Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Abercromby Arthur
Designation: Architect
Died: Late 1984
Bio Notes: John Abercromby Arthur was articled to Robert Stodart Lorimer for four years from September 1915, remaining as draughtsman for a further two-and-a-half years. Throughout this period he attended morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art, and he studied there full-time in 1922-3, receiving his diploma in the latter year. He then spent two months travelling in southern England, producing '20 sheets of measured drawings of Gothic and Renaissance stonework, woodwork & ironwork'. His movements over the ensuing three years are not known but he passed the qualifying exam in London in July 1926, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA on 29 November that year, his proposers being Lorimer, Walter Tapper and John Begg. By that time he had joined Tapper as assistant, and was living at 67 Torrington Square, London.

Arthur returned to Edinburgh sometime before 1950 and was living at 11 Rosebank Road about that time. In about 1955 he was Regional Architect with British Railways, his business address being given as St Enoch's Station. He was still in this post in 1960 but gave his home address in the 1965 directory suggesting he had retired by that date.

He died at the end of 1984.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 367, Torrington Square, London WC, EnglandPrivate1926 *  
Item 2 of 311, Rosebank Rod, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 316, Thorn Road, Bearsden, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1965After 1970 

* 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 4(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerSeptember 1915September 1919Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerSeptember 1919Early 1922Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 4(Sir) Walter John Tapper1926 * Assistant 
Item 4 of 4British Railways Architects (Architects Department, British Rail)Before 1960 ArchitectRegional Architect

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Walter John Tapper29 November 1926for Associateship


Bibliographic References

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

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 no3969 (box 5)