Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert McMillan Clive
Born: 7 January 1906
Died: 1 January 1971
Bio Notes: Robert McMillan Clive was born on 7 January 1906, the son of Robert McMillan Clive, building contractor and his wife Elizabeth Haining. He was articled to James Wright of Glasgow from 1922 to 1927, studying at Glasgow School of Architecture where he gained medallions for excellence in 1925, 1926 and 1927. In the latter year he joined Burnet, Son & Dick as assistant, continuing for his final year on the School of Art diploma course and receiving a gilt medallion and travelling scholarship which enabled him to spend a month in and around London studying public and factory buildings.

He remained with Burnet, Son & Dick until 1932 when he commenced private practice in Stranraer. He was appointed Deputy County Architect to Wigtownshire County Council in 1934, and County Planning Officer in 1943. He was admitted LRIBA on 13 February 1945, his proposers being Jack Antonio Coia, William James Smith and Joseph Weekes. Clive was also an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

In 1947 he became County Architect of Wigtownshire. He prepared the development plans for the county and burghs. He designed the entire building programme of schools, housing and other public works for the County Council from that date, culminating in the large secondary school complex in Stranraer. He was also responsible for various small school alterations and additions, village hall reconstrcutions, police stations and police houses and civil defence buildings.

In 1966 he was elected FRIBA, proposed by James Andrew Carrick, Richard Edward Moira and Douglas Calder. Moira remarked in his reference in the Fellowship Paper that Clive had won Saltire Society and other Civic Awards for housing designed in his post as County Architect but that his skill was best seen in his designs for schools.

He died on 1 January 1971 at the Garrick Hospital, Stranraer. He was survived by his wife Mary Lawson Davidson McCredie whom he had married on 7 April 1936 in Glasgow. His son Eric registered his death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Stranraer, Wigtownshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1932After 1945 
Item 2 of 7Burnside, Glenluce, Wigtownshire, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 7Eldrick, Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, ScotlandPrivate1945 *  
Item 4 of 7Education Offices, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, ScotlandBusiness1945 *After 1950 
Item 5 of 7County Housing Offices, The Harbour, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, ScotlandBusiness1953 *  
Item 6 of 723, Lewis Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, ScotlandBusiness1966  
Item 7 of 7The Meadows, London Road, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19661971 

* 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 5James Wright (junior)19221927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Burnet, Son & Dick19271932Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Wigtownshire County Council19341943 Deputy County Architect
Item 4 of 5Wigtownshire County Council1943After 1970 County Planning Officer
Item 5 of 5Wigtownshire County Council1947 Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Douglas William McNair Calder5 October 1966For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6James Andrew Carrick5 October 1966For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Jack Antonio Coia13 February 1945for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6Richard Edward Moira5 October 1966For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6(Professor) William James Smith13 February 1945for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6Joseph Weekes13 February 1945for Licentiateship

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 22 Glenluce Village SchoolGlenluce WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 2 of 221938Park Primary SchoolStranraer WigtownshireScotlandClaims to have had some role in the design of this school - as assistant County Architect with Wigtownshire County.
Item 3 of 22After 1947(?)Clock Tower and Weigh HouseStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect - restoration?
Item 4 of 22After 1947Housing Development Dunragit WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 5 of 221950sBellevilla House residential homeStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 6 of 221950s(?)Housing developmentKirkcowan WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 7 of 221950s(?)Steuchan Primary SchoolStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 8 of 221950sVillage redevelopmentGlenluce WigtownshireScotlandRedevelopment of village- as County Architect
Item 9 of 221950sVillage SchoolCastle Kennedy Wigtownshire As County Architect
Item 10 of 222 January 1953County Council Housing, Wigtownshire  WigtownshireScotland112 County Council houses
Item 11 of 221956Park Primary SchoolStranraer WigtownshireScotlandExtension - as County Architect
Item 12 of 221957Whithorn SchoolWhithorn WigtownshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - as County Architect
Item 13 of 221958Rephad Primary SchoolStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 14 of 221958Wigtown Junior Secondary SchoolWigtown WigtownshireScotlandAlterations and additions - as County Architect
Item 15 of 22Late 1950sAshwood HouseStranraer WigtownshireScotlandReconstruction to form Council Chambers - as County Architect
Item 16 of 22Late 1950sSandhead Primary SchoolSandhead WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 17 of 221960s(?)County Library Headquarters  WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 18 of 221960s(?)Police stations and houses  WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 19 of 221962Penninghame Primary SchoolNewton Stewart WigtownshireScotlandAs Wigtown County Architect
Item 20 of 221962Stranraer Academy and Stranraer High SchoolStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs Wigtown County Architect
Item 21 of 221967Stranraer Academy and Stranraer High SchoolStranraer WigtownshireScotlandConversion of schools to single comprehensive school and addition of games hall.
Item 22 of 221969Douglas Ewart High SchoolNewton Stewart WigtownshireScotlandAs County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder2 January 1953  p33

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 L no5711 (combined box 96)