Basic Biographical Details

Name: Garnet Alexander Farmer
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 November 1890
Died: 1977
Bio Notes: Garnet Farmer was born on 2 November 1890 born at 28 Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh, the son of Robert Farmer, commercial traveller, and his wife Elizabeth Honeyman. He worked with Edwin Lutyens (probably as an assistant) in London from 1911.

During the First World War Farmer served with the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) and reached the rank of temporary Second Lieutenant. In 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and by the time he was dishcarged from the army had been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

He was re-employed by Lutyens after war service in 1919, and joined the Edinburgh staff of the Office of Works in 1921 where much of his time was spent designing post offices. From 1922 he worked under John Wilson Paterson who was married to Elizabeth Robertson Doig, Farmer's first cousin, once removed.

Garnett Farmer died in 1977 at 47 Inchview Terrace. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 347, Inchview Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1977 
Item 2 of 3London, EnglandBusinessBefore 19111921 
Item 3 of 3Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1921  

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 3Edwin Landseer Lutyens1911c. 1915Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Edwin Landseer Lutyens19191921Assistant 
Item 3 of 3H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1921 AssistantIn Edinburgh office


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Gazette29 July 1918  Supplement p.2670

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Peter Hastings, Farmer's great nephewInformation to website November 2008 Further information sent April 2014.
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Manuscripts Some personal papers including letters from Lutyens. Acc No 1999/229