Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert (or Robin) Weir Donald
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 June 1934
Died: 5 January 2017
Bio Notes: Robert (or Robin) Weir Donald was born on 17 June 1934 in Aberdeen, the son of George Kennedy Donald, commercial traveller, and his wife Gladys Dixon (?illegible). He studied for the Diploma at Aberdeen School of Architecture. He was elected ARIBA in 1960. With Ian Manson Thomson and Thomas (Tom) Craig he established a practice in Aberdeen as Thomson Craig & Donald with an office at 59 Dee Street. The practice moved to Carden Terrace a year later. By 1970 Angus Taylor had been taken into partnership, the practice name changing to Thomson, Taylor Craig & Donald. In 1979 David Miller was assumed into partnership, followed in 1980 by Alistair Hay and Charles Simpson and in 1984 by Donald Coutts and Frank Robertson.

he died on 5 January 2016.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 539, Hilton Drive, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960 *  
Item 2 of 559, Dee Street, Aberdeen, Scotland 1963  
Item 3 of 54, Carden Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1963After 1996 
Item 4 of 5121, Desswood Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 5 of 5123, Anderson Drive, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1994 *  

* 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 2Thomson Craig & Donald1963 Partner 
Item 2 of 2Thomson Taylor Craig and DonaldBefore 1970After 1981Partner 

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 581967Multi-storey housing, Balnagask South Section 14  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 581970sAthenaeum Reading Room  AberdeenScotlandReconstruction as hotel
Item 3 of 581970sBank   AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 581970sBank  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 581970sBankDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 6 of 581970sBankAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 7 of 581970sHangars and offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 581970sHangars and offices MainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 9 of 581970sNurses homeStornowayLewisWestern Isles  
Item 10 of 581970sOffice block for Aberdeen Construction Group  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 581970sOffice block for Occidental of Britain  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 581970sOffice block for Seaforth Maritime  AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 581970sPrimary schoolSummerston GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 581970sSchoolTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 15 of 581970sSchoolInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 16 of 581970sStornoway Cottage HospitalStornowayLewisWestern IslesScotlandExtension
Item 17 of 581970sTerminal complex for Aberdeen Harbour Board  AberdeenScotland 
Item 18 of 581971Multi-storey housing, Seaton BCD Phase 1  AberdeenScotland 
Item 19 of 581971SchoolUigLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 20 of 581972Dingwall AcademyDingwall Ross and CromartyScotlandSports Centre added.
Item 21 of 581972Multi-storey housing, Seaton BCD Phase 2Seaton AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 581974Hill's Trust Primary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 581975Craighill Primary SchoolTain Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 24 of 581975Sports Centre for Nicolson InstituteStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 25 of 58Before 1975Cattle Market, offices and showroom for Reith & AndersonDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 26 of 58Before 1975Children's home for Ross & Cromarty County CouncilAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 27 of 58Before 1975Commercial development for Neilson & MarshallCoatbridge DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 28 of 58Before 1975Commercial garage and workshop for Watson BrothersAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 58Before 1975Day CentreDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 30 of 58Before 1975Department store for United DrapersCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 31 of 58Before 1975Department store for United DrapersKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 32 of 58Before 1975Department store for United DrapersPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 33 of 58Before 1975Department store for United Drapers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 58Before 1975Fishmarket and Terminal Buildings for Aberdeen Harbour Board  AberdeenScotland 
Item 35 of 58Before 1975Garthdee House with East and West gatelodgesPeterculter AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 58Before 1975Hotel development for Mr NicholsonOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 37 of 58Before 1975Local Authority housingAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 38 of 58Before 1975Local Authority HousingInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 39 of 58Before 1975Local Authority housingTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 40 of 58Before 1975Local Authority housing LewisRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 41 of 58Before 1975Meat processing plant for Aberdeen Beef Packers Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 58Before 1975Oil Centre for John Wood Development Co.  AberdeenScotland 
Item 43 of 58Before 1975Oil Service Complex for Seaforth Maritime Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 44 of 58Before 1975Premises for Royal Aberdeen Workshops for the Blind, West Tullos Industrial Estate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 58Before 1975Primary schoolPriesthill GlasgowScotland 
Item 46 of 58Before 1975Primary schoolAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 47 of 58Before 1975Production plant and offices for Thiokol ChemicalsForfar AngusScotland 
Item 48 of 58Before 1975Public house for Ushers BreweriesCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 49 of 58Before 1975Public house for Ushers Breweries LtdBonhill DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 50 of 58Before 1975South Lodge Primary SchoolInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 51 of 58Before 1975St Mungo's Primary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 52 of 58Before 1975Swimming and sports complexDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 53 of 58Before 1975Tomnavoulin Distillery and offices of Invergordon DistillersInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 54 of 58Before 1975Warehousing for Ravenseft Industrial Estates LtdRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 55 of 58Before 1975Workshops for Vetco Offshore  AberdeenScotland 
Item 56 of 58After 1976Old Folks Home BarraWestern Isles  
Item 57 of 581977Department Store  AberdeenScotlandConversion of department store billiard rooms and warehousing to office.
Item 58 of 58c. 1981Office block for Radcliffe Davidson  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 8Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp101
Item 2 of 8Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and LondonSeaton Housing, Aberdeen: p198, p213 (image), p240, p367 Gazetteer 1, p396
Item 3 of 8RIBA RIBA Directories   
Item 4 of 8RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 8RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 8RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 7 of 8RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   
Item 8 of 8Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p10 Hill's Trust Primary School
p12 Offices for Seaforth Maritime Ltd

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births Gives name as Robert
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James Gives name as Robin