Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Raeburn Grieve
Born: 1878
Died: 21 March 1953
Bio Notes: Robert Raeburn Grieve was born in Edinburgh in 1878, the son of Nathaniel Grieve, builder, and his wife Margaret Armstrong Walker. He was educated at Daniel Stewart's College and in 1894 was articled to Thomas Greenshields Leadbetter, who went into partnership with James McLellan Fairley the following year. He left in 1900 and for a few years afterwards was with his father's well-known joinery firm, who carried out various work for Sir Robert Lorimer. Grieve spent many years in Australia for health reasons.

He had returned to Scotland by 1925, in which year he set up practice at 16 Royal Circus, Edinburgh. He was elected LRIBA in on 31 October 1930, his proposers being Alexander Lorne Campbell, James Davidson Cairns and Thomas Forbes Maclennan, whom he had met when both were in the Leadbetter & Fairley office. He carried out various works in Edinburgh, notable among them being restorations and alterations for the University settlement at High School Yards, Kirk o' Fields, and Cameron House. During the last few years of his life, Grieve prepared drawings for John Fraser Matthew of Lorimer and Matthew.

Grieve died at 30 Liberton Brae, Edinburgh on 21 March 1953, aged 75 years. He had been married twice, first to Annie Chapman, and second to Cecelia Donachie or Pink. His stepson registered his death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1878After 1900 
Item 2 of 5AustraliaPrivateAfter 1900Before 1925 
Item 3 of 516, Royal Circus, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1925c. 1937 
Item 4 of 5Braeriach, Woodhall Road, Colinton, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1939 or 1940 *  
Item 5 of 530, Liberton Brae (Liverton- sic), Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 & Matthew c. 1953Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Greenshields Leadbetter18941895Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Leadbetter & Fairley18951898 or 1899Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Leadbetter & Fairley1898 or 18991900Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Davidson Cairns31 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Lorne Campbell31 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan31 October 1930for 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 6 University Settlement, Cameron House  EdinburghScotlandRestorations and alterations - date unknown
Item 2 of 6 University Settlement, High School Yards  EdinburghScotlandRestorations and alterations - date unknown
Item 3 of 6 University Settlement, Kirk o' Fields  EdinburghScotlandRestorations and alterations - date unknown
Item 4 of 61907Three cottages, Woodhall RoadColinton EdinburghScotlandExecuted Lorimer's plans
Item 5 of 61910'Cottage D'  EdinburghScotlandExecuted Lorimer's design. Plans are signed by him and he built a number of houses on behalf of his brother Nathaniel, who was a contractor.
Item 6 of 61910Double villa, 47-49 Woodhall Road  EdinburghScotlandExecuted houses to Lorimer's design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman23 March 1953  Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3436 (box 11)