Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Peter Dippie Grant
Born: 1890 or 1891
Died: 1976
Bio Notes: John Peter Dippie Grant was born in 1890 or 1891 and was articled to Hamilton-Paterson of Edinburgh (or more likely to Hamilton-Paterson on his own as the partnership does not appear to have been formed until after Grant had left) from 1907 to 1912, studying at Edinburgh College of Art under John Watson (1908 to 1913) and Heriot-Watt College (1910 to 1912). On completion of his apprenticeship he was awarded the National Art Survey Scholarship of Scotland, undertaking a six-month survey of Dryburgh Abbey and Hermitage Castle from April 1912. Thereafter he joined Reginald Fairlie as an assistant. He remained with Fairlie whilst completing his studies, gaining his diploma in July 1913 and a College of Art travelling scholarship in 1914 which enabled him to tour the Loire Valley for four months. In the same year he moved to Cardiff where he commenced practice on his own account.

Grant was admitted ARIBA in early 1920 under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being John Watson, Robert Lorimer and John Wilson. By that time the 4th Marquess of Bute had appointed him as architect to the Bute Estate in Cardiff, but he retained the freedom to undertake private commissions in addition to his estate work. He was elected FRIBA on 2 June 1924, proposed by Lennox Robertson and the RIBA Council.

He died in 1976.

'Notes on the Town Walls of Cardiff' (1921)
'Cardiff Castle: Its History and Architecture' (1923)
'The History of the Bell Tower, Llandaff Cathedral' (1923)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4c/o Miss Lefeuvre, 79, Stacey Road, Cardiff, WalesPrivate1920 *  
Item 2 of 4Bute Estate Chambers/3, Castle Street, Cardiff, WalesBusinessBefore 1920After 1928 
Item 3 of 4Morningside, Dinas Powys, Glamorgan, WalesPrivate1924 *  
Item 4 of 4Cefn Mably Chambers/9, Quay Street, Cardiff, WalesBusiness1924 * Presumably his private office

* 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 3Robert Hamilton Paterson (or Robert Hamilton-Paterson)1907c. 1909ApprenticeThough John Petrie Dippie Grant states that he was apprenticed to Hamilton Paterson & Paterson it was probably Hamilton Paterson on his own.
Item 2 of 3Hamilton-Paterson & Patersonc. 19091912Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie19121914Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerEarly 1920for Associateship
Item 2 of 5RIBA Council2 June 1924for Fellowship
Item 3 of 5Lennox Robertson2 June 1924for Fellowship
Item 4 of 5John WatsonEarly 1920for Associateship
Item 5 of 5John WilsonEarly 1920for 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 111919Cardiff Castle  CardiffWalesExcavation and restoration of Roman fort; additions, alterations, furnishings and decoration of Castle
Item 2 of 111920Cardiff Castle  CardiffWalesRestoration of North Gate to Roman fort
Item 3 of 111921Cardiff town wall, West Gate  CardiffWalesRestoration of West Gate
Item 4 of 111921Clubhouse for Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club  CardiffWales 
Item 5 of 111922Cardiff Castle  CardiffWalesRestoration of Norman keep
Item 6 of 111922St Mary's ChurchDinas Powys GlamorganWales 
Item 7 of 111922St Peter's Church  CardiffWalesAdditions
Item 8 of 111923All Saints' ChurchMerthyr Vale GlamorganWales 
Item 9 of 111923Cardiff Castle  CardiffWalesEntrance gateway, lodge and towers of Castle
Item 10 of 111923Llandaff Cathedral, bell tower  LlandaffWalesExcavation
Item 11 of 111923St David's Cathedral and Clergy House  CardiffWalesAdditions and alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Crook, J Mordaunt1981William Burges and the High Victorian Dream London: John Murrayp260
Item 2 of 2Royal Academy exhibitors    1923, no 1243 (restoration); 1298 (south eastern gateway)

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 A no2981 (microfilm reel 24); F no1959 (microfilm reel 16)