Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert McNab (or Robert Macnab)
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 March 1900
Died: 11 May 1962
Bio Notes: Robert McNab (who spelt his name thus but is sometimes referred to as Macnab) was born on 7 March 1900, the son of James McNab, journeyman joiner, and his wife, Abercromby McNab. He was articled to Stewart, Tough & Alexander of Greenock in 1919. In 1923 he moved to the office of Matthew Purdon Smith in Dumfries, and in 1926 to that of Richardson & McKay, Edinburgh. In 1928 he was appointed Estate Architect to Messrs Baillie & Gifford, WS, of 3 Glenfinlas Street, Edinburgh. After ten years there he moved to Rothesay where he spent a year in the office of Andrew Morell McKinlay.

In 1940 McNab was appointed assistant to the War Department Valuer at 26 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, working in 'No. 2 Area'. He was still there when he was admitted ARIBA on 17 October 1944, his proposers being McKinlay, Andrew Graham Henderson, and John Ross McKay, whose supporting statement describes McNab as 'a diligent & earnest student of architecture'. McNab was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

McNab appears to have returned to work and live on Rothesay after the Second World War where he lived with his unmarried sister. He died at the Robertson Stewart Hospital, Rothesay, on 11 May 1962.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Baillie & Gifford WS/3, Glenfinlas Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19281937 
Item 2 of 583, Glendevon Pace, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  
Item 3 of 5War Department Valuer's Office/26, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1940After 1944 
Item 4 of 52, Eden Place, Rothesay, Bute, Bute, ScotlandPrivate1944 *1962 
Item 5 of 543, Watergate, Rothesay, Bute, ScotlandPrivate(?)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 4Stewart, Tough & Alexander19191923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Matthew Purdon Smith19231925Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Richardson & McKay19261928Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Andrew Morell McKinlay19381939Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Andrew Morell McKinlay17 October 1944for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 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 no5638 (combined box 92)