Basic Biographical Details

Name: David John Chisholm
Designation: Architect
Born: 1884
Died: 27 July 1949
Bio Notes: David John Chisholm was born in 1884 and educated at George Watson's College. He was articled to Peddie & Washington Browne on 3 September 1901, and whilst there he studied at Heriot-Watt College and Edinburgh School of Art, from which he gained a travelling scholarship. This enabled him to spend six months of the year 1907 touring Scotland on the National Art Survey. He left Peddie & Washington Browne the following year to tour England on the strength of another College of Art scholarship, after which he joined Hippolyte Jean Blanc as assistant. In 1910 he moved to London to work for James Glen Sivewright Gibson, from whose office he entered the RA Schools in 1911. In the following year, 1912, he moved briefly to the LCC Architect's Department Schools Division prior to joining Sir Arthur Blomfield & Sons, perhaps with a recommendation from Browne, and while in their office he passed the qualifying exam in that year. He was admitted ARIBA on 3 March 1912, his proposers being Gibson and Sir Arthur's sons Charles James Blomfield and Arthur Conran Blomfield.

At the Royal Academy Schools he won the Gold Medal which brought a further travelling scholarship. He was in Italy in 1914 when he was recalled to Britain as a territorial. He served with distinction in the London Scottish and later received his commission in the Royal Engineers. He was mentioned in dispatches in June 1915 and awarded both the Military Medal in October 1916 and the Military Cross in June 1918. At the end of the war John Wilson took him on to the staff of the Department of Health, but within a very short time he rejoined the Peddie practice, and he replaced Sydney Houghton Miller as third partner after Miller left the firm in 1927. He was an exceptionally fine draughtsman with a profound knowledge of Gothic and Classic detail. Those in the office in the late 1940s remembered him as 'extremely artistic' and notably helpful to younger staff with encouragement and advice despite his rapidly failing health. Chisholm first appears in Post Office directories in 1931 as being a partner in the Dick Peddie & Walker Todd practice. Prior to that he is listed under his own name.

In 1936 the partnership of Jamieson & Arnott was dissolved as a consequence of the enforced retirement of Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo Jamieson through ill health. That partnership was then less busy than it had been and for reasons not entirely clear James Alexander Arnott left to practise alone. Jamieson's son, George Lindsay Auldjo Jamieson (born 1905), then sought a merger with Dick Peddie & Walker Todd. He brought to Dick Peddie & Walker Todd the Sydney Mitchell & Wilson archive, much of the Jamieson & Arnott archive and those clients who were his father's rather than Arnott's. The practice title then became Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson, letterheads of that time bearing the subhead 'incorporating Sydney Mitchell & Wilson' to leave no doubt that the Jamiesons had had the dominant financial interest in the Jamieson & Arnott partnership.

The practice conditions during the Second World War resulted in the merger of the Dick Peddie Todd & Jamieson and the Richardson & McKay practices in 1942, John Ross McKay having secured a lot of war work, perhaps more than he could find staff for. McKay quickly became the leading partner, particularly so after the death of Walker Todd on 29 April 1944, after which the firm continued as Dick Peddie McKay & Jamieson.

Chisholm died on 27 July 1949. He was survived by his widow and a daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 46, Montagu Place, Baker Street, London, EnglandBusiness1912 *  
Item 2 of 498, Esmond Road, Bedford Park, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 1912After 1914 
Item 3 of 48, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1920After 1939 
Item 4 of 4Glen Affric, Balerno, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1930 or 1931 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 11Peddie & Washington Browne1 September 19011907Apprentice 
Item 2 of 11John More Dick Peddie19071908Apprentice 
Item 3 of 11Hippolyte Jean Blanc19081910Assistant 
Item 4 of 11James Glen Sivewright Gibson19101911Assistant 
Item 5 of 11London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)January 1912August 1912Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 11(Sir) Arthur Blomfield & SonsSeptember 19121914(?)Assistant 
Item 7 of 11Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)c. 1919 Assistant(?) 
Item 8 of 11J M Dick Peddie & Walker Toddc. 1920c. 1927Assistant(?) 
Item 9 of 11J M Dick Peddie & Walker Toddc. 19271936Partner 
Item 10 of 11Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson19361944(?)Partner 
Item 11 of 11Dick Peddie, McKay & Jamieson19441949Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Conran Blomfield3 March 1912for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles James Blomfield3 March 1912for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Glen Sivewright Gibson3 March 1912for 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 1831921William Cree Memorial ChurchKirkburn, Traquair PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 2 of 1831930sPremsies for BrodieLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 18319306 Western Terrace, Corstorphine Road  EdinburghScotlandSurvey, electrical installations and garage
Item 4 of 1831930Eton Cottage   Scotland 
Item 5 of 1831930House for E D MatherBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 1831930Inverchaolain Lodge (Knockdow Esatate)Knockdow ArgyllScotland 
Item 7 of 183c. 1930Alhambra Theatre of VarietiesLeith EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 8 of 183c. 1930Gullane Bowling Club pavilionGullane East LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 183c. 1930Lauder Parish ChurchLauder BerwickshireScotlandRepairs and renovation
Item 10 of 183c. 1930The LeeColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 183193110 Blantyre Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations?
Item 12 of 183193120 Eglinton Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 183193123-25 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 14 of 183193162 Grassmarket  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 1831931Glen HouseNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 1831931Gresham Life Assurance and Merchant Company offices  EdinburghScotlandAlterations for the Scottish Amicable Insurance Co
Item 17 of 1831931Holy Cross ParsonageDavidson's Mains EdinburghScotlandAddition
Item 18 of 18319321 Douglas Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 19 of 183193225 Greenhill Park  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and garage
Item 20 of 1831932British Linen Bank, South Newington Branch  EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 1831932Garroch HouseNew Galloway KirkcudbrightshireScotlandReconstruction - maybe work begun a year earlier
Item 22 of 1831932Picture HouseNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 23 of 1831932Police and Magistrates CourtBerwick-upon-Tweed NorthumberlandEngland 
Item 24 of 1831932Sir Walter Scott MonumentSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandNew base
Item 25 of 1831932Ten flatted villas, Willowbrae Avenue and Kenmure Avenue  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 183193313 Colinton Road  EdinburghScotlandAddition
Item 27 of 1831933Ardnacross HouseKintyre ArgyllScotland 
Item 28 of 1831933Bungalow for Mrs M C WilliamsonCraiglockhart EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 1831933Caledonian Insurance Company  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 1831933De Vere Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to existing houses to form hotel
Item 31 of 1831933Dean Cemetery and lodgesDean EdinburghScotlandSouth lodge
Item 32 of 1831933House for J Miller  EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 1831933Houses in Alexander StreetUphall West LothianScotland 
Item 34 of 1831933Premises for R Laidlaw & Son  EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 1831933Royal Bank of ScotlandGilmerton EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 1831933Southfield HouseLiberton EdinburghScotlandTB pavilions and X-ray block
Item 37 of 1831933Workers' houses, ParkheadGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 183193435 Commercial StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 39 of 183193485-91 Leith Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 40 of 1831934Conservative Club  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 41 of 1831934Falkirk British Linen BankFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 42 of 1831934Flatted houses, Park Avenue areaWalkerburn PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 43 of 1831934GlassmountPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 44 of 1831934Golf ClubhouseSwanston EdinburghScotland 
Item 45 of 1831934Houe for Mrs BarnetCraiglockhart EdinburghScotland 
Item 46 of 1831934House for S McintyreLongniddry East LothianScotland 
Item 47 of 1831934Lochrin Garage  EdinburghScotland 
Item 48 of 1831934Minden HousePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 49 of 1831934New Palace Hotel and shops below  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to shops at 113-117
Item 50 of 1831934Peebles Union PoorhousePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandExtension and rebuilding (as County Buildings)
Item 51 of 1831934Royal Bank of ScotlandGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 52 of 1831934Royal Bank of ScotlandGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 53 of 1831934Semi-detached house(s?)Prestonpans East LothianScotland 
Item 54 of 1831934West EndGattonside RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 55 of 1831934Western Bank  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 56 of 1831934Windsor Hotel and Shops, 100 -100A Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandNew shop front at 100a for George Cotton - work executed by The Birmingham Guild Ltd
Item 57 of 183193513 Regent Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 58 of 183193521 Douglas Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 59 of 1831935217 Colinton Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 60 of 183193532, 34 and 34A Raeburn Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 61 of 183193559-60 Belford Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 62 of 1831935British Insulated Cables Factory  EdinburghScotland 
Item 63 of 1831935British Linen BankKelso RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations to ground floor
Item 64 of 1831935C & J Brown's showrooms and furniture repository  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to tenement to form showrooms
Item 65 of 1831935County BuildingsLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 66 of 1831935Crown Insurance Company Building  EdinburghScotlandAlterations for the Yorkshire and Scottish Commercial Insurance Co
Item 67 of 1831935Galashiels Liberal ClubGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandRenovation
Item 68 of 1831935GlenmoreKilmelford ArgyllScotlandReconstruction
Item 69 of 1831935House and shop for William MoffatCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 70 of 1831935Iona Bar  EdinburghScotland 
Item 71 of 1831935Kingland HousePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandExtension
Item 72 of 1831935Premises of William Timpson  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 73 of 1831935Royal Bank of ScotlandPortobello EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 74 of 1831935Scottish Women's Club  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 75 of 1831935Seafield HouseRoslin/Rosslyn MidlothianScotland 
Item 76 of 1831935Springfield HouseInveresk MidlothianScotland 
Item 77 of 1831935St Andrew and St Aidan's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotlandChurch and proposals for hall
Item 78 of 1831935St John's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotlandMorning chapel
Item 79 of 1831935W Morton & Son premises, 139-144 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 80 of 183c. 1935Royal Bank of ScotlandBalerno MidlothianScotlandCredited to Chisholm in obituary
Item 81 of 18319363 Windmill Lane  EdinburghScotland 
Item 82 of 183193632, 34 Melville Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 83 of 18319367 St John's RoadLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 84 of 1831936British Linen BankLinlithgow West LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 85 of 1831936British Linen BankCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 86 of 1831936British Linen BankSouth Morningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 87 of 1831936Caledonian HotelInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 88 of 1831936Cistern House  AberdeenScotlandRemodelling of no 484 for British Linen Bank
Item 89 of 1831936Drumsheugh Baths  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 90 of 1831936Edinburgh Royal Lunatic Asylum  EdinburghScotlandFurther work?
Item 91 of 1831936Garten LodgeColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 92 of 1831936Gibson Craig Memorial HallCurrie MidlothianScotlandAdditions
Item 93 of 1831936Grey HouseNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 94 of 1831936House for R A Dickson  MidlothianScotland 
Item 95 of 1831936House for W M MurphyNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 96 of 1831936Housing, Preston CrossPrestonpans East LothianScotland 
Item 97 of 1831936Kaimes HouseRomanno Bridge PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 98 of 1831936KinnairdGullane East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 99 of 1831936Leith Palace Picture HouseLeith EdinburghScotlandAlterations or proposed design?
Item 100 of 1831936LindoresBarnton EdinburghScotlandDouble garage
Item 101 of 1831936New Royal British Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 102 of 1831936Police Station and housesNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 103 of 1831936Premises at the junction of Braid Road and Pentland Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 104 of 1831936Premises for J Aitchison & Co  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 105 of 1831936Royal Bank of ScotlandMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 106 of 1831936Royal Bank of ScotlandMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 107 of 1831936Scottish Rural Workers Approved Society premises  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 108 of 1831936St Columba's ChurchBlackhall EdinburghScotlandChancel screen and panelling
Item 109 of 1831936St James Episcopal Church HallLeith EdinburghScotlandMainly responsible - credited to him in obituary
Item 110 of 1831936Warehouse for Cowan & Co, West Register Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 111 of 1831937218 Easter Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 112 of 183193736 Newhaven Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 113 of 18319374 Clarendon Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 114 of 183193757 Holyrood Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 115 of 183193762 Fountainhall Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 116 of 1831937Bonded warehouse, 12-14 John's PlaceLeith EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 117 of 1831937British Linen BankFairmilehead EdinburghScotland 
Item 118 of 1831937CorrievarkieLoch Ericht PerthshireScotlandReinstatement
Item 119 of 1831937Gothenburg PubArmadale West LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 120 of 1831937Grove Biscuit Factory  EdinburghScotland 
Item 121 of 1831937House for D J Owen  EdinburghScotland 
Item 122 of 1831937Kinloch Anderson's premises  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 123 of 1831937Philp's Cockburn Hotel and other property, 1-29 Cockburn Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 124 of 1831937Police Headquarters and Sherriff CourtLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 125 of 1831937Premises at corner of Fountainbridge and Gardners' Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 126 of 1831937Premises for Briggs & Son, asphaltersMurrayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 127 of 1831937Rock IbrisNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 128 of 1831937Royal BankKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 129 of 1831937Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Nurses' HomeMarch Hall EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 130 of 1831937Scottish Widows Property  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 131 of 1831937Stoneyhill, including lodge and stablesWalkerburn PeeblesshireScotlandProposed houses in the grounds of house
Item 132 of 1831937Villa for John FifeCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 133 of 1831937Workers' housingWalkerburn PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 134 of 183193812 Charlotte Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 135 of 1831938(?)17 Magdala Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations - by Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson or by McKay?
Item 136 of 18319382 Eton Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 137 of 183193821, 23 Marionville Road  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 138 of 183193830 Dick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 139 of 183193836 Inverleith Row  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 140 of 1831938Bavelaw CastleBalerno MidlothianScotlandAlterations
Item 141 of 1831938Brunton Wire and Wire Ropes buildingMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 142 of 1831938Council housingWest Linton PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 143 of 1831938Exhibition Halls, Waverley Market  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design
Item 144 of 1831938Happy Valley Tennis CentreCraiglockhart EdinburghScotland 
Item 145 of 1831938Kimmerghame House, and lodgeDuns BerwickshireScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 146 of 1831938Nenthorn HouseKelso BerwickshireScotlandAlterations
Item 147 of 1831938R & R Clark's Printing Office  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 148 of 1831938Ravenscraig MaltingsKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 149 of 1831938Royal Bank of ScotlandKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotlandCredited to him in obituary
Item 150 of 1831938Royal Bank of ScotlandBalerno MidlothianScotland 
Item 151 of 1831938Scottish Provident Institution  EdinburghScotland 
Item 152 of 1831938Transport Club  EdinburghScotland 
Item 153 of 1831938WellwyndTranent East LothianScotland 
Item 154 of 18319392 Henderson Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 155 of 1831939Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society ClubhouseBarnton EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 156 of 1831939Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Infirmary  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 157 of 1831939Granton Tavern  EdinburghScotland 
Item 158 of 1831939Guildford Arms  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 159 of 1831939Kilravock LodgeGrange EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 160 of 1831939Melrose District AsylumMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandExtensions
Item 161 of 1831939National Bank of ScotlandGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandDesigns produced
Item 162 of 1831939Premises for Thomson & Porteous  EdinburghScotland 
Item 163 of 1831939St Nicholas Church of ScotlandWester Hailes EdinburghScotlandScheme drawn up - mainly responsible
Item 164 of 1831939Territorial Army HQ  EdinburghScotland 
Item 165 of 1831939United Free Church Offices  EdinburghScotlandAir raid shelter
Item 166 of 1831939Warehouse, Portland PlaceLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 167 of 1831941Convent of the Good ShepherdColinton EdinburghScotlandByre
Item 168 of 183c. 19416 Western Terrace, Corstorphine Road  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to dining room, bathroom and pantry, plus air-raid shelter
Item 169 of 183c. 1941Cowgatehead Free Church    Plans for alterations and additions to east for City Glass Co.
Item 170 of 1831944Arthur Lodge  EdinburghScotlandAdaptation as preparatory school and subdivision into two self-contained flats (unclear who did what, between Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid and Dick Peddie, McKay & Jamieson)
Item 171 of 1831944Stoneyhill, including lodge and stablesWalkerburn PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations to house
Item 172 of 18319459-11 Hope Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 173 of 1831945Killin HotelKillin PerthshireScotlandAddition of extra storey
Item 174 of 1831945New Crookston HouseStow (near) MidlothianScotlandFurther alterations
Item 175 of 1831946TweedbankKelso RoxburghshireScotlandAddition of wing to east
Item 176 of 1831946ViewforthBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandAdditions and alterations - Dick Peddie, McKay & Jamieson in collaboration with Morton J H Cowie?
Item 177 of 183c. 1946Woodthorpe, House, Cottage and Laundry  EdinburghScotlandFurther alterations
Item 178 of 18319475 Randolph Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAdditions, alterations, and subdivision into two separate houses and dental surgery - unclear whether Leadbetter firm or Dick Peddie firm or both carried out the work
Item 179 of 1831947British Vacuum Cleaner Company FactoryBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 180 of 1831947Salisbury Green Mansion HouseSalisbury Green EdinburghScotlandConversion as halls of residence
Item 181 of 1831947St Nicholas Church of ScotlandWester Hailes EdinburghScotlandRevised scheme
Item 182 of 1831947Telegraph Condenser Co Factory, Whiteside Industrial EstateBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 183 of 183c. 1948Gullane Free Church and church hallGullane East LothianScotlandAlterations

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder5 August 1949177 p184, Obituary
Item 2 of 4RIAS QuarterlyNovember 1949no78Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 
Item 3 of 4RIBA JournalOctober 1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp547 Obituary
Item 4 of 4Scotsman28 July 1949  p5 Obituary

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 v21 no 2371 (microfilm reel 21)