Basic Biographical Details

Name: Herbert Henry Reid
Born: 9 August 1895
Died: 1952
Bio Notes: Herbert Henry Reid was born on 9 August 1895 and was articled to John Alexander Ogg Allan, Architect to Aberdeen Education Authority, in August 1912 or 1914 (his ARIBA and FRIBA papers disagree on dates). He studied at the Aberdeen School of Architecture, but his career was interrupted by military service from 1914 to 1919. He returned to Allan's office to complete his apprenticeship thereafter, receiving his diploma in July of the latter year, and remained in Allan's office until 1920 when he joined George Bennett Mitchell as chief assistant. In that year he received his post-diploma and was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being Allan, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and George Watt.

He moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1921 as senior assistant to Cackett & Burns Dick, leaving after a year to become senior assistant to Bradshaw Gass & Hope in Bolton. In 1925 he emigrated to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), where he worked for two years for the Public Works Department before commencing practice on his own account in the partnership of Edwards Reid & Booth. The firm was initially based in Colombo, but later opened a branch office in Madras, Southern India. In 1936 Kenneth Andrew Begg entered the Madras office as a partner, the firm becoming Edwards Reid & Begg, but Begg left three years later to serve in the armed forces.

By the time of his election as FRIBA on 6 April 1948 - for which his proposers were his Allan, George Bennett Mitchell's son George Arthur Mitchell who was by then in charge of his late father's firm, and John Gibb Marr, also of Aberdeen - Reid was sole partner, his address being Prince Building, Prince Street, Colombo. His practice consisted principally of commercial and public buildings, including a number of hotels, as well as a theatre in Kandy, buildings for Madras University, Colombo Town Hall and 'numerous churches in Ceylon'.

Reid died in 1952. His son, Herbert William Moggach Reid, continued the practice at least for a few years.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Auchengyle/16, Burnett Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1920 *  
Item 2 of 4Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, unPrivate/business1927  
Item 3 of 4Madras, IndiaBusinessBefore 1936After 1939Branch office of firm
Item 4 of 4Prince Building, Prince Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, unPrivate/business(?)1947 *  

* 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 7John Alexander Ogg AllanAugust 1912 or 19141920ApprenticeWith exception of war service, 1914-19
Item 2 of 7George Bennett Mitchell19201921Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Cackett & Burns Dick19211922Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Bradshaw Gass & Hope19221925Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Ceylon Public Works Department19251927Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Edwards Reid & Booth19271952(?)Partner 
Item 7 of 7Edwards Reid & Begg19361939(?)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 1Maurice RussellMid 1950s Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Alexander Ogg AllanEarly 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 6John Alexander Ogg Allan6 April 1948for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Alexander Marshall MackenzieEarly 1921for Associateship
Item 4 of 6John Gibb Marr6 April 1948for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6George Angus Mitchell6 April 1948for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6George WattEarly 1921for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Daily News27 May 2008  Article about Geoffrey Bawa who worked for Edwards Reid & Begg

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 no3174 (microfilm reel 25); F no4356 (combined box 9)