Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas De-Butts Robertson
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 July 1889
Bio Notes: Douglas De-Butts Robertson was born on 23 July 1889 and was articled to Thomas Duncan Rhind in October 1905. From that year until 1910 he studied on the diploma course at Edinburgh College of Art. He obtained a travelling scholarship in 1911, enabling him to study Gothic domestic architecture in England for four months.

During the First World War he served with the Royal Engineers from 1916. Thereafter, in November 1919, he went to China as a missionary with the Chinan Inland Mission, for which he carried out architectural work until 1939. His activities during the Second World War are unknown but he was admitted LRIBA On 16 October 1945, without the need for proposers. His nomination papers indicate that he was still officially employed by the China Inland Mission at that time, but give his private address as 14 West Craigs Crescent, Corstorphine; it is unclear whether he was actually staying in Edinburgh or whether this was merely his family address.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2ChinaBusinessNovember 1919After 1939 
Item 2 of 214, West Craigs Crescent, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1945 *  

* 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 1(Sir) Thomas Duncan RhindOctober 19051910(?)Apprentice 


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 no5783 (combined box 100)