Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Brown
Born: 18 May 1878
Bio Notes: John Brown was born on 18 May 1878. He served his apprenticeship with Edinburgh surveyors Lorimer & Fairbairn from 1893, leaving them in March 1898 to join the office of J M Forrester as a surveyor the following month. Whilst there he assisted Forrester in all aspects of the business, increasing his architectural knowledge to the extent that Forrester took him into partnership in 1901, along with another draughtsman, Mr Graham, who had been with Forrester for a number of years. Forrester died a few months later and the business was continued by Brown and Graham. In June 1903 the partnership was dissolved, Brown practising independently thereafter under the name of Forrester & Brown, Architects Surveyors & Valuators. He was elected LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan and James Anderson Williamson. At that time he was Valuator to the Accountant of the Court Department of H M Register House.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4128a, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 419, Montpelier Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911c. 1926Was office as well in about 1926
Item 3 of 418, Hartington Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1927c. 1940Was office and house for this period
Item 4 of 49, Bruntsfield Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  

* 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 4Lorimer & Fairbairn18931898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John M Forrester1898July 1901Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Forrester, Graham & BrownJuly 1901June 1903Partner 
Item 4 of 4Forrester & BrownJune 1903c. 1950PartnerSole partner. He is listed in the 1950 RIBA directory as being still in practice as Forrester & Brown.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Thomas Forbes Maclennan20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2James Anderson Williamson20 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 7After 1901Broom Park HouseGranton EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 2 of 7After 1901Challenger LodgeTrinity EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 3 of 7After 1901Green Free HotelPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 4 of 7After 1901Tenement, Pitt Street, BonningtonLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 7After 1901Villa for C Strang Watson EsqBlackhall EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 7After 1901VillasAberlady East LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 71902Heatherlie  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926    

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 no1040