Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Polson Hall
Born: 21 January 1908
Died: 25 June 1979
Bio Notes: David Polson Hall was born in Stonehaven on 21 January 1908, the son of James Hall, governor, and his wife Georgina Emslie Polson. He was educated at Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. He was articled to Gregory & Gall in that town in 1924, studying at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Gray's School of Art. In 1931, having obtained his post-diploma, he joined Robert Leslie Rollo as chief assistant, commencing practice on his own account a year later. However it seems they continued to share offices at 146 Union Street (which was also James Brown Nicol's address) as late as 1939, and occasionally worked in collaboration, although it is unclear whether a formal partnership existed.

Hall was admitted ARIBA in late 1932, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and James Brown Nicol.

Hall was a keen hockey player, and served as Vice-President of the Northern District Hockey Association in 1934. He was a finalist in the King's Cup, Aberdeen Wapinschaw, in 1935. His sporting interests also extended to golf and tennis.

He served in the armed forces in the Second World War, and from 1946 to 1949 was engaged in the War Office as Supervising Valuer (Dilapidations). He reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and is still listed in the RIBA Kalender of 1950-51 as such. He was awarded the TD before 1970. By the early 1950s he was Architect to the Northern Regional Hospital Board in Inverness. He was elected FRIBA in 1951, his proposers being William John Taylor, Alexander Cullen junior and John Alistair Ross and FRIAS in 1953.

He died in the Town and County Hospital, Nairn, on 25 June 1979. He was survived by his wife Edith Muriel Agnes Coutts.

NB Hall is erroneously enered in HS List as 'Roll'

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8Drumalan, Raitloan, Nairn, Nairnshire, ScotlandPrivate 1979 
Item 2 of 8375, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1932 *  
Item 3 of 8Woodcot, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1932 *  
Item 4 of 8146, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939 *  
Item 5 of 8280, Great Western Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1951 * Permanent address
Item 6 of 8Northern Regional Hospital Board, Raigmore, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1951  
Item 7 of 8Easter Caskieben, Moss-side, Nairn, Nairnshire, ScotlandPrivate1951 *After 1970 
Item 8 of 8Reay House/17, Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1970  

* 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 4Gregory & Gall1927 ApprenticeMust have started as apprentice with George Gregory and then continued after the firm was formed.
Item 2 of 4Robert Leslie Rollo19311932Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Rollo & HallAfter 1932c. 1939(?)Partner(?) 
Item 4 of 4War Office Architects Department19461949 Supervising Valuer (Dilapidations)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Alexander Cullen (junior)1 May 1951For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6James Brown NicolLate 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Robert Leslie RolloLate 1932for Associateship
Item 4 of 6John Alistair Ross1 May 1951For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6William John Taylor1 May 1951For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Late 1932for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William Glashan9 October 1956For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Edward Alexander Meldrum6 October 1965For Fellowship

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 251930sKaimhill Housing EstateKaimhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 251930Robert Gordon's Secondary School  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 3 of 251933Alterations to sanatoria  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 251934Baptist Church  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 251935Aberdeen CrematoriumKaimhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 251935Country house, FairhillMilltimber AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 251935Social hall and other officesTorry AberdeenScotlandPlans in hand
Item 8 of 251935Social halls and officesHilton AberdeenScotland 
Item 9 of 251936Drill HallTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 251936Drill HallEllon AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 11 of 251936Engineering warehouse  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 251936House of GlennieMarnoch AberdeenshireScotlandAttribution
Item 13 of 251936Showroom for Stonehaven Gas CompanyStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 14 of 251936The Picture HouseStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 15 of 251936The Red House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 251936Town houseStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandMajor alterations
Item 17 of 251937Approved School  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 18 of 251937Inverurie Infectious Diseases HospitalInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 19 of 251937Stationer's warehouse  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 251937Village Hall  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 251938Children's home and school  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 251939Kingsway Cinema  AberdeenScotland 
Item 23 of 251939Nazareth House  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding
Item 24 of 251950Hearing Aid clinicInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Architect to the Northern Regional Hospital Board
Item 25 of 251950North East Regional Hospital Board officeInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect to the North Eastern Regional Hospital Board


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4931 (stored under F4613, combined box 24); F no4613 (combined box 24)