P. White [or Whyte] & Co.

Slaters

Peter White founded P. White & Co. Ltd, slaters and builders, in 1887. 1 However, he first appeared in the Glasgow Post Office Directory as Burnett & White, slaters, of Parliamentary Road, with partner John Burnett, in 1889. 2 The firm carried out the slater work for the Women’s Samaritan Hospital (1895), before splitting up in 1896. 3 As a sole trader, White settled at Paul Street, Townhead, around 1902. 4

Later in his career, White, alongside other Glasgow tradesmen and councillors, became a director of Taymouth Castle Hydro Hotel Ltd. The Marquis of Breadalbane’s former 500-acre Perthshire estate was converted into a 'high-class' golfing, shooting and fishing luxury resort between 1922 and 1923. 5 White’s other contracts around this time included the exterior stonework of Glasgow City Chambers dome (1923), and slating roofs at Lennox Castle Hospital (mid-1930s). 6 By 1936, White & Co. had slateyards at Port Dundas, stores around Springburn (northern Glasgow) and were 'contractors for H.M. Government'. 7

White was twice deacon of the Incorporation of Masons, and president of Queen's Park Football Club between 1916 and 1919. He was also an athlete for the West of Scotland Harriers; a founding member of Dennistoun Minstrels; a well-known Freemason; and president of Bridgeton Burns Club. 8 White was appointed a trustee of Glasgow's fundraising Merchants' Charity Cup in 1936. 9

Notes:

1: Glasgow Herald, 10 September 1946, p. 4.

2: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1889–90, p. 165.

3: Glasgow Herald, 18 May 1895, p. 9; Edinburgh Gazette, 16 June 1896, p. 595.

4: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1902–3, p. 651.

5: Scotsman, 31 May 1922, p. 6; 1 November 1923, p. 5.

6: Scotsman, 18 June 1923, p. 5; A. L. Ritchie, The Book of Lennox Castle, Glasgow: City and Counties Publishing Co., 1936, pp. 76, 96.

7: A. L. Ritchie, The Book of Lennox Castle, Glasgow: City and Counties Publishing Co., 1936, pp. 76, 96.

8: Glasgow Herald, 10 September 1946, p. 4; Scotsman, 10 September 1946, p. 3.

9: Evening Telegraph, 14 February 1936, p. 12; Scotsman, 13 October 1936, p. 10