Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hamish Noble Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 August 1904
Died: 12 October 1982
Bio Notes: Hamish Noble Paterson was born on 10 August 1904, the son of Andrew Paterson, photographer, and his wife Jean MacLennan. From 1923 to 1925 he served his articles with Robert Carruthers Ballantyne, Taylor & Cox in Inverness and from 1925-1930 was a day student at Glasgow School of Art, passing the professional exam in 1930.

That same year, 1930, he moved to London where he obtained a post as architectural draughtsman in the office of Sir Murdoch MacDonald, KCMG, CE, Victoria Street, London. Later that year he moved as te,porary technical assistant to the Housing Section of the LCC, remaining there for two years. During the architectural depression in the early 1930s he took a post as technical representative with the Caledonian Portland Cement Company in Glasgow but in 1934 moved to the office of the surveyor, valuer and town planner James Macaulay, FFS, FSI, MTPI, FSA at 37 St Vincent Street, Glasgow.

In December 1935 Paterson set up business on his own account at 17 Queensgate Inverness but closed the office in 1940 when he received a commission as Garrison Engineer in the Corps of the Royal Engineers. He was posted overseas as garrison engineer, serving in Khartoum, Sudan. In 1943 he was seconded to the Public Works Department in Khartoum as Diviisional Engineer (Military) and in 1944 he was promoted to the rank of major and posted to Alexandria, Egypt as Deputy Commander Royal Engineers in Alexandria. Having served for four years, he was demobbed in 1945 and returned in September to the UK. By 1946 he had returned to Inverness and re-opened his office.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1948, his proposers being William John Taylor, John Alistair Ross and Robert Carruthers Ballantyne. In 1950 he gave his address as 17 Queensgate, Inverness.

In 1959 he was appointed to a post in the Public Works Department in Accra, Ghana but had to return home because he needed an operation. He seems to have suffered from various health problems including asthma. He remained in hospital for some time and his appointment in Ghana was cancelled. However in 1962 he would seem to have obtained a post in the office of Dowell & Freeman & Associates in Kampala, Uganda and spent a period of time there.

He died on 12 October 1982 at the Northern Infirmary Inverness. He was survived by his wife Florence Margaret Ross.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 43, Bales Building, High Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate 1982 
Item 2 of 417, Queensgate, Inverness, ScotlandBusinessDecember 1935After 1951 
Item 3 of 4Culduthel Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 4 of 4Anarly/9, Crown Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1948 *  

* 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 4Murdoch MacDonald (Sir)1930 Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 4London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19301932AssistantIn the housing section
Item 3 of 4James Macaulay19341935Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Dowell & Freeman & Associates1960s Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Carruthers-Ballantyne (or Robert Ballantyne Carruthers; or Roy Carruthers Ballantyne)10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Alistair Ross10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William John Taylor10 February 1948For 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 startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11951Scheme of Shops and Offices, Church StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder25 May 1951  p768

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register