Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Robertson Muir
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 December 1903
Died: 5 November 1948 or 6 November 1948
Bio Notes: Charles Robertson Muir was born on 28 December 1903, the son of John Muir, mechanical engineer and his wife Catherine Robertson. From 1920 he attended classes at Glasgow High School where he took Building Courses I & II including maths and freehand drawing. He then studied at Glasgow School Art and attended courses in the History of Architecture, Building Construction, Design, Geology, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. During this period he was articled to James Wright of Glasgow.

From 1925-30 in order to gain practical experience Muir worked for the building contractors A & D Muir of Blanefield in Stirlingshire who were presumably relatives. From 1930-32 he was assistant manager with the company but in 1932 moved to become an assistant with Renfrew County Council and in 1939 transferred to a similar post with the Corporation of Paisley.

In 1946 he was elected LRIBA, his proposers being Jack Coia, Charles A McLuckie, President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and William McLean, Secretary of the Institute.

Muir died prematurely of arterio sclerosis on 5 or 6 November 1948 aged only 44 years. He was survived by his wife, Helen Dick Hunter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Corporation of Paisley/14, Gilmour Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1939After 1946 
Item 2 of 257, Colinslee Avenue, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1946After 1948 

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 5James Wright (junior)19201925ApprenticeCheck this is the correct Wright
Item 2 of 5A & D Muir19251930Assistant 
Item 3 of 5A & D Muir19301932Managing Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Renfrew County Architects Department19321939Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Paisley Public Works Department1939After 1946Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia15 October 1946For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3___ McLean28 December 1946For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Charles A McLuckie15 October 1946For Licientateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 5951 (Combined Box 110)