Basic Biographical Details

Name: Adam Elliot Watson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 May 1908
Died: 2 February 1995
Bio Notes: Adam Elliot Watson was born on 1 May 1908, the son of William Currie Watson, works manager, and his wife Jeanne Robertson Sutherland. He was articled to Bryden & Robertson on 25 January 1925. He attended Glasgow School of Architecture and after completing his five-year apprenticeship he moved to the office of Wylie, Wright & Wylie. He passed the final exam in August 1934 and was admitted ARIBA on 14 January the following year, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and Andrew Graham Henderson. His nomination papers unusually omit his middle name.

Watson remained with the Wylie firm after the dissolution of the partnership with Wright and the subsequent formation of the partnership of Wylie, Shanks & Wylie in 1936. He spent the war in London on factory work, and thereafter was taken into partnership by Andrew David Haxton of Leven and St Andrews (born 1878). Haxton retired in 1950. Watson ws elected FRIAS in 1953.

Watson continued the practice until his retirement c.1973. He resigned his RIBA membership in February 1977, at which time he was living at 5 Scoonie Place, Leven. The practice was continued by David Moir. Watson died at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy on 2 February 1995, survived by his wfie Joyce Marguerite Reaves, and theri daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Wynholm/45, Links Road, Lundin Links, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1995 
Item 2 of 370, Craigpark, Dennistoun, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1935 *  
Item 3 of 35, Scoonie Place, Leven, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1950 *After 1977 

* 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 4Bryden & Robertson25 January 192525 January 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Wylie, Wright & Wylie1 February 19301935Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1936c. 1939Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Haxton & Watson1945After 1975(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson14 January 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes14 January 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith14 January 1935for 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 107 Woodlands, Leven RoadLundin Links FifeScotlandUndated ground-floor plan.
Item 2 of 1071930Kilconquhar HouseKilconquhar FifeScotlandAlterations - begun by Haxton alone in 1930, continued and completed by partnership.
Item 3 of 1071945Balbirnie Estate, Broomfield Farm cottage  FifeScotlandBegun by Haxton alone in 1939, completed by partnership.
Item 4 of 1071945Balbirnie Estate, Milldeans Farmhouse  FifeScotlandAlterations to farmhouse and steading - begun by Haxton alone in 1939, continued in partnership.
Item 5 of 1071945Balbirnie Estate, Newton Farm cottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations - begun by Haxton alone in 1939, completed in partnership.
Item 6 of 1071945Balbirnie Estate, Newton Farm, dairyman's cottageBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations - begun by Haxton alone in 1939, completed in partnership.
Item 7 of 1071945Balbirnie Estate, Sandy Brae feuing planKennoway FifeScotlandBegun by Haxton alone in 1931, continued in partnership.
Item 8 of 1071945Bo'ness Picture House, CorbiehallBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandReconstruction after fire.
Item 9 of 1071945Burntisland Primary SchoolBurntisland FifeScotlandTemporary school buildings - begun by Haxton alone, completed in partnership, in conjunction with Ministry of Works and Scottish Education Department.
Item 10 of 1071945Denbeath Public SchoolBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotlandTemporary buildings - begun by Haxton alone and completed in partnership, in conjunction with Ministry of Works and Scottish Education Department.
Item 11 of 1071945Kinglassie Public SchoolKinglassie FifeScotlandTemporary buildings - begun by Haxton alone and completed in partnership, in conjunction with Ministry of Works and Scottish Education Department.
Item 12 of 1071945Newton HallKennoway FifeScotlandAlterations - begun by Haxton in 1938, completed in partnership and continued by firm after his retirement.
Item 13 of 1071945Newton Hall Farm cottagesKennoway FifeScotlandAlterations - begun by Haxton alone in 1938, continued in partnership and completed after his retirement.
Item 14 of 1071945Newton Hall Farm, farmhouse, steading, cartshed and granaryKennoway FifeScotlandAlterations to farmhouse - begun by Haxton in 1938, completed in partnership and continued by firm after his retirement.
Item 15 of 1071945Primary SchoolThornton FifeScotlandTemporary school buildings - in conjunction with Ministry of Works and Scottish Education Department (begun by Haxton alone, completed in partnership).
Item 16 of 1071945Proposed cinema, Lumphinnans RoadLochgelly FifeScotlandUnexecuted plans.
Item 17 of 1071945RC SchoolBuckhaven and Methil FifeScotlandTemporary buildings - begin by Haxton alone and completed in partnership, in conjunction with Ministry of Works and Scottish Education Department.
Item 18 of 1071945Social housing for the Burgh of Elie and Earlsferry, unidentified siteElie FifeScotlandBegun by A D Haxton alone in 1930, completed in partnership.
Item 19 of 1071945Social housing for the Burgh of Elie and Earlsferry, Wadeslea siteElie FifeScotlandBegun by Haxton alone in 1944, completed in partnership.
Item 20 of 1071945Social housing, Mountfleurie siteLeven FifeScotlandHousing designs in several stages - begun by Haxton alone in 1936, completed in partnership.
Item 21 of 1071945Wemyss Public SchoolEast Wemyss FifeScotlandTemporary buildings - begun by Haxton alone and completed in partnership, in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and the Scottish Education Department.
Item 22 of 107c. 1945Social housing for the Burgh of CuparCupar FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 107c. 1945Social housing, Glebe siteAnstruther Wester FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 1071946Balbirnie Estate, 3-5 GatesideBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 25 of 1071946Balbirnie Estate, Coul MainsBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 26 of 1071946Social housing for the Burgh of Elie and Earlsferry, Enfield siteElie and Earlsferry FifeScotlandBegun by Haxton alone, and completed in partnership
Item 27 of 1071946Social housing for the Burgh of Elie and Earlsferry, Woodside siteElie and Earlsferry FifeScotlandBegun by Haxton alone, and completed in partnership
Item 28 of 1071947Balbirnie Estate, Balfarg Farmhouse and SteadingBalfarg FifeScotlandAlterations to farmhouse and new septic tank, cow court, silage pit, and bull pens.
Item 29 of 1071947Balbirnie House, including walled garden and stablesMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations to chauffeur's and gardener's house, and proposed new cloakroom for gardens.
Item 30 of 1071948Balbirnie Estate, 1-3 Balfarg Farm CottagesBalfarg FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations.
Item 31 of 1071948Leslie Town HallLeslie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 32 of 1071949Cameron HouseWindygates FifeScotlandNew laboratories, and conversion of bacteriology laboratory to form 24-bed ward unit.
Item 33 of 1071949Cinema, KennowayKennoway FifeScotland 
Item 34 of 1071950Balbirnie Estate, 1 GatesideBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 35 of 1071950Balbirnie Estate, 2 GatesideBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 36 of 1071950Balbirnie Estate, Kirkforthar Feus, cottages at west endFreuchie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 37 of 1071950Coul FarmhouseBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 38 of 1071950King George V Memorial Sports GroundLeven FifeScotlandPublic conveniences and pavilion.
Item 39 of 1071950Randolph Wemyss Memorial HospitalDenbeath/Methil FifeScotlandAddition of kitchen, pantry, service passage and nurses' bathroom; extension to fuel store.
Item 40 of 1071950Reform Co-operative Society premises, 44 Montrave CrescentLeven FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations.
Item 41 of 1071950Social housing for the Burgh of Leven, Broom siteLeven FifeScotlandjointly with L.A. Rolland
Item 42 of 107c. 1950Hilton of Kirkforthar Farmhouse and SteadingFreuchie FifeScotlandAlterations to farmhouse and cottages, including septic tank.
Item 43 of 107195113 Stob Cross RoadMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 44 of 1071951Backfield of Pitcairn, farm cottageLeslie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 45 of 1071951Balbirnie Burns West CottageBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 46 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, 6 GatesideBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 47 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, 7 GatesideBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 48 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Bandon Farm cottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 49 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Cessfords CottageBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 50 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, cottage at NorthallMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 51 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, cottage at West MarkinchMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 52 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Keeper's CottageBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 53 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Kirkforthar Farm cottageFreuchie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 54 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Lochmuir, keeper's cottageBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 55 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Pitcairn Farmhouse and SteadingBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations to farmhouse.
Item 56 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Pittillock Farm cottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 57 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Pyeston Farm CottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandNew two- and three-room cottages.
Item 58 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Pyeston Farmhuse and SteadingBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 59 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Star CottagesStar, Markinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 60 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, Treaton Farm, cottages  FifeScotlandAlterations to cottages and new four-roomed house.
Item 61 of 1071951Balbirnie Estate, West Mill CottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 62 of 1071951Balbirnie House, East LodgeMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 63 of 1071951Balbirnie House, including walled garden and stablesMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations and additions to stables, including new flats.
Item 64 of 1071951Balbirnie House, kennels bothyMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 65 of 1071951Balbirnie House, North LodgeMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 66 of 1071951Balbirnie Mains FarmsteadMarkinch/Balbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 67 of 1071951Balbirnie Mains, cottage    Alterations.
Item 68 of 1071951Cottages, 4 and 5 Stob Cross RoadMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 69 of 1071951Newton Hall, gardener's cottageKennoway FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 70 of 1071951Newton Hall, keeper's cottageKennoway FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 71 of 1071952Balbirnie Estate, Kingsmill Farm, cot houses  FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 72 of 1071952Balbirnie Estate, Kingsmill House  FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 73 of 1071952Balbirnie Estate, Purin Farm, cottageBalbirnie FifeScotland 
Item 74 of 1071952Balbirnie Estate, Purin FarmhouseBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 75 of 1071952BunessanBalfarg FifeScotland 
Item 76 of 1071952Kilconquhar Estate, Balbuthie FarmKilconquhar FifeScotlandReconstruction after fire (with Redpath Brown & Co as engineers).
Item 77 of 1071952Social housing for the Burgh of Leven, Damhead ParkLeven FifeScotlandGallacher Avenue housing - jointly with L A Rolland & Partners.
Item 78 of 1071952Woodburn CottageBalfarg FifeScotland 
Item 79 of 1071953Balbirnie Estate, Rameldry Farmhouse and SteadingBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations to farm buildings.
Item 80 of 1071953Kilconquhar Estate, Balbuthie Farm CottagesKilconquhar FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations.
Item 81 of 1071954Coul Farm cottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 82 of 1071955Balbirnie Estate, Broomfield Farmhouse  FifeScotlandNew farmhouse.
Item 83 of 1071955Balbirnie Estate, Kirkforthar SandpitGlenrothes FifeScotlandSurvey plans.
Item 84 of 1071955Balbirnie Estate, Stovie FarmCoaltown of Balgonie FifeScotlandAlterations including proposed new bathroom.
Item 85 of 107c. 1955Regal CinemaWest Calder MidlothianScotlandAlterations
Item 86 of 1071956Balbirnie Estate, Kirkforthar Feus, schoolFreuchie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 87 of 1071956Balbirnie Estate, Pittillock Farmhouse and SteadingBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations to granary.
Item 88 of 1071956Balbirnie House, West LodgeMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 89 of 107c. 1956Reform Co-operative Society Premises, Durie StreetLeven FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 90 of 1071957Balbirnie House, South LodgeMarkinch FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 91 of 1071957Sixteen houses at Leslie (2nd development)  FifeScotland 
Item 92 of 1071959Markinch Free ChurchMarkinch FifeScotlandAdditions to church and hall - new kitchen, cloakrooms and signage.
Item 93 of 1071959Town Council Housing, Westfield RoadCupar FifeScotlandaccepting tender applications per Builder p620 - CHECK role
Item 94 of 1071960Social housing for the Burgh of Leven, Aitken PlaceLeven FifeScotlandTwo phases of work.
Item 95 of 107c. 1960St Cuthbert's PoorhouseCraigleith EdinburghScotlandSketch plans for hospital block.
Item 96 of 1071962Episcopal ChurchSt Andrews (later, Buckhaven) FifeScotlandNew lighting scheme.
Item 97 of 1071964Housing, Lebanon TerraceCupar FifeScotland 
Item 98 of 1071966Christian Meeting Hall, Sillerhole RoadLeven FifeScotland 
Item 99 of 1071966Kilconquhar Estate, Balbuthie Steading CottageKilconquhar FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 100 of 1071967Sauchenbush ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandChurch.
Item 101 of 1071968Kilconquhar Parish ChurchKilconquhar FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations.
Item 102 of 1071968Kilconquhar Parish Church ManseKilconquhar FifeScotlandAlterations to form kitchen and garage.
Item 103 of 1071970Kilconquhar House, stablesKilconquhar FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 104 of 1071971Balbirnie Estate, Pyeston Farm CottagesBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 105 of 1071971Balbirnie Estate, Treaton Farm, cottageBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.
Item 106 of 1071971Balbirnie Estate, Treaton Farm, cottages  FifeScotlandAlterations to old cottar houses and new three-roomed house.
Item 107 of 1071972Balbirnie Estate, Milldeans HouseBalbirnie FifeScotlandAlterations.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The 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 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSHaxton & Watson Collection Plans and drawings.
Item 3 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5628 (combined box 91)