Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Macdonald Colvin
Born: 10 September 1887
Died: Early 1976
Bio Notes: John Macdonald Colvin was born on 10 September 1887. He was educated at Elgin Academy and the Victoria School of Art and Science in Elgin. From 1904 to 1909 he was articled to John Wittet and from 1909 to 1911 he was Wittet's chief assistant. In the latter year he joined Bassett-Smith & Collcutt of Buenos Aires as assistant. He saw active service during the First World War after which he moved to London as assistant and later chief assistant to A C Martin of Lincoln's Inn.

He opened business on his own account in 1923 firstly in Lincoln's Inn in London but moved to Bromley, Kent in 1929. He was elected FRIBA on 8 December 1959, proposed by T Gordon Jackson, F G Maynard and Edwyn W Moore.

He died in early 1976 in Battle, Sussex, his death being registered between January and March of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 59, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London, EnglandBusiness19231929 
Item 2 of 5Bromley, Kent, EnglandBusiness1929  
Item 3 of 552A, Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, EnglandBusiness1959 *  
Item 4 of 55, Chesil House, Chislehurst, Kent, EnglandPrivate1959 *  
Item 5 of 55 Chesil House, Chiselhurst, Kent, EnglandPrivate1959 *  

* 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 5John Wittet19041909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Wittet19091911Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Bassett-Smith & Collcutt19111914Assistant 
Item 4 of 5A C Martin1919Before 1923Assistant 
Item 5 of 5A C MartinAfter 19191923Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Gordon Jackson8 December 1959For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3F C Maynard8 December 1959For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Edwyn W Moore8 December 1959For Fellowship


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 F no 5416 (combined box 77)