Basic Biographical Details
|Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar
|5 March 1890
|Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar was born on 5 March 1890 in Govan and was articled to John Nisbet of Glasgow in 1904, moving at the end of his apprenticeship in 1911 to Miller & Black. During these years he attended the Glasgow School of Architecture from 1906 to 1911 under Professors Bourdon, Gourlay and McGibbon. In 1911 he was recruited by Thomas Martin Cappon to work on Dundee Training College and Demonstration School in Park Place, and probably largely designed it. When his commitment to producing the working drawings and details for that project was complete he was invited back to Glasgow to work for the theatre and cinema architect Charles James McNair under whom he had worked in Nisbet's office, and who had taken over Nisbet's practice on his retirement.
In 1920 he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to join the firm of Cackett & Burns Dick, and he was taken into partnership three years later, although it is not clear whether the firm's name changed then to Cackette, Burns Dick & MacKellar or not until Cackett's death in 1928 or 1929.
He served as honorary secretary to the Northern Architectural Association c.1930.
He was elected FRIBA on 22 June 1936, his proposers being Robert Burns Dick, James Robertson Adamson and Charles Geddes Soutar.
MacKellar died in early 1973, his death registered between January and March.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
|3, Cathkin Road, Langside, Glasgow, Scotland
|Before 1910 *
|21, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
|Red Ridge, Edgehill Road, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
|Town, district or village
|City or county
|Dundee Training College for Teachers
|As assistant to Thomas Martin Cappon - probably largely responsible for design
|The following books contain references to this :
|British Architectural Library, RIBA
|Directory of British Architects 1834-1914
|Listed as 'McKellar', but RIBA papers show that the correct spelling is 'MacKellar'.
|The following periodicals contain references to this :
|London: Royal Institute of British Architects
|The following archives hold material relating to this :
|Source Catalogue No.
|Durham University Library - sketchbook
|Sent July 2013
Information from a sketchbook which has recently been acquired by Durham University Library.
It is a small book of sketches of parts of Durham Cathedral (with photographs tipped in) by R. Norman MacKellar.
Written on the first page is:
R. Norman MacKellar
3 Cathkin Road
1st September 1910.
|England and Wales
|Births, marriages and deaths
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum
|RIBA Nomination Papers
|A v21 no2483 (microfilm reel 21); F no3345 (box 21)