Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Hunter
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 September 1911
Died: 23 February 1994
Bio Notes: Arthur Hunter was born on 28 September 1911, the son of James Hunter, fish restaurant proprietor, and his wife Isabella Morris. He was articled to John Fraser of Dunfermline (described as 'John Fraser & Sons' in his nomination papers) for five years from 1 February 1926, attending classes at Lauder Technical College and then at Heriot-Watt College and Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a first-class certificate in building construction. On completion of his apprenticeship he was appointed assistant architect in the Midlothian County Architect's Office in August 1931. He moved exactly six years later to Kirkcudbright County Architect's Department, initially as assistant.

He served in the Second World War, from 1941 to 1946, and returned to the Kirkcudbright County Architect's Department thereafter as Depute County Architect. He was admitted LRIBA on 11 February 1947, his proposers being John McLintock Bowie, Alastair Marshall McMichael and Alexander Nisbet Malcolm. He later rose to become County Architect and Planning Officer and still in this post in 1970.

He retired in 1975 and died on 23 February 1994 at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline. His address prior to his death had been Forest House, 11 Forest Road, Townhill, Dunfermline. His wife, Elizabeth Turnbull Simpson, had predeceased him but he was survived by his son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Forest House/11, Forest Road, Dumfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1994 
Item 2 of 2County Architect's Department, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 5John Fraser1 February 19261931Apprenticenomination papers state John Fraser & Sons, but must have been Fraser as son hadn't joined him then - ?
Item 2 of 5Midlothian County Council Architect's DepartmentAugust 1931August 1937Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Kirkcudbright County Architect's DepartmentAugust 19371941Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Kirkcudbright County Architect's DepartmentMay 1946After 1950Deputy ArchitectDepute County Architect
Item 5 of 5Kirkcudbright County Architect's DepartmentAfter 195015 May 1975Chief ArchitectCounty Architect and Planning Officer


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John McLintock Bowie11 February 1947for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet Malcolm11 February 1947for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alastair Marshall McMichael11 February 1947for Licentiateship

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 230 May 1958Houses at RingfordRingford KirkcudbrightshireScotlandCHECK role - accepting tenders per Builder p1017
Item 2 of 230 May 1958Housing, New AbbeyKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotlandCHECK role - accepting tenders per Builder p1017


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no6024 (combined box 114)