Basic Biographical Details

Name: Elizabeth Bell Ramsay (née McLaren)
Born: 13 August 1918
Died: 15 September 2007
Bio Notes: Elizabeth Bell McLaren was born on 13 August 1918, the daughter of George Miller McLaren, structural engineer, and his wife Douglas Findlay Bell [sic]. She studied for the diploma in architecture at Glasgow School of Art. Between 1939 and 1940 she spent fourteen months in the office of Thomas Harold Hughes and in 1941 three months with Thomas S Cordiner. In 1942 she she was employed preparing measured drawings for the Scottish National Building Survey. She was admitted ARIBA that same year. By 1950 she appears to have been in rented accommodation in Glasgow. She was also an Associate Member of the Town Planning Institute.

She married the architect Walter Neil Wilson Ramsay. In 1987 she gave her husband's name and work address in the RIBA Directory which suggests she was practising with him at this time.

She died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 15 September 2007, survived by at least one son, Neil who lived in London, (her husband having died in 1999)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Marian House/10, Oswald Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 2007 
Item 2 of 4Inchyre, Boclair Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1942 *  
Item 3 of 4c/o Mr & Mrs Ramsay/42, Randolph Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *After 1970 
Item 4 of 411, Park Circus , Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1979 *After 1987 

* 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 2Thomas Harold Hughes19391940Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Thomas Smith Cordiner1941 Apprentice 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered Architect2008  Spring. Death notice

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 A no 8109 (Combined Box 204)