Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Whitelaw Caldwell
Born: 1878
Bio Notes: Robert Whitelaw Caldwell was born in 1878, educated at Hutchison's Grammar School, Glasgow and articled to Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden in May 1894, remaining as assistant for one year after completing his apprenticeship. He attended the Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, subsequently becoming an assistant in the Caledonian Railway Engineers' Office and later Engineer in Chief. He travelled in France (including Bordeaux, Paris and Normandy), Spain (including Seville) and Portugal (including Lisbon), as well as in Britain (including York, Ripon, Durham and Carlisle), and was elected LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Andrew Robertson, George Bell (II) and Alexander McGibbon.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 218, Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1912 *  
Item 2 of 2265, Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1914 *  

* 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 3Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden1894c. 1899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Clarke & Bell and R A Brydenc. 1899c. 1900Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Caledonian Railway Company Architect's and Engineer's Departmentc. 1900 AssistantLater Engineer in Chief


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Bell II24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander McGibbon24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Andrew Robertson24 June 1912for 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 151894Quarrier's Homes, Consumptive HospitalBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandProbably assisted on first block - as apprentice to Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden
Item 2 of 15After 1894Higher Grade Secondary SchoolDuns BerwickshireScotlandAs assistant to Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden
Item 3 of 15After 1894Holmscroft Higher Grade SchoolGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant
Item 4 of 15After 1894North Kelvinside Secondary SchoolNorth Kelvinside GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell & R A Bryden
Item 5 of 151895(?)Christian Institute  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice/assistant - YMCA club at west end and Bible Training College at east end added
Item 6 of 151898Quarrier's Homes, Consumptive HospitalBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandSecond block - as apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden
Item 7 of 151898Quarrier's Homes, Mount Zion ChurchBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions, including lengthening - as apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden
Item 8 of 15After 1898General Life Assurance Company Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 9 of 151899Barony Parochial AsylumLenzie LanarkshireScotlandVilla for children - as assistant
Item 10 of 151899Ocean Accident Insurance Company Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 11 of 15After 1900Buchanan Street Station, Caledonian Railway Engineer's Office  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 12 of 15After 1900LaundrySlateford EdinburghScotlandAs assistant
Item 13 of 15After 1900Station buildings and tenements, Eglinton Street  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 14 of 151903Wemyss Bay Railway StationWemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant
Item 15 of 151905Glasgow Central Station  GlasgowScotlandExtension of concourse buildings


Bibliographic References

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

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 v23 no1873