Basic Biographical Details

Name: Owen Keith Beattie
Born: 1 December 1880
Died: 8 April 1961
Bio Notes: Owen Keith Beattie was born on 1 December 1880 and commenced his architectural training on 4 October 1899 in the office of Bell & Cameron, Aberfeldy. After approximately three years there he moved to Edinburgh, where he entered the office of Robert Rowand Anderson, studied at the School of Applied Art and Heriot-Watt College, and became an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. During these early years he spent five months sketching and measuring in France and an equal amount of time in England. He left Edinburgh and commenced practice on his own account in March 1909 at 48 King Street, Manchester, but after only two years, in April 1911, he emigrated to Canada to become a partner in the firm of Hodgson, Bates, Butler & Beattie. Their office was at the Grain Exchange, Calgary, Alberta. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Thomas Tolmie Paterson, John Bryce II, Thomas Aikman Swan and John Watson. His home address at that time was The Wigwam, 12th Avenue West, Calgary.

In 1914 he returned to England and was on active service during WW1. By 1923 he was working from an office in The Strand, London. Beattie died in London on 8 April 1961.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 548, King Street, Manchester, EnglandBusinessMarch 1909April 1911 
Item 2 of 5Grain Exchange, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaBusinessApril 1911After 1912 
Item 3 of 5The Wigwam, 12th Avenue West, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaPrivate1912 *  
Item 4 of 5The Strand, London, EnglandBusiness1923  
Item 5 of 59, Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, EnglandBusiness1932 *  

* 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 4Bell & Cameron4 October 1899Late 1902 or early 1903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonLate 1902 or early 19031903Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Rowand Anderson & Paul1903Late 1908 or early 1909Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Hodgson, Bates, Butler & BeattieApril 1911 Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Fell Duncan1932 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4John Bryce II (or John Bryce (junior))24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4Thomas Tolmie Paterson24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4Thomas Aikman Swan24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4John Watson24 June 1912for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

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Item 1 of 1   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Times10 May 1961   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v26 no 2170. Paper of Charles Fell Duncan: L 6111 (Combined Box 120)