Basic Biographical Details

Name: Royal Engineers Office
Bio Notes: The Royal Engineers’ Office provided building services for the War Office and was organised as a series of branch offices, including one at Edinburgh

In February 1860 the War Office issued an official circular on the working of the department, leading to extended correspondence in Building News. The subsequent debate on costs, organisation, and training was all depressingly familiar but did provide some insight into the operation and problems of the Department at that time.

A considerable number of civilian draughtsmen were employed, and there was a tacit understanding that they provided the designs for not only civil works and buildings such as barracks, but for military works as well, all supposedly under the supervision of commanding engineers. However, the War Office noted that " there is reason to fear that there are engineer officers who consider the duty of designing beneath their notice." believing it out of their province as military engineers to practice civil architecture.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 616, Pitt Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18521855 
Item 3 of 642, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1856After 1871 
Item 4 of 6Castle Terrace, EdinburghBusinessBefore 1880After 1890 
Item 5 of 611, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1890 In addition to Castle Terrace
Item 6 of 6Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1914After 1918 

Employment and Training

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 10Richard Clemens Moody18551858 In charge of drawing office
Item 2 of 10John McIntyreJanuary 19001902Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 10John McIntyre19021905(?)Chief Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 10Andrew MitchellJuly 1902October 1908DraughtsmanIn South African office
Item 5 of 10George Charles Campbellc. 19141918Architect 
Item 6 of 10John Alfred Taylor Houston1915Before 1920  
Item 7 of 10James Maclaren HoneymanNovember 19151919 or 1920 Resident Superintendent at Alnwick Court, Northumberland
Item 8 of 10John Hinshelwood8 October 19391 February 1941AssistantIn Glasgow
Item 9 of 10Andrew Ross ForsythJanuary 1940After 1945Chief Draughtsman 
Item 10 of 10John Hinshelwood1 February 1941 Clerk of WorksSupervising construction of military camps in Scotland

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 61858Torry Point BatteryTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 6After 1914Glencorse Hutted CampsGlencorse MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 6c. 1914Turnhouse Aerodrome and Landing GroundsTurnhouse EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 6After 1915Military campKinross Kinross-shireScotlandJ A T Houston responsible
Item 5 of 6After 1915Military campDunfermline FifeScotlandJ A T Houston responsible
Item 6 of 6After 1915Military campGailes AyrshireScotlandJ A T Houston responsible


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News23 February 1860  p139