Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Robin
Born: 17 July 1913
Died: 18 February 1980
Bio Notes: James Robin was born on 17 July 1913, the son of James Robin, drysalter, and his wife, Cecilia Anderson. He was articled to Thomas Baird of Glasgow on 5 December 1928. He attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art from 1932 to 1934, completed his apprenticeship in May of the latter year, and subsequently attended day classes at the School for three years, obtaining his diploma in 1937 and passing the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in the same year. He was admitted ARIBA on 6 December that year, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and John Stewart. His nomination papers indicate that he was working for Wylie, Shanks & Wylie at that time, and prior to that date he had travelled in Italy, Spain and France in July and August 1934 and in France again in July 1936.

Robin was based in Edinburgh from the 1960s if not before. He was elected ARIAS in 1964. He retired and resigned from the RIBA in June 1977. He was living at 22 Highfield Road, North Berwick, and had latterly been working for the Scottish Development Department at 83 Princes Street, Edinburgh. He died on 18 February 1980 at home in North Berwick, survived by his wife Elizabeth Cunningham Connell and his daughter Catherine.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 422, Highfield Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate *1980 
Item 2 of 413, Riverside Road, Newlands, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  
Item 3 of 416, Lockharton Avenue, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 4 of 414, Barnshot Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1964  

* 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 3Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department) Before 1977  
Item 2 of 3Thomas Baird5 December 192831 May 1934Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1937 * Assistant 

* 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 3Thomas Harold Hughes6 December 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Professor) William James Smith6 December 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Stewart6 December 1937for Associateship


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 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6564 (combined box 146)