Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Proctor Bee
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 January 1904
Died: 1977
Bio Notes: David Proctor Bee was born on 31 January 1904, the son of David Bee, paper mill machineman, and his wife Elizabeth Proctor Blair. He was articled to Todd & Miller of Edinburgh on 1 May 1920. His family moved residence twice during the years of his apprenticeship, forcing him to transfer to the office of Kelly & Nicol in Aberdeen on 1 November 1921 and to that of Thoms & Wilkie in April 1923. During the course of these appointments he studied at Edinburgh College of Art, Robert Gordon's College and Dundee Technical College. He completed his apprenticeship in May 1925 and joined Alexander Murray Hardie of Edinburgh as assistant in June. He moved to the office of George Simpson of Edinburgh in January 1929, to that of Bruce & Proudfoot of Kirkcaldy two months later, and to that of John Alexander William Grant of Edinburgh in November the same year. In February the following year he obtained an appointment as Architectural and Civil Engineering Assistant (Grade III) in the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, Edinburgh. He was promoted to Grade II in 1936 and was still in that post when he was admitted LRIBA on 19 June 1945, his proposers being Patrick Hill Thoms, William Salmond and Charles Geddes Soutar. At that time he was living at 1 Drumbrae South, Corstorphine.

Bee died aged 73 in the Royal Infirmary in Edinburghin 1977. He was described as a retired surveyor. He never married. He was still living at Drumbrae South at the time of his death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 11, Drumbrae South, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1945 *1977 

* 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 8Todd & Miller1 May 192030 September 1921Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Kelly & Nicol1 November 192131 March 1923Apprentice 
Item 3 of 8Thoms & WilkieApril 1923May 1925Apprentice 
Item 4 of 8Alexander Murray HardieJune 1925January 1929Assistant 
Item 5 of 8George SimpsonJanuary 1929March 1929Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Bruce & ProudfootMarch 1929November 1929Assistant 
Item 7 of 8John Alexander William GrantNovember 1929February 1930Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)February 1930After 1945AssistantEntered as Architectural & Civil Engineering Assistant, Grade III; promoted to Grade II in 1936


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Salmond19 June 1945for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar19 June 1945for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms19 June 1945for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5753 (combined box 98)