Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) Mervyn Edmund Macartney
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 September 1853
Died: 28 October 1932
Bio Notes: Mervyn Edmund Macartney was born in London on 16 September 1853. He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford from 1873 to 1877 and in the latter year was articled to Richard Norman Shaw. He travelled in France, Italy and Germany before commencing independent practice in 1880. He was admitted FRIBA on 11 March 1889, proposed by John Belcher, Ernest George, and John Dando Sedding, but resigned his membership two years later during the dispute over registration. He was re-elected FRIBA on 8 January 1906, his proposers being Belcher, Aston Webb and John Taylor.

He became a Fellow of the Society of Arts and an Honorary Corresponding Member of the American Institute of Architects, was a founder member of the Art Workers' Guild, and edited the Architectural Review from 1906 to 1920. He served as consulting architect to Durham Cathedral, and as Surveyor to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral from 1906 to 1931. He was knighted in 1930, and died two years later, on 28 October 1932.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 83, Great James Street, Bedford Row, London, EnglandBusiness1882 *  
Item 2 of 814, Hart Street, Bloomsbury, London, EnglandBusiness18831886 
Item 3 of 852a, Berkeley Square, London, EnglandBusiness18861905 
Item 4 of 82, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London WC, EnglandBusiness1905c. 1906 
Item 5 of 810, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC, EnglandBusiness1907 *  
Item 6 of 855, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC, EnglandBusiness1910 *  
Item 7 of 89, Bedford Row, London WC, EnglandBusiness1914 *  
Item 8 of 89, Clifford Street, London, EnglandPrivate19261931Retirement address

* 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 1Richard Norman ShawMarch 18771880Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Godfrey PinkertonAfter 1880Before 1897Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Henry Martineau Fletcher18921896Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3James Mitchell White Halley1906After 1910Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Belcher11 March 1889for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6John Belcher8 January 1906for Fellowship (reinstated after resignation in 1891)
Item 3 of 6Ernest George11 March 1889for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6John Dando Sedding11 March 1889for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6(Sir) John Taylor8 January 1906for Fellowship (reinstated after resignation in 1891)
Item 6 of 6Aston Webb8 January 1906for Fellowship (reinstated after resignation in 1891)

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4William Dean1 March 1909for Associateship
Item 2 of 4James Mitchell White Halley4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4James Mitchell White Halley1914for Fellowship
Item 4 of 4(Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer16 June 1890for 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 11890Costa Hill MainlandOrkneyScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Ward, Jan1998Mervyn Edmund Macartney Architect 1853-1932 Published by the author