Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Edward Thomas Stockdale
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 January 1908
Died: 27 May 1983
Bio Notes: Robert Edward Thomas Stockdale was born on 16 January 1908 at Manor Hamilton, Ireland, the son of Robert Stockdale, railway clerk, and his wife Annie Bell. It is not clear whether he moved to Scotland during childhood or in order to commence his architectural training, but in April 1923 he commenced his articles with Joseph Marr Johnston in Leith. On completing his five-year apprenticeship he remained with Johnston for three years as junior assistant. He subsequently worked as assistant to builders James Miller & Partners for five years, to the London & North Eastern Railway for two-and-a-half years, and to Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson for two years and one month. From 1936 to 1940 he was also lecturing at evening classes in Building Construction, Geometrical Drawing and Mathematics at Ramsay Technical Institute, Portobello for the Edinburgh Education Authority. In the latter year he joined the Superintending Civil Engineer's Office of H M Naval Depot, Invergordon as architectural and engineering assistant. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 18 November 1941, his proposers being James Stewart Johnston, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and Charles E Tweedie, although his nomination papers give an additional 'business' address of 29 Drylaw Crescent, Blackhall, Edinburgh. The papers cite very few specific buildings but give extensive details as to the nature of the work he carried out in each period of employment.

He resigned his membership of the RIBA in 1981, at which time he was living in Kinghorn, Fife. In the death regiaster he is described as a development coporation architect and may therefore have worked in Glenrothes. He died on 27 May 1983 at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy. He was survived by his wife Annie Kerr Anderson Smith.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 316, High Street, Invergordon, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandPrivate1941 *  
Item 2 of 329, Drylaw Crescent, Blackhall, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1941 *  
Item 3 of 311, Park Place, Knghorn, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *1983 

* 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 5Joseph Marr JohnstonApril 19231928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Joseph Marr Johnston19281931Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 5James Miller & Partners19311936Assistant 
Item 4 of 5London & North Eastern Railway Architectural Department19361938Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson19381944(?)Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Stewart Johnston18 November 1941for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan18 November 1941for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)18 November 1941for Licentiateship

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 21939Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandPlans for extension scheme - as assistant to Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson (halted on declaration of war)
Item 2 of 21939 or 1940Public tenement air raid shelters  Edinburgh?ScotlandAs assistant to Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson


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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5050 (combined box 53)