Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Graham Watson
Born: 11 September 1907
Died: 27 January 1981
Bio Notes: David Graham Watson was born on 11 September 1907, the son of David Graham Watson, sales representative, and his wife, Lucy Wood Wallace Gair. From October 1923 he served his articles with Eric Sinclair Bell in Stirling. During the same period he attended classes in Architecture and Building Construction at the continuation classes at Stirling High School. After the completion of his articles in about 1928, he moved to London to an assistant post with Philip Dalton Hepworth of 7 Gray's Inn Place. He also attended classes at Regent Street Polytechnic in London.

In 1930 Watson returned to Scotland to a post as assistant with Reid & MacLeod. The practice had offices in Haddington & Dunbar and Watson was in charge of the Dunbar office. In 1933 hs moved to the practice of Alexander Lorne Campbell and the following year 1934 he became assistant to Thomas W Turnbull, architect and clerk of works at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. In 1936 he joined the Architects' Department of the SCWS in Glasgow as assistant to Kenneth F Masson, chief architect. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40 although his address was in Stirling at this time. He was elected LRIBA in 1949, proposed by Walter Underwood, Frederick Robert Wylie and Eric Sinclair Bell.

Watson died on 27 January 1981 at Domusduan, Bellwood Park, Perth. He was survived by his wife, Agnes Ewing Ingram.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Parklea/35, Douglas Terrace, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate 1981 
Item 2 of 316, Union Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1939 *After 1950 
Item 3 of 3119, Paisley Road, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1942 *  

* 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 7(Captain) Eric Sinclair BellOctober 19231928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Philip Dalton Hepworth19291930Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Reid & MacLeod (sometimes misspelt Reid & McLeod)19301933Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Alexander Lorne Campbell19331934Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Thomas W Turnbull19341936Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Kenneth Finlayson Masson (or Kenneth T Masson or erroneously Manson)1936After 1942Assistantunder Masson, Chief Architect of SCWS
Item 7 of 7Scottish Co-Operative Wholesale Society (SCWS) Architectural Department (CWS Ltd Architecture & Design)1936After 1942AssistantWorking under Kenneth Finlayson Masson, Chief Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell29 November 1942For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Walter Underwood29 November 1942For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Frederick Robert Wylie29 November 1942For Licentiateship


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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no6409 (Combined box 137)