Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Findlay
Designation: Architect
Born: 1859
Died: 1951
Bio Notes: Robert Findlay was born in 1859 in Inverness and served his articles with John Rhind in Inverness from 1876 to 1881. In the latter year he moved to the office of John Burnet & Son in Glasgow where he remained as assistant for four years.

In 1885 he was offered a post in Mexico but his journey took him via Montreal where he decided to stay and worked as an assistant to the Canadian architect A F Dunlop. He remained there for three years therafter entering the practice of James Wright. It is unclear if he worked as assistant to Wright or was taken into partnership.

In 1890 the link with Wright was severed and he set up business on his own and became one of the most successful architects in the city. He formed a brief temporary partnership with John MacGregor but worked mainly on his own until he was joined by his son, Francis R Findlay and the firm contiinued to flourish until 1941 when both father and son retired. Findlay was one of the founder members of the Province of Quebec Association of Architects and when the society was undergoing reorganisation in 1938, Findlay was issued with membership number one to signify his long involvement with it.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Bank of Toronto Buildings, Montreal, CanadaBusiness1905 *  

* 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 4John Rhind18761881Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Burnet & Son18811885Assistant 
Item 3 of 4A F Dunlopc. 1885c. 1888Assistant 
Item 4 of 4James Wrightc. 18881890Assistant(?)Or possibly partner?

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew SharpJune 19001902Chief Assistant 
Item 2 of 3David Morton Brown19051906Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3Alexander Cameron Todd19061907Senior Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Luxton, Donald (ed.)2003Building the West: the early architects of British Columbia Vancouver: Talon Books 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Province of Quebec Association of ArchitectsProvince of Quebec Association of Architects Files Membership no 71