Basic Biographical Details

Name: Adam MacFarlane Petrie
Born: 3 November 1906
Died: 26 April 1991
Bio Notes: Adam MacFarlane Petrie was born in Arbroath on 3 November 1906, the son of David Don Petrie, cattle market storekeeper, and his wife Rebecca Macfarlane. He was articled to Hugh Gavin in Arbroath from 1923-1927 and after Gavin's death in 1927, completed his articles with Gavin's successor Thomas Walker Clark who had succeeded to Gavin's practice. From 1923-28 he attended evening classes at the Department of Architecture, Dundee Technical College under Vernon Constable. He was appointed assistant teacher in building in the sessions 1927-28. He won Dundee Institute of Architects prizes from 1923-28 (inclusive) as well as the Armitstead prize for the best student in the sessions 1927 and 1928.

In 1928 he became as assistant to Thomas Walker Clark and remained there for a short time only, as he was appointed Asssistant Master of Works to the Municipalities of Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdeirman in the Sudan. He sailed for the Sudan on 7 December 1928. He was promoted to Master of works in 1933. He remained in the Sudan until at least 1947. He was elected LRIBA that year. Because he had been abroad for a number of years he did not known any fellows to whom to apply for proposing him.

He was awarded the MBE in 1955 when he was described as being 'lately divisional engineer, Sudan Government'. He retired in 1971. He had returned to Arbroath.

Petrie died on 26 April 1991 at the Infirmary in Arbroath. He was survived by his wife Jane Ann Coutts and his daughter who lived in Ross-shire.

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 4Hugh GavinJuly 19231927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Walker Clark19271928Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Thomas Walker ClarkDecember 1928 Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Public Works Department Sudan1938After 1955Architect 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1London GazetteJune 1955  Supplement

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 L no 6107 (Combined Box 120)