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:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Glenlea, Torphichen Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland||Private|| ||1975|| |
Employment and Training
|The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Roberts & Paul||Late 1950s *||1975||Partner|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
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|Courtesy of Mary Sinclair. daughter of James Jack Roberts||Information sent via 'Contact Us' on website|| ||Sent March 2010|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
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