Basic Biographical Details

Name: Finlay Bain
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 February 1886
Bio Notes: Finlay Bain was born on 12 February 1886 and was articled to Cooper & Taylor of Edinburgh in 1902, attending classes at the School of Applied Arts. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1906 he moved to Glasgow to join James Chalmers as assistant. He commenced practice on his own account in 1912, having won the commission for the Burgh Golf House at Girvan in the competition assessed by Henry Edward Clifford. In 1923 he became an architectural and civil engineering assistant in the War Department at Catterick Camp, Yorkshire, and he was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 6 April 1936, apparently without the need of any proposers. His nomination papers state that he had designed 'various houses & other Buildings in France and at home'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1911 *  
Item 2 of 3War Department, Catterick Camp, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1923After 1936 
Item 3 of 3The Grove/37, Frenchgate, Richmond, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1936 *  

* 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 3Cooper & Taylor19021906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Chalmers19061912Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Department of War Architectural Department1923After 1936AssistantAt Catterick Camp, Yorkshire

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 11911Girvan Burgh Golf HouseGirvan AyrshireScotlandWon competition to secure job


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 no4527 (combined box 20)