Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Whyte
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 December 1873
Died: 22 February 1949
Bio Notes: Robert Whyte was born on 24 December 1873 and was articled to William Leiper for the unusually long period of seven years from 1890 until 1897. During that period he attended the classes at Glasgow School of Art (1891 to 1896) and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College from 1892 and at some point travelled in France and the United States. He commenced independent practice in 1898 as an interior designer for John Brown & Co Ltd, shipbuilders of Clydebank, but practised alone from 1906. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912 and was then living at Netherby, Helensburgh. In the following year, 1913, he entered into a short-lived partnership with Alexander McInnes Gardner, perhaps acting as the on-site architect for Clydebank Public Library which Gardner had won in competition when in partnership with Thomas Andrew Millar. He designed various building for the Singer Manufacturing Company and 'other domestic work near Glasgow'.

Whyte died on 22 February 1949.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Eastwood, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1900After 1901 
Item 2 of 5311, West Princes Street, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1908 * Date uncertain
Item 3 of 5Netherby, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1908After 1914Mistranscribed as 'Netherly' in RGI catalogue; Whyte's LRIBA papers clearly state that it is Netherby
Item 4 of 5John Brown & Co, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19091939 or after 1940 
Item 5 of 5Hayfield, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1915After 1935(?) 

* 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 2William Leiper18901897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Gardner & Whyte1913 * Partner 

* 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 1John Bennie Wilson24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 41After 1898SS Avatonia Star, ship interior     
Item 2 of 41After 1898SS Media, ship interior     
Item 3 of 41After 1898SS Ormond, ship interior     
Item 4 of 41After 1898SS Oronsay, ship interior     
Item 5 of 41After 1898SS Parthia, ship interior     
Item 6 of 41After 1898SS Rangitata, ship interior     
Item 7 of 411900Saloon of twin-screw steamer for the London & South Western Railway Company     
Item 8 of 411901TSS Vaderland ship interior     
Item 9 of 411905(?)SS Lusitania, ship interior    In Miller's name; Gardner was the assistant responsible, working with Robert Whyte and John Brown, in-house architect; NB Gardner had left Miller's office by 1905
Item 10 of 411906HawthornbankHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandDormer window
Item 11 of 41After 1906Singer recreation hallKilbowie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 12 of 41After 1906SS Aquitania, ship interior    Interior decorative scheme
Item 13 of 41After 1906SS Caronia, ship interior     
Item 14 of 41After 1906SS Orsova, ship interior     
Item 15 of 41After 1906SY Jeanette, ship interior     
Item 16 of 41After 1906The HallThorntonhall LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 17 of 411908HawthornbankHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandBathroom addition
Item 18 of 411908TSS Carmania, ship interior     
Item 19 of 41c. 1908RavenscourtThorntonhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 20 of 41September 1909Bedford HouseHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and extension
Item 21 of 411910BrincliffeHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension and motor house
Item 22 of 411912BrincliffeHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of billiard room
Item 23 of 411912ClarendonHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandConversion of stables to gardener's house
Item 24 of 411912SS Orama, ship interior     
Item 25 of 411913Clydebank Public LibraryClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandExecuted job with Alexander McInnes Gardner
Item 26 of 411913LocksleyHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 27 of 411914Dean HouseHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 28 of 411915House for Mrs Annie MairHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 29 of 411918Morar HouseHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandLaundry
Item 30 of 411920sSS Rangitiki, ship interior     
Item 31 of 411922RosslandHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 32 of 411925Croft HouseHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandDrawing room and billiard room extension
Item 33 of 411926ClarendonHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandGarage
Item 34 of 411928RedholmHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 35 of 411929Croft HouseHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandFurther extension
Item 36 of 41c. 1930SS Empress of Britain, ship interior     
Item 37 of 411932HayfieldHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAdditional room
Item 38 of 411933HayfieldHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAdditions
Item 39 of 411933House for Sir Thomas Bell KBE, Lennox Drive EastHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 40 of 411936Rannoch LodgeHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition providing lounge and bedrooms
Item 41 of 41c. 1936SS Queen Mary, ship interior     


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalJune 1949 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p381

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 v26 no2149