Basic Biographical Details

Name: Stuart Veitch Smith
Born: 12 January 1884
Died: 9 November 1976
Bio Notes: Stuart Veitch Smith was born on 12 January 1884 and educated at Lockerbie Academy. He served a four-year apprenticeship with Barbour & Bowie of Dumfries, beginning on 25 April 1900, and remained as junior assistant until September 1905 when he moved to Carlisle to work as assistant to Thomas Taylor Scott. During these early years he spent time measuring and sketching Gothic buildings including Lincluden Abbey, Dumfries and Lancrest Priory Church, Cumberland, and studied for the South Kensington exams, obtaining his various certificates in 1902, 1906 and 1907. In December of the latter year he left for Manchester where he secured a position as chief assistant to J Herbert Hall, transferring to the office of J B & W Thornley of Wigan in May 1909. Three years later he moved to Pontefract as chief assistant to W J Tennant.

In 1916 he was called up and served in the Royal Flying Corps; from April 1918 the Royal Air Force. He returned to Tennant's office in February 1919 and was taken into partnership on 23 June 1923 under the practice title of Tennant & Smith. He was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being John McLintock Bowie, John Keppie and John James Burnet.

Tennant either retired or died on 8 September 1932, leaving Smith to continue the practice alone. He retained the existing firm name of Tennant & Smith and was elected FRIBA on 18 April 1944, proposed by John Murray Easton, Howard Morley Robertson and Bowie. The following year his daughter Jean M Veitch became a partner.

He died on 9 November 1976 aged 92.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Ropergate Chambers, Pontefract, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness23 June 1923After 1944 
Item 2 of 2Annandale/68, Ackworth Road, Pontefract, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1930After 1944 

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 7Barbour & Bowie25 April 190025 April 1904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Barbour & Bowie25 April 19042 September 1905Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Thomas Taylor Scott6 September 190524 December 1907Assistant 
Item 4 of 7J Herbert Hall30 December 190730 April 1909Assistant 
Item 5 of 7J B & W Thornley3 May 19094 May 1912Assistant 
Item 6 of 7W J Tennant6 May 191223 June 1923AssistantWith the exception of war service, 21 March 1916 to February 1919
Item 7 of 7Tennant & Smith23 June 1923After 1944Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John McLintock BowieEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6John McLintock Bowie18 April 1944for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6(Sir) John James BurnetEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6John Murray Easton18 April 1944for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John KeppieEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6(Sir) Howard Morley Robertson18 April 1944for Fellowship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3779 (box 16); F no4024 (box 31)