Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leslie Dowie
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 February 1872(?)
Bio Notes: Leslie Dowie was born on 24 February 1872 in Kemback, Fife, the son of Meldrum Dowie and Isabella Galloway, and attended Madras Academy, St Andrews 1884-85. He was articled to James Gillespie from 1885 to 1889, and remained as assistant until 1892, when he joined the office of John Hutchison. Thereafter he worked for Thomas Lennox Watson 1893-96, J Burnet, Son and Campbell 1896-99, and then in London for Sir Aston Webb from 1899. He continued his education throughout these early years of professional development, taking evening art classes at Madras Academy (1891) and classes in Architectural Ornament & Design and Principals of Ornament at Glasgow School of Art (1892-94), followed by a course in plumbing at Glasgow Technical College (1894-95) and life classes at Heatherlys Art School (1900-01 and 1904-05), and spent his holidays measuring and sketching buildings in England, Scotland, France, Belgium and Holland. He was elected Licentiate of the RIBA in 1910, proposed by Aston Webb, John James Burnet and James Black Fulton.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 319, Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1910 *  
Item 2 of 37, Gratton Road, West Kensington, London, EnglandPrivate1910 *  
Item 3 of 3243, Barcombe Avenue, Streatham Hill, London, EnglandBusiness1914 *  

* 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 8James Ross Gillespie18851889ApprenticeRemained as assistant until 1892
Item 2 of 8James Ross Gillespie18891892Assistant 
Item 3 of 8John Hutchison18921893Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Thomas Lennox Watson18931896Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Thomas Lennox Watson18941896Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Burnet Son & Campbell18961897Senior Assistant 
Item 7 of 8John Burnet & Son18971899Senior Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Aston Webb1899After 1910Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) John James Burnet1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Black Fulton1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Aston Webb1910for Licentiateship

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 11900Royal College of ScienceSouth Kensington LondonEnglandAs senior assistant to Aston Webb


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 2 of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: Website 

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 v4 no243 (microfilm reel 30)