Basic Biographical Details

Name: Theodore K Irvine
Designation: Architect, Builder
Born: c. 1883
Died: 28 June 1939
Bio Notes: Theodore K Irvine was born at Brough on Whalsay in the Shetlands on 16 January 1873 and received his early education there. He was articled as an architect in Edinburgh where he set up business as builder initially (he is described variously in Census Records as “hewing mason” “foreman mason” “mason” “builder” and “master builder”) and later architect On his death certificate his occupation is given as building contractor and architect.

After a few years he moved to Bathgate where he taught building construction at evening classes under the auspices of the West Lothian Technical Education Committee. He was later employed by the Town Council as a clerk of works on the construction of two reservoirs and 'planned and erected several of the most outstanding buildings in Bathgate'. He continued to have an Edinburgh office at 2 Robertson Avenue for his developments in Greenbank and Duddingston. His obituarist notes that he was responsible 'in recent years for the erection of modern bungalows both in Edinburgh and Bathgate'.

Irvine became a prominent freemason and PWM of Torphichen Kilwinning Lodge No 13 and PP of mount Moriah Royal Arch Chapter, Bathgate. He was elected to Bathgate Town Council in 1922. He served in most of the convenerships and as Junior and Senior Bailie. He was provost from November 1937 until his death on 28 June 1939 as a result of a seizure. He was survived by his wife and grown-up family.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, builder:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 428, Duff Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1901  
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh Road, BathgateBusiness19151916Joiner’s shop, store , stable and yard) was at Edinburgh Road
Item 3 of 4Bathgate, West Lothian, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 19221939 
Item 4 of 42, Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBetween 1930 and 1939  

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 181905Ballencrieff ReservoirBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 181905Petershill Reservoir no 2Bathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 3 of 181909Bargaly HouseBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 4 of 181910EU Congregational Church ManseBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 18Before 1911Villas, Muir RoadBathgate West LothianScotlandAt least number 42 dates from before 1911.
Item 6 of 181913Post OfficeBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 181916ColosseumBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 181920sBungalows, 53, 55, 60, 62 Durham Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 181920sBungalows, Duddingston Gardens NorthDuddingston EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 181920sVillas, 71-73 Muir RoadBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 181920sVillas, Duddingston Road Duddingston EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 181920sVillas, Irvine CrescentBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 13 of 181930s21-33 Greenbank RoadGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 181930s24, 26, 28, 30 Greenbank CrescentGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 181930s8-18 and 22-26 Greenbank RoadGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 181935Villas, Craigleith Drive  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 181936Bungalows, Blinkbonny Grove West  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 181938103 Queensferry Road  EdinburghScotlandBuilt for himself; incomplete at his death

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, builder:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Cant, Malcolm1998The District of Greenbank in Edinburgh Edinburgh: Malcolm Cant Publicationspp58-9

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, builder:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Scotsman25 May 1935  Asdvertisement for villas for sale, all designed and built by Irvine.
Item 2 of 2Scotsman28 June 1939  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, builder:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Valuation Rolls1915-1916 

Images

© All rights reserved. Scotsman 25 May 1935 

© All rights reserved. Scotsman 25 May 1935

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