Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alan Crombie
Born: 1895
Bio Notes: Alan Crombie was born into a long architectural lineage (see Alexander Crombie) and was the son of Alan Burgess Crombie and the brother of Wifred Fitzalan Crombie and Stuart Crombie. He attended day classes at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1912 to 1914 whilst undertaking an apprenticeship to Leiper & McNab, and worked full-time in the latter office for a further year whilst attending evening classes. He enlisted on the outbreak of the First World War.

After the war he completed his training in the office of Burnet, Son & Partners (later Burnet, Son & Dick) and at more evening classes. He travelled in England and Italy from May 1921 to May 1922, and in the latter month entered the office of Harold Ridley Hooper of Ipswich as assistant. He passed the qualifying exam in London in January 1923 and was admitted ARIBA in the middle of that year, his proposers being John James Burnet, Oswald Patrick Milne and Paul Phipps.

He later worked in offices in Aberdeen and Dublin, finally setting up independent practice at Shelbrook, Colvend, by Dalbeattie until the outbreak of the Second World War.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1919Before 1934 
Item 2 of 4Dublin, EireBusinessAfter 1919Before 1934 
Item 3 of 4Easington Lodge, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, EnglandBusiness1923 *  
Item 4 of 4Shelbrook, Colvend, by Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19341939 

* 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 4Leiper & McNabSeptember 1912August 1915Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 4John Burnet, Son & PartnersJuly 19191920 or 1921Apprentice(?) 
Item 3 of 4Burnet, Son & Dick1921May 1921Apprentice(?) 
Item 4 of 4Harold Ridley HooperMay 1922After 1923Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) John James BurnetMid 1923for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Oswald Partridge MilneMid 1923for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Paul PhippsMid 1923for Associateship

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 11934Column in memory of the 3rd Duke of Queensberry (d.1778)Dumfries DumfriesshireScotlandColumn re-erected under his supervision


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Buildings of Scotland Research UnitBuildings of Scotland Research Notes (for unpublished volumes) Letter from Alan Crombie to A C Wolffe & Partners
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3655 (microfilm reel 27)