Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Beattie-Brown
Born: 13 March 1878
Died: Before 1918
Bio Notes: William Beattie-Brown was born at 19 Pitt Street, Portobello on 13 March 1878, the son of the painter William Beattie Brown RSA who hyphenated his middle name and surname from 1886. He was articled to Robert Morham, City Architect of Edinburgh, from 1894 to 1899. On completing his apprenticeship he acted as Under-Clerk of Works for Morham on the City Hospital, after which, in 1900, he joined the office of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson as a draughtsman for two years, but maintained a private practice as both architect and painter from his father's house at 15 St Bernard's Crescent. Thereafter he moved to London and spent three years with Edward William Mountford, and whilst there won the Alexander Thomson Travelling Scholarship in 1904 which enabled him to travel in Spain and Italy for six months. On leaving Mountford's office in 1905 he set up practice on his own account as architect and painter at 11 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, his work principally consisting of houses, small public buildings and alterations to existing buildings.

Beattie-Brown was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Hippolyte Jean Blanc, John Watson and Thomas Duncan Rhind. At that time he was Consulting Architect to Howard & Wyndham Ltd. During the First World War he served as Staff Captain, 19th Rifle Brigade but died in action.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 415, St Bernard's Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1898 From RSA catalogues. Home from c.1908
Item 2 of 465, Sydney Street, South Kensington, London, EnglandBusiness1902 *  
Item 3 of 411, Randolph Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business19051917Last entry 1917
Item 4 of 4Struan Villa, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 19121917 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)18941899Apprenticeunder Robert Morham, City Architect
Item 2 of 6Robert Morham18941899Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)18991900ClerkUnder-Clerk of Works on City Hospital - under Robert Morham, City Architect
Item 4 of 6Robert Morham18991900ClerkUnder-Clerk of Works on City Hospital
Item 5 of 6Anderson Simon & Crawford19001902Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 6Edward William Mountford19021905Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Hippolyte Jean Blanc20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Thomas Duncan Rhind20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Watson20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 201898Edinburgh City Chambers  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding of west range - as assistant to Robert Morham
Item 2 of 201899City Infectious Diseases HospitalColinton EdinburghScotlandAs Under-Clerk of Works for Robert Morham
Item 3 of 201899Design for a country house    Design exhibited
Item 4 of 201900Inchinnan Parish ChurchInchinnan RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 5 of 20c. 1900Paisley AbbeyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandRestoration - as assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 6 of 20c. 1900Pierce MemorialAyr AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 7 of 201902Proposed houseFindhorn MorayshireScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 8 of 20After 1902Battersea Polytechnic  LondonEnglandAs assistant to E W Mountford
Item 9 of 20After 1902Sessions House  LondonEnglandAs assistant to E W Mountford
Item 10 of 201906Mitchell Library  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 11 of 201907 or 1908Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 12 of 201908Birmingham Town Hall  BirminghamEnglandExtension - design exhibited
Item 13 of 201908Stirling Town HallStirling StirlingshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 14 of 201909Design for six small cottages    Design exhibited
Item 15 of 201909Premises for Palace Sports LtdStockbridge EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 201913Queen's Theatre  EdinburghScotlandInternal work
Item 17 of 201913Saltoun Hall  East LothianScotlandSouth Lodge
Item 18 of 201914Alexandra Music HallCowcaddens GlasgowScotlandNew entrance to Bijou Picture House; may also have been responsible for 1908 conversion from Alexandra Assembly Halls
Item 19 of 201914King's Theatre  GlasgowScotlandCeilings in Grand Circle staircase and crush bar
Item 20 of 201914Miller's Foundry  EdinburghScotlandAddition of workmen's hall


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Laperriere, Charles Baile de (ed.)1991The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990   
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v16 no1117