Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Burn Moffat
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 August 1904
Died: 1971
Bio Notes: John Burn Moffat was born on 8 August 1904 and was articled to Gray & Paterson of Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1919 to 1924, remaining as assistant for a further year. In 1925 he moved to Edinburgh to attend classes at Edinburgh College of Art, concurrently working in the office of Rowand Anderson & Paul. He received his diploma in 1930 and in the same year was awarded the Rowand Anderson Silver Medal, enabling him to make an eight-week measuring and sketching tour of Scotland. He passed the Professional Practice examination in July 1931 and was admitted ARIBA late that year or early the next, his proposers being John Begg, Frank Charles Mears and James Alexander Arnott. By that time he was working in H M Office of Works in Edinburgh. By 1939-40 his address was Hillcrest, Horncliffe, Berwick-on-Tweed.

By the mid-1940s Moffat was working for Gray & Paterson in Berwick upon Tweed. He remained there and died in 1971, his death registered between July and September of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 32, Springvalley Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 3Hillcrest, Horncliffe, Berwick-on-Tweed, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1939  
Item 3 of 3St John's, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, EnglandBusiness(?)1940sAfter 1970 

* 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 4Gray & Paterson (or Gray & Patterson)19191924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Gray & Paterson (or Gray & Patterson)19241925Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Rowand Anderson & PaulAfter 1925Before 1930Assistant 
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1931 *  In Edinburgh office

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander ArnottLate 1931 or early 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John BeggLate 1931 or early 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles MearsLate 1931 or early 1932for 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 11927St Monans Parish ChurchSt Monans/St Monance FifeScotlandStudent survey drawings


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4775 (combined box 16)