Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robbie & Wellwood
Designation: Architectural practice
Bio Notes: Henry Pearce Robbie commenced his articles with Mills & Shepherd of Dundee in April 1919. He studied at the Glasgow School of Architecture, and won the Alexander Thomson travelling scholarship in 1925 which enabled him to travel to Italy from May to July the following year. He received his diploma from the Glasgow School of Architecture in July 1928 and was admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being John Watson, his former employer John Donald Mills, and William Brown Whitie, with whom he was working at the time.

In 1930 Pearce Robbie left Whitie's office and moved to Dundee. Around that time he joined the practice of Findlay & Stewart which then became Findlay Stewart & Robbie. In the same year, 1930, Pearce Robbie succeeded Vernon Constable as lecturer in architecture at the Technical College.

James Findlay died in March 1943, and Nelson T Stewart in 1948, leaving Pearce Robbie as sole partner. The firm was based throughout in the former office of John Murray Robertson at 33 Albert Square, which Findlay had retained after Robertson's death. Pearce Robbie appears to have died prior to 1972 as he does not appear in the Dundee directories of that year.

By the early 1960s Robbie had formed a partnership with Martin M Wellwood. Some time after Robbie retired David G Leslie became a senior partner and the practice became Wellwood & Leslie but it still appeared as Robbie & Wellwood in 1985.

The practice gained a Saltire Society Housing mentions in 1975, 1976; a Saltire Society housing and group mentions in 1976; DoE Awards for Good Design in Housing in 1977 and 1978. In 1980 they won an RIBA Architectural Commendation Award.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Dundee, ScotlandBusinessc. 1960  
Item 2 of 6Fort Street House/63, Fort Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1970 *After 1980 
Item 3 of 628, Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1975After 1981 
Item 4 of 62, Hill Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1980 *  
Item 5 of 63, West Street, Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland, EnglandBusinessMid 1980s  
Item 6 of 626, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, ScotlandBusinessMid 1980s  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Martin Muir Walker WellwoodAfter 1965After 1980Partner 
Item 2 of 7Henry Pearce RobbieEarly 1960s PartnerDied 1972
Item 3 of 7Andrew Dougal1970 * Architect 
Item 4 of 7Andrew Strachan NicollBefore 1970After 1980Partner 
Item 5 of 7N Allan Swan1980 PartnerUntil at least mid-1980s
Item 6 of 7Richard William Lockerby Russell1980 * Partner 
Item 7 of 7James R BainBefore 1980 PartnerUntil at least mid-1980s

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 811962Dental Hospital and School  DundeeScotlandAddition of 11-storey tower and 3-storey Fyfe-stone walled block
Item 2 of 811968Deanhead Field HousingEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 3 of 811968Private housing developmentNewport on Tay FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 811968Private housing developmentNewport-on-Tay FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 811968Viewfield HotelArbroath AngusScotlandNew public bar and functions suite
Item 6 of 81196912 fish working unitsEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 7 of 811969Club and function rooms for British LegionEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandFeasibility study
Item 8 of 811969Gunsgreen HouseEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandRestoration
Item 9 of 811969Premises of Stevenson Bros (Dundee Ltd)  DundeeScotlandRenovation of main laundry premises
Item 10 of 811969Royal Bank of ScotlandBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandRenovation of bank and manager's house
Item 11 of 811970sClub and function rooms for British LegionEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 12 of 811970sDental Hospital and School  DundeeScotlandExtension
Item 13 of 811970sDepot for Lawsons of Dyce  DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 811970sDepot for Lawsons of DyceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 15 of 811970sHaymount HouseDuns BerwickshireScotlandFeasibility study
Item 16 of 811970sHealth CentreKinghorn FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 811970sLocal Authority housesAyton BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 18 of 811970sLocal Authority housesBurnmouth BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 19 of 811970sLocal Authority housesEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 20 of 811970sLocal Authority HousesColdingham BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 21 of 811970sLocal Authority HousingChirnside BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 22 of 811970sLocal Authority HousingReston BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 23 of 811970sLocal Authority HousingCockburnspath BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 24 of 811970sLocal Authority housingGreenlaw BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 25 of 811970sLocal Authority housingGordon BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 26 of 811970sLocal Authority housingSt Abbs BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 27 of 811970sNorth of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board DepotKirkwallMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 28 of 811970sPrivate house for A DougalCockburnspath BerwickshireScotland 
Item 29 of 811970sPrivate house for J A EdgarEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 30 of 811970sPrivate house for T DykesEyemouth or Coldingham BerwickshireScotland 
Item 31 of 811970sShop and house premises for J MaltmanEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandRedevelopment
Item 32 of 811970Commericial development for V Quinn & Son et al  DundeeScotland 
Item 33 of 811970Shopping development for McNeils Berwick LtdBerwick East LothianScotland 
Item 34 of 811970St John's Cross Church, multi-purpose hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 35 of 811971168-174 High Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 811971FarmhouseCockburnspath BerwickshireScotland 
Item 37 of 811971Sheltered housing complexEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 38 of 81197289 houses, SpittalBerwick-on-Tweed  England 
Item 39 of 811972Feasibility study for central redevelopment and commercial housing Eyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 40 of 811972House for J HorneEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 41 of 811972House For J HoweEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 42 of 811972LaundryEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandConversion of laundry to house
Item 43 of 811972Masonic Lodge, Ayton Castle, Lodge AytonAyton BerwickshireScotland 
Item 44 of 811972Private house for A J CurtisEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 45 of 811972Private House for H O'MaraEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 46 of 811972Robert Smail's Printing WorksInnerleithen PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 47 of 811972ShopEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 48 of 811972Swinton village, environmental improvementsSwinton BerwickshireScotland 
Item 49 of 81c. 1972Private house for G DougalEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 50 of 81c. 1972Private house for J EvansEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 51 of 81c. 1972Private house for W ChisholmEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 52 of 811973Cattle breeding centreScone PerthshireScotlandNew building and extension to old one
Item 53 of 811973Housing for Carnoustie Town CouncilCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 54 of 811973Private housing for A R Harrison  BerwickshireScotland 
Item 55 of 81c. 1973New private housing for D Renstead  BerwickshireScotland 
Item 56 of 811974'Barracuda' nightlife complex  DundeeScotland 
Item 57 of 811974Health CentreFriockheim AngusScotland 
Item 58 of 811974Offices for Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society  DundeeScotland 
Item 59 of 811974Palace Green, housingBerwick-upon-Tweed NorthumberlandEnglandPrivate housing (ten units) listed under Robbie & Wellwood in 1975 RIBA Directory.
Item 60 of 811974Sands DiscothequeBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 61 of 811974Sheltered housing for Servite Houses Ltd  DundeeScotland 
Item 62 of 811974(?)Surgery for group practiceChirnside BerwickshireScotland 
Item 63 of 811975New private housing for J A Edgar  BerwickshireScotland 
Item 64 of 81After 1975Local Authority housingOxton BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 65 of 81After 1975Local Authority housingEarlston BerwickshireScotlandModernisation
Item 66 of 81After 1975Swimming poolEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandSupervision of construction
Item 67 of 811977Factory of Whyte & Edward Diecasting Co.  DundeeScotlandExtension
Item 68 of 811977Food Processing factory  DundeeScotlandExtensions
Item 69 of 811979Dundee Repertory Theatre  DundeeScotlandJob started By Robbie & Wellwood but taken over by Nicoll Russell.
Item 70 of 81Before 1981Commercial Inn for A HowieArbroath AngusScotlandExtension
Item 71 of 81Before 1981FarmhouseInverkeilor AngusScotlandExtension
Item 72 of 81Before 1981Local Authority housesGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandModernisation
Item 73 of 81Before 1981Local Authority housingGattonside RoxburghshireScotlandModernisation
Item 74 of 81Before 1981Mainetti UK Ltd officesJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandInterior design
Item 75 of 81Before 1981Office for Alex Inglis & CoJuniper Green EdinburghScotlandConversion
Item 76 of 81Before 1981Practice CentreChirnside BerwickshireScotland 
Item 77 of 81Before 1981Printing Works for Tweeddale Press LtdSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 78 of 81Before 1981Private house for Mr G BellGattonside RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 79 of 81Before 1981Private house for Mr H NewtonKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 80 of 81Before 1981Showroom for Scottish GasArbroath AngusScotlandRenovation
Item 81 of 81Before 1981Workshops and storeAncrum RoxburghshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 4Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p96
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p591
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980