Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gerald Arthur Douglas Hammond
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 March 1926
Bio Notes: Gerald Arthur Douglas Hammond was born on 7 March 1926 in Bournemouth, Hampshire the son of Frederick Arthur Lucas Hammond, physician and his wife Maria Birnie Thomson, nursing sister. He served in the Army from 1944-45 during the Second World War. After the cease of hostilities he studied for the diploma in architecture at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen, graduating in 1952. He was elected ARIBA in 1953.

His first post from 1952-53 was as architectural assistant with the Navy Army and Air Force Institutes, Claygate, Surrey. In 1953 he moved to Aberdeen to work for the County Council, also as an architectural assistant. He remained in this post until 1960 when he moved to Dundee to become assistant to the resident architect at the University. In 1969 he took the post of Deputy Chief Architect and Planning Officer, Livingston Development Corporation. He remained in this post until 1983 when he resigned to become a full-time writer. He writes under his own name as well as Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.

Hammond divides his time between writing (he has published over thirty mystery novels), shooting and fishing. He is a member of a variety of different associations reflecting his wide interests: of the Crime Writers Association, Society of Authors, Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (of which he is a fellow and past chair of Scottish branch), Muzzle Loaders Association, Shooting Club (founder; president).

Hammond married Gilda Isobel Watt (a nurse), August 20, 1952; the couple have three sons.

Publications (a selection):

Fred in Situ, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1965.

The Loose Screw, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1966.

Mud in His Eye, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1967.

(Under pseudonym Dalby Holden) Doldrum, R. Hale (London, England), 1987.

Cash and Carry, Macmillan (London, England), 1992.

Bloodlines, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1998.

Follow That Gun, Thorndike Press (Thorndike, ME), 1998.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Ceilidh, St Eunan's Road, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland   Current address (2016)
Item 2 of 4The Bank of Scotland, West End, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1955After 1965 
Item 3 of 4West Downiemount/44, Albert Street, Tayport, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  
Item 4 of 4Elmbank/1, Woodmuir Terrace, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1984 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 4Army Navy and Air Force Institutes19521953Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen County Architect's Department19531960Assistant 
Item 3 of 4University of Dundee, Architects Department19601969Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 4Livingston New Town Development Corporation Architects Department1969 *1983Depute Chief Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7  Accessed September 2016
Item 2 of 7RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 7RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 7RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James