Basic Biographical Details

Name: Elizabeth Fergus Comrie (Miss)
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 May 1912
Bio Notes: Miss Elizabeth Fergus Comrie was born on 12 May 1912 and studied on the Diploma Course at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from October 1931. She secured a bursary which enabled her to travel to Ely and Switzerland in summer 1934, and made measured drawings at Culross in January 1935. From September 1936 to July 1937 she worked in the office of the then City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae, and on 16 June the following year she passed the professional practice exam at the School of Architecture. Four months later she entered the office of Thomas Purves Marwick & Son and a month after that she applied for admittance as ARIBA, for which she was elected on 6 February 1939, her proposers being MacRae, James Inch Morrison and Thomas Craigie Marwick. She was also a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

She remained in Edinburgh thereafter, although whether practising on her own account or as an employee is unclear. She was AMTPI by 1950. She resigned her RIBA membership in 1977. She does not appear to have married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 325, Manor Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1938After 1939 
Item 2 of 310, Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1950After 1970 
Item 3 of 3207, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1972 *After 1977 

* 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 3Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)September 1936July 1937AssistantWorking under Ebenezer James MacRae, City Architect
Item 2 of 3Ebenezer James MacRaeSeptember 1936July 1937AssistantIn City Architect's Office
Item 3 of 3T P Marwick & SonOctober 1938 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae6 February 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Craigie Marwick6 February 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Inch Morrison6 February 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7044 (combined box 171)