Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Alexander Lyall
Born: 30 June 1912
Died: 9 December 1986
Bio Notes: George Alexander Lyall was born on 30 June 1912, the son of George Robert Lyall, brewers manager, and his wife Agnes Baldie Low. He was articled to Robert Lorimer in the firm of Lorimer & Matthew just before the latter died in 1929, continuing his apprenticeship in the same practice after his death. Throughout this period he studied part-time at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, and on completing his five-and-a-half-year apprenticeship he continued for a further two years full-time, receiving his diploma in June 1936. He was admitted ARIBA on 9 February 1937, his proposers being John Fraser Matthew, James Macgregor and John Begg. His travels prior to that date had included visits to Western Germany and Bavaria in September 1934 and to Sweden in August 1935, and studies of English villages and housing development and Parisian housing and civic design in July 1936. His declaration accepting his admittance as ARIBA was witnessed by Graham E Langmuir, a Glasgow solicitor. In the following year he was awarded the Victory Scholarship.

Lyall later became a Regional Planner in the Scottish Office. He was a very big man, kindly enough but quick to correct the young and very conscious of his provenance. He died at Beechmount Hospital, Edinburgh on 9 December 1986, leaving a widow, Katherine May Auchmuty, living at 1 (or 7?) Gordon Road, Corstorphine and a son, also George. Lyall's student measured drawings are held by NMRS.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 31, Gordon Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1986 
Item 2 of 35, Craigcrook Terrace, Blackhall, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  
Item 3 of 37, Gordon Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 1Lorimer & Matthew19291934Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg9 February 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Macgregor9 February 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Fraser Matthew9 February 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The 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 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Acc No 2000/103
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6281 (combined box 130)