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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Kenneth Dall Ritchie
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 April 1902
Died: 16 October 1986
Bio Notes: Kenneth Dall Ritchie was born on 8 April 1902 in Newport-on-Tay, Fife, the son of George Buchan Ritchie, jute merchant, and his wife Margaret Malvina McCulla. He was educated in Dundee and may have begun his articles there as an architect or architectural draughtsman. He attended Dundee College of Art and completed his articles with Alexander Mair in Ayr from 1932 and remained with the practice as a draughtsman until about 1941. About this time Mair closed his office possibly because work had dried up as a result of the Second World War or because he retired. Certainly around this time Mair closed his office. Mair died in 1944.

At this point Ritchie left architecture and went into Health Service Administration, and became a Chief Steward. As such, he was engaged in ordering and obtaining hospital supplies; in charge of support staff - cleaners, kitchen and grounds workers and so on. In this capacity, he was moved around various hospitals in Scotland during the war, starting with the hospital at Ballochmyle, then others. He would have liked to join up, but his work was designated a reserved occupation, and he did not get permission. The last two hospitals where Kenneth was Chief Steward, were Law Hospital, and then Roadmeetings Hospital in Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Outwith his professional life, Ritchie enjoyed sailing on the Norfolk Broads. He also made several minor inventions.

Ritchie married Rosamond Isobel Lyell of Perth in 1930. The couple had four children. He died in Beccles, Suffolk where he had retired on 16 October 1986, aged 84.

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Alexander Mair1933 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alexander MairLate 1930s Assistant 

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 21935CreameryMauchline AyrshireScotlandAs apprentice with Alexander Mair.
Item 2 of 21937Glasgow Empire Exhibition, Scottish Milk Marketing PavilionBellahouston GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Mair

References

Archive References

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 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Jennifer Ritchie, daughter of Kenneth Dall RitchieInformation sent via 'Contact Us' page of Dictionary website Sent May 2010

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