Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Swan Taylor
Born: 18 November 1895
Died: 2 July 1973
Bio Notes: George Swan Taylor was born on 18 November 1895, the son of George Swan Taylor, foreman linoleum blockcutter, and his wife Jemima Welsh Kidd. He commenced his apprenticeship in Edinburgh in August 1910. He attended evening classes during that period followed by day classes at Heriot-Watt College and Edinburgh College of Art under George Washington Browne in 1914 and 1915, subsequently serving for four years with the Royal Engineers before resuming classes for a further year. In 1919 he gained a College of Art bursary which enabled him to spend time making measured drawings of the Border abbeys, and in the same year he was engaged as an assistant to 'Edinburgh Architects having wide practice', his nomination papers naming no specific firms. The nomination papers similarly omit any indication of his activities over the following decade, but state that he passed the qualifying exam in Edinburgh in December 1929 and that he was appointed chief architectural assistant to the Edinburgh Education Authority soon afterwards. He was admitted ARIBA in spring 1930, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan, George Donaldson Macniven, and George Washington Browne. By 1939-40 he had taken a post in the City Architect's Department in Edinburgh. He was still working there in 1950.

Taylor died on 2 July 1973 at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife Mary Hay Jamieson and his son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211, Craigleith Drive, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1973 
Item 2 of 235, Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 2Edinburgh Education Committee Architect's Department1930 Chief Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)Before 1939After 1950Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Washington BrowneEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes MaclennanEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George Donaldson MacnivenEarly 1930for Associateship


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 

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 no4487 (combined box 17)