiner
  • 1905: Joiner journeyman
  • 1912: Clerk
  • 1932: Owner of “Robert Weir and Son” builders company.
Relationship with Picturehouse / Rex CinemaLorne Stewart Weir was one of the original shareholders. He bought 50 shares in 1912.
Life story in a paragraph (summary of above)Lorne Stewart Weir’s father, Robert Weir, was a master builder who in 1881, employed 87 men. The company was called “Robert Weir and Son”. By 1881 Lorne’s eldest brother, James, was working in his Father’s business. Lorne began his career as a Clerk but it is unknown when Lorne joined his Father’s business  as a joiner journeyman. In 1932, after the death of his Father, Lorne took over the family business still called “Robert Weir and Son.”

“Robert Weir and Son” was one of the main building contractors in Campbeltown and responsible for many of Campbeltown’s buildings:

  • 1865: Main contractor for remodelling and extending town buildings
  • 1878: Millknowe Road Houses, designed and built by Weir and Son.
  • 1869- 1871: Main contractor for the building of the Sheriff Court at Castlehill
  • 1885: Built the Episcopal Church Rectory
  • 1896: Built “Redholm” Kilkerran Road, Campbeltown
  • 1896: Built “The Gentlemens Club” Main Street, Campbeltown
  • 1900: Built The Argyll Hotel, Main Street, Campbeltown
  • 1906: Built Campbeltown Bowling Club
  • 1934: Reconstruction and extension of Campbeltown Picture House, contracts for brick and masonry work
Contact with family established (details)?
External source references (e.g. census, BMD, valuation rolls, probate index, wills, parish records etc.) include ref. numbers
  • Statutory Registers: Births GRO 507/44
  • Statutory Registers: Deaths GRO 507/56
  • Statutory Registers: Marriages GRO 507/12
  • Edinburgh Gazette Feb 23 1932 (article about transfer of business to son Lorne)
  • Argyll and Bute Council (listed buildings) (conservation appraisal)
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  • Historic Scotland
  • Canmore
CPH archive or object collection referenceShareholders ledger. Accounts Ledger.
Neil McArthur December 10, 2017 Ross Wallace December 10, 2017