Basic Biographical Details

Name: Deas & Bertram
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: After 1932
Ended: Before 1938
Bio Notes: George Brown Deas was born on 24 December 1875, the son of James Deas of Barnhill. He was articled to Alexander McCulloch of Dundee in 1891, remaining with him when the practice became McCulloch & Jamieson in 1894. During that time he studied at Dundee Technical College and University College. Thereafter he became a junior assistant to J C Sharp of Glasgow, from 1895 to 1898, subsequently spending two years with John Wills in Derby, two years as assistant to the Borough Surveyor of Devonport, four years in the Admiralty Works Department, Whitehall, London, and eight years as assistant in the Urban District Office, Finchley. Between 1914 and 1919 he was Town Planning Engineer to Fife County, Kirkcaldy District, but served for a period in the Highland Cyclists Battalion during the First World War. After the war he began practice in Kirkcaldy in partnership with William Williamson, but after a few years he set up on his own in 1923, his practice extending to Forfarshire, Midlothian, Lanark, Kinross as well as Fife. His work continued to focus largely on town planning, but he was also responsible for the restoration of seven of the old parish churches of Fife for the Church of Scotland General Trustees, including the Norman tower at Markinch. He was listed in directories as both civil engineer and architect.

Deas married Beatrice Malden, daughter of Bernard Joseph Malden, in 1928. He was admitted LRIBA in early 1932, his proposers being William Williamson, Charles Geddes Soutar and William Salmond.

By 1936 Deas appears to have taken his assistant Thomas (Tom) Bertram into partnership, but Bertram left shortly thereafter to become assistant to William Scott who was Midlothian County Architect. Bertram had been born on 7 September 1893, had studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1908 to 1912 under William Davidson, and had also attended classes at Heriot-Watt College. He had commenced his articles in 1909, whether with Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo Jamieson or James Alexander Arnott is unclear, but he had continued in the practice of Jamieson & Arnott when the two entered into partnership in 1910 or 1911, and had remained with them until 1927, with the exception of the war years. In 1927 he had moved to Kirkcaldy to work for Deas, where he worked mainly on hospital, asylum and domestic buildings. He had passed the qualifying exam with distinction in July 1932, and had been admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being Davidson, William Williamson and Alexander Lorne Campbell.

By 1936 Bertram appears to have been taken into partnership by Deas as Deas & Bertram, but soon thereafter he became assistant to William Scott who was Midlothian County Architect and when Scott retired on 14 June 1938 was promoted himself to that position.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2George Brown DeasAfter 1932Before 1938Partner 
Item 2 of 2Thomas ('Tom') BertramAfter 1932Before 1938Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 111936Eight houses on Dollar Road site for Fife County CouncilBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 111936Houses for Kirkcaldy Burgh Council, Hayfield SiteKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 111936Housing for Fife County Council, DundonaldCardenden FifeScotlandOne hundred and forty houses
Item 4 of 111936King Street Housing Scheme for Kirkcaldy Town CouncilKirkcaldy FifeScotland240 houses
Item 5 of 111936King Street Housing Scheme for Kirkcaldy Town CouncilKirkcaldy FifeScotland276 houses (unclear whether in addition to or including the previous 240)
Item 6 of 111937Feuing plan of glebeBurntisland FifeScotlandTo provide feuing plan
Item 7 of 111937Forty-four houses for Fife County CouncilCoaltown of Balgonie FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 111937Houses for Fife County Council, East Wemyss-Rosie siteEast Wemyss FifeScotland112 houses
Item 9 of 111937King Street Housing Scheme for Kirkcaldy Town CouncilKirkcaldy FifeScotland170 houses (unclear whether in addition to the above, or a revised scheme)
Item 10 of 111937Twenty-two housesMilton of Balgonie FifeScotland 
Item 11 of 111937Two hundred and thirty-four houses for Kirkcaldy District CouncilKirkcaldy FifeScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.