Basic Biographical Details

Name: William George Rowntree Bodie
Born: 4 December 1904
Died: 19 September 1981
Bio Notes: William George Rowntree Bodie was born on 4 December 1904, the son of John Mann Bodie, printer, and his wife Elizabeth Dururand. He was articled to George Bennett Mitchell in September 1922. At the same time he commenced his studies at the Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College, receiving his Diploma in 1927, whereupon he was awarded the Byrne Scholarship of 50 which enabled him to study for a further year to gain a Post-Diploma. The path of his career after the completion of his apprenticeship on 31 August 1927 has yet to be established, but he passed the qualifying exam in July 1928 and was admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson Junior, John Alexander Ogg Allan, and John Ross McMillan. At that time he was living at 32 Clifton Road, Aberdeen. At some point he became a qualified town planner as well.

By 1939-40 he appears to have moved to Edinburgh. By 1950-51 he had returned to live and work in Aberdeen, his address still being 32 Clifton Road. Between the about 1953 and 19690 he worked for Glenrothes New Town Devlopment Corporation rising to become Principal Architect and Planning Officer and retired from this post in 1969. He returned to Edinburgh and retired fully (from private practice?) in 1972. He published a various books on the history of Glenrothes. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

He died on 19 September 1981 at The Kennels, Drum Castle, Drumoak, Kincardineshire, leaving his second wife, Margaret Helen Garden, with whom he had been living in Edinburgh. His first wife was Christian Innes.

The Provision of Shops in a New Town (1953)
Some Light on the Past around Glenrothes (1968)
Glenrothes and its Environs, In Days Gone By

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 432, Clifton Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1928After 1930 
Item 2 of 496, Carrickknowe Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1939  
Item 3 of 413, Barnton Place Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970s1981 
Item 4 of 413, Alburne Park, Glenrothes, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 2George Bennett MitchellSeptember 1922August 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Glenrothes Development Corporation (or Glenrothes New Town Development Corporation)c. 1959c. 1970Chief ArchitectFor some of this period


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg AllanLate 1928for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McMillanLate 1928for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Late 1928for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA RIBA Directories   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4Fife ArchivesGlenrothes New Town Corporation records  
Item 2 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4227 (combined box 2)
Item 4 of 4School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James