Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Beattie Davidson
Born: 2 October 1931
Died: 19 May 1984
Bio Notes: John Beattie Davidson was born in Lockerbie on 2 October 1931, the son of Charles Davidson, builder, and his wife Mary Agnes Beattie. He moved to Aberdeen in his early teens and attended Robert Gordon's School. He subsequently studied architecture at Robert Gordon's College and graduated in 1956.

After a year's professional practice in Dumfries he did his National Service with the topographical branch of the Royal Engineers.

In August 1958 he joined what was then known as Perth Town Council as an architect and became junior depute burgh architect and continued in that capacity until Local Government reorganisation in 1975. However his address when he joined the RIAS in 1964 was in Aberdeen suggesting he had a spell in time there and his post with Perth Town Council was not continuous. After local government reorganisation in 1975 he was promoted and became Director of Technical Services in Perth.

One of his outstanding achievements was designing the Bell's Sports Centre. He also supervised its construction. He also supervised the construction of many houses in the Letham scheme. He was particularly pleased with the pensioners' houses here.

He died suddenly at his daughter's home, Dunira, Gannochy Road, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland on 19 May 1984 survived by his wife, Jean Hunter Hastie Moffat and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3177, Tweedsmuir Road, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1960 *  
Item 2 of 3Upper Kirkhill, Nigg, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1964  
Item 3 of 36, Hillend Road, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1970s1984 

* 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 3Perth Town Council Architect's Office1960s(?) Deputy Architect 
Item 2 of 3Perth Town Council Architect's Office1975 DirectorDirector of Technical Services
Item 3 of 3Perth & Kinross District Council Architectural Department (later Perth & Kinross Council)1975 *After 1979Director 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Prospect1984  Summer issue, p18

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 3School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James