Basic Biographical Details

Name: Colin Macaulay Middleton
Born: 14 October 1909
Died: 28 April 1995
Bio Notes: Colin Macaulay Middleton was born on 14 October 1909, the son of John Macaulay Middleton, commission agent, and his wife Emma Tevindale. He was articled to Barbour & Bowie of Dumfries in 1926. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1931 he moved to Glasgow where he studied at Glasgow School of Architecture for three years full-time and for two years as a night student, during which period he assisted in the offices of Thomas Harold Hughes (1932 to 1933), Gillespie, Kidd & Coia (May to September 1933) and Longden & Venables of Leek (May to August 1934). He obtained his diploma in 1934, together with a certificate of merit from the Royal Technical College, entitling him to an exemption from the RIBA final exam.

From September 1934 he worked part-time for two months as a studio instructor at the Glasgow School of Architecture, moving to Bolton in November to take up an appointment as assistant to Bradshaw Gass & Hope. He passed the Professional Practice exam two years later and was admitted ARIBA on 12 April 1937, his proposers being James Robertson Adamson, Arthur John Hope and John Bradshaw Gass, who described him in his supporting statement as 'a very good draughtsman and competent and reliable in his work'.

Middleton was taken into partnership by Barbour & Bowie in 1940, the practice still retaining the style of Barbour & Bowie until 1946 when it was merged with that of Matthew Purdon Smith, originally established in Lockerbie in 1922.

Middleton was admitted ARIAS in 1964 although he may later have relinquished his membership.

By 1970 Middleton had moved to be a partner with John Eadie Waddel Dallachy in the practice T J Beveridge & Dallachy with an office in Glasgow. Dallachy and Middleton were partners in the office in 1975 though both were advancing in years.

Middleton died on 28 April 1995 at Drumchapel Hospital in Glasgow, survived by his wife, Beatrice Mary McGaw.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 427, Castle Street, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 428, Brentford Avenue, Bolton, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1937 *  
Item 3 of 4The Hain, Cassalands, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 4 of 413, Kensington Gate, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19641995 

* 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 8Barbour & Bowie19261931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Thomas Harold Hughes19321933Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Gillespie Kidd & CoiaMay 1933September 1933Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Longden & VenablesMay 1934August 1934Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Bradshaw Gass & HopeNovember 1934Before 1937Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Barbour & Bowie19401946Partner 
Item 7 of 8T J Beveridge & DallachyBefore 1970 Partner 
Item 8 of 8Beveridge & Dallachyc. 1975 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Robertson Adamson12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Bradshaw Gass12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Arthur John Hope12 April 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no6398 (combined box 137)