Basic Biographical Details

Name: Walter Schomberg Hepburne Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 September 1910
Died: 11 February 1998
Bio Notes: Walter Schomberg Hepburne Scott was born on 14 September 1910 at Monteviot House, Roxburgh; he was the son of James Corpatrick Hepburne Scott, second son of the 7th Lord Polwarth and Lady Isobel Alice Adelaide Kerr, daughter of the 7th Marquess of Lothian. In the register of deaths he is stated as having added the name Hepburne at some point. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1930 to 1935 and worked in the office of Reginald Fairlie in 1934-35. During these early years he travelled extensively in Italy, Holland, Germany Sweden and France. In 1936 he moved to London to work for T A Darcy Braddell of Deane & Braddell, returning to Edinburgh to work for Orphoot Whiting & Lindsay in 1937, and living at Broomlands House, Kelso. He was admitted ARIBA in that year, his proposers being Fairlie, Braddell and Orphoot. Later he found employment in London with Edward Maufe by whom his work was for a time strongly influenced. In person he was a small and slim man with a military moustache. His marriage on 15 February 1945 to Deborah Castle, a grand daughter of ___ Howard of Castle Howard, extended an already very wide range of social connections.

Ian Lindsay took Schomberg Scott and George Hay into partnership in 1952 as Ian G Lindsay & Partners when Lindsay's long-standing partnership with Orphoot was finally dissolved. The partnership with Schomberg Scott was relatively short-lived because of problems with Schomberg Scott's restoration work for the National Trust for Scotland and problems with the roof of a church.

Scott died on 11 February 1998 at Victoria Manor Nursing Home, 64 Albert Street, Edinburgh. His wife Deborah Castle had predeceased him but he was survived by his son James.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Broomlands House, Kelso, Roxburghshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1934After 1936 
Item 2 of 413, Eton Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 4Northfield House, Prestonpans, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivateAfter 1954 *1998 
Item 4 of 411, Forres Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1964After 1970 

* 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 4Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie19341935Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Deane & Braddell19361937Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Orphoot, Whiting & Lindsay1937 Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Ian G Lindsay & Partners19521956Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Arthur Darcy Braddell18 October 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie18 October 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot18 October 1937for 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 28 Achnacarry House  Inverness-shireScotlandRedecoration
Item 2 of 281928(?)Shakespeare Memorial TheatreStratford-on-Avon WarwickshireEnglandCompetition design (exhibited in 1934)
Item 3 of 28After 1945Monteviot House  RoxburghshireScotlandRadical alterations
Item 4 of 281950sCulzean Castle  AyrshireScotlandRestoration continued
Item 5 of 281954Northfield HousePreston East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 6 of 281956Airlie CastleAirlie AngusScotlandRepairs
Item 7 of 281956Falkland PalaceFalkland FifeScotlandAlterations to first floor room of cross-house; also decoration of King James V room
Item 8 of 281957Elshieshields Tower  DumfriesshireScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 281957Town's Churches, Old St Paul's  DundeeScotlandFont, lectern and screen - perhaps no longer a partner
Item 10 of 281960Gordon CastleFochabers MorayshireScotlandDemolitions and restoration work. Conversion of Baxter's stables into Home Farm.
Item 11 of 281961Menstrie CastleDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandRestoration and conversion into flats
Item 12 of 281961Tyninghame House  East LothianScotlandNew haraldic doorpiece
Item 13 of 281963Insch Parish ChurchKincraig Inverness-shireScotlandRestoration
Item 14 of 281963Inverewe Gardens, Visitor Centre  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 15 of 281965Visitor CentreFalkland FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 281966MemblandHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 17 of 281968Dupplin CastleForteviot PerthshireScotland 
Item 18 of 281968House of Pitmuies  AngusScotlandConservatory behind S pavilion
Item 19 of 281968Pan Ha's housesKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 20 of 281969Haddington HouseHaddington East LothianScotlandRestoration as Lamp of Lothian Collegiate Centre.
Item 21 of 281969Hardington HouseHaddington East LothianScotlandRestoration
Item 22 of 281970St John's ChurchPerth PerthshireScotlandScreen at John Knox Chapel moved forward and extended
Item 23 of 28c. 1970DupplinForteviot PerthshireScotland 
Item 24 of 281972Pitmedden HouseUdny AberdeenshireScotlandGates to walled garden
Item 25 of 281973Dalkeith House  MidlothianScotlandRestoration of interior and reinstatement of entrance
Item 26 of 281973Gannochy Lodge  AngusScotland 
Item 27 of 281973Inverewe, gates  Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 28 of 2819757 Charlotte Square  EdinburghScotlandRestoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University PressIndex gives year of death
Item 2 of 3Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp61
Item 3 of 3RCAHMS2004Creating a Future for the Past: the Scottish Architects' Papers Preservation Project Edinburgh: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotlandp 110

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 no6470 (combined box 141)