Basic Biographical Details

Name: Cackett, Burns Dick & MacKellar
Born: 1928(?)
Bio Notes: James Thoburn Cackett was born in 1860 and commenced independent practice in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1884, the year he was elected MSA. He took Robert Burns Dick iinto partnership in 1899 and practised thereafter as Cackett & Burns Dick.

Dick had been born in 1868 in Stirling and had moved to Newcastle as a child. He was articled to William Lister Newcombe of Newcastle upon Tyne, moving in 1888 to the office of Armstrong & Knowles in the same town as assistant where he had remained until setting up on his own in 1892. He formed a partnership with Charles Thomas Marshall, a former colleague in Newcombe's office, in 1895 and the year after, 1896, they won the competition for the Corporation Lodging House in Aberdeen. The partnership of Marshall & Dick was dissolved in 1897.

Burns Dick was subsequently taken into partnership by the James Thoburn Cackett. Cackett was President of the Northern Architectural Association in 1905 and 1906. Dick was admitted FRIBA on 8 January of the latter year, his proposers being Cackett, Alfred William Stephens Cross and George Hubbard. Cackett retired in 1920.

In 1923 Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar was taken into partnership. MacKellar was born in 1890 in Govan. He was educated in Glasgow and served his articles there with John Nisbet, subsequently moving to the offices of Miller & Black and Charles McNair, and spending a brief period working with Thomas Martin Cappon on the design of Dundee Training College and Demonstration School. It appears that the practice title did not change to Cackett, Burns Dick & MacKellar until the time of Cackett's death in 1928.

Mackellar's son Robert was taken into partnership after World War II. From 1973 it was R N MacKellar & Partners, and it still exists [2007] as MacKellar Schwerdt Partnership with its headquarters in Lewes in Sussex.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6John Holt 1935Junior Assistant 
Item 2 of 6Robert Burns Dick1928 Partner 
Item 3 of 6Robert Alison Crighton Simpson1928Before 1933Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar19281970Partner 
Item 5 of 6Robert McKinlay (or MacKinlay)19291931Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 6William Glashan19421944Senior Assistant 


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