Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Saddler
Born: 1 June 1912
Died: 28 February 2008
Bio Notes: Robert Saddler was born in Forfar on 12 June 1912, the son of David Low Saddler, master baker and his wife Isabella Morrison. He enrolled for afternoon and evening classes at Dundee School of Art from 1929 while at the same time serving his articles with McLaren Soutar Salmond. On completion of his articles in 1934 he transferred to the office of Walker & Pride in St Andrews for one year and then in 1935 to the office of James Findlay in Dundee. During the period 1936-38 he attended evening classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt. He joined the Ministry of Works in Edinburgh the following year. He sat his final exam in Edinburgh in December 1939 and was admitted ARIBA in 1940, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, Patrick Hill Thoms and Leslie Stuart Stanley. He was elected FRIAS in 1956.

Saddler rose to the position of senior in-house architect of the Post Office in the early 1960s. He was still with the Ministry in about 1970. The office had by this time moved to Broomhouse Drive. At the time of his retirement in August 1974 he worked in Argyle House.

Saddler retired to his native Forfar and died in his own home aged 96 on 28 February 2008. He never married. Saddler's death certificate indicates that he was formerly known as Robert Saddler Morrison but was later simply known as Robert Saddler. The reason for this is as yet unclear. Saddler left a legacy in his will to the Salvation Army who had assisted him in his last few years.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 612 , St James Road, Forfar, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 2 of 6122 George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  
Item 3 of 622, West Craigs Avenue, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1956 *  
Item 4 of 652, St James Road, Forfar, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1970s2008 
Item 5 of 6Broomhouse Drive, Saughton, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1970 *  
Item 6 of 6Argyle House, Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1974 *  

* 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 4Maclaren Soutar Salmond19291934Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Walker & Pride19341935Assistant 
Item 3 of 4James Findlay19351936Assistant 
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19361974Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar16 April 1940For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Leslie Stuart Stanley16 April 1940For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms16 April 1940For Associateship

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 31960Royal Botanic Garden, offices, herbarium and library  EdinburghScotland... of MoPBW
Item 2 of 31964St George's Church  EdinburghScotlandAdaptation of church for record office - as Ministry of Works architect.
Item 3 of 31964Waverley Telephone Exchange  EdinburghScotlandAs Ministry of Works architect.


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder3 July 1964  p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A 7559 (Combined Box 195)