Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Downie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1853 or 1854
Died: 12 May 1939
Bio Notes: Archibald Downie was born in St Andrews in 1853 or 1854. He practised as an architect/builder in St Andrews in the 1880s and 1890s. He is described as 'a rising young townsman' in the 'St Andrews Citizen' in 1882; this reference also makes it clear that he was an architect/builder, though this is not explicitly stated.

He was probably related to James Downie, the builder who erected Kennoway House to Robert Hutchison's design in 1833, and may also have been related to the unidentified Downie of Kirkcaldy who designed Lochgelly Free Church in the late 1840s or 1850s (see separate entry).

Downie later abandoned his profession to be a photographer. He had a studio in St Andrews and made a special study of golf, becoming a pioneer in sports photography for newspapers. He covered not only the championships in St Andrews but travelled further afield to courses around Scotland including those at Troon, Prestwick and Muirfield. He travelled to these venues by train carrying large amounts of heavy equipment.

Besides his work as a photographer Downie rose to fame because he was an excellent marksman. He was a member of the St Andrews Battalion of the Volunterr Rifles and a veteran of the 'Wet Review'. He was runner-up for the Queen's Prize at Wimbledon and holder of the Caledonian Shield. He was one of the original members of the St Andrews New Golf Club.

Downie died on 12 May 1939, survived by his two sons and four daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandBusiness   

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 11882Tom Morris HouseSt Andrews FifeScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Scotsman13 May 1939  p23 Obituary
Item 2 of 2St Andrews Citizen29 April 1882   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Morag CrossInformation sent to DSA Sent October 2010