Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Leggat Hume
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 April 1899
Died: 5 February 1980
Bio Notes: Robert Leggat Hume was born on 24 April 1899, the son of John Goodsir Hume, engine fitter, and his wife, Christiana Jamieson Leggat. He was articled to Robert Henderson Motion of Dunfermline in September 1915. His training was interrupted for two-and-a-half years' war service but he completed a full four-year apprenticeship with Motion, and at some point studied at Lauder Technical School in Edinburgh. He subsequently spent a year as assistant to J Fraser of Dunfermline, five year with Gillespie & Scott of St Andrews, and nine months with Fife Education Authority Architect George Sandilands in Kirkcaldy before emigrating to Jerusalem in September 1929 to become chief draughtsman in the Public Works Department there.

He was admitted LRIBA in mid-1931, his proposers being Benjamin Chaikin, George Thomas Caryer, and Austen St Barbe Harrison of the Jerusalem Public Works Department. In the short period between Hume's entry into that office and his application for admittance as LRIBA, he had participated in the design of more than twelve significant buildings including law courts in Haifa and Nablus, a new prison in Gaza and various government and police buildings and post offices.

By 1939-40 Hume had returned to Scotland and was living at East View, Millhill Street, Dunfermline. He was still at this address in 1950.

Hume died aged 80 in West Fife Hospital, Dunfermline, as a result of a road traffic accident. He was single.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2PO Box 585, Jerusalem, PalestinePrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 2East View, Millhill Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1939 *After 1950 

* 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 5Robert Henderson MotionSeptember 19151922ApprenticeWith the exception of two-and-a-half years' war service
Item 2 of 5John Fraser19221923Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Gillespie & Scott1923c. February 1928Assistant 
Item 4 of 5George Sandilandsc. February 1928September 1929Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Public Works Department, JerusalemSeptember 1929 Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Thomas CaryerMid 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Benjamin ChaikinMid 1931for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Austen St Barbe HarrisonMid 1931for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3896 (box 18)