Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Forsyth
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1876(?)
Bio Notes: Charles Forsyth was articled to Thomson & Turnbull from 1891 to 1897 where he worked under the very able Thomas Reid Peacock who became a partner in 1898. From 1899 to 1904 he was a draughtsman in the War Department's Glasgow architectural office and in 1905 he spent five months (April to September) travelling in Italy, obtaining a place in the office of James Miller on his return in March 1906. He left Miller in May 1907, passed the qualifying exam in London in June 1908 and was admitted ARIBA on 30 November of that year, his proposers being Thomas Lennox Watson, Horatio Kelson Bromhead and John Keppie. At that date he was living and practising from 33 West Cumberland Street, Glasgow. His ARIBA nomination paper states that at some point prior to 1908 he had been a member of Professor Charles Gourlay's staff at the Glasgow Technical College.

Forsyth returned to his West Cumberland Street office after the First World War but moved to Stirling in the 1920s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 233, West Cumberland Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1908After 1919 
Item 2 of 275, Murray Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1929 or 1930 *  

* 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 3Thomson & Turnbull (or A Thomson & Turnbull)July 1891March 1897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3War Department Scottish Command Architects' DepartmentFebruary 1899October 1904DraughtsmanIn Glasgow office
Item 3 of 3James MillerMarch 1906May 1907Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Horatio Kelson Bromhead30 November 1908for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Keppie30 November 1908for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Lennox Watson30 November 1908for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Martin18 July 1910for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v18 p28 (microfilm reel 20)