Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Lyon Gauldie
Born: 23 May 1914
Died: 7 December 1998
Bio Notes: John Lyon Gauldie was born on 23 May 1914, a native of Edinburgh, the son of Francis Martin Gauldie, manager, and his wife Jane Lyon. He attended the full-time diploma course at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from October 1931, taking a break from his studies to gain office experience in the firm of Rowand Anderson, Paul & Partners in 1934-5. He obtained his diploma in June 1937 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 May 1938, his proposers being Arthur Forman Balfour Paul, Frank Charles Mears and James Macgregor. At that time he was attending the postgraduate course in Town Planning at the College, having been awarded a scholarship for the purpose. He was living at 3 Midmar Gardens, Edinburgh.

Gauldie was a Lieutenant in the RNVR during the Second World War when he served on destroyers in the Atlantic. He was later stationed in Ceylon and subsequently South Africa where he met and married Veronica Christopher from Ladysmith, Natal. After a period back in Scotland he emigrated with his wife and eldest daughter to Rhodesia and worked there for an architectural practice, later establishing his own independent practice in conjunction with two others. Three other children were born during this period. In 1957 he was President of the Institute of Architects of Southern Rhodesia.

He returned to Scotland with wife and family in 1963 and took up the post of Senior Architect in the Scottish Office which he held until his retirement in 1976, at which point he resigned his RIBA membership. He retired to Cropton, North Yorkshire but soon afterwards returned to Edinburgh and later lived in North Berwick. He died on 7 December 1998 at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife Veronica Christopher, his daughter, Judy and son Andrew.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Flat E/The Lodge, East Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate 1998 
Item 2 of 73, Midmar Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)Before 1935After 1939 
Item 3 of 7Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toPrivate/businessc. 1950 *1963 
Item 4 of 7Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19631976 
Item 5 of 78, Old Church Lane, Duddingston, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1976  
Item 6 of 7Cropton, North Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1976 *  
Item 7 of 7North Berwick, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivateAfter 19761998(?) 

* 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 1Rowand Anderson, Paul & Partners19341935Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Macgregor9 May 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears9 May 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Arthur Forman Balfour Paul9 May 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 21935House in Oxgangs Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 21939Windsor Place Church, hallPortobello EdinburghScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information courtesy of his son Andrew L Gauldie, Lunan Bay, Angus,
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6776 (combined box 159)