© All rights reserved. © courtesy of RCAHMS. Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk 

Larger versions of these images are located at the foot of the page.

Basic Biographical Details

Name: Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 March 1883
Died: 27 October 1952
Bio Notes: Reginald (Reggie) Francis Joseph Fairlie was born at Kincaple, Fife on 7 March 1883, the second son of James Ogilvy Reginald Fairlie and his wife Jane Mary Buchanan. The Fairlies were very old Ayrshire gentry, originally the Fairlies of that ilk until the Fairlie estate was sold to the Boyle Earls of Glasgow: James Ogilvy Reginald Fairlie was the third son of James Ogilvy Fairlie of Coodham and was Privy Chamberlain to Pope Leo XII 1878-1903, and from 1904 to Pius X. He was closely associated with the Third Marquess of Bute, and when Bute bought the Falkland estate in 1887 Fairlie acquired the Myres Castle section of it, matriculating his arms as Fairlie of Myres in 1893. This strong Roman Catholic-old gentry background was to be the bedrock of his son's practice.

Reginald Fairlie was educated at the Oratory School in Birmingham because of its associations with Cardinal Newman (whom Leo had made a cardinal in 1879) and was as devout a Roman Catholic as his father. He was articled to Robert Stodart Lorimer in 1901 but his relationship with him was not a particularly happy one. Fairlie did not believe in classes or exams and Lorimer told him he 'would never make an architect because he was too lazy'. Fairlie in turn had reservations about Lorimer and some of his work, preferring that of John Kinross and the Roman Catholic architect Archibald Macpherson who was to become a close friend until his death in December 1927. Within Lorimer's office Fairlie got on best with James Smith Richardson, later principal inspector of ancient monuments who was similarly somewhat disaffected.

After leaving Lorimer's office Fairlie spent some time in London and travelled in England, France and Italy before returning to Edinburgh to commence independent practice at 14 Randolph Place in 1908, immediately entering the Stirling Municipal Buildings competition. He was unplaced but it hardly mattered. Family connections and the quality of his draughtsmanship ensured the patronage of the 4th Marquess of Bute who financed the Roman Catholic churches at St Andrews and Troon, both late Scots Gothic: these were followed by the choir of the abbey church at Fort Augustus, Romanesque and built off the foundations laid by Peter Paul Pugin. On at least one occasion he made the journey from Myres to Fort Augustus on foot, sleeping outdoors en route; and during this early period of practice he made further walking tours of the churches of Devon and Dorset in 1911 and 1912. At that time he kept a falcon.

Fairlie's first significant country house commissions came in 1913-14, a tactful addition to a composite Victorian shooting lodge at Inverailort and the reconstruction of Kilmany in a Cape Dutch idiom after the client had a disagreement with Lorimer. But in the latter year he was called up and commissioned in the Royal Engineers, serving in France. His elder brother John Ogilvy Fairlie was killed in action on 25 September 1915 and his father died on 28 September 1916, a year after becoming Chamberlain to Benedict XV. The deaths of his father and brother resulted in Fairlie becoming heir to the Myres estate.

Fairlie resumed practice at Randolph Place after the war, joining forces with George Reid and J Smith Forbes - who also had Roman Catholic connections - to compete successfully for the Northfield Housing Estate in Edinburgh, the partnership taking the title of Fairlie, Reid & Forbes. This was followed by another housing estate in Moffat and a small one at Auchtermuchty which was not built. But after completing the Edinburgh and Moffat schemes, which were much above average, Fairlie gradually withdrew from 1926, leaving Reid & Forbes to continue in partnership on their own (Post Office directories show the firms running concurrently in this year). Fairlie's practice then settled into its former routine of church and country house work, which was of such quality that it brought him election as ARSA in 1923: and that in turn resulted in him being admitted FRIBA on 15 May 1928, proposed by the RIBA Council. He took rather more interest in professional matters after that, joining the Council of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and the Board of Edinburgh College of Art.

In 1925 Fairlie and his partners moved to 7 Ainslie Place, which was to be Fairlie's house and office for the rest of his life, his partners Reid and Forbes eventually moving out in 1930. It has been said that Fairlie lived the life of a hermit but that overstates the reality of his semi-monastic existence. He never married, his household being managed by a quick-witted gentleman's gentleman, Robertson from Leith. Robertson cooked good simple food ('the bona temporalia'), scanned his newspapers and journals in which the items which might interest him were duly marked for his attention, and kept his books and clothes in order - Fairlie was always impeccably clad, even after sleeping outdoors. The private apartments were kept in a state of old-world Catholic gentility, his drawing room having a Sienese Madonna, a Flemish pietà, a tapestry and Chinese ceramics. The house served also as an Edinburgh base for his brother Gilbert Thomas Ogilvie Fairlie, who was priest at Birnam, and also lodged within no 7 were James Forbes Smith, formerly of John More Dick Peddie's practice, and from about 1931, the widow of the architect James Bow Dunn, although neither seems to have been part of Fairlie's inner circle of friends who tended to be entertained at this time. Although shy and somewhat diffident in public, and intolerant of any pretension, in private Fairlie was a brilliant raconteur with a profound knowledge of Scottish and Irish folklore and an amazing mastery of provincial dialects, his tales always being in good taste. Surprisingly he had no interest in music beyond that for the Roman Catholic liturgy, and much of it he positively disliked. Perhaps the closest of his friends was the painter Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell who shared his love of outdoor life and of Iona in particular. He had maintained a similar bachelor household with a gentleman's gentleman at no 6 since 1920. Later regular guests were the Roman Catholic writer George Scott-Moncrieff, Ian G Lindsay who became an apprentice with him in 1927 on his return from Cambridge, and the sculptor Hew Lorimer whose career he both helped and encouraged from the time of his father's death in 1929.

The office itself never had many staff. Charles William Gray, who joined Fairlie's office in 1923, recalled that Fairlie 'never hustled or bustled. Very few people ever saw him work … as a master he never taught. He just breathed inspiration. Nothing seemed to be difficult to him. Churches were born during the night. As a draughtsman he was unique. The way he was able to create a chef d'oeuvre with the minimum of lines was uncanny. His freehand sketching in heraldic work and animals was amazing.'

Although war service had left him in less robust health and the pressures of business compelled him to use trains more, Fairlie remained committed to walking rather than motoring and to sleeping outdoors. His profound interest in mediaeval, renaissance and late Stuart architecture brought membership and ultimately the chairmanship of the Ancient Monuments Board at which he and his friend Richardson sometimes found themselves at odds with Dr W Douglas Simpson - 'The embattled Prussian has defeated us again' (Simpson was half-German). Whenever possible he revisited the sites under discussion. Hew Lorimer described how when visiting a site Fairlie 'would descend on it in the earliest light of dawn after sleeping out on some neighbouring hillside, or else might have stopped short of his objective and watched nightfall enclosing it and the lights of the countryside going out.' Predictably these self-imposed hardships caused chest problems and left him with a persistent and severe cough which shortened his life.

In July 1931 Fairlie's mother died. He allowed Myres to pass to his younger brother James Ogilvy Fairlie who had married Constance Lascelles in 1922. He and his sister Margaret Elspeth Mary Fairlie then rented Inchrye Abbey, a romantic Georgian Gothic house near Lindores, for the shooting. There Lindsay and the other members of his circle were frequent guests.

In 1932 Fairlie was among the twelve architects nominated by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, then President of the RIBA, for consideration by the selection committee for the new government buildings on Calton Hill for the National Library. This was a three-stage process which began with the new offices in Whitehall. This went to Vincent Harris in preference to Arthur Davis and Thomas Tait by the casting vote of the First Commissioner of the Office of Works, Major William Ormsby-Gore, because Harris had won an earlier competition for them. At the Scottish meeting on 11 December when Sir D Y Cameron represented the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and John Begg the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Calton Hill project went to Tait rather than Davis in deference to national feeling on the issue. The meeting was then joined by Lord Clyde for the National Library's interest. Ormsby-Gore proposed Davis because Fairlie had no experience of such projects but was firmly outvoted. Building was delayed as a new sheriff court had to be built before the old one could be demolished. The design stage was fraught with difficulties, the Cockburn Association proposing that Bryce's Sheriff Court façade be retained - a proposition Fairlie dismissed as impossible - and conflicting advice on style which ultimately led to a consultation with Sir George Washington Browne representing the Royal Fine Art Commission. A model was made of the final American-Scandinavian classical modern scheme, but it was not built as he designed it, the capitals of the pilasters and the doorpiece being drastically simplified after his death.

In the 1920s and 1930s Fairlie became resigned to the qualities he sought becoming harder to achieve. Of the red brick round-arched style spawned by Westminster Cathedral for Catholic church buildings, he observed diffidently, if not wryly, that 'It seems to be what they want'; and as Scott-Moncrieff correctly observed, perhaps with the Marquess of Bute's 1920s enthusiasm for synthetic stone in mind, he was 'not always firm enough with clients but allowed them too easily to make him modify his better judgment'.

In 1933 Fairlie was elected full academician and in 1937 St Andrews conferred on him the degree of LLD for his restoration of the interior of St Salvator's Chapel. Thereafter his staff referred to him as The Doctor. Appointment to the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Forestry Commission followed and in 1938 he made an extended tour of Norway and Sweden with Lindsay, partly with the National Library in mind and partly to see the work of the preservation bodies there: by that date he had generously allowed the commission for the restoration of the abbey buildings at Iona, originally planned in 1931-32, to pass to Lindsay who had left to set up practice on his own in 1931 and had become Burnett Orphoot's partner in 1933. There was, perhaps, a certain regret on both sides that a partnership was not possible because of the obligation Fairlie felt towards Gray and the practice's dependence on Roman Catholic business, Lindsay being a High Church episcopalian. At a personal level the mid- to late 1930s were not a happy time for Fairlie. Cadell ran out of patrons, and had to move from Ainslie Place and eventually downsize his household in Warriston Crescent; he died in serious poverty in 1937. Ian Lindsay's wife, the Hon Maysie Loch, recalled that although Fairlie was the kindest and gentlest of men, he somehow did not fully appreciate that his closest friend and his faithful manservant could no longer afford decent meals: characteristically she took over. In 1938 Robertson died suddenly, his place being taken by his sister Mrs Cameron; and in 1939 the outbreak of the Second World War resulted in the abandonment of his largest country house, Baro in East Lothian, and the loss of his lease of Inchrye.

The building of the National Library was slow to resume after the war: only the steel frame had been erected when work stopped in 1939. During the Second World War he had no work other than the various boards on which he served, but he was well enough off to see it through. He was admitted FRSE in 1947 and it was a matter of some amusement to him that a man with so many letters after his name had never passed any examination. He was wont to observe that it was far easier to be given degrees rather than work like a slave for them.

In 1948 Fairlie took into partnership his long-serving assistant Major Charles William Gray. The following year work commenced on the nave at Fort Augustus and in 1950 when work on the National Library and on Baro was about to be resumed he took into partnership Alexander Ritchie Conlon.

Fairlie died in St Raphael's Nursing Home, Edinburgh on 27 October 1952, and was buried in the Eastern Cemetery, St Andrews where a stone carved by Hew Lorimer marks the Fairlie graves. He left the then substantial estate of £64,855 15s 9d. His practice was continued under the title of Reginald Fairlie & Partners. His sister Margaret commissioned Patrick Nuttgens to compile a memorial volume to him, but she died on 14 June 1958 without seeing it in print.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 214, Randolph Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business19081922 
Item 2 of 27, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business19221952 

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 3(Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer19011906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Fairlie, Reid & Forbes1919c. 1926Partner 
Item 3 of 3Reginald Fairlie & Partners1948(?)1952Partner 

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 10John Peter Dippie Grant19121914Assistant 
Item 2 of 10James Meldrum Mitchell19211924Apprentice 
Item 3 of 10Ian Gordon Lindsay19271930Apprentice 
Item 4 of 10Charles William Gray19281929Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 10D R Cooper1930(?) *  Cooper's address of 7 Ainslie Place indicates that he was in Fairlie's employment at this time
Item 6 of 10Stanley White Edgar19311932Junior Assistant 
Item 7 of 10Walter Schomberg Hepburne Scott19341935Assistant 
Item 8 of 10M WatsonBefore 1934(?)After 1936(?)Assistant(?)Possibly an assistant in Fairlie's office, but this is uncertain
Item 9 of 10Charles William Gray19361939Assistant 
Item 10 of 10John Innes19381938Assistant 

* 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 1RIBA Council15 May 1928for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 14Gilbert Laurie Cadell8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 14Eric Hutton Crosbee10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 14Charles William GrayLate 1931for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 14John Buchan Hall10 December 1946for Associateship
Item 5 of 14Leslie Howard Hill21 October 1935for Associateship
Item 6 of 14John Innes10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 7 of 14John Ross McKay5 December 1938for Fellowship
Item 8 of 14Walter Schomberg Hepburne Scott18 October 1937for Associateship
Item 9 of 14(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceMid 1933for Associateship
Item 10 of 14(Dr) Frederic ('Eric') Robert Stevenson 10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 11 of 14Thomas Aikman Swan19 June 1939for Fellowship
Item 12 of 14Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)21 June 1937for Fellowship
Item 13 of 14Peter Rice Whiston10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 14 of 14Robert Woodcock2 December 1935for Associateship

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 190 6, 8 South StreetSt Andrews FifeScotlandRestoration - date unknown
Item 2 of 190 Ardrishaig RC ChurchArdrishaig ArgyllScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 190 Balcarres, gate lodgeColinsburgh FifeScotlandProposed gate lodge
Item 4 of 190 Jedburgh Abbey, Marquis of Lothian MemorialJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 5 of 190 Our Lady and St Anne RC ChurchCadzow LanarkshireScotlandAlterations to sanctuary - date unknown
Item 6 of 1901903Balcarres, Estate OfficeColinsburgh FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 1901908(?)Charleton HouseColinsburgh FifeScotlandSiting of road and forecourt gates
Item 8 of 1901908Newton HouseCharleton FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 1901908Stirling Municipal BuildingsStirling StirlingshireScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 10 of 1901909RC Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St MeddanTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 1901909RC Church of St JamesSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 1901911House of Falkland, Crichton-Stewart Memorial ChapelFalkland FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 1901912Inverailort HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 14 of 1901913Memorial to Thomas R Buchanan, All SoulsOxford OxfordshireEngland 
Item 15 of 1901913St Benedict's AbbeyFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotlandRestoration, nave
Item 16 of 1901913St John's presbyteryCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 1901913St Margaret's Dominican ConventHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 18 of 1901913 or 1951(?)RC Church of St JosephPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 19 of 1901914Kilmany Cottage  FifeScotlandExisting house entirely recast
Item 20 of 1901914Parish Church of St AthernaseLeuchars FifeScotlandRestoration; proposal for rebuilding Milne's church on the medieval foundations not carried out.
Item 21 of 1901914RC Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St MeddanTroon AyrshireScotlandPassage and presbytery added
Item 22 of 1901914RC Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Meddan, Priest's HouseTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 1901914Stanley RC ChurchStanley Perthshire?Scotland 
Item 24 of 1901916Memorial to J Ogilvy Fairlie of MyresSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 25 of 1901918Hutton Parish Church and ChurchyardHutton BerwickshireScotlandDesigned communion table and enclosure at east end (executed by Scott Morton & Co)
Item 26 of 1901919Holodyke HouseDounby (near)MainlandOrkneyScotlandRear wing
Item 27 of 1901919Kinclaven Parish War Memorial Lych-Gate  PerthshireScotland 
Item 28 of 1901919Moffat War MemorialMoffat DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 29 of 1901919Northfield Housing Estate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 1901919Peebles War MemorialPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 31 of 1901920Auchtermuchty Housing SchemeAuchtermuchty FifeScotland 
Item 32 of 1901920Auchtermuchty War MemorialAuchtermuchty FifeScotland(Figure of soldier by Alexander Carrick)
Item 33 of 1901920Bendochy Parish War Memorial Lych-Gate  PerthshireScotland 
Item 34 of 1901920Blairgowrie War MemorialBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandStatue by A Carrick.
Item 35 of 1901920Corrour  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 36 of 1901920Crawford Priory  FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 37 of 1901920Monzievaird and Strowan War MemorialMonzievaird and Strowan PerthshireScotland 
Item 38 of 1901920North Berwick War MemorialNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAttribution by Nuttgens uncertain: it appears that James Smith Richardson was probably responsible
Item 39 of 1901920RC Church of St Joseph, tombstone for Canon LylePeebles PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 40 of 1901920TomperranComrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 41 of 1901921Housing Scheme, MoffatMoffat DumfriesshireScotlandWith Reid and Forbes
Item 42 of 1901921Lawside Convent and school  DundeeScotlandChapel
Item 43 of 1901921Memorial to Lt J C AitkenSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 44 of 1901921RC Church of Our Lady and St BrideCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 45 of 1901921RC Church of St Anne, Organ Case  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 46 of 1901921Sacred Heart RC Church War Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 47 of 1901921St Mary's RC Cathedral War Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 48 of 1901922Dean Parish Church War Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 49 of 1901922Methil Parish ChurchMethil FifeScotland 
Item 50 of 1901922Parish Church of St AthernaseLeuchars FifeScotlandFont
Item 51 of 1901922RC Church of St Joseph, Church and Priest's HouseKelty FifeScotland 
Item 52 of 1901922St Andrew's RC Church and Priest's HouseRothesayButeButeScotland 
Item 53 of 1901922St Mary's RC Church  DundeeScotlandHall
Item 54 of 1901922St Serf's RC Church and Priest's House, HighvalleyfieldCulross FifeScotland 
Item 55 of 1901922 or 1934(?)St Margaret's Dominican ConventHawick RoxburghshireScotlandHome for Incurables, in grounds
Item 56 of 1901923RC Church of St AgathaMethilhill FifeScotland 
Item 57 of 1901923RC Church, TarbraxTarbrax LanarkshireScotland 
Item 58 of 1901923Royal and Ancient Golf Club War MemorialSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 59 of 1901923St Thomas RC ChurchAddiewell MidlothianScotland 
Item 60 of 1901924Carfin BasilicaMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 61 of 1901924Cross for Mrs Aitken, St AndrewsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 62 of 1901924Cuil-an-duinBallinluig PerthshireScotland 
Item 63 of 1901924Kilmany Cottage  FifeScotlandMajor additions
Item 64 of 1901924RC Church of St Margaret, Church hallLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 65 of 1901924RC Church of the Holy Cross  EdinburghScotland 
Item 66 of 1901924St Mary of Egypt Home, RC ChapelBarrhead RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 67 of 1901925Gleneagles, Chapel for General Sir Aylmer HaldaneGleneagles PerthshireScotlandRestoration
Item 68 of 1901926Hutton CastleDuns (near) BerwickshireScotlandRestoration, additions and alterations for William Burrell
Item 69 of 1901926Kippen Parish ChurchKippen StirlingshireScotlandReconstruction, etc.
Item 70 of 1901926Memorial to Lady Pentland, Dean Cemetery  EdinburghScotland 
Item 71 of 1901926St Adrian's Episcopal ChurchGullane East LothianScotland 
Item 72 of 1901926St Mary's RC Church  DundeeScotlandAdditions and alterations to church
Item 73 of 1901927KaimendNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 74 of 1901927Queen Mary's HouseSt Andrews FifeScotlandRestoration as library for St Leonard's School (Nuttgens gives 1927 as date)
Item 75 of 1901927RC Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Priest's HouseCardonald GlasgowScotland 
Item 76 of 1901927RC Church of SS Peter and Paul and Priest's House  DundeeScotland 
Item 77 of 1901927St Columba's RC Church  EdinburghScotlandAdditions to hall
Item 78 of 1901927St Margaret's RC ChurchLochgilphead ArgyllScotland 
Item 79 of 1901927St Mary's RC Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandHigh altar and baldachino
Item 80 of 1901927St Patrick's RC Church, Presbytery and halls  DundeeScotlandSt Patrick's War Memorial Hall
Item 81 of 1901927Tombstone for J Scrymgeour-WedderburnBirkhill FifeScotland 
Item 82 of 1901928American Scottish War Memorial  EdinburghScotlandWith R Tait Mackenzie, sculptor
Item 83 of 1901928Daljarrock HousePinwherry AyrshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 84 of 1901928Floors CastleKelso RoxburghshireScotlandEntrance gate and lodge
Item 85 of 1901928Greyfriars Churchyard, memorial to Major A Stirling of Keir  EdinburghScotland 
Item 86 of 1901928St Patrick's RC Church  EdinburghScotlandfaçade and forecourt
Item 87 of 1901928Tombstone for Sir Stuart CoatsBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 88 of 1901928University of St Andrews, Chapel of St SalvatorSt Andrews FifeScotlandRestoration, refurnishing and new fittings, including stone screen supporting west gallery (organ loft), and mosaic-decorated communion table. Also restoration of Kennedy Monument; and Second War Memorial; and new vestry at north-east corner.
Item 89 of 1901929BalhousieLargo FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 90 of 1901929Lour  AngusScotlandAdditions and alterations: supervised by Ian G Lindsay
Item 91 of 1901929Princess Margaret Rose Hospital (included clinical and nurses' training unit)  EdinburghScotland 
Item 92 of 1901929RC Church of St MargaretRoy Bridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 93 of 1901929SilverburnLeven FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 94 of 190Before 1929Scottish American War Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 95 of 1901929 or 1939Cumberland Convent of the Poor ClaresWorkington CumberlandEngland 
Item 96 of 190193042 Greenhill Gardens  EdinburghScotlandAlterations, linking chapel to house
Item 97 of 1901930Bank of Scotland Headquarters, The Mound  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 98 of 1901930Fairmilehead Children's Cripple Hospital  EdinburghScotland 
Item 99 of 1901930Parish Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 100 of 1901930SS Peter and Paul Primary School  DundeeScotland 
Item 101 of 1901930St Leonard's School, St Nicholas HouseSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 102 of 1901931Iona Abbey IonaArgyllScotlandProposals for reconstruction, restoration of cloister and the refectory
Item 103 of 1901931Kindeace House  Ross and CromartyScotlandFurther additions and alterations
Item 104 of 1901931Masson Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 105 of 1901931Our Lady Star of the Sea RC ChurchNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandHigh altar
Item 106 of 1901931Royal Hospital for Sick Children  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions to 8, 9 and 13 Rillbank Terrace
Item 107 of 1901931Westgrange House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 108 of 1901932Prinknash Abbey  GloucestershireEnglandPerhaps a competition design: the work was carried out by H S Goodhart Rendel
Item 109 of 1901932RC Church of St John, Priest's HousePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 110 of 1901932St Columba RC ChurchBirnam PerthshireScotland 
Item 111 of 1901932St Ninian's RC ChurchBowhill, Auchterderran FifeScotland 
Item 112 of 1901932 or 1935Fettes College, New Chapel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 113 of 1901933Cortachy CastleKirriemuir AngusScotland 
Item 114 of 1901933Craiglockhart Hydropathic Institution, ChapelCraiglockhart EdinburghScotlandIn association with J Chisholm Cameron (but not in formal partnership)
Item 115 of 1901933Gate to Dean's CourtSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 116 of 1901933Kelso Abbey, Dukes of Roxburghe Memorial CloisterKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 117 of 1901933RC Church of St Francis and Franciscan Friary  DundeeScotlandFriary and hall and project for church
Item 118 of 1901933RC Church of the Immaculate ConceptionFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 119 of 1901934Archbishop's Chapel  EdinburghScotlandNew porch
Item 120 of 1901934Convent of the Poor Clares CollettinesLiberton EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations to domestic buildings
Item 121 of 1901934Dunblane CathedralDunblane PerthshireScotlandAlso chapter and sacristy wainscotting & cupboards added 1934 and 1938.
Item 122 of 1901934RC Church of St Bernadette and Our Lady of LourdesLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 123 of 1901934RC Church of St Theresa of Liseux, Franciscan Friary Church Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 124 of 1901934St Michael's RC ChurchParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 125 of 1901935ArdencraigCraigmore, RothesayButeButeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 126 of 1901935Convent of the Good ShepherdColinton EdinburghScotlandInfirmary wing and cloister, altar in church
Item 127 of 1901935Fettes CollegeComely Bank EdinburghScotlandPlans for proposed new chapel - not built
Item 128 of 1901935Notre Dame Convent and School, ClerkhillDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandConvent chapel and new wing
Item 129 of 1901935Princess Margaret Rose Hosptial, Nurses' Home  EdinburghScotland 
Item 130 of 1901935RC Church of St Matthew, presbyteryRosewell MidlothianScotlandCloisters in forecourt
Item 131 of 1901935RC Church of St PatrickMallaig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 132 of 1901935RC Church of St PatrickKilsyth StirlingshireScotlandHall (conversion of cinema)
Item 133 of 1901935RC Church of the Holy FamilyDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 134 of 1901935St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandElders' chairs
Item 135 of 1901935Temple for Hon Mrs Merry, BelladrumBeauly Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 136 of 1901936Mount Vernon Cemetery  EdinburghScotlandEntrance gates and shelter
Item 137 of 1901936National Library of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandCompleted by A R Conlon
Item 138 of 1901936RC Church of St Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes, priest's houseLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 139 of 1901936Sacred Heart RC ChurchCowie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 140 of 1901936St James UF Church  EdinburghScotlandConversion as Hall of St Mary's RC Cathedral
Item 141 of 1901936St Joseph RC ChurchBonnybridge StirlingshireScotlandAlterations and additions to church hall and priest's house
Item 142 of 1901936St Ninian's RC PresbyteryBowhill, Auchterderran FifeScotland 
Item 143 of 1901936Tombstone of William Low, Blebo Burial Ground, Kemback ChurchyardKemback FifeScotland 
Item 144 of 190c. 1936Houses in Brunton StreetFalkland FifeScotlandReconstruction
Item 145 of 190c. 1936Houses in Cross WyndFalkland FifeScotlandReconstruction
Item 146 of 19019373 ArnothillFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandVilla converted to monastic use (with tower and oratory added)
Item 147 of 1901937All Saints Episcopal Church RectorySt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 148 of 1901937Canon Hoban Memorial HallBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 149 of 1901937Dunblane CathedralDunblane PerthshireScotlandAdditions, panelling, fittings and furniture of chapel.
Item 150 of 1901937Huntly LodgeInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 151 of 1901937Pittsburgh University, The Scottish RoomPittsburgh PennsylvaniaUnited States of America 
Item 152 of 1901937Proposed housing schemeAuchtermuchty FifeScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 153 of 1901937RC Church of the Immaculate Conception, Church and Priest's HouseJedburgh RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 154 of 1901937RC Church of the Sacred Heart and St AnthonyArmadale West LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 155 of 1901937SS John Cantius and Nicholas RC ChurchBroxburn West LothianScotlandAltar
Item 156 of 1901937St Columba's RC Church  EdinburghScotlandPriest's House
Item 157 of 190193871 North StreetSt Andrews FifeScotlandRailings and gate
Item 158 of 1901938Beaufort CastleBeauly Inverness-shireScotlandRebuilding after fire with reductions, alterations and additions
Item 159 of 1901938Dunblane CathedralDunblane PerthshireScotlandAlso chapter and sacristy wainscotting & cupboards added 1934 and 1938.
Item 160 of 1901938HartriggeJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 161 of 1901938House for Lady WalkerMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 162 of 1901938RC Church of Our Lady and St Bean with presbytery and schoolMarydale, Cannich Inverness-shireScotlandAltar and reredos
Item 163 of 1901938RC Church of St AgathaMethilhill FifeScotlandAltar
Item 164 of 1901938RC Church of St John the BaptistCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandChurch hall
Item 165 of 1901938RC Church of St Joseph, Church HallWhitburn West LothianScotland 
Item 166 of 1901938The Cathedral of Learning, the University of Pittsburgh, The Scottish Nationality Room  PittsburgUnited States of America 
Item 167 of 1901938University of St Andrews, St Salvator's College, gate in wall opposite SwallowgateSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 168 of 1901939Aberlour HouseAberlour BanffshireScotlandAlterations
Item 169 of 1901939Baro HouseGifford East LothianScotlandBegun
Item 170 of 1901939Kinrara HouseAlvie Inverness-shireScotlandSubstantially recast
Item 171 of 1901939Melville House  FifeScotlandRepairs and modernisation of services
Item 172 of 1901939RC Church of Our Lady Star of the SeaTayport FifeScotland 
Item 173 of 1901939RC Church of St Margaret Mary and presbyteryGranton EdinburghScotlandChurch hall and priest's house
Item 174 of 1901939St Margaret's RC Memorial ChurchDunfermline FifeScotlandReredos added; also altar and sanctuary decoration
Item 175 of 1901939St Ninian's Burial Ground, chapel and Dawson mausoleumChapelford, Fochabers MorayshireScotlandMausoleum
Item 176 of 1901940RC Church of St PatrickKilsyth StirlingshireScotlandPriest's house
Item 177 of 1901947Corrour  Inverness-shireScotlandUnexecuted designs for new house after original one had been burnt down; not built because of building licensing at the time
Item 178 of 1901947Kilgraston Convent ChapelBridge of Earn PerthshireScotlandUnexecuted designs
Item 179 of 1901948University of St Andrews, Chapel of St SalvatorSt Andrews FifeScotlandSecond World War Memorial
Item 180 of 1901950Cowal Hydro Electric Scheme, Generating Station and Attendants CottagesCowal, Loch Striven ArgyllScotland 
Item 181 of 1901950Ewing Building, Dundee University College  DundeeScotlandCharles William Gray responsible for design
Item 182 of 1901950RC Church of St AnthonyPolmont StirlingshireScotlandAdditions
Item 183 of 1901951Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church  GlasgowScotlandPlans to be prepared for extensions, alterations and additions
Item 184 of 1901951RC Church of St JosephPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 185 of 1901952Crailing House  RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations
Item 186 of 1901952RC Church of St John VianneyGilmerton EdinburghScotland 
Item 187 of 1901952RC Church of St Mary and presbyteryNairn NairnshireScotlandAltar canopy and reredos
Item 188 of 1901952St Anne's RC ChurchCorpach Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 189 of 190Early 1900sRC Church of St CyrilAchlaurach, Glen Spean Inverness-shireScotlandAttribution of restoration
Item 190 of 190Early 1900sRC Church of St Mary of the Assumption  AberdeenScotlandDesign for sanctuary


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp162 National Library of Scotland
Item 2 of 4Laperriere, Charles Baile de (ed.)1991The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990  For office addresses etc
Item 3 of 4Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd 
Item 4 of 4Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS QuarterlyFebruary 1953No 91Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalApril 1953 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4National Library of ScotlandReginald Fairlie MS Bound Photocopies 1933-55  
Item 2 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSReginald Fairlie Collection Letters, photographs, drawings, certificates and medals, exhibition panels. Also papers relating to being articled to Lorimer (1899) MS 302/1-2; and employment with Charles Gilbert or Charles Oldrid Scott, 1906, MS 302/3-4
Item 3 of 4Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Ian G Lindsay, Maysie Lindsay, Hew Lorimer and Ronald G Cant
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no2574 (box 8)


© All rights reserved. © courtesy of RCAHMS. Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk 

© All rights reserved. © courtesy of RCAHMS. Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk