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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Jack Roberts
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 June 1912
Died: 26 September 1975
Bio Notes: James Jack Roberts was born on 5 June 1912, the son of John Roberts, master builder, Bathgate and his wife Mary Jack. He was the nephew of the architect Thomas Roberts who had commenced in practice in Bathgate in the early years of the 20th century ansd who would appear to have formed a partnership in the 1920 with William Hume. Roberts trained in his uncle's office and then went to London to work for H M Office of Works or possibly one of the other Ministries. During the Second World War he served on Maltese and Russian convoys and attained the rank of Commander in the RNVR.

Roberts returned to Bathgate but did not take over the practice of his uncle who died on 29 May 1955. Roberts set up a new practice in partnership with Alexander Davidson Paul about this time. Roberts was not a member of the RIBA though Alexander Davidson Paul was.

Roberts married Ellen McDougall Ballantine Chapman on 24 July 1946. The couple had three daughters, Jessamy, Mary and Jacqueline. Outwith his work, Roberts was very interested in sailing.

Roberts died in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on 26 September 1975 and Alexander Paul continued the practice until the 1980s. Ellen Roberts still worked for the practice doing the accounts until that time.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Glenlea, Torphichen Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, ScotlandPrivate 1975 

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 1Roberts & PaulLate 1950s *1975Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 12 Girl Guide buildingBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 121936Westminster Abbey, Pavilion for coronation  LondonEnglandAs architect with H M Office of Works
Item 3 of 12Late 1930sBuckingham Palace, swimming pool  LondonEngland 
Item 4 of 121960s(?)Broxburn Primary SchoolBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 121960sFlatsBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 6 of 121960sHousing, WestfieldBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 121960sOffices and High Street redevelopmentBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 121960sSchoolLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 121960sSchool, Torphichen StreetBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 10 of 121960sYouth CentreBathgate West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 121964Primary School, Preston RoadLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 12 of 121976West Lothian District Council officesBathgate West LothianScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Mary Sinclair. daughter of James Jack RobertsInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent March 2010
Item 2 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mary Sinclair 

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mary Sinclair