Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Alexander Crombie
Born: 6 November 1858
Bio Notes: David Alexander Crombie was born on 6 November 1858. He was articled to Frederick Thomas Pilkington of Edinburgh for five years, studying at the Edinburgh School of Design and Heriot-Watt College and attending Sir James Russell's lectures on hygiene. He appears to have remained with Pilkington as assistant, finally commencing practice on his own account in 1885. In 1889 he was based at 34 St Andrew Square, where Frank Worthington Simon also had an office at that date.

Crombie later emigrated to South Africa to become an assistant in the Pretoria Department of Public Works. He was elected LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being Henry Francis Kerr, John Watson and James McLellan Fairley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 26, Cobden Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1882 *  
Item 2 of 234, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1886c. 1897(1897 is last entry)

* 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 3Pilkington & Bellc. 18731877Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Frederick Thomas Pilkingtonc. 1877c. 1878Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Frederick Thomas Pilkingtonc. 1878(?)1885(?)Assistant(?) 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1William Meek Page18901894Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James McLellan Fairley20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Henry Francis Kerr20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Watson20 March 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 91875New Edinburgh Theatre  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Pilkington & Bell
Item 2 of 91876Moffat HydropathicMoffat DumfriesshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Pilkington & Bell
Item 3 of 91882Army and Navy Hotel  LondonEnglandAs assistant to F T Pilkington
Item 4 of 91882Hawick Baptist ChurchHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 5 of 91884New Baptist ChurchPitlochry PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 9After 1885Presbyterian ChurchAberlady East LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 9After 1885Presbyterian ChurchSouth Queensferry West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 91886Baptist ChapelHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 9 of 91889St Brendan's Established ChurchRothesayButeButeScotlandWon competition and secured job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Post 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 v15 no1077