Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Williamson Campbell
Designation: Architect
Born: 1873
Died: February 1949
Bio Notes: David Williamson Campbell was born in 1873 in Dalmeny and educated at Daniel Stewart's College in Edinburgh. He began his career as a joiner on Lord Rosebery's Dalmeny Estate in 1891, transferring to the clerk of works' office there for two-and-a-half years. During this period he attended Heriot-Watt College where he gained two bronze medals for drawing. In 1896 he was appointed assistant factor and clerk of works to Edward Brook on the latter's Kinmount and Hoddom Estates, Dumfriesshire, and he worked there for six years, overseeing some works himself and carrying out others under the supervision of Frank James Chambers Carruthers.

In 1902 he became estate architect to Sir Robert Buchanan Jardine of Castlemilk, Dumfriesshire, working under the factor John Malcolm Aitken. Campbell was still at Castlemilk when he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, being proposed by James Irving Tweedie alone. His home address at that time was Breckonhill, Lockerbie. His practice largely consisted of farm and estate work but the parish hall at St Mungo's, Kettleholm (1907-8) suggests that he had some ability as an architect, and Tweedie describes the electric lighting station he designed for Castlemilk as being 'finished in Scotch Baronial Style'.

Campbell retired in 1931 but returned during the Second World War years to act as clerk of works on the Castlemilk and Dormont estates.

Campbell was an elder of Ecclefechan Church for 50 years and also session clerk and lay representative elder to the Presbytery of Annandale. He died in February 1949.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Castle Milk Estates Office, Norwood, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 2Breckonhill, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1911 *After 1929Initially private address; latterly business address

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1James Johnstone Shannon Mid 1924December 1929Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Irving Tweedie20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 6After 1896Hoddom CastleEcclefechan DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant factor and clerk of works under Frank James Chambers Carruthers: estate work
Item 2 of 6After 1896Kinmount HouseAnnan DumfriesshireScotlandAs assistant factor and clerk of works under Frank James Chambers Carruthers: alterations, additions, lodges and other estate work
Item 3 of 6After 1902CastlemilkLockerbie DumfriesshireScotlandEstate works, under John Malcolm Aitken
Item 4 of 6After 1902Castlemilk, electric lighting stationLockerbie DumfriesshireScotlandUnder John Malcolm Aitken
Item 5 of 6After 1902Conversion of two old schools into public halls  DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 6 of 61907St Mungo HallKettleholm DumfriesshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIBA JournalMarch 1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp244 Obituary
Item 2 of 2ScotsmanFebruary 1949  p3 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v16 no1168