Pollokshields Heritage Heritage Trail Two 
John Nisbet (1868-1951)

Responsible for Kelmscott.

John Nisbet was a prolific tenement builder who studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1887 to 1891. From c1890 he was an assistant to Frank Burnet and Boston until he started his own practice in c1900. He produced many tenements for Sir John Auld McTaggart which included decorative elements produced in an understated Glasgow Style. Many of the higher quality ones incorporated stained glass by Oscar Paterson. The most outstanding of these was Camphill Gate in Shawlands which was built with fireproof materials and included a roof garden. His best individual commission was for John Auld McTaggart’s own house in Pollokshields. Kelmscott is a stylish Queen Anne design which interestingly includes some Arts and Crafts and Glasgow-style details.

Like many of his contemporaries, Nisbet was badly affected by the 1909 Finance Act which increased taxation on tenement building. He eventually found employment as a valuer with the Inland Revenue. He was appointed District Valuer for Dumbartonshire and District and continued to exhibit his fine art work at the Glasgow Royal Institute, but sadly never practiced as an architect again. John Nisbet died on 29th October 1951 at 52 Kersland Street, Glasgow.