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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert James Walker
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 January 1867
Died: 19 October 1946
Bio Notes: Robert Walker was born at Summerfield, Leith on 27 January 1867, the son of Robert Walker, provision merchant, and his wife Helen Chisholm who had married in 1858.. His middle name James was added later. He was brought up in Fife where he developed an interest in Scottish vernacular architecture from an early age. He studied at Glasgow School of Art in 1885-6 and exhibited as a painter at the Royal Glasgow Institute for the Fine Arts from 1892. He worked for James Miller c.1900-1901, assisting with the design of the Canadian Pavilion for the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901. Soon thereafter he entered into partnership with Thomas Ramsay from John Hutchison's office. They won the competitions for The Wolverhampton Exhibition of 1902 and for Kirkintilloch Town Hall in 1904 and subsequently engaged in further competition work with notable success in those for the Scottish National Exhibitions in Edinburgh (1908) and Glasgow (1911). The practice was based at 123 Wellington Street.

The success of the practice was not maintained after 1911 and in 1913 the partnership was dissolved. Walker worked independently from an office at 108 Douglas Street, Blythswood Square, Glasgow from that year, practising mainly as an artist but Thomas Charles Hardy had already joined him as an assistant in 1913. Hardy was taken into partnership in or before March 1931, in which month Walker's chief assistant David Reekie Smith was also taken into partnership, the firm becoming R J Walker, Hardy & Smith.

Walker moved to Greenvale, Fintry, in 1938, an event which probably marked his retirement from architecture. He moved again to Sealloch Mohr, Killearn c.1943, and subsequently to Bath. He exhibited landscapes and flower subjects at the Royal Scottish Academy until 1928 and at the Royal Glasgow Institute until 1944, most of his subjects being in and around Fintry.

Walker married Annie Dalglish. He died on 19 October 1946 at 1 Claremont Terrace, Glasgow; his daughter Nan(?) D Clark of Sealladh Mhor, Killearn reported his death.

(NB: Jobs for R J Walker, Hardy & Smith have been entered on assumption that all partners were involved, but very little is known of any of them, and it is possible that some were retired or deceased at the time.)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1328, Cowcaddens Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1885 *  
Item 2 of 1328, Cowcaddens Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate18851886 
Item 3 of 13136, Wellington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18921893 or 1894 
Item 4 of 13Coterie Club/114, West Campbell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1894 *  
Item 5 of 1337, Garnethill Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1894 or 18951896 or 1897 
Item 6 of 13144, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1896 or 18971898 or 1899 
Item 7 of 13223, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1899 *  
Item 8 of 13147, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1900 *  
Item 9 of 13183, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1901 *  
Item 10 of 13123, Wellington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1903After 1910 
Item 11 of 13108, Douglas Street, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1913After 1939 
Item 12 of 13Greenvale, Fintry, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate/business19381942 or 1943 
Item 13 of 13Sealladh Mohr, Killearn, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1942 or 19431946(?) 

* 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 4James Miller1899c. 1901Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 4Walker & RamsayBefore 1904Before 1913Partner 
Item 3 of 4R J Walker, Hardy & Smithc. 19291938Partner 
Item 4 of 4R J Walker & SmithBefore 1946(?)1946(?)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 6Thomas Charles HardyMay 19131931(?)Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 6David Reekie SmithJanuary 1919January 1924Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Francis Clunie Scott19221923Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6Arthur Mackenzie Watt-Low (or Watt Low)19221925Assistant 
Item 5 of 6David Reekie SmithJanuary 1924Before 1931Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 6David Reekie SmithAfter 1924March 1931Chief Assistant 

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 271901Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901, Canadian PavilionKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to James Miller
Item 2 of 271902Exhibition buildingsWolverhampton StaffordshireEnglandWon competition and secured job
Item 3 of 271904Competition design for a public library     
Item 4 of 271904Kirkintilloch Town Hall and Municipal BuildingsKirkintilloch DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 5 of 271906City Hall front     
Item 6 of 271907Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 7 of 271907Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 8 of 271907Scottish National Exhibition, 1908Saughton EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - second premium but secured the job
Item 9 of 271911(?)Canadian Coronation Arch, Whitehall  LondonEngland 
Item 10 of 271911Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry, 1911, Palace of Fine ArtsKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandMainly responsible
Item 11 of 271911Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry, 1911, Palace of HistoryKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandMainly responsible
Item 12 of 271911Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry, 1911, Palace of IndustriesKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandMainly responsible
Item 13 of 271913Titwood Lawn Tennis ClubPollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 271914Lancefield Boiler Works  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to workshop at rear
Item 15 of 271916Eastwood ParkGiffnock RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 16 of 271917Kelvin Hall  GlasgowScotlandTemporary hall (later burnt down)
Item 17 of 271917Temporary Exhibition Hall, Bunhouse Ground  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 271918American War MemorialMull of OaIslayArgyllScotland 
Item 19 of 271924Island Farm IslayArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 271933Buildings for British Bitumen EmulsionsShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 271933Royal Samaritan Hospital, radiological blockCoplawhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 271934Oil Works Factory for Messrs Hyn Highgate & CoPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 271934Royal Samaritan Hospital for Women, Agnes Barr Dispensary  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 24 of 271935St Gerard's Secondary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 27193649-51 Cordwell RoadCordwell Bay, Greenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 26 of 271937Victoria HospitalRothesayButeButeScotlandMaternity unit - if still working at the time
Item 27 of 271938Albert Hall  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Bailie28 June 1911  'Men You Know' series


© All rights reserved. The Bailie: the Men You Know Series 28 June 1911 (Courtesy of Iain Paterson) 

© All rights reserved. The Bailie: the Men You Know Series 28 June 1911 (Courtesy of Iain Paterson)