Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Forbes Cargill
Born: 13 August 1906
Died: 6 December 1990
Bio Notes: Arthur Forbes Cargill was born in Dundee on 13 August 1906, the son of Thomas Chalmers Dick Cargill, iron turner journeyman, and his wife Louisa Angus Robertson. He was articled to William Syme of Kirkcaldy in 1920 and completed his apprenticeship with William Williamson, presumably after Syme's death. In 1924 he was an evening student at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh, and the following year he assisted in the offices of David Wishart Galloway and George Brown Deas of Kirkcaldy before being appointed assistant to Joseph Weekes, Dumbarton County Architect, later being promoted to First Assistant. Whilst in Weekes's office he attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Architecture.

In 1928 he went to Canada where he found employment as an assistant to Robert & F R Findlay of Montreal. He returned to Scotland in 1933 and was appointed Housing Architect to Arbroath Town Council. He remained in that post until 1943 when he joined Dumfries County Council as a Planning Officer, working under Frank Charles Mears, the County Consultant. He was still in that office when he was admitted LRIBA on 17 October 1944, his proposers being Mears, Weekes and George Donaldson Macniven.

By 1950 Cargill had taken a post as Chief Architect of the Weir Housing Corporation Ltd. At some point between then and his death he became the company chairman, presumably of the Weir Company. He died on 6 December 1990 at Stirling Royal Infirmary, survived by his wife, Andrewina Doig and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211, Ochlochy Park, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate 1990 
Item 2 of 25 Stewart Hall Gardens, Lockerbie Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1944 *  

* 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 12William Syme1920Before 1924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 12William WilliamsonAfter 1920Before 1924Apprentice 
Item 3 of 12George Brown Deas19251925Assistant 
Item 4 of 12David Wishart Galloway19251925Assistant 
Item 5 of 12Dumbarton County Architect's Office1925Before 1928Assistant 
Item 6 of 12Joseph Weekes1925Before 1928Assistant 
Item 7 of 12Dumbarton County Architect's OfficeAfter 19251928First Assistant 
Item 8 of 12Joseph WeekesAfter 19251928First Assistant 
Item 9 of 12Robert & F R Findlay19281932Assistant 
Item 10 of 12Royal Burgh of Arbroath Housing Architect's Office19331943Chief ArchitectHousing Architect
Item 11 of 12Dumfries County Council Planning Offices1943After 1944Planning Officer 
Item 12 of 12Weir Housing Corporation Ltd1950 * Chief Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Donaldson Macniven17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Joseph Weekes17 October 1944for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5630 (combined box 91)