Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Innes
Born: 7 June 1912
Died: 1970s(?)
Bio Notes: John Innes was born on 7 June 1912 at 4 Drumdryan Street, Edinburgh, the son of John Innes, police constable, and his wife Annie Underwood. He studied the Intermediate course at Edinburgh School of Architecture from 1930 to 1935 whilst working as a draughtsman for Scott Morton. He progressed to the diploma course in 1935, receiving his diploma in 1937 and spending some nine months of that year travelling in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and elsewhere. He spent the following academic session lecturing part-time in Interior Design at Edinburgh School of Art and working as an assistant first to Reginald Fairlie and then it appears in Jedburgh Burgh Architect's Department and in 1938 moving to Edinburgh City Architect's Department. He was admitted ARIBA on 10 January 1938, his proposers being Fairlie, John F Matthews and Alex Allan Foote.

Innes left the City Architect's office in 1940 to undertake military service, attaining the rank of Major G S O II and working on factory construction in India. This led him to be appointed Chief Architect to the Government of Bengal in 1943, a position he still held at the time of his election as FRIBA in 1949.

Innes emigrated to South Africa where he was registered in 1953. He was a member of the Orange Free State Institute of Architects as well as the Transvaal Institute. In 1960 Innes was working in Pretoria for Corrigall Crickmay & Partners but had become a partner in the mid-1960s as Everest (Arthur Leslie Rutland Everest), Innes & Price-Hughes (Glynn Price Hughes) which became Everest & Innes by 1970. He was still practising in this partnership in 1972. He is not listed in the RIBA directory for 1979.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 711, Eltringham Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1938After 1950Gave this as his residential address even when working in India.
Item 2 of 7Government Architect's Office, Writers Buildings, Calcutta, IndiaBusiness1943After 1949 
Item 3 of 7PO Box 330 , Kroonstad, Orange Free State, South AfricaBusiness1959 * Suggests he had projects in this area but not an office.
Item 4 of 7411-14 Permanent Buildings, Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria, South AfricaBusiness1960 Corrigall, Crickmay & Partners
Item 5 of 7513 National Building, Church Square, pretoria, South AfricaBusiness1963 *After 1965 
Item 6 of 7415 National Buildings, Church Square, Pretoria, South AfricaBusiness1970 * Everst & Innes
Item 7 of 7729-730 Van Erkon Building, Pretorius Street, Pretoria, South AfricaBusiness1972  

* 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 3Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)19301935Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 3Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie19381938Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)19381940Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Charles Geoffrey Blomfield8 February 1949For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Francis Berrington Blomfield8 February 1949For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Alexander Allan Foote10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Bernard Frank Matthews8 February 1949For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6John F Matthews10 January 1938for Associateship

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 11935Head Rigg HousingJedburgh RoxburghshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp433
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5South African Institute of Architects1959South African Institute of Architects Year Book  Per Roger Fisher

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6623 (stored under F4429, combined box 13); F no4429 (combined box 13)