Basic Site Details

Name: Meffan Institute
Town, district or village: Forfar
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: 5000 bequeathed by Miss Meffan in 1879 for building Institute. The winning design by Tait Conner & Mitchell was going to be too expensive so in order to save 400, the design was re-submitted stripped of its ornament and cost 2300.

William Nairne Tait is credited with this building in 'Builder' obituary but this is wrong.

Information from the Meffan Institute.

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 120, West High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418961897 Design competition
Item 2 of 41897 Design exhibitedCappon design
Item 3 of 4After 1897 Construction 
Item 4 of 420 October 1898 Opened 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7Conner & Mitchell A1896 Won competition to secure job
Item 2 of 7Henry Mitchell A1896 Won competition to secure job
Item 3 of 7William Tait Conner A1896 Won competition to secure job
Item 4 of 7Thomas Martin Cappon C1897 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 5 of 7George Lindsay Legge B1899 Unsuccessful competition design exhibited
Item 6 of 7John Daniel Swanston B1899 Unsuccessful competition design exhibited
Item 7 of 7Swanston & Legge B1899 Unsuccessful competition design exhibited


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Academy Architecture1897 part 1 p44 (shows design but not as built)
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep476
Item 3 of 4Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works1905-6London: Graves and Bell1897, No 1799 (Cappon)
Item 4 of 4RSA1899   476

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 November 1897  p374 and illustration. Cappon's unsuccessful design
Item 2 of 2Dundee Advertiser24 July 1896  Perhaps 21 July 1896?

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register31503 
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Henry Mitchell: L v19 no1465