Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Ross Forsyth
Designation: Architect, Builder
Born: 13 May 1911
Died: 1976
Bio Notes: Andrew Ross Forsyth was born on 13 May 1911 and was articled to Alexander Ross & Son of Inverness in July 1928, attending evening classes at Inverness Academy. He left Ross's office in October 1930 to study full-time at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen, where he completed his studies in July 1933. In September of that year he commenced practice on his own account, in partnership with R Neish, of whom nothing is yet known. The practice of Neish & Forsyth was engaged in estate work, including entrance lodges, as well as workers' cottages, housing schemes, shops, private houses and council work. The firm appears to have suffered from the economic depression of the later 1930s, and although plans for at least one job are dated 1939, according to Forsyth's nomination papers the partnership was dissolved in February 1937. In that month Forsyth took an appointment as chief assistant to J W Manson & Son of Newcastle upon Tyne, a mainly industrial practice specialising in factories, garages, canteens, shops and housing. He left that office in October 1938 to work for A K Tasker & Austin Child in the same town, for whom he was engaged on schools, drill halls and factories. In September the following year he was appointed assistant to Gateshead Corporation, where he was responsible for 'A. R. P. work'.

In January 1940 Forsyth was engaged as chief draughtsman by the Command of the Royal Engineers in Newcastle, for whom he worked on the layout of camps including water supply and drainage, as well as defence works, record plans and contoured surveys. Whilst there he attended evening classes at King's College, Newcastle in 1941-2 to prepare for the RIBA final exam. He was still working for the DCRE in Newcastle when he was admitted LRIBA on 16 October 1945, his proposers being Andrew Kerr Tasker, Frederick William Harvey and William John Taylor.

Forsyth's RIBA membership was terminated in December 1973 when he ceased to pay the subscription fees. At that time he was still living in Newcastle with his wife, Anne. He died there in 1976, his death being registered between July and September

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, builder:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Forres, Morayshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 320, Linden Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1945 *  
Item 3 of 3Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1973 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, builder (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Alexander Ross & SonJuly 1928October 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6R Neish & ForsythSeptember 1933February 1937Partner 
Item 3 of 6J W Manson & SonFebruary 1937October 1938Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 6A K Tasker & Austin ChildOctober 1938September 1939Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Gateshead CorporationSeptember 1939January 1940Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Royal Engineers OfficeJanuary 1940After 1945Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect, builder for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Frederick William Harvey16 October 1945for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Andrew Kerr Tasker16 October 1945for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William John Taylor16 October 1945for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect, builder 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 1Before 1937(?)Logie HouseForres MorayshireScotlandGarage with chauffeur's accommodation above (1939 given in plans, but practice was dissolved in 1937)


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, builder:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5792 (combined box 100)