Basic Biographical Details

Name: Herbert Ramage
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 October 1905
Died: 11 November 1989
Bio Notes: Herbert Ramage was born on 16 October 1905 in Edinburgh, the son of William Ramage, compositor, and his wife Hannah Kean. He was articled to James Lindsay Junior of Glasgow from 1923 to 1928 and studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture, winning gilt and silver medallions and the Bourdon Travelling Studentship, which enabled him to spend two months measuring and sketching in Italy. On completing his apprenticeship he joined Keppie & Henderson as assistant. He obtained his senior certificate from the School in 1929, becoming an Associate of the RIAS and a student member of the RIBA. The following year he passed the design portion of the final exam, entitling him to be admitted ARIBA.

He left Keppie & Henderson in 1934 to enter the office of C J McNair & Elder as assistant, and a year later moved to Berkshire as principal in charge of architectural work for C G Fowlie PASI, chartered surveyor of 17 Bartholomew Street, Newbury. He remained there until 1938 when he moved to London and found employment as an assistant in the LCC Architects' Department. By 1939 he had moved to Thornton Heath in Surrey. He was an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and retained his membership after leaving Scotland.

He was admitted LRIBA On 16 February 1943, his proposers being the then president and secretary of the Glasgow Institute, Alexander Wright and William MacLean, and Andrew Graham Henderson, who wrote of Ramage in his supporting statement: 'I found him to be a willing and intelligent assistant, a good draughtsman and a capable designer.'

Ramage was elected FRIAS on 1953.

Ramage died in Mearnskirk General Hospital, Newton Mearns on 11 November 1989, survived by his wife Margaret Clarke Taylor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Eastwoodhill Home/238, Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate 1989Address of Herbert Ramage at time of death although his wife was still at Melford Avenue
Item 2 of 639, Dundrennan Road, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1930After 1934 
Item 3 of 6261, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1934 *  
Item 4 of 611 The Quadrant, Quadrant Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 5 of 6Five Pines, Longen Wood, Keston Park, Keston, Kent, EnglandPrivate1943 *  
Item 6 of 623, Melford Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateAfter 1943Before October 1992Ramage's home where his wife remained

* 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 5James Lindsay (junior)19231928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Keppie & Henderson19281934Assistant 
Item 3 of 5McNair & Elder19341935Assistant 
Item 4 of 5C G Fowlie19351938ArchitectPrincipal in charge of architectural work
Item 5 of 5London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1938After 1943Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Andrew Graham Henderson16 February 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Alexander Wright16 February 1943for Licentiateship - as president of the Glasgow Institute of Architects


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1950The 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 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5355 (combined box 73)