Basic Biographical Details

Name: Tarbolton & Ochterlony
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Late 1932
Ended:  
Bio Notes: Harold Ogle Tarbolton ('Tarrybreeks', born 1869) merged his practice with that of Sir Matthew Montgomerie Ochterlony (born 1880) in late 1932. Ochterlony had served his apprenticeship with Tarbolton when a partner in the practice of Kinross & Tarbolton. The office remained at Tarbolton's existing address of 4 St Colme Street.

Tarbolton was elected ARSA in 1931 and RSA in 1934, Ochterlony ARSA in 1939. In 1938 Tarbolton succeeded Sir George Washington Browne as a Royal Fine Art Commissioner, serving for ten years. He was also a member of the Amenity Committee which considered the work carried out under the Galloway Water Power Act of 1929. He acted as advisory architect and designed the housing schemes. This appointment led to him becoming an advisory architect to the North of Scotland Hydro Electirc Board and commissions for the power stations at Loch Sloy and Pitlochry on the Tummel-Garry scheme. He was elected a member of the Institute of British Engineers in October 1939.

Ochterlony died in Edinburgh on 4 October 1946 and Tarbolton of cerebral thrombosis at 3 East Castle Road, Edinburgh on 31 July of the following year while these schemes were still under construction. He was a widower. The practice continued under the existing name of Tarbolton & Ochterlony.

In his later years Ochterlony devoted much of his time to stained glass, working in collaboration with his artist friend Andrew Watson Turnbull.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 14, St Colme Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1932 *After 1964 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 12David Bain  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 12Harold Ogle TarboltonLate 19321946Partner 
Item 3 of 12(Sir) Matthew Montgomerie OchterlonyLate 19321946Partner 
Item 4 of 12James (or Hamish) Ponton Hastie19341934 or 1935Assistant 
Item 5 of 12Reginald William Johnston19361937Assistant 
Item 6 of 12Harry Horace MacdonaldAugust 1938October 1939Assistant 
Item 7 of 12John Stevenson junior1940November 1940Assistant 
Item 8 of 12Frank Sproson19461947Assistant 
Item 9 of 12Harry Horace MacdonaldApril 1946July 1947Assistant 
Item 10 of 12Harry Horace MacdonaldJanuary 1948June 1949Architect 
Item 11 of 12Peter McDonald RobertsonBefore 1964(?) Partner 
Item 12 of 12John Eversdon HendersonBefore 1970 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 261927CraigiehallCramond EdinburghScotlandFurther work planned - unclear if executed
Item 2 of 2619339 Easter Belmont Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 261933Harmony CottageLongniddry East LothianScotland 
Item 4 of 261934BowmoreColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 261934Old Sailor's Ark  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 261934 or 1935Kelso Union PoorhouseKelso RoxburghshireScotlandReconstruction after fire
Item 7 of 261935Dalzell HouseMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAlterations and gazebo
Item 8 of 261935St Cuthbert's Episcopal ChurchColinton EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations to hall
Item 9 of 261936Inverewe HousePoolewe Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 10 of 261936Kelso Union PoorhouseKelso RoxburghshireScotlandFurther extensions
Item 11 of 261936Melrose District Asylum, Nurses' HomeMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 12 of 261936St John's Episcopal ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandOak parclose screen (in memory of Sir John Henry Kerr)
Item 13 of 261936St Ninian's Episcopal CathedralPerth PerthshireScotlandCloister, entrance and recreation hall; school also added
Item 14 of 261937House for Mr and Mrs Hughes  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 261937St Columba's Episcopal ChurchGruline/Salen/DruimlangMullArgyllScotlandLectern, chair and desk
Item 16 of 261938Commercial Bank and Caledonian United Services Club Building (Mather's Bar part of scheme))  EdinburghScotlandRemodelling of ground floor of Caledonian United Services Club (Commercial Bank)
Item 17 of 261939Elsie Inglis Memorial Hospital  EdinburghScotlandMain gateway - built as memorial to Maud Chalmers Watson
Item 18 of 261939St David of Scotland Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 261939St Salvador's Episcopal Church and hallsStenhouse EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 261939WesteringInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 261940St Fillan's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 261945Proposed Episcopal ChurchSt Fillans PerthshireScotland 
Item 23 of 261949Aldour BridgePitlochry PerthshireScotland 
Item 24 of 261950Royal Hotel and cinema  EdinburghScotlandFor alterations
Item 25 of 261955Mount Royal Hotel (and Jenners)  EdinburghScotlandBy later partners in the practice
Item 26 of 261960sQueensberry House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and extensions

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder7 July 1950  p45
Item 2 of 3RIBA JournalMarch 1947v54London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp286 - obituary of Matthew Montgomerie Ochterlony
Item 3 of 3RIBA JournalOctober 1947v54London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp619 - obituary of Harold Ogle Tarbolton