Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Shepherd Brodie
Born: 1890
Died: 21 December 1935
Bio Notes: Alexander Shepherd Brodie was born in 1890 and apprenticed to Henry & Maclennan of Edinburgh from 1905 to 1910. He studied at Edinburgh School of Art and Heriot-Watt College, where he later taught the fourth-year Building Construction class for three years.

In 1920 he became assistant draughtsman to Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo Jamieson, who had inherited the Sydney Mitchell & Wilson practice with his partner James Alexander Arnott in late 1910 or early 1911. Brodie remained with Jamieson & Arnott until February 1923 when he began 17 months' employment as evening assistant in the office of Alexander Allan Foote, who described him as a 'very good man, but a little difficult to get on with'. Foote claimed that Brodie had worked in H M Office of Works prior to joining him, which may account for the 'lost years' of 1910 to 1920 during which Brodie's movements are otherwise unknown.

It was probably on leaving Foote that Brodie joined James Bow Dunn, staying with him for several years and assisting him on his winning scheme for George Watson's College. He returned to Jamieson & Arnott in May 1930 as head draughtsman, and was admitted LRIBA on 10 October 1930, his proposers being Jamieson, Arnott and Thomas Forbes Maclennan. Up to that date his travels appear to have been confined to Scotland and England.

Brodie died on 21 December 1935. He was not married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 14, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1930 or 1931 *  

* 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 6Henry & Maclennan19051910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)After 1910(?)Before 1920(?)Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Auldjo Jamieson & Arnott19201923Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Alexander Allan FooteFebruary 1923July 1924AssistantEvening assistant
Item 5 of 6James Bow DunnAfter 1923May 1930Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Auldjo Jamieson & ArnottMay 1930 Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander Arnott10 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo Jamieson10 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan10 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 11928George Watson's College  EdinburghScotlandAs employee of James Bow Dunn


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 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSAlex Allan Foote & Son Collection AAF 1930/7/1/1/
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3343 (box 9)