Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Francis Stewart Bryden
Born: 21 October 1876
Died: 23 February 1917
Bio Notes: Andrew Francis Stewart Bryden at 15 Dalhousie Streetwas born on 21 October 1876, the son of Robert Alexander Bryden. He was articled to his father's firm of Clarke & Bell & R A Bryden at 212 St Vincent Street, Glasgow for five years from 30 August 1893, remaining thereafter as an assistant. In 1901 he left to spend a year in Bristol under George Herbert (later Sir George) Oatley of Oatley & Skinner. When he proposed to return to his father's office the following year, there would appear to have been some disagreement within the firm. At this point the elder Bryden separated his practice completely from Clarke & Bell and with his son as chief draughtsman set up office at 147 Bath Street. The younger Bryden remained with his father in this capacity until the latter's death in 1906, when he took Andrew Robertson, who had already been working with the firm for some time, into partnership. The business of the practice was principally related to hospitals although it also included schools and small domestic buildings and some commercial architecture.

The younger Bryden was a successful student and in 1894 was exempted from the preliminary RIBA exam. He passed further exams c.1907 but a serious illness prevented him from taking the final examination. He was well travelled, having undertaken a month's tour of northern Germany with his father in the first year of his apprenticeship, during which the pair visited Hanover, Brunswick, Hildesheim, Goslar and Magdeburg, Berlin, Dresden and, further afield, Prague. By the time of his admittance as LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, for which he was proposed by Andrew Robertson, George Bell (II) and Alexander McGibbon, he had also visited Amsterdam, Munich, Marburg and Frankfurt; the cathedrals of Rheims and Laon in France; most of the cathedrals and abbeys of Scotland; and about half the cathedral cities of England.

Bryden married Evangeline-Annie Parkingham-Blake. He died of heart problems following an attack of rheumatic fever on 23 February 1917 at 43 Durward Avenue, Glasgow. The practice was continued by Andrew Robertson who took Joseph Boyd into partnership about 1930.

Bryden left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 112,574

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Richmond Chambers/147, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1910c. 1915 
Item 2 of 243, Durward Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19111917 

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 6Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden30 August 1893c. August 1898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6R A Bryden & Sonc. 1897c. 1901(?)Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Clarke & Bell and R A Brydenc. August 18981901Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Oatley & Skinner19011902Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Robert Alexander Bryden19021906Chief Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 6Bryden & Robertson19061917Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Bell II20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander McGibbon20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Andrew Robertson20 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 271895(?)Christian Institute  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - YMCA club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 2 of 271897Renfrew and Clydebank Joint Infectious Diseases HospitalYorkhill GlasgowScotlandAs draughtsman and partner to his father
Item 3 of 27After 1897Lennox Joint Infectious Diseases HospitalMilton of Campsie StirlingshireScotlandInitially as draughtsman; took over project after death of R A Bryden
Item 4 of 271898Quarrier's Homes, Mount Zion ChurchBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions, including lengthening
Item 5 of 27After 1898County Insurance Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 6 of 27After 1898General Life Assurance Company Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 7 of 27After 1898Southbar HouseBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant
Item 8 of 27After 1898Young Men's Christian Association Club  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 9 of 271899Barony Parochial AsylumLenzie LanarkshireScotlandVilla for children - as assistant
Item 10 of 271899Ocean Accident Insurance Company Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 11 of 271902Parkhead Forge, office blocks for William Beardmore & CompanyParkhead GlasgowScotlandMain office block - as chief draughtsman to his father, R A Bryden
Item 12 of 271903Glasgow Maternity Hospital  GlasgowScotlandCompleted to designs by R A Bryden
Item 13 of 271905Quarrier's Homes, Epileptic ColonyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandHome No 1 - as draughtsman
Item 14 of 271906Elementary SchoolBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAddition to accommodate 600 children, plus central hall
Item 15 of 271906Isle of Man Industrial Home for Orphan and Destitute ChildrenGlencrutchery DouglasIsle of ManCompleted the scheme
Item 16 of 271906Quarrier's Homes, Consumptive HospitalBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandThird block
Item 17 of 271906Renfrew and Clydebank Joint Infectious Diseases HospitalYorkhill GlasgowScotlandCompletion
Item 18 of 27After 1906Earlston SchoolEarlston BerwickshireScotlandRebuilding?
Item 19 of 271907Premises for James Howden  GlasgowScotlandAdditions?
Item 20 of 271908Quarrier's Homes, Epileptic ColonyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandHome No 2, for women
Item 21 of 27After 1908Belmont HouseSpringburn GlasgowScotlandAdditions/alterations?
Item 22 of 271910Higher Grade Secondary SchoolDuns BerwickshireScotlandAdditions
Item 23 of 271910Memorial Children's Hospital   Scotland 
Item 24 of 271910Quarrier's Homes, Epileptic ColonyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandGymnasium, recreation hall and workshop for men
Item 25 of 271910Quarrier's Homes, Mount Zion ChurchBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandTransept added
Item 26 of 271911Inverkeithing SchoolInverkeithing FifeScotlandSenior Primary School
Item 27 of 271911Quarrier's Homes, Epileptic ColonyBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandHome No 3, for women


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder1917v112 p162 Obituary
Item 2 of 3Building News13 June 1917  p509 - Estate
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal4 1917 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp129 Obituary

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 no1152