Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas William Innes
Born: 23 December 1907
Died: 8 June 1988
Bio Notes: Douglas William Innes was born on 23 December 1907, the son of William Booth Innes, marine engineer and his wife Margaret Gerrie Smith. He was articled to Edwin L Williamson of Aberdeen on 23 July 1923, attending evening classes at Robert Gordon's College from the same year and day classes from 1924 to 1926 and from 1928 to 1929. He achieved an exemption from the RIBA final exam in 1930, passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in July of that year and was admitted ARIBA late that year or early the next, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, James Brown Nicol and Robert Gordon Wilson Junior. At that time he was employed as an assistant to Nicol, working mainly on the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

He left Nicol in 1933 to return to Williamson's office as an assistant, and was taken into partnership in 1939, although the firm's name did not change to reflect his position. He was still there when he was admitted FRIBA in 1956, proposed by I F Davies, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, and John Gibb Marr, by which time he had travelled to France, Germany and Norway.

He was re-elected president of the Aberdeen Society of Architects in 1960. He was married to Nancy Lucretia Osmond Ball.

Innes resigned from the RIBA in 1985 and died at Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen on 8 June 1988.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 65, Bayview Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate 1988 
Item 2 of 617, Caledonian Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  
Item 3 of 6194, Mid Stocket Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 4 of 617, Viewfield Gardens, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1956 *  
Item 5 of 614, Golden Square, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1956 *After 1970 
Item 6 of 616, North Silver Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1970s * Check - may not be the correct person -

* 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 5Edwin L Williamson23 July 19231924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Edwin L Williamson19261928Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5James Brown Nicol19291933Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Edwin L Williamson19331939Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Edwin L Williamson1939After 1970Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6I F (or L F ) DaviesEarly 1956For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Alexander Marshall MackenzieEarly 1956For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6John Gibb MarrEarly 1956For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6James Brown NicolLate 1930 or early 1931for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Robert Leslie RolloLate 1930 or early 1931for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Late 1930 or early 1931for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Phin Miller Wright5 June 1968For 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 181929Aberdeen Royal InfirmaryForesterhill AberdeenScotlandAs assistant to James Brown Nicol
Item 2 of 181939Deeside Gardens Housing Scheme  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 181939Ellon AcademyEllon AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 4 of 181939House for J C King  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 181939Motor Showroom  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 181939Private Housing Scheme  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 181947Aberdeen County Council Housing Schemes  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 181947Housing schemeCults AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 9 of 181947Peterhead AcademyPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction after war damage
Item 10 of 181948Charleton HouseMontrose/Forfar AngusScotlandConversion to Maternity Home and extension
Item 11 of 181951Higher Grade SchoolTarves AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 12 of 181952Ellon AcademyEllon AberdeenshireScotlandFurther additions
Item 13 of 181953DistilleryKeith BanffshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 14 of 181953House for R S Bisset  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 181954FactoryFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 181954House for Duncan  AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 181954House for Wylie  AberdeenScotland 
Item 18 of 181954Peterhead AcademyPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandScheme of additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder1 April 1960  'Aberdeen Society of Architects' p675
Item 2 of 2Builder18 August 1961  'Civic Trust Design Awards, 1960 - Results of Competitions in the County Boroughs, The Awards, Scotland' pp304-305 - served as assessor for Kirkcaldy projects

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 A no4549 (stored under F5174, combined box 61); F no5174 (combined box 61)