Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Gardiner Hardie
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 September 1896
Died: 12 May 1968
Bio Notes: David Gardiner Hardie was born on 28 September 1896, the son of Robert Montgomery Hardie, minister of religion, and his wife, Mary Street Smith. It is not yet known if he was related to Alexander Murray Hardie, architect.

He began his professional studies in October 1919 with a course in naval architecture at Glasgow University. He attended the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from 1924, obtaining his diploma and an exemption from the RIBA final exam in June 1930. Two years prior to that he had been awarded the RIAS Rutland Prize, which had enabled him to spend six weeks in and around London studying modern construction. He was admitted ARIBA in early 1932, his proposers being John Begg, William Theodore Percival Bryce and Frank Charles Mears. By that time he had joined the firm of Reid & MacLeod in Haddington.

Hardie was in a part-time partnership with Morton John Heddell Cowie (born 1905) from 1935 to 1940, based at 11 Melville Street, Leith, whilst Hardie lived at the Manse of Cockpen, Bonnyrigg. From 1939 Cowie and Hardie carried out the design and construction of air raid shelters across Edinburgh, Hardie patenting his own shelter design in the following year.

Hardie died at his home in Temple Village on 12 May 1968, survived by his wife Isabella (or Isabel) Wilson Mcnee.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 310 Temple Village, Temple, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate 1968 
Item 2 of 3Manse of Cockpen, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1932After 1939 
Item 3 of 311, Melville Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1935After 1950 

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 2Reid & MacLeod (sometimes misspelt Reid & McLeod)1932 *   
Item 2 of 2Cowie & Hardie19351940Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John BeggEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Theodore Percival BryceEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles MearsEarly 1932for 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 6c. 1925Convalescent Hospital   ScotlandDesign (perhaps not built?)
Item 2 of 61937Frosts, 67-81 Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 3 of 61937Newbattle Parish ChurchDalkeith MidlothianScotlandAlterations
Item 4 of 6c. 1937R Frost and Sons Factory  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 61939Air raid shelters  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 6c. 194615 Rutland Square  EdinburghScotlandSurvey of building


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4904 (combined box 43)