Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Ramsay Armstrong |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||5 April 1890 |
|Died: ||1971 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Ramsay Armstrong was born at Roseneath Place in Edinburgh on 5 April 1890, the son of John Armstrong, grocer, and his wife Annie Juist (?). He was articled to James Graham Fairley of Edinburgh in 1905 and attended classes at Heriot-Watt College from 1907 and at Edinburgh College of Art from 1908. He studied full-time from 1910 to 1912 and after passing the preliminary exam in the latter year he joined the office of Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid as draughtsman. A year later he moved to that of Frank Charles Mears, and in 1914 to that of Alex Inglis of Hawick. In 1915 he returned to Edinburgh to work for the Board of Agriculture for Scotland, but in January 1916 he left to take up an appointment as assistant in the Admiralty Works Department at Perth. He passed the final exam in London in the same year and was admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being Harry Ramsay Taylor, James Cumming Wynnes and John Watson, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'I have known him as an earnest student and a capable draughtsman. I have pleasure in recommending him for election.' No further details of him are yet known. |
He worked for the Bournville Village trust in Birmingham and designed several buildings for them as well as Quaker meeting houses and Congregational chapels in the Birmingham area. They are of considerable quality.
Armstrong died in Bournemouth between April and June 1971.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|2, Marshall Place, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland||Private||1916 *|| || |
|Birmingham, England||Private/business||1930s||1950s|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|England and Wales||Births, marriages and deaths|| || |
|National Archives (via Scotlands People)||Statutory births|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no2615 (microfilm reel 22)|