Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ernest John Weir
Born: 20 October 1905
Died: 30 September 1965
Bio Notes: Ernest John Weir was born on 20 October 1905, the son of Archibald Ernest weir, mechanical engineer, and his wife Annie Hodge. He served his apprenticeship in the Edinburgh furniture and interior decoration firm Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd from 1 January 1922, remaining as assistant until 28 March 1931 when he joined Richardson & McKay as junior assistant to John Ross McKay. During this period he studied at Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg and at Heriot-Watt College from October 1924 until 1934. After a year with McKay he was promoted to chief assistant, and he was till in this post when he applied for admittance as ARIBA, for which he was elected on 9 March 1936, his proposers being Begg, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and Ebenezer James MacRae. His nomination papers state that he had made measuring and sketching trips to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 1926; to Hexham Abbey, Northumberland in 1927; to Northamptonshire in 1928; to Somerset and Devon in 1930; and to Norfolk in 1931. He was also a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

By 1950 Weir had emigrated to Canada where he was working in Montreal. He remained there until at last 1960. He died on 30 June 1965.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 43, Viewforth Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1936 *  
Item 2 of 4113, Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 3 of 4c/o A Leslie Perry Esq/1434, St Catherine Street, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1950 *  
Item 4 of 4518, Sanford Avenue, St Lambert, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1960 *  

* 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 4Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)1 January 1922c. 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)c. 1927Early 1931Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 4Richardson & McKay28 March 1931Early 1932Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Richardson & McKayEarly 1932After 1936Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae9 March 1936for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4  Courtesy of Robert Hill
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

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 no6009 (combined box 1013)