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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Herbert Gordon Dunn
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 January 1906
Died: 5 February 1995
Bio Notes: Herbert Gordon Dunn was born at Belgrave Place, Edinburgh on 8 January 1906, the son of James Bow Dunn, architect, and his wife Catherine Norman Ballantyne who had married on 28 September 1898.

Herbert was educated at Trinity College Glenalmond. Little is as yet known of his training. He joined his father's practice some years before the elder Dunn died and he practised in partnership with George Legat Martin. John Basden Wingate joined as partner in April 1931, operating from an office in Glasgow. However the partnership between Dunn and Martin was dissolved by mutual consent on 16 October 1931. Wingate left in May 1932 and Martin carried on the business under the name James B Dunn & Partners. However Herbert Dunn resumed his partnership with Martin and the name of the practice was changed to J B Dunn & Martin in February 1934. He does not appear in the RIBA Kalendar of 1930-31 but his address in the Kalendar of 1939-40 is listed as 7 Ainslie Place.

Dunn married Anna Margaret Nugent (nee Candy) on 21 May 1937 at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh. The couple went on to have four sons and one daughter. One son became an industrial designer.

Dunn worked for British Aluminium from the late 1930s. After war service in 1946 or 1947 he joined the architects' department of British Aluminium where he worked in the London office until he retired in 1971. He became a leading expert in large span aluminium roofs (projects included Wembley Stadium and London Docks).

Outwith his profession, Dunn was interested in cars, art and antiques and fly-fishing.

He retired in 1976 and moved to Ixworth, Suffolk where he remained until his death on 5 February 1995.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 17, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 or 1940 *  

* 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 2James B Dunn & Partnersc. 1930February 1934Partner 
Item 2 of 2J B Dunn & MartinFebruary 1934 Partner 

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 31c. 1928The BieldMoray MorayshireScotlandJames Bow Dunn died in 1930 therefore must have been involved
Item 2 of 311930FarleyerAberfeldy PerthshireScotlandSupervised execution after James Bow Dunn's death
Item 3 of 311930Houses for Henry Ballantyne and Sons LtdWalkerburn PeeblesshireScotlandPlans actually with his name
Item 4 of 31c. 1930Municipal OfficesConsett County DurhamEnglandCompetition designs - not signed or dated
Item 5 of 31193114 Ramsay Garden  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 31193129 Deanhaugh Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 7 of 311931Borthwick MainsGorebridge MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 311931Dipper Wood ParkFerniehaugh PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 9 of 311931Garage, Montrose Terrace  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 10 of 311931House at Oban for Mrs Fitzroy MacleanOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 11 of 311931House for Mr R GordonLongniddry East LothianScotland 
Item 12 of 311932Abbeyhill Chemical Works  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 311932Central Picture HousePortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 311932Hailes GardensColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 311932McVities  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 311932Northesk Nurseries, tomato houseMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 17 of 311932The White House EiggInverness-shireScotlandDrawings of staircase and drains
Item 18 of 31193371 Rose Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 19 of 311933Warehosues, Firth Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 311933Wester Pencaitland FarmPencaitland East LothianScotland 
Item 21 of 311933Wolf Star FarmOrmiston East LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 31Before 1933New North Bridge Buildings  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 23 of 31193491 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 24 of 311934AbbotshillGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandConversion of stables
Item 25 of 311934House for J DonaldsonLaurencekirk KincardineshireScotland 
Item 26 of 311934Old Store BuildingPencaitland East LothianScotland 
Item 27 of 311934Premises for Messrs Turnbull & Wilson  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 31c. 1934Dalmahoy House and lodgesRatho EdinburghScotlandAlterations to East Lodge
Item 29 of 311938Amazondean House and Cottage  MidlothianScotlandWas he still involved?
Item 30 of 311938Houses, The InchNether Liberton EdinburghScotlandMay not be involved
Item 31 of 311939Paxton Village HallPaxton BerwickshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of John Ballantyne, great nephew of James Bow DunnInformation via 'Contact Us' page on website Sent February and March 2011. Information supplied by Sarah Welburn, Herbert Dunn's daughter.


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