Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Blain
Bio Notes: Robert Blain was presumably the son of William John Blain. He was articled to Watson & Salmond in August 1913 and attended classes at Glasgow School of Architecture, but transferred to the office of Denny & Blain in August 1915. His apprenticeship was interrupted by war service with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (A & S H) and Field Observation Section in France from February 1916 to February 1919. Thereafter he returned to Denny & Blain to complete his training, being appointed assistant in December 1920 and taken into partnership in January 1921. He passed the qualifying exam in December and January 1922/23, and was admitted ARIBA in mid-1923, his proposers being Charles Gourlay, John Watson and James Hoey Craigie.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2144, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1915After 1923 
Item 2 of 211, Lauderdale Avenue, Newlands, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1923 * Same address as William John Blain

* 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 4Watson & SalmondAugust 1913August 1915Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Denny & BlainAugust 1915December 1920ApprenticeWith the exception of war service, February 1916 to February 1919
Item 3 of 4Denny & BlainDecember 1920January 1921Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Denny & BlainJanuary 1921After 1923Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Hoey CraigieMid 1923for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles GourlayMid 1923for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonMid 1923for Associateship


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 no3647 (microfilm reel 27)