Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ion Victor Godfrey Hamilton Warner
Born: 12 July 1897
Died: 24 July 1987
Bio Notes: Ion Victor Godfrey Hamilton Warner was born on 12 July 1897 in Edinburgh and was articled to Hunter Crawford & Williamson in August 1912, attending classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. When the office was closed due to war in November 1915, Warner transferred to the practice of James Jerdan & Son to complete his apprenticeship under John Jerdan. In July 1916 he joined the armed forces, serving overseas during the First World War.

He returned to Edinburgh in September 1919 and obtained a post in Edinburgh Corporation Housing Department under Adam Horsburgh Campbell, continuing his studies at the College of Art and Heriot-Watt. In 1926 he moved to the City Architect's Department, working under the City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae, and two years later in May 1928 he transferred to the City Engineer's Department. He was still assisting in that office when he was elected LRIBA on15 June 1943, his proposers being Alfred Hugh Mottram, Thomas Forbes Maclennan, and John Ross McKay, who wrote in his supporting statement that Warner had studied 'most diligently & shewed a keen interest in measuring sketching [sic] good old examples of architecture' when at the College of Art, and that 'He then went into public service, and he has been an undoubted influence on all the problems confronting such an office as the City Engineer.' His nomination papers state that he was a part-time lecturer at Ramsay Technical Institute, and that he had also lectured in Sanitary Engineering at Heriot-Watt College in 1929 and 1940. They also indicate that his work had included the preparation of plans for slum clearance areas, as well as churches, factories, housing, bridges, a 'large industrial hall' and other building types.

Warner died on 24 July 1987. His wife had predeceased him, and he had been living with his daughter, Miss Patricia Warner, at 100H Saughton Road North, Edinburgh immediately prior to his death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 215 (or 16?), Hutchison Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness After 1950 
Item 2 of 2100, Saughton Road North, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1987 

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 8Hunter Crawford & WilliamsonAugust 1912November 1915Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8James Jerdan & SonNovember 1915July 1916Apprentice 
Item 3 of 8Adam Horsburgh CampbellSeptember 19191926AssistantIn Edinburgh Corporation Housing Department
Item 4 of 8Edinburgh Corporation Housing DepartmentSeptember 19191926AssistantWorking under Adam Horsburgh Campbell, Director of Housing
Item 5 of 8Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)1926May 1928AssistantWorking under Ebenezer James MacRae, City Architect
Item 6 of 8Ebenezer James MacRae1926May 1928AssistantIn Edinburgh City Architect's Department
Item 7 of 8Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's DepartmentMay 1928After 1943Assistant 
Item 8 of 8William Allan Macartney1930s * AssistantIn Edinburgh City Engineer's Department

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan15 June 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay15 June 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram15 June 1943for 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 11934Portobello Outdoor Swimming PoolPortobello EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to William Allan Macartney, Edinburgh City Engineer


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
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 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5452 (combined box 80)