Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis George Glyn Robertson (or Frank George Glyn Robertson)
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 March 1881
Died: 1954
Bio Notes: Francis (Frank) George Glyn Robertson was born on 7 March 1881 and appears to have been a son of Laurence Robertson, sugar refiner, Greenock, who was a client of Honeyman & Keppie. He was educated at Routenburn Preparatory School and afterwards at Fettes College, Edinburgh, where he enrolled in 1896. He was articled to James Thomson of Baird & Thomson from 1900 to 1904, and attended Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. In September 1902 he travelled through the northern capital cities, visiting Copehagen, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Moscow and Amsterdam. Having served four years with Thomson he continued his apprenticeship for a further two years with John James Burnet (then working as John Burnet & Son) before joining Burnet's former partner John Archibald Campbell as assistant in 1906. Whilst there he studied at Glasgow School of Architecture and took a two-month holiday in May and June 1908 to tour Italy and France, including Rome, Florence, Sienna and Paris. He remained with the same firm after the formation of Campbell's partnership with Alexander David Hislop in 1909 and Campbell's subsequent death in the same year, leaving to commence independent practice at 144 St Vincent Street, Glasgow in 1910 in partnership with John R Hacking (born 1881/82) who was probably also from the Burnet office.

Hacking died only a year later, in 1911. Robertson was admitted LRIBA on 22 April 1912, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which Robertson had joined in 1908. By 1914 he was practising only from home at Morland House, Upper Skelmorlie, which must have been both office and house, and is an address which suggests that he was well-endowed. He remained at this house after he retired. He died in 1954.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 34, Park Circus, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1906After 1909 
Item 2 of 3144, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1910After 1911 
Item 3 of 3Morland House, Upper Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1914 *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 5Baird & Thomson1 September 19001904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Burnet & Son19041906Assistant 
Item 3 of 5John Archibald Campbell19061908Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Campbell & Hislop19081910Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Francis George Glyn Robertson & John R Hacking19101911Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson22 April 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 6After 1900InglistonBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 2 of 61904Warehouse for William McGeoch & Co  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to John James Burnet
Item 3 of 61905Clyde Navigation Trust Building  GlasgowScotlandSecond phase of building - as apprentice to John James Burnet
Item 4 of 61906Grand HotelSt Andrews FifeScotlandNew entrance porch and major interior alterations of ground floor and basement - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 5 of 61907Northern Insurance Company offices and Imperial Union Club  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to James Archibald Campbell
Item 6 of 61911Croftmohr LodgeSkelmorlie AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder21 July 1911  Obituary of Hacking

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v23 no1831