Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Alexander Meldrum
Born: 25 December 1921
Died: 7 April 1989
Bio Notes: Edward Alexander Meldrum was born on Christmas Day 1921, the son of Adam Alexander Meldrum, pharmacist, and his wife, Christina Brodie Masson. From September 1939 he studied part-time at Aberdeen School of Architecture simultaneously serving his articles with Tawse & Allan, architects and civil engineers. His studies were interrupted by war service. In April 1943 he was commissioned in the Royal Engineers, reaching the rank of Lieutenant, and saw active service in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Italy. He was wounded in June 1944 but released from hospital in December 1946, after which he returned as a full-time student to the School of Architecture to complete his course.

From 1950 to 1956 he was an assistant architect with the City Architect's Department, Aberdeen. In the latter year he moved to a post as Senior Architect, County Architects Department, Fife. He was elected ARIBA on 6 February 1957, proposed by G F Davies, Leo Durnin and John G Marr. In 1959 he was elected ARIAS and moved to Inverness as Depute County Architect where he continued for the remainder of his career. He was elected FRIAS in 1964 and FRIBA on 6 October 1965, proposed by Ian A Munro, William Glashan and David Polson Hall.

Meldrum was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

He died on 7 April 1989, survived by his wife Ruth Isobel McBain and his son George.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Clachan, Dunlichity, Farr, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate 1989 
Item 2 of 612, Beechgrove Gardens, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1957 *  
Item 3 of 6St Catherine Street, Cupar, FifeBusiness19 April 1957 address given by Builder p752
Item 4 of 626, Bower Park, Gateside, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1959  
Item 5 of 6Gairnshiel/22, Beaufort Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1965 *  
Item 6 of 6County Architects and Planning Department, Ardross Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1965 *  

* 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 4Tawse & AllanSeptember 19391946Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)19501956Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Fife County Architect's Department19561959Senior Architect 
Item 4 of 4Inverness County Architect's Office1959 Depute Director 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Leo Durnin6 February 1957For Associateship
Item 2 of 5William Glashan6 October 1965For Fellowship
Item 3 of 5David Polson Hall6 October 1965For Fellowship
Item 4 of 5John Gibb Marr6 February 1957For Associateship
Item 5 of 5Ian Archibald Munro6 October 1965For Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Howard John Chitty21 July 1971For Fellowship

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 131951Provost Skene's House  AberdeenScotlandRestoration - as assistant with Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 2 of 131953Flats, AshgroveAshgrove AberdeenScotlandAs assistant architect with the City Architect's Department
Item 3 of 131953Mastrick Housing scheme, flatted developments  AberdeenScotlandAs assistant with the City Architect's Department
Item 4 of 131955Albyn House  AberdeenScotlandAlterations as assistant with Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 5 of 1319 April 1957Block of flats at The EsplanadeKirkcaldy FifeScotlandper Builder p752
Item 6 of 131958Rosewell Health Centre and LibraryLochore FifeScotlandAs senior architect with Fife County Architect's Department.
Item 7 of 131959Health centre, GlenrothesGlenrothes FifeScotlandAs senior architect with County Architect's Department
Item 8 of 131959Lochaber High SchoolFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy County Architect
Item 9 of 131959Royal Inverness AcademyInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions? - as Deputy County Architect
Item 10 of 131961Drummond SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy County Architect
Item 11 of 131962Hedgefield HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandExtensions - as Deputy County Architect
Item 12 of 131963Lochardil Primary SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy County Architect
Item 13 of 131963Roman Catholic Primary and Junior Secondary School, LochysideFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA RIBA Directories   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder19 April 1957  p752

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no12441 and F no5735 (Combined Box 97)
Item 3 of 3School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James