Basic Biographical Details

Name: Agnes Mary Drysdale (generally known as Mary Drysdale, later Mrs Freeman)
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 August 1912
Died: 1954
Bio Notes: Agnes Mary Drysdale (generally known as Mary Drysdale) was born on 30 August 1912, the daughter of Swanston Drysdale, solicitor, and his wife Annie Miller. She commenced her studies at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art in October 1930, obtaining her diploma in July 1935. Shortly thereafter she moved to London where she joined Crabtree & Freeman as assistant in September that year. She was still working in that office when she was admitted ARIBA on 9 February 1937, her proposers being George Grey Wornum, Arthur Hamilton Moberly and John Begg, who described her in his supporting statement as 'a very promising student'. In addition to a London residential address, her nomination papers include a further private address of Hethersett, Crieff, which was presumably her parental home. She gave her parental address in 1938-39.

Between April and June 1940 she married the architect Philip Garforth Freeman in whose practice she worked in 1937. He was born in 1907 and died in Falmouth, Cornwall in 1995. Agnes Mary Freeman appears in the Directory of 1946-47 under her married name but thereafter she has no entries. The address given at that time is that of her parents. She is almost certainly the Agnes M Freeman who died between July and September 1954 in Marylebone in London.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 222, Pembridge Gardens, London W2, EnglandPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 2Hethersett, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1937 * Presumably her parental address, although she was living in London at this time

* 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 1Crabtree & FreemanSeptember 1935After November 1936Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg9 February 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Hamilton Moberly9 February 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George Grey Wornum9 February 1937for Associateship


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 no6274 (combined box 129)