Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Somerville Baillie
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 April 1910
Died: 17 December 1981
Bio Notes: John Somerville Baillie was born on 23 April 1910, the son of Richard Baillie, builder, and his wife Margaret Somerville. He attended morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art from 1 October 1928 whilst serving a five-year apprenticeship in the office of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd. On completing his apprenticeship at the end of September 1933 he continued his studies with day classes at the College for a further two years, receiving his diploma on 13 June 1935. He was admitted ARIBA on 6 April 1936, his proposers being William James Walker Todd, John Begg and Arthur Forman Balfour Paul. His nomination papers give Edinburgh College of Art as his 'business' address and Deanwood, Pencaitland, East Lothian as his home. All his major travelling prior to that date took place in 1934, when he spent two weeks touring Holland in April and five weeks on a tour incorporating Sweden (three weeks), Finland (one week) and Germany (one day) in August and September.

At some point before 1950 Ballie who was a member of the Town Planning Institute took a post with the Planning Department of Midlothian County Council.

Baillie died at home on 17 December 1981 when his brother Ian Somerville Bailey and 'only next of kin', also of 12 Cairnmuir Road, Edinburgh registered his death and informed the RIBA. His wife Mary Patterson had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 432, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness  Midlothian County Council, Planning Department.
Item 2 of 4Deanwood, Pencaitland, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1936 *  
Item 3 of 4Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1936 *  
Item 4 of 412, Cairnmuir Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19791981 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd1 October 192830 September 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Midlothian County Council Planning Deprtment1950 * Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg6 April 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Forman Balfour Paul6 April 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William James Walker Todd6 April 1936for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 A no6019 (combined box 114)