Basic Biographical Details

Name: Henry Pearce Robbie
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1902
Died: Before 1972(?)
Bio Notes: Henry Pearce Robbie commenced his articles with Mills & Shepherd of Dundee in April 1919. He studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture, and won the Alexander Thomson travelling scholarship in 1925 which enabled him to travel to Italy from May to July the following year. He received his diploma from the Glasgow School of Architecture in July 1928 and was admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being John Watson, his former employer John Donald Mills, and William Brown Whitie, with whom he was working at the time.

In 1930 Pearce Robbie left Whitie's office and moved to Dundee. Around that time he joined the practice of Findlay & Stewart which then became Findlay Stewart & Robbie. In the same year, 1930, Pearce Robbie succeeded Vernon Constable as lecturer in architecture at the Technical College.

James Findlay died in March 1943, and Nelson T Stewart in 1948, leaving Pearce Robbie as sole partner. The firm was based throughout in the former office of John Murray Robertson at 33 Albert Square, which Findlay had retained after Robertson's death. Pearce Robbie appears to have died prior to 1972 as he does not appear in the Dundee directories of that year.

By the early 1960s Robbie had formed a partnership with Martin Muir Walker Wellwood. After Robbie retired the practice became Wellwood & Leslie.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4119, Nethergate, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 4Viewmount, Wormit-on-Tay, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1928 *  
Item 3 of 4226, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939 *  
Item 4 of 433, Albert Square, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939 *After 1950 

* 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 4Mills & ShepherdApril 1919c. 1925(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4William Brown WhitieBefore 1928c. 1930Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 4Findlay Stewart & Robbiec. 1930 Partner 
Item 4 of 4Robbie & WellwoodEarly 1960s PartnerDied 1972


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Donald MillsLate 1928for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John WatsonLate 1928for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown WhitieLate 1928for 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 391930Double villa, Hyndford Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 391930Glamis House  DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 3 of 391930Premises for M Boyle's Trust  DundeeScotlandReconstruction
Item 4 of 391931Bungalow, Dalgleish Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 391932Netherwood  DundeeScotlandAdditions and garage
Item 6 of 391933Caird Nurses' Home  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 7 of 391934Cottages, Pond LaneTayport FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 391934Four shopsBarnhill DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 391934Guardbridge Co-operative Society Buildings, including stablesTayport FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 391934Robertson's furniture store  DundeeScotlandMainly responsible for design
Item 11 of 391935Building, Carnleith PlaceAlyth PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 391935Holiday HomeAuchterhouse DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 13 of 391935Tenement, Roseangle  DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 391936Caledonian Insurance Building  DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 15 of 391937Carn-ElrigBoat of Garten Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 391937Flass Road Housing Scheme, block of 6 housesNewport FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 391937Guardbridge Co-operative Society bakeryGuardbridge FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 391938The ElmsMonikie AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 19 of 391949Dental Hospital and School  DundeeScotlandPart at south end - two houses joined together
Item 20 of 391962Dental Hospital and School  DundeeScotlandAddition of 11-storey tower and 3-storey Fyfe-stone walled block
Item 21 of 391968Deanhead Field HousingEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandMay have retired by then.
Item 22 of 391969Royal Bank of ScotlandBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandRenovation of bank and manager's house
Item 23 of 391970sDental Hospital and School  DundeeScotlandExtension
Item 24 of 391970sDepot for Lawsons of Dyce  DundeeScotland 
Item 25 of 391970sDepot for Lawsons of DyceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 26 of 391970sDepot for Lawsons of DycePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 27 of 391970sDepot for Lawsons of DycePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 28 of 391970sHealth CentreKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 29 of 391970sNorth of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board DepotKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 30 of 391970Shopping development for McNeils Berwick LtdBerwick East LothianScotland 
Item 31 of 391970St John's Cross Church, multi-purpose hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 32 of 391971168-174 High Street  DundeeScotlandMay not have been involved.
Item 33 of 391971FarmhouseCockburnspath BerwickshireScotland 
Item 34 of 391971Sheltered housing complexEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandperhaps involved?
Item 35 of 39197289 houses, SpittalBerwick-on-Tweed  England 
Item 36 of 391973Cattle breeding centreScone PerthshireScotlandNew building and extension to old one
Item 37 of 391974'Barracuda' nightlife complex  DundeeScotland 
Item 38 of 391974Offices for Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society  DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 391974Sands DiscothequeBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The 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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4277 (combined box 5)