Basic Biographical Details

Name: Kenneth Ashmore Ramsden Purdom
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 5 August 1924
Ended: 23 March 1983
Bio Notes: Kenneth Ashmore Ramsden Purdom was born on 5 August 1924, the son of Reginald Ramsden Purdom, county assessor, and his wife Mary Teresa Mitchell. He studied at the School of Architecture, Dundee College of Art. He was admitted ARIBA in 1950 and ARIAS in 1962. He was a partner with the practice Cunningham Jack Fisher Purdom which was formed in the 1960s and of which John Colville Cunningham was the founding partner. By 1970 Purdom had been awarded the MBE. The practice later became the Jack Fisher Partnership.

Purdom died in Ninewells hospital, Dundee on 23 March 1983. He was survived by his wife Frances Jean Gibson Taylor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Pilmour Cottage, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1948  
Item 2 of 5Pilmuir Cottage, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 3 of 51, Dempster Terrace, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1962  
Item 4 of 5Priormuir, Stravithie, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1964  
Item 5 of 541, Hepburn Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Cunningham Jack Fisher Purdom1960s1980sArchitect 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 281962University of St Andrews, Buchanan Arts BuildingSt Andrews FifeScotlandRedesign of building to make it fit into townscape
Item 2 of 281963St Leonard's School, Science Block and Gymnasium BlockSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 281964St Andrews Univeristy, Botanic GardensSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 281966Local Authority HousingCrail FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 281966Local Authority housing developmentSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 281967Golf PavilionSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 281967Pittenweem PrioryPittenweem FifeScotlandRehabilitation.
Item 8 of 281968Clydesdale BankSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 281968Pitfour Castle  PerthshireScotlandRestoration of Castle, including removal of overlaid Adam entrance front.
Item 10 of 281969Bishop BridgeCeres FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 11 of 281969Building, Pilmour LinksSt Andrews FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 12 of 281969Double Villa, Pilmour LinksSt Andrews FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 13 of 281969Fife Folk MuseumCeres FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 14 of 281969Royal HotelSt Andrews FifeScotlandExtensions
Item 15 of 281969University of St Andrews, Student residences St Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 281969Wester Lang LandsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 281970sBalcarres HouseColinsburgh FifeScotlandRepairs
Item 18 of 281970sHowick HallAlnwick NorthumberlandEnglandRestoration
Item 19 of 281970sNewpark Preparatory School for BoysSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 20 of 281970sSt David'sDysart FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 21 of 281971Balgonie Castle  FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 22 of 281971David Russell HallSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 28c. 1975Replica of Royal and Ancient Clubhouse   Japan 
Item 24 of 28Before 1981Double villa, Doubledykes RoadSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 25 of 28Before 1981Local Authority HousingAnstruther FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 28Before 1981RuffletsSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 27 of 281984The MaltingsSt Monans/St Monance FifeScotlandRehabilitation as flats
Item 28 of 281985House of DunDun AngusScotlandRemoval of replacement entrance front and restoration to original appearance. Internal alterations.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p563
Item 2 of 4RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalJuly 1983 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsDeath note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership