Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Henderson Taylor |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||25 February 1915 |
|Died: ||21 August 1992 |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Henderson Taylor was born on 25 February 1915, the son of William Henderson Taylor, publican and his wife, Georgina Slattie. From Septemebr 1930 to 1935 he served his articles with Charles Edward Tweedie & Son and at the same time from 1930-34 attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt College. For three successive years he received a first prize and in his fourth year he was awarded a medal. He was also successful in gaining prizes in the student architectural competitions run by the RIAS (3rd prize in his first year, and first prizes in his 2nd and 3rd years. He was also a medallist in the measured drawing competition. |
In February 1937 he was elected ARIAS and was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40.
He remained as assistant with Charles Edward Tweedie after the completion of his articles until 1940 and from 1936 to 1940 also assisted teaching a variety of subjects including building construction and plumbing at evening classes at Heriot Watt, four evenings a week. In 1940 he moved to a post as assistant to the Regional Technical Advice Home Officer of Scotland.
In November 1940 he joined HM Forces and served as War Office clerk of works and chief draughtsman in the Royal Engineers. He was demobilised in September 1946.
From May to September 1946 he had a post as assistant architect, Grade A, with Midlothian County Council Architects Department but was then appointed on the staff of the County Council Evening School to teach technical classes. He was admitted LRIBA in 1947, proposed by John Ross McKay, Alfred Hugh Mottram and James Davidson Cairns.
In 1950 he was living at 26 Avondale Place, Edinburgh.
Taylor died of a cerebrovascular accident on 21 August 1992, survived by his wife, Harriet Gullen Archibald and at least one son.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|68, Christie Miller Avenue, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private|| ||1992|| |
|51, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1939 *|| || |
|6, Rintoul Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1947|| || |
|26, Avondale Place, Edinburgh, Scotland|| ||1950|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|James Davidson Cairns||14 October 1947||For Licentiateship|
|John Ross McKay||14 October 1947||For Licentiateship|
|Alfred Hugh Mottram||14 October 1947||For Licentiateship|
Buildings and Designs
|This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1950||Episcopal Church, Oxgangs||Oxgangs|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1952||St Ninian's Episcopal Church||Comely Bank|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||7 April 1950|| || ||p472|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L No 6162 (Combined box 123)|