Basic Biographical Details

Name: McCowat & Dickson
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1897
Ended: 1918(?)
Bio Notes: Robert Lockhart McCowat was born at Thornliebank, Renfrewshire on 11 July 1859, the son of Robert McCowat and Elizabeth Morrison. He was articled to James Thomson of Glasgow from 1874 to 1878, remaining with him for one year as an improver. He moved to Dublin to work for William Hague from 1879 to 1880, thereafter spending brief periods with Andrew Scobie of Dunfermline and William Leiper in Glasgow prior to emigrating to South Africa, where he became assistant borough engineer and surveyor in Durban from 1881. In 1887 he moved to Johannesburg where he entered into partnership with Arthur Henry Reid (previously of Plymouth, Cape Town, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth) the following year. At some point prior to 1897 McCowat withdrew to enter into partnership with George Arthur Hamilton Dickson who had been articled to George Edmund Street and after Street's death, Arthur Blomfield. McCowat was admitted FRIBA on 5 December 1898, his proposers being Thomson and Dickson. Dickson died in 1918, McCowat himself died in 1924.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Marshall's Chambers, Fox Street, Johannesburg, South AfricaBusiness1898 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2Robert Lockhart McCowatBefore 18971918(?)Partner 
Item 2 of 2George Arthur Hamilton DicksonBefore 18971918(?)Partner 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.