Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Davidson Goodfellow
Born: 14 October 1901
Died: 8 November 1971
Bio Notes: Robert Davidson Goodfellow was born on 14 October 1901, the son of John Goodfellow, cabinet maker and his wife Barbara Davidson. He was articled to David McArthy of Edinburgh in May 1918, attending classes at the Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. After completing his apprenticeship in May 1923 he was engaged for at least a year on drawing up plans for the Gleneagles Hotel, presumably as an employee of the Caledonian Railway Engineer's Department under Matthew Adam. In 1924 he joined the Midlothian County Council Architect's Department as First Assistant, and was still there in 1938 when he was admitted LRIBA, his proposers being John Wilson, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and John Ross McKay. He worked principally on housing and schools.

Goodfellow died on 8 November 1974 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was survived by his wife Mary Young Strangeways and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 216, Hutchison Cottages, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1934c. 1940 
Item 2 of 22, Bangholm Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1950 *1974 

* 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 4David McArthyMay 1918May 1923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4London Midland and Scottish Railway Company19231924Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Caledonian Railway Company Architect's and Engineer's DepartmentMay 19231923Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Midlothian County Council Architect's Department1924After 1934Chief AssistantInitially First Assistant


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan1938for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay1938for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson1938for 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 1May 1923Gleneagles HotelGleneagles PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Matthew Adam in the Caledonian Railway Company Architect's & Engineer's Department (later London Midland & Scottish Railway)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4679 (combined box 29)