Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Scott Skilling
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 June 1895
Died: 1962
Bio Notes: Robert Scott Skilling was born at Mouswald Place, Dumfriesshire on 20 June 1895, the son of Joseph Skilling, gardener, and his wife MArtha Scott. He was articled to William Fitzalan Crombie of Dumfries on 20 September 1909 and at athe end of his apprenticeship in January 1914 moved to the office of Speirs & Co in Glasgow. His career was interrupted by military service, for which he signed up at the beginning of the First World War in September 1914. He returned to practice in August 1919, working on housing in Renfrew for the engineering firm Babcock & Wilcox. In March the following year he joined Watson, Salmond & Gray of Glasgow, seemingly leaving them to practice independently in December 1920. He subsequently moved to London where in April 1923 he entered the firm of Trollope & Colls, working on interior decoration. He left them in February 1924 and two months later joined the LCC Architects' Department. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Robert Robertson, Edwin Paul Wheeler and Ernest Hadden Parkes, all of the same department.

Skilling died in Wandsworth in 1962, his death registered between April and June.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Mouswald Place, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1895 Place of birth
Item 2 of 263, Schubert Road, East Putney, London, EnglandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 4Wilfrid Fitzalan Crombie20 September 1909January 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Speirs & Co (or Speirs Ltd)January 1914September 1914Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Watson, Salmond & GrayMarch 1920December 1920Assistant 
Item 4 of 4London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)April 1924After 1930Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Ernest Hadden Parkes1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Robertson1931for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Edwin Paul Wheeler1931for 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 1August 1919Housing for Babcock & WilcoxRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 


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 L no3775 (box 16)