Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles E Tweedie & Son
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1921 or 1922 or 1923 or 1924
Ended: After 1940
Bio Notes: Charles Edward Tweedie was born in Edinburgh on 7 July 1863, the son of Peter Tweedie of Abdie, Fife, whose profession in 1881 is described as 'clerk in Exchange' and his wife Agnes Baigrie Bourhill of Dalkeith. Nothing is yet known of his training or early career but in 1892 he entered into partnership with Frank Lewis Worthington Simon (born 1862), the first professor at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art, who had recently dissolved his private partnership with Stewart Henbest Capper due to pressure of work at the School and had moved his office to 36 Hanover Street.

The Simon & Tweedie partnership won the competition for Llanelly Town Hall in 1892 but lost the commission to the local architect William Griffiths. It had more success in Manchester where Simon had won the competition for the Macfadyen Memorial Church, an office being opened in Manchester to build it. The partnership seems to have closed late in 1895 or early in 1896. Tweedie continued independent practice only briefly, working from home. He became a senior assistant in Lorimer's office, remaining there until the First World War.

Tweedie resumed independent practice in or about 1920 in partnership with his son, also Charles Edward Tweedie (born on 6 June 1891). He became an apprentice first in H M Office of Works and then in the practice of Hippolyte Jean Blanc, subsequently returning to the Office of Works and working for a time for Francis William Deas before commencing practice with his father. The date of this partnership is uncertain: the younger Tweedie's LRIBA papers give 1921, his obituary 1923, and his FRIBA papers 1924, but the practice title of Charles E Tweedie & Son appears in press reports from at least 1922.

The elder Tweedie appears to have retired or taken a less active part from about 1924, leaving his son as managing partner.

Charles Tweedie senior died on 31 July 1942, survived by his wife, Jane Sword Lamb.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 154, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1922After 1940 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Charles Edward Tweedie (senior)1921 or 1922 or 1923 or 1924c. 1924Partner 
Item 2 of 5Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)1921 or 1922 or 1923 or 19241947Partner 
Item 3 of 5John Glendinning19251928Junior Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 5Robert Henderson TaylorSeptember 19301935Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5Robert Henderson Taylor19351940Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 16 Daniel Stewart's College, Primary School  EdinburghScotlandJob interrupted by World War 2
Item 2 of 161921Rothesay War MemorialRothesayButeButeScotland 
Item 3 of 16After 1921107-108 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandNew front and internal alterations
Item 4 of 16After 1921Edinburgh Murrayfield Indoor Sports BuildingMurrayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 16After 1921Fountain Brewery for William McEwan & Co  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 16After 1921Housing schemes  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 16After 1921New brewery for William Younger & Co  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 161925Three semi-detached housesSaughtonhall EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 161928George Watson's College  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not selected, but awarded 100-guinea premium
Item 10 of 161934Boys' Brigade HallCanonmills EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 161934Daniel Stewart's College, ante chapel (later war memorial)  EdinburghScotlandRestoration, including Gothic panelling
Item 12 of 161935Victoria Shipyard, offices for Henry Robb LtdLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 161936Holyrood Brewery  EdinburghScotlandGabled addition
Item 14 of 161936Rothesay PavilionRothesayBute ScotlandSecond premiated competition designs (100 premium)
Item 15 of 161938Garage, stores, shops, laundry with offices for Mackay Ltd  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 16c. 1939Watt Institution and School of Arts  EdinburghScotlandUnexecuted plans for further extension (proposals abandoned due to outbreak of war)


Bibliographic References

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