Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Neil Victor Ridgley Simpson |
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|Bio Notes: ||Neil Victor Ridgley Simpson studied at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen and was elected ARIBA and ARIAS in 1960. He worked for Wittets (probably directly after qualification) and was assumed into partnership in 1962. |
John Wittet of Elgin, who had been in partnership with Alexander and William Charles Reid from 1893 and practised on his own from 1903, made his son William a share partner in his firm on 1 January 1928, the practice name changing to J & W Wittet. William had been articled to his father from 1919 and had been assistant from 22 January 1923 and a salaried partner from 1 January 1925.
William was admitted LRIBA in early 1932, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and James Lochhead.
In the 1930s and 1940s the Wittets had an office in Skye, probably continuing the Highland and west coast practice established by William Reid.
John Wittet died on 18 March 1952, William continuing the practice thereafter under its existing name. In 1962 Simpson became a partner, followed in 1968 by Stanley Mitchell.
In 1973 an office was opened once again on the Isle of Skye in the Pier Hotel, Broadford. The following year the office moved to the home of the assistant in charge, Bill Simpson, at 12 Scullamus and it moved again in 1974 to the Old Post Office Buildings, Broadford. In 1975 on the departure of Bill Simpson, Magnus Gunnarsson took over as assistant in charge. He was assumed into partnership two years later.
The practice continued to flourish, becoming a limited company in 1986, having moved to 26 Hay Street, Elgin, and the name becoming Wittets Ltd. Stanley Mitchell became managing director.
Neil Simpson retired in 1988.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|24, Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1860|| || |
|Fairview, Cults, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private||1960 *|| || |
|6, Moss Street, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Business||1960||After 1979|| |
|The Braids/8, Moray Place, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Private||1965 *|| || |
|The Glebe House, Rothes, Morayshire, Scotland||Private||1970 *|| || |
|26, Hay Street, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Business||1986|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|J & W Wittet||1962||1988||Partner|| |
|Wittets Ltd||1986||1988||Partner|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this :|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p103|
|RIBA||1961||Kalendar 1960-61|| || || |
|RIBA||1965||The RIBA Kalendar|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1984||RIBA Directory of members|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this :|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970||Galletly, James|| || |