Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Ewan McEwan-Waghorn
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 March 1914
Died: 30 June 1963
Bio Notes: Charles Ewan McEwan-Waghorn was born on 26 March 1914, the son of Arthur Edward McEwan-Waghorn, chartered surveyor and architect and his wife Elizabeth Knight. He was articled to Sir Charles A Nicholson Bart. in 1932 but his articles were terminated due to lack of work. From 1933-34 he studied full-time at Southend on Sea School of Architecture under D M Martin-Kaye. From 1934-36 he was an assistant in the practice of Bishop & Etherington-Smith in London where he gained experience in a busy general practice on hotels, factories, sports pavilions and domestic work. During this time he continued to study for the Imtermediate exams of the RIBA in his spare time. In the latter year, 1936 he moved to another post as assistant with Herbert J Axten in the architects' department of the Westminster Bank and worked on banks and bank residences.

From September 1939 he served with the RNVR. He commanded HMS Devonshire during World War 11. He would seem to have remained in the Forces after the cease of hostilities as he notes in his nomination paper that he was invalided from the Navy as a result of war service in April 1950 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander RN.

From July 1951 until July 1954 he worked as an assistant architect with Fife County Council where he was solely responsible for the planning and presentation of the CD Shelter Plan in Fife and thereafter mainly engaged on and responsible for alterations and improvements of existing schools in Fife.

From 1954 until 1956 and probably thereafter he was chief assistant with Alison & Hutchison & partners in Edinburgh. He was elected LRIBA in 1956, proposed by Robert Forbes Hutchison, John Holt and PC Hayward.

McEwan-Waghorn died on 30 June 1963 at the Adamson Hospital, Cupar, survived by his wife Amy Barlow McLean.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1The Laurels, Dura Den, Cupar, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1963 

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 6C A Nicholson19321933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Douglas Niel Martin-Kaye19331934ApprenticeOr may simply have studied under Martin-Kaye at Southend on Sea.
Item 3 of 6Bishop & Etherington-Smith19341936Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Herbert J Axten19361939AssistantAs assistant to Axten in the Architects' Department, Westminster Bank.
Item 5 of 6Fife County Architect's DepartmentJuly 1951July 1954Assistant Architect 
Item 6 of 6Alison & Hutchison & PartnersJuly 1954After 1956Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3P C Hayward9 October 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Holt9 October 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Forbes Hutchison9 October 1956For Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2 details of Diana McEwan-Waghorn Accessed 2016
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersL no 6769 (Combined Box 159)