Basic Biographical Details

Name: J M Dick Peddie & Forbes Smith
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1909
Ended: 1917
Bio Notes: Following the dissolution of his partnership with George Washington Browne, John More Dick Peddie (born 1853) worked for some two years as sole partner before taking James Forbes Smith (born 1876) into partnership in 1909, Smith having joined the office as assistant c.1897. The following year John Wilson (born 1877), an accomplished assistant who had been in the office for a similar period of time to Smith, left to become architect to the Local Government Board. Although Peddie never sought admission to the RIBA - he was a member of the Society of Architects - Smith applied for Licentiateship in January 1911, his proposers being John Watson, Ramsay Traquair and Alexander Hunter Crawford, and was admitted in March of that year.

The partnership of Peddie & Forbes Smith was dissolved in 1917. The reasons have not been recorded but at that date the practice had little or no business and high overheads retaining the office at 8 Albyn Place. Smith continued in practice on his own account for a few years, apparently unsuccessfully, and it is not yet known what became of him. Peddie continued the practice alone until January 1920 when he merged it with that of two former assistants, William James Walker Todd and Sydney Houghton Miller, as J M Dick Peddie & W J Walker Todd.

(See separate entries on J M Dick Peddie & W J Walker Todd and on the individual partners for later practice history.)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 18, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19091917 

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 5John Wilson1909May 1910Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 5John More Dick Peddie19091917Partner 
Item 3 of 5James Forbes Smith19091917Partner 
Item 4 of 5(Sir) Matthew Montgomerie Ochterlony19111914Assistant 
Item 5 of 5James William Davies Kelly15 July 1915January 1920Apprentice 

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 481909Melrose Parish ChurchMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandPeddie won competition and secured job for reconstruction; unclear whether before or after formation of partnership
Item 2 of 481909Royal Bank of ScotlandAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 3 of 48After 1909Royal Bank of ScotlandPortobello EdinburghScotlandFurnishings
Item 4 of 48After 1909St Paul's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotlandFurnishings
Item 5 of 481910Coldstones, house, cottage and formal gardenGullane East LothianScotland 
Item 6 of 481910Corner tenement with shops, 1-2 Lynedoch Place and 2-4 Drumsheugh Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 7 of 481910Raeshaw HouseHeriot MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 481910St Germains HouseLongniddry East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 481910WelbentNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 10 of 48c. 1910Carnsalloch HouseKirkmahoe DumfriesshireScotlandMinor alterations
Item 11 of 48c. 1910North British and Mercantile Building  BelfastNorthern IrelandAlterations
Item 12 of 48c. 1910Premises for the East Edinburgh Unionist Club  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 48191120-22 Castle StreetDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 14 of 48191146 Castle Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 481911Dumfries County BuildingsDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 16 of 481911Dumfries Post OfficeDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandSurvey plans made
Item 17 of 481911GribdaeNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 481911House for Hon Percy ThesingerGullane East LothianScotland 
Item 19 of 481911House in Water of Leith Village  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 481911Kersewell HouseCarnwath LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 481911Polkemmet House  West LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 481911St Christopher'sNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 23 of 481911St George's Free Church hallDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandSurvey plans made
Item 24 of 4819124 Rothesay Mews  EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 481912(?)7-8 Moray Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to no 8
Item 26 of 481912Newton of BalcanquhalGlenfarg PerthshireScotland 
Item 27 of 481912Waverley HydropathicMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandAddition of recreation room
Item 28 of 4819135 Glencairn Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 481913CapenochPenpont DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 481913CardneyDunkeld PerthshireScotlandComplete reconstruction and lodge
Item 31 of 481913Cowhill TowerHolywood DumfriesshireScotlandTower house at east end added
Item 32 of 481913Moat HostelDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 33 of 481913Rowchester House  BerwickshireScotlandAdditional storey and garden terraces
Item 34 of 481913Stracathro HouseBrechin (near) AngusScotlandAlterations (attic at rear?)
Item 35 of 481913The Binns  West LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 48191466 St Mary's Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 37 of 481914County BuildingsHaddington East LothianScotlandAddition
Item 38 of 481914Kailzie HouseTraquair/Kirkburn PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 39 of 481914Kelly CastleArbroath AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 40 of 481914Lismore ManseLorn ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 41 of 481914Lowood HouseMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations
Item 42 of 481914St John's Episcopal Church  EdinburghScotlandVestry hall added
Item 43 of 4819157-8 Moray Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to nos 7 & 8
Item 44 of 481915Burnside HouseForfar AngusScotlandFurther work
Item 45 of 481915Cowhill TowerHolywood DumfriesshireScotlandGarage in north range of former stables
Item 46 of 481915Villa, 16 Blackford Road  Edinburgh?ScotlandAlterations
Item 47 of 481916Garroch HouseNew Galloway KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations
Item 48 of 481917Royal Navy HouseNorth Queensferry FifeScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Presspp133-4
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories